25 May '12, 6pm

Coal industry pays fake activists $50 to wear pro-coal shirts at public hearing

Coal industry pays fake activists $50 to wear pro-coal shirts at public hearing

The pro-coal T-shirts at the Chicago hearing. (Photo by Lauren Kastner/Beyond Coal.) A version of this post originally appeared on Climate Progress . Apparently unable to find real activists, the coal industry paid astroturfers $50 to wear pro-coal T-shirts at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing yesterday. The EPA hearings, held in Chicago and Washington, D.C., were focused on the agency’s first-ever carbon standards for new power plants. The industry has adamantly opposed these standards, as well as standards on mercury — a pollutant that even Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) admits is harmful . This year, coal is throwing around its weight by spending tens of millions of dollars on media advertising and political contributions . Coal is also engaging in fake advocacy campaigns, known as astroturfing. In a Craigslist ad found by the Environmental Law & Policy Cent...

Full article: http://grist.org/coal/coal-industry-pays-fake-activists-5...

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