Coal industry pays fake activists $50 to wear pro-coal shirts at public hearing
Climate Progress, via Grist:
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. ................(more)