DeSmogBlog: Gas Fracking Industry Using Military Psychological Warfare Tactics and Personnel In U.S. Communities

At the “Media & Stakeholder Relations: Hydraulic Fracturing Initiative 2011” conference last week in Houston, Matt Pitzarella, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Range Resources, revealed in his presentation that Range has hired Army and Marine veterans with combat experience in psychological warfare to influence communities in which Range drills for gas.   ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Hillary Clinton’s State Department Oil Services and the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline [VIDEO]

Hillary Clinton State Dept Oil Services Keystone XL.png With over 700 people arrested so far in the Keystone XL tar sands action taking place at the Obama White House, and widespread distrust and criticism of the State Department’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), this is a critical moment in the fight against a disastrous proposal ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: General Electric’s Jim Cramer Heads to Midwest As Fracking Cheerleader

cramer.jpg Today, CNBC‘s Mad Money with Jim Cramer‘s “Invest in America” series will take the show to a seemingly unlikely locale, a place many would consider the middle of nowhere — North Dakota. Why North Dakota? Four words: The Bakken Shale Formation. Referred to as “Kuwait on the Prairie” by The New Yorker in an ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Chesapeake "Declaration of Energy Independence": NAT GAS Act Embodied

T Boone Pickens.png This article has been cross-posted with permission of the Center for Media and Democracy‘s PR Watch. On July 11, Chesapeake Energy, the second largest methane gas corporation in the United States, announced its  “bold new plan”: a “Declaration of Energy Independence” for America’s energy future. (“Natural gas” is the public relations term the ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: When Facts Don’t Matter: Proving The Problem With Fox News

ff-20110127-globalwarming.jpg My two posts about Fox News and misinformation are probably the most popular items I’ve contributed here. They’ve been widely linked, Tweeted and Facebooked hundreds of times, and viewed well over ten thousand times. That’s because they perform a simple task that, at least as far as I had seen when I wrote the first one, hadn’t ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Jon Stewart 1, Politfact 0: Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed

ff-20110127-globalwarming.jpg I have a lot of respect for political fact checking sites. I think they play a critical role, especially in our misinformation-saturated political and media environment. However, sometimes these sites fall for the allure of phony bipartisanship. In other words, in an environment in which conservatives are more inaccurate and more misinformed about science ...