TransCanada has dumped its US pr firm Edelman
10 days after the Greenpeace leak
of documents outlining their joint dodgy strategy to use third party front groups to aggressively attack opponents of the Energy East pipeline and do and say what “TransCanada can’t" :
"TransCanada immediately denied it had implemented those tactics, which were widely criticized."The leaked docs - some adorned with the TransCanada logo
- date back to May and include various tactics for targeting opponents
like Council of Canadians
using forty Edelman employees and nine TransCanada staffers.
TransCanada referred to the "controversy" as "a distraction" and said they would like a do over now please : "We are therefore starting a fresh conversation."
"In the current environment, we can't have the respectful conversation that we want to have with Canadians and Quebecers about Energy East," TransCanada spokesman Tim Duboyce said Wednesday in a release. h/t CBC
About Edelman's astroturfing, which they describe as "third party support" and "an echo chamber of aligned voices"...
Edelman's pointman for TransCanada "Grassroots Advocacy Vision" astroturf is Mike Krempasky from their DC office. As documented by Greenpeace, Mr.Krempasky - Tea Party promoter and co-founder of RedState.com
- previously had a pretty good run using fake grassroots paid bloggers in their folksy Wal-Marting Across America
campaign before one was outed as working for the US Treasury and another a staffer at Washington Post
.Greenpeace astroturf backgrounder
:"Krempasky’s Energy East “Pressure” team includes Brian McNeill ... director of opposition research for Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. McNeill made national news when it was revealed that he was one of three Edelman employees who were authoring all of the blogs ..." on another Wal-Mart fluffer campaign. Meanwhile ...
"Edelman was paid $51.9 million to run the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) public relations campaign, which has involved Edelman managing multiple websites and online advertising efforts asking officials to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, support tax deductions for the oil industry and expand access for drilling on public lands.
Central to this strategy is the pro-oil group “Energy Citizens”,
which was unveiled as an API-sponsored astroturf group by Greenpeace USA. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers recently launched its own version of Energy Citizens in Canada
."So despite CEO Richard Edelman statement in August
In response to separate allegations regarding their work with climate change deniers that :
"We do not work with astroturf groups"let's have a quick look at Energy Citizens Canada
, launched by CAPP, and presumed sister site to the US Energy Citizens
, launched by the American Petroleum Institute in 2009.
So far the Canadian version seems to be mostly about harvesting emails of future possible tarsands flufferbots.
As encouragement, the Citizen Spotlight Energy Citizens page
profiles Energy Citizens Brittany Allison and Hardave Birk.
Brittany Allison was
"a Policy Researcher in the Prime Minister’s Office in Ottawa" and a "Research Officer in the B.C. Legislature in Victoria", prior to her work as Public Affairs Advisor for Fraser Surrey Docks LP, "working to gain federal approval for a coal expansion project".
Currently Ms Allison is Manager of the astroturf tarsands site, British Columbians for Prosperity.
btw Is CBC Power and Politics
regular Alise Mills still the "Media Relations Director" for BC4P
Will she still write columns for 24 Hours
, just bought out by PostMedia, with the bi-line :"Alise Mills is a political commentator who speaks for British Columbians for Prosperity. Visit moneytrail.ca."
The only other Citizen Spotlight candidate so far is former President of University of Calgary Students Union, Hardave Birk, whose's bio notes he is legislative assistant to Senator Doug Black.
While in no way a reflection upon Mr. Birk, this seems as good a time as any to remind ourselves that prior to becoming Senator Black, Doug Black was president of industry lobby group Energy Policy Institute of Canada,
or EPIC, where he worked with vice-chairs Bruce Carson, Gerry Protti and Daniel Gagnier on a national energy program representing their 38 energy member organizations including TransCanada and CAPP.
Two years ago EPIC put out a presser
taking credit for how they have shaped current Con policy on property rights, pipelines, public participation, and First Nations :"Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced legislative changes that would put EPIC's recommendations into federal law. Regulatory changes within omnibus Bill C-38 reflect recommendations of EPIC surrounding regulatory streamlining." "You are the secret sauce," Doug Black once wrote to Bruce Carson
, whose trial on illegal lobbying and influence peddling will not begin till September next year.
More Insider Tarsands Astroturf
. We are awash in the stuff..