A new Gannon

Not content with the failure of the Bush administration to ratify the Kyoto protocol for the U.S., the oil industry is redoubling its efforts to get the Europeans to drop it too -- and they've learned their press lessons.

Remember Jeff Gannon? He was the GOP operative (and part-time online prostitute) who obtained daily White House press credentials in order to toss softballs to administration spokesmodels spokespersons when they were in a bind or eager to spout talking points. Looks like big oil found the takeaway:

Nick Kusnetz writes:


"Chris Horner - famous anti-enviro activist for Exxon front groups [and global warming denier] - turned up at the Montreal climate talks with press accredidation from the Moonie-owned Washington Times. At the U.S. delegation press conference, PNAC shill and BushCo girl Paula Dobriansky was getting heat from the press, but up popped Horner to throw her some love in the form of easy questions."
Not only that, but Kusnetz goes on to note that the pissed off British journalists took their revenge by eagerly writing, "damning stor[ies] based on leaked documents showing that Horner's been touring Europe to set up an under-the-radar dirty tricks lobbying campaign to destroy Kyoto."

The Guardian reports:
"Documents obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian reveal a systematic plan to persuade European business, politicians and the media that the EU should abandon its commitments under the Kyoto protocol..."
To take part in the Greenpeace campaign to urge representatives at the conference to support Kyoto go [HERE].
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