Big Oil’s Big Day in Houston

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So, the Houston energy companies had their big company picnic yesterday in opposition to the climate change bill. The event was closed to everyone but energy company employees (or as the signs said, “Energy Citizens”). But Sarah McDonald, of Public Citizen, managed to sneak in and posted this report.

Another interloper was Matthew Tejada, of the Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention (GHASP). He had this to say about the rally:

“Stall, block, delay and don’t change.”

“It’s a knee-jerk rejection that panders to people’s most common fears of losing jobs and costing more money,” Tejada said. “What’s happened in the past with new laws is we adjust, develop new technologies, absorb and lower the costs, and then move on.”

The rally’s message, he said, “will serve neither the future of this city nor the future of this country very well.”

One other thing: the Big Oil organizers wouldn’t even let in tea party types, according to McDonald. So, does that make this rally less or more astroturf?

Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is associate editor of the Observer. Forrest specializes in environmental reporting and runs the “Forrest for the Trees” blog. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Rachel Maddow Show and numerous NPR stations. His work has been mentioned by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time magazine and many other state and national publications. Other than filing voluminous open records requests, Forrest enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening and beer-league softball. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.