Video from Houston Astroturf Rally

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Sarah McDonald now has a longer video report posted on YouTube from Tuesday’s oil industry-sponsored rally against climate change. In the video, it’s interesting to hear actual conservative grassroots people, who showed up to protest greenhouse gas legislation, complaining that they were treated like “peons” and barred from entering the event.

Big Oil clearly wanted a tightly-controlled, choreographed event. Their employees know to be docile; right-wing activists, on the other hand, aren’t so easily controlled and, as we’ve seen in these townhall meetings, can be quite embarassing.

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.