Sunday is the deadline for getting signatures for stopping fracking near homes and schools. LINK to help gather petitions. The pro-oil and gas fracking companies have spent over $ 10 million dollars to stop people from protecting their health so far. They are stacking city councils with pro fracking politicians. They flood politicians with angry callers. They develop database on 3.7 million Coloradoans from polls and door to door canvassing. They know how to fashion their ads to appeal to individuals. They have bought the support of major newspapers and TV stations thru massive ad buys. They harass petition gatherers. They infiltrate grassroots citizen groups. They form coalitions to greenwash themselves and claim that fracking is good for wildlife. LINK to Joel Dyer’s great story in the Boulder Weekly on 7-28.
In a similar way, the Koch brothers and their corporate allies have hired over 450 organizers across the US find to groom, and elect pro-oil and anti-government -regulation politicians. They have gathered over $450 million. They put up candidates for Congress, the Senate, state legislatures, and the courts. Some of their allies even try to dominate school boards, city councils, and county commissions. Jane Mayer’s book Dark Money details this. She and other activists including 350.org’s Bill McKibben have been followed by hired operatives who try to intimidate them.