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pHarmony: Matchmaking with an Agenda

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Submitted by Jean Pockrus of Greenpeace USA:

PolluterWatch, a project of Greenpeace, has launched pHarmony, a matchmaking site just like but dedicated to helping polluter industry lobbyists, CEOs, and propagandists match up with friendly public officials to make it easy to buy and sell influence and sabotage our clean energy future without ever leaving the house.

Related links:

  • pHarmony: Dating for Polluters, Mother Jones
  • Enviro Groups Target Sens. Lincoln, Murkowski on Bid to Block EPA, New York Times
  • Sen. Murkowski, Greenpeace Exchange Barbs Over EPA Regulations, New York Times
  • Civil Disobedients Sought via Fake Newspaper

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    Press release submitted by The Yes Men, June 18, 2009:

    World Leaders Sign Pact to Avert Climate Disaster

    Newspaper Ignites Hope, Announces “Civil Disobedience Database”
    [Watch video here]

    IHT-specialedition_Pagina_1-200In a front-page ad in today’s International Herald Tribune, the leaders of the European Union thank the European public for having engaged in months of civil disobedience leading up to the Copenhagen climate conference that will be held this December. “It was only thanks to your massive pressure over the past six months that we could so dramatically shift our climate-change policies…. To those who were arrested, we
    thank you.”

    There was only one catch: the paper was fake.

    Looking exactly like the real thing, but dated December 19th, 2009, a million copies of the fake paper were distributed worldwide by thousands of volunteers in order to show what could be achieved at the Copenhagen climate conference that is scheduled for Dec. 7-18, 2009. (At the moment, the conference is aiming for much more modest cuts, dismissed by leading climate scientists as too little, too late to stave off runaway processes that will lead to millions or even billions of casualties.)

    The paper describes in detail a powerful (and entirely possible) new treaty to bring carbon levels down below 350 parts per million – the level climate scientists say we need to achieve to avoid climate catastrophe. One article describes how a website,, mobilized thousands of people to put their bodies on the line to confront climate change policies – ever since way back in June, 2009.

    Although the newspaper is a fake (its production and launch were coordinated by Greenpeace), the website is real. (more…)

    Join the Plot

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    Greenpeace Buys Land To Block New Heathrow Runway
    by Dave Demerjian
    January 13, 2009

    heathrow-200Greenpeace announced today that it has bought a parcel of land that sits directly in the path of a proposed third runway for London’s Heathrow Airport. It’s the latest move in a long-running battle between environmentalists who say expanding Heathrow would be an environmental catastrophe, and expansion advocates who say without a new runway Europe’s top airport will become an antiquated also-ran.

    Greenpeace’s plan for the 0.4-hectare parcel, which it purchased from an undisclosed owner, is sure to have expansion advocates reaching for the Rolaids. The group will sell off the land in tiny pieces to environmentalists, celebrities, and anyone else who feels like buying in. This means that if the UK government were to exercise eminent domain laws to acquire the land, it would have to deal with thousands of different landowners and the lawsuits they would be sure to bring. Regardless of where you stand on the expansion issue, you can’t deny that Greenpeace’s move is a brilliant one. (more…)