Connecting the Anti-Oil and Gas
Social Network Diagram
Demonize oil, gas, coal and nuclear power so people won’t use them.
energy starvation on America by reducing energy supply and raising
energy prices as a means of obtaining social, economic and political
power for green elites under the banner of conservation.
stop using energy by making them feel guilty,
convincing them that global
warming is caused only by humans. Then blame
anything bad that happens - heat, cold, wet, dry, storms, disease,
famine, whatever - on global warming and therefore on humans. Thus no one can escape blame and
everyone must seek forgiveness by making a
show of complying with climate dogma, such
as repeating apocalyptic beliefs,
gladly suffering privation,
rage against industry, paying green elites for carbon offsets, and
persecuting or attacking
A broad coalition of environmental groups
formed in 2004 and coalesced in 2006 to stop
oil and gas development on all federal and state government lands in
It became known by its original name, No Dirty Oil and Gas ("NoDOG"),
although it was subsequently changed to
No Dirty Energy.
It was formulated
by a number of foundations in the
Environmental Grantmakers Association, particularly by the
Brainerd Foundation, the private exempt corporation of Seattle
software multimillionaire Paul Brainerd. Brainerd approved a series
of coordinated grants designed to merge existing groups into more
effective anti-industry fighters and to network independent groups
with the newly merged groups.
Brainerd's first step was to connect
anti-oil and gas groups from Canada and the United States, funding
two small grants:
Dogwood Initiative, Victoria, British
Columbia - 2004:
$3,000 To fund a face-to-face strategy meeting of Canadian
energy activists to develop a framework for a markets
Oil and Gas Accountability Project,
Durango, Colorado - 2004: $2,000 To fund a workshop
to train activists in Canada and the U.S. and to develop a
corporate accountability campaign targeting one energy
corporation that operates in both countries.
instructions from Brainerd, the Dogwood Initiative and the Oil and
Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) held the workshop in Denver in
September, 2004, titled,
Corporate Energy Campaigning: Using
financial pressure for conservation
(Page 9 of a 12-page newsletter).
The corporate campaign was a tactic invented
in 1974 by labor organizer
Raymond F. Rogers, Jr. and well known among
environmentalists by the 1980s.
OGAP and the
Dogwood Initiative brought 40 activists to the Denver workshop from
Alberta, BC, Ontario, Alaska,
Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico,
Louisiana, and Maine,
28 shown in the photo below:
Preparations were assisted by
Amazon Watch and the
Project of Global Exchange. In addition,
Friends of the Earth and
Rainforest Action Network sent trainers.
prepared activists to deal with corporate campaigns earlier in the
Environmental Law Center , Eugene, Oregon - 2004:
$2,000 To instruct environmentalists in negotiation techniques
by providing a training session led by TREC's Jim Thomas March
12-14. [TREC is
Training Resources for the Environmental Community, based in
Santa Fe, New Mexico - The Librarian]
simultaneously gave a "challenge grant" to the Washington,
D.C.-based Mineral Policy Center (founded 1988), which had adapted
the corporate campaign from a labor union tactic into an anti-mining
tactic with its "No Dirty Gold" campaign. Brainerd directed the
Mineral Policy Center to change its name to Earthworks and to merge
with the Oil and Gas Accountability Project (see
Brainerd's profile of the merger). The challenge grant stated:
Earthworks, Washington, D.C. - 2004:
$30,000 To advance a markets campaign to leverage the
application of best practices within the mining industry.
The challenge grant
did not state that the "markets campaign" was to transfer the
"leverage" that had been used against the mining industry to be used
against the oil and gas industry through the new partnership with
The merger was
completed in 2004 when two members of OGAP's board of directors,
Gloria Flora (renegade U.S. Forest Service employee) and Wilma Subra
(leader of Louisiana Environmental Action Network), joined the board
of the new Earthworks. OGAP's last IRS Form 990 was filed in 2004,
when Mineral Policy Center's Form 990 first used the name Earthworks.
board member, Vermont Law School Professor Karin P. Sheldon, had
served on both Mineral Policy Center and OGAP boards since 2001. She
remains Chairman of the Board of Earthworks.
reinforced the anti-oil and gas network by requiring Earthworks to
partner with the Montana-based
Center for Science in Public
Participation (CSPP). Steven D'Esposito, executive
director of Earthworks, has been chairman of the board of SCPP since
2001. SCPP is D'Esposito's "science-on-demand" campaigning tool,
which he makes available to a circle of allies.
Science in Public Participation,
Bozeman, Montana - 2004: $20,000 To provide focused
technical support to Earthworks and its allied groups seeking
to reform federal and state hardrock mining practices.
Oil and gas soon joined hardrock mining in CSPP's attack portfolio.
laid the groundwork for expansion of the attack on oil and gas
development with grants to three allied groups already at work on
various approaches and tactics to destroy oil and gas production in America.
National Wildlife Federation - 2004:
$30,000 To encourage the involvement of hunters and
anglers with clean water issues.
The Wilderness Society - 2004:
$20,000 To sustain the campaign to protect the Rocky
Mountain Front from the dual threats of oil and gas
development and off-road vehicle (ORV) use.
Trout Unlimited - 2004:
$100,000 A two-year grant to engage new spokespeople
commending the conservation of western public lands.
In September 2005,
these green groups coalesced around provisions of the
that provided for producing more
American energy from American soil. Staffers
National Wildlife Federation came together to kill the energy
Unlimited emailed its roughly 100,000 members
to spotlight the fight. A petition signed by 758 sportsmen's clubs
National Wildlife Federation,
helped kill the American energy industry.
is told by
managing editor of
The Washington Monthly, in
Environmental Majority, of May 2006. Read
Green Tracking Library backup file.
In late 2006, an
anonymous person sent a warning memo to an oil and gas association,
spelling out the details of a planned 6-year "No Dirty Oil and Gas" campaign to destroy the
oil and gas industry in the Western United States, 2006-2012. The
predictions for 2007 and 2008 have so far all proven correct. The "NoDOG MEMO" became a cause
célèbre in mid 2007 when it
was spread to many analysts and petroleum industry people. Read
Memo here. The
Oil and Gas Accountability Project
the memo is a fraud written by an oil company lobbyist, which begs
the question of how an industry lobbyist would have such accurate
detail on green group events months before they happened.
By 2008, the
anti-oil and gas campaign had grown far beyond the original scope of
the NoDOG concept, and became a cluster of related anti-fossil fuel
campaigns attacking American industry on many fronts.
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