Dr. Evil exposed for Halloween

October 31, 2014

Colorado, oil & gas industry

Dr. Evil-BermanDr. Evil turns up in the news on Halloween. How much fun is this? If you were paying attention last month, he’s Rick Berman – the guy behind the Big Green Radicals campaign (which I think should mock me so that I can validate my own activism — I am somebody, right?). Over at Crooks and Liars they call him a “right-wing smear artist” who is notorious for setting up front groups to shill for big corporations so they can campaign against government regulations. You know, the kind that protect public health and the environment — but cost jobs and bankrupt the industry.

Last June, Berman and his VP Jack Hubbard gave a one-hour presentation at a shindig hosted by the Western Energy Alliance, and held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. At that time with the threat of anti-fracking resolutions still hanging in the air, Berman and Hubbard were fear-mongering all over those oil & gas industry executives to get them to pony up $3 million for the Big Green Radicals campaign.

Allegedly an oil executive in the room was so offended by the presentation, he secretly recorded it. I say “allegedly” because he has not revealed his identity so we don’t really know who the guy is, but what he recorded was definitely real. And Berman’s speech was published in Thursday’s New York Times.

In his speech Berman said the industry executives “must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities.” Also they “must be willing to exploit emotions like fear, greed and anger and turn them against the environmental groups.” He assured them that “major corporations secretly financing such a campaign should not worry about offending the general public.”

“You can either win ugly or lose pretty,” Berman said. “Think of this as an endless war that you have to play dirty to win.”

I don’t know. I think everybody is sick of war. Even the industry execs. That’s so turn-of-the-century. If you ask me, they took a straw vote and decided to play the anger card instead – hence Governor Hickenlooper’s and Congressman Jared Polis’s secret August meeting where they horse traded democracy for the politically hand-picked (that’s the “blue ribbon” part) task force.

See? It worked. I’m still angry!

Click on the link to read the Berman/Hubbard presentation, Big Green Radicals: Exposing Environmental Groups
Beginning on Page 12, Jack Hubbard talks specifically about strategy for the Colorado industry folks moving forward (that was June) in dealing with “these ballot initiates.” What a con man! Follow the page numbers on the PDF, not the numbers printed on the bottom of the page. For all you un-tethered activists out there, it is so entertaining.

Hear Corporate PR Scum Richard Berman Make Slimy Pitch To Energy Companies

Hard-Nosed Advice From Veteran Lobbyist: ‘Win Ugly or Lose Pretty’
Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped

Secret Tape Exposes Fracking Industry Playing Dirty

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