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Three weasels sell out for coal exports

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coal_fallsroadI practically spewed coffee and other detritus all over the front page of Tuesday’s Seattle Times when I saw this headline:
‘Green’ strategists now back coal trains

WTF? The Times subsequently backtracked on that egregiously misleading headline on its website:  ‘Green’ strategists hired by coal companies to push train proposals.

However it’s titled, the story has engendered a firestorm of controversy and push-back on the astounding sell-out of the three “green strategists” so politely quoted by the newspaper. Maybe in a different life they were green, but now they — Bruce Gryniewski, Lauri Hennessey and Roger Nyhus — are simply a clueless and pathetic group of feckless mercenary weasels sucking at coal’s black tit.

And then whining about any criticism, as a Grist article by David Roberts so scathingly describes. In the article Roberts says:

“Coal-port expansion is the fifth most carbon-intensive project currently planned in the world, bigger than anything else over which American politicians have control.

“In other words, it’s a defining issue for climate hawks. No ambiguity about it.

“So imagine my surprise when I read in The Seattle Times that several purportedly “green” Seattle consultants and strategists are working for the coal companies, trying to bribe and cajole Seattle towns into accepting these polluting monstrosities.

“Can you imagine? I mean, how much of a cash-grubbing mercenary do you have to be to throw your “green” reputation overboard for coal money, the dirtiest money on the planet?

“I wasn’t going to write anything about this, because “consultants sell out” is not exactly world-shaking news, but then I read this, from sellout Bruce Gryniewski: “I don’t believe in this eco-McCarthyism view that if you work for coal, you can’t do anything good in the world.”

“That’s right: He doesn’t just want to sell out his principles and work for one of the scummiest industries on the planet on behalf of one of the most carbon-intensive projects on the planet, he wants to do it and be free from criticism. If his bewildered ex-allies in the green movement disapprove — not use the force of government against him, mind you, just speak out in disapproval — it’s “McCarthyism.”

“So he’s not just a planet-fucking, money-grubbing sellout, he’s a whiner with a victim complex too. Wonderful fellow, that Bruce Gryniewski.”

Roberts goes on at length in this vein. Please read the entire article and the lively discussion that followed. This is not an issue for polite debate, where reasonable people can reasonably disagree and then move on.

This is about the future of our children, the region and the planet, and as usual money talks. Dirty coal money.

We live in strange and evil times; I wonder what drove the Seattle Times to so prominently place that crappy piece of coal industry messaging on its front page? For shame.

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Written by William DiBenedetto

28 February, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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  1. […] I practically spewed coffee and other detritus all over the front page of Tuesday’s Seattle Times when I saw this headline: ‘Green’ strategists now back coal trains WTF? The Times subsequently backtracked on that egregiously misleading headline on its website:  ‘Green’ strategists hired by coal companies to push train proposals. However it’s titled, the story […] wrdforwrd Read Original Post […]


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