Thursday, August 27, 2009

New coal industry front group already 'astroturfing'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 12:02 PM

From the Daily Kos:

We've touched on the fact that the new coal industry front group "FACES" has yet to come forward with a list of their members. Well, thanks to a few new media gumshoes, including our own Jamie Goodman and our friends at DeSmogBlog, we've learned that not only is FACES hosted by a K-Street firm called Adfero, but all of the "FACES" of coal are actually just istockphotos. They couldn't even get real photos of their supporters. Astroturf win?

From Appalachian Voice Front Porch:

The coal industry PR generators must be running low on fuel, because they have been misfiring repeatedly over the course of the Summer, and it looks like they may have another false start with “FACES” (Federation for American Coal, Energy, and Security).

Who are they? Well nobody knows. Kate Sheppard at Grist asks, “who are the faces behind FACES of coal?”

Grist tried to find out more about FACES, as the website does not list members or funders. The only contact information listed is an email address, and our email inquiry bounced back.

Are there any actual faces behind FACES?

Green is the new red, white and blue:

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