Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson is a campaign manager at CREDO Mobile.

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Koch-funded Tim Phillips is still confused about climate change

Tim Phillips is an oil industry-funded, climate denial mouthpiece trying to convince Americans that climate change isn't happening.

Who was the Dirtiest Polluter This Year? I'd say BP

As you may have heard by now, Repower America is currently accepting votes for our 2010 Snake Oil Awards. The idea is to identify the dirtiest opponent of clean energy this year and give it the negative attention it truly deserves. Our campaign director, Dave Boundy, argued that Koch Industries deserves to win the award. While Dave makes a solid case, I’m going to have to disagree. BP is by far the dirtiest opponent of clean energy this year. By early August of 2010, federal scientists confirmed that the BP oil spill is indeed the largest marine spill the world …

Yes on 23 Campaign Has Many Reasons to be Embarrassed

The backers of the Yes on Proposition 23 campaign in California have plenty of reasons to be embarrassed: · Their key talking points are based on lies. · An overwhelming majority of their funding comes from oil and coal companies. · Some of their key organizers are actually proud to be funded by out-of-state oil companies. · Their advertisements are designed to mislead Californians. Even more embarrassing is the fact that their entire campaign is based on a falsehood. While the Yes on 23 campaign claims that the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is harmful to the economy, they’ve …

Bloomberg News Refuses to Correct Blatantly False Drilling Ban Story

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the answer is no. On Thursday I documented a blatantly false Bloomberg news story designed to mislead readers about the level of support for President Obama’s temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling. Bloomberg’s poll (PDF), which the story was based on, asked the following (bottom of page five): “Do you think the spill proves off-shore drilling is just too dangerous and should be banned in U.S. waters, or was this a freak accident and offshore drilling can be made safer and should not be banned?” Based on this question, the Bloomberg headline blared: Americans …

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Bloomberg reporter misinterprets Bloomberg polling on offshore drilling moratorium

The beginning of this Bloomberg story is completely false: Most Americans oppose President Barack Obama’s ban on deepwater oil drilling in response to BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico spill, even as they hold the company primarily responsible for the incident. Almost three-fourths, or 73 percent, say a ban is unnecessary, calling the worst oil spill in U.S. history a “freak accident,” according to a Bloomberg National Poll. Without looking at the poll’s toplines [PDF], you might not realize what is wrong with these two paragraphs. As it turns out, Bloomberg‘s poll did not ask about President Obama’s temporary ban on …

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The public is ready for clean energy legislation. Is the Senate?

Jonathan Cohn, writing at his new must-read blog, has a fascinating piece on the policy implications of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The gist of his argument is that the public push for clean energy policy — in the form of marches on Washington and calls to Congress — is more subdued than should be expected in the wake of such a devastating environmental catastrophe, and that this dynamic is largely responsible for the Senate’s slim chances of moving comprehensive legislation this year. While I think this argument has some merit, Cohn leaves out several key …

What Role Will Senator Murkowski Play in Climate and Energy Negotiations?

Speaking at a sparsely-attended luncheon in Fairbanks, AK on Friday, Senator Murkowski (R-AL) touted her failed effort to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions as a ‘badge of honor.’ She went on to explain why she considered the maneuver, which went down by a 53-47 margin on June 10th, a qualified success. “We made our point. Forty-seven members of the Senate said they do not want to allow the agency to set climate change policy,” she said. As luck would have it, another institution has plans to ‘set climate change policy’ in the weeks ahead — the United …

Plurality of Americans Skeptical of Pro-Drilling Congressional Candidates

The latest NBC/WSJ poll includes a number of interesting findings. Dave Weigel and Alex Seitz-Wald both took note of BP’s extremely low favorability ratings: Indeed, the poll shows that only 6 percent have a favorable rating of BP. In the history of the NBC News/Journal poll, Saddam Hussein (3 percent), Fidel Castro (3 percent) and Yasser Arafat (4 percent) have had lower favorable scores, and O.J. Simpson (11 percent) and tobacco-maker Philip Morris (15 percent) have had higher ratings. But another finding of interest hasn’t received nearly as much attention. Question 16 used the following wording: Now I’m going to …

CNN Poll: 82% of Americans Approve of the Idea of a BP Escrow Fund

CNN released new polling Thursday with fascinating data on how Americans feel about the response to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Using the poll’s toplines (PDF), I’ve created a series of charts which present the data in a far more useful format. First and foremost, it looks Rep. Joe Barton (R-Big Oil) and the Republican Study Committee are pretty lonely in their belief that the creation of an escrow fund paid for by BP amounts to a shakedown by the federal government. The idea is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans: Since CNN doesn’t provide …

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