Oil Industry Targets New Congress

January 5, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It may be a new year, but its an old message. Anyone travelling to the Capital South station on the Washington Metro could hardly fail to notice the latest advertising blitz by the oil industry’s attack dogs the American Petroleum Institute (API). The ad campaign is called “I’m One” and includes images of “real people” … Read More

Shell’s Nigerian PR Strategy Exposed

November 10, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

To mark the 15th Anniversary of the execution of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, we are exposing the public relations tactics that Shell employed to counter criticism of its operations in the country. The evidence is contained in documents collected for the landmark trial last year of Wiwa versus Shell, but they were never made public … Read More

Chevron Must Think We Are Stupid

October 28, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 2 Comments

Sometimes the best laid plans go awry. Oil giant Chevron’s multi-million ad campaign, entitled “We agree” has back-fired badly. What’s worse it has given its critics a real opportunity to spoof the company’s highly misleading adverts.. And boy are they having fun and games. The the spoof campaign is beginning to go viral.

What a FAArce

October 20, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

One of the more unsavoury trends in politics over the last couple of decades has been the sprouting of corporate front groups that pervert the political process. Often the give-away is in the title: so if something says it is an Alliance or made up of Citizens, you actually know it is nothing of the … Read More

API Scaremongers Over Jobs

October 1, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

The good old American Petroleum Institute is up to its old tricks again, scaremongering over jobs. The API held “citizen” rallies in seven cities in early September to discuss the effect of energy legislation on jobs, arguing that many jobs were under threat. To coincide with the lobbying effort, two weeks ago, the API put … Read More

Greenwashing Mordor

September 28, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

So Mordor is getting a makeover. Big-time. There is a concerted, multi-faceted public relations campaign going on to greenwash the tar sands. Dirty black is trying to become virgin white, or so that’s what they want. According to three Albertan cabinet ministers, the tar sands are a “Canadian jewel” that should be celebrated and exploited. … Read More