Enviro-blackmailers spoof conservative pitch

posted at 8:01 am on June 2, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

For some time now we’ve been trying to keep you up to date on the combined efforts of the government of Ecuador, an army of US trial lawyers and a brigade of environmentalists to shake down Chevron for billions of dollars. It’s a rather pathetic effort which should have been brushed under the carpet in any sane system of justice, (sadly not a description which fits many courts) but even in a liberal paradise, judges from the U.S. Second District Court have upheld the company’s RICO charge that the campaign and its backers were engaged in an “extortionate scheme.”

So what are a group of enviro-extortionists to do? Easy answer… they’ll go on the air pretending to be conservatives to try to gin up support for their efforts. Jack Fowler reports at The Corner:

There’s a lot of money at stake (a number of deep-pocketed lefties have bankrolled this baloney, and are expecting a return on their investment), so next week the Amazon Defense Coalition is rolling out a major radio ad campaign—“You Break It You Fix”—targeting conservative-minded folk and trying to convince them that Chevron is “anti-American.” It’s faux patriotism meets Saul Alinsky (listen here).

The sad part is that the video is likely to fool a predictable number of conservatives. And that number is zero. Just give their short advertisement a look and decide for yourselves.

So… are you ready to jump on the “Sue Chevron” bandwagon yet?

I didn’t think so.


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So what is it they are trying to do, stir up public outrage? Does that help in court? Besides, they know conservatives hate clean water and brown people, why try to get them involved? /

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

How about defamation of character? Somewhere there’s a law that should cover this.

itsspideyman on June 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I know where I am making my gas purchases for a while.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on June 2, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I seriously doubt that any part of this ad is true. There might be an oil spill down there somewhere but I have no doubt Chevron would act quickly to clean it up. They have too much to lose by doing nothing.

Extortion? Precisely; just as Obama extorted billions from BP after the Gulf Oil spill.

gasmeterguy on June 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Um, how is that supposed to fool conservatives? Fool them into taking action against Chevron? Even the tone of the voice-over has a liberal smugness about it. Someone tell them we’ve got our hands full with Obama right here in the States. I’m getting too old for this nonsense.

Fallon on June 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

…I would have been convinced…if JugEars narrated it…

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on June 2, 2012 at 8:16 AM

What a great message that would be if Chevron enjoyed a huge uptick in sales after this hit the airwaves. I’ll have to look around but I think I can find a station and join you.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM

wait .. wait .. I thought Chevron was the personal property of HugoChavez, and thusly boycott-worthy.

Can someone explain? Apparently, I’ve been misled
/.

CaveatEmpty on June 2, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Why is this in U.S. courts at all? Let the Ecuadorian justice system handle it. If Chevron operates in their country or in their waters, surely the Ecuadorian can tell them to either pay up or move out. And if the enviro-wackos are trying to engage in extortion, it should be handled in Ecuador.

Why the hell are our courts looking at this at all?

Stoic Patriot on June 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Chavez = Citgo

tmitsss on June 2, 2012 at 8:47 AM

wait .. wait .. I thought Chevron was the personal property of HugoChavez, and thusly boycott-worthy.

Can someone explain? Apparently, I’ve been misled

Chavez owns Citgo.

stefano1 on June 2, 2012 at 8:51 AM

stefano1 on June 2, 2012 at 8:51 AM

And Kangaroo, I have heard.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

None of the still pictures had any connection to any of the others. They did show AN oil spill, but was it THE oil spill?

I’m thnking this will only appeal to the usual moonbats.

TugboatPhil on June 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

None of the still pictures had any connection to any of the others. They did show AN oil spill, but was it THE oil spill?

I’m thnking this will only appeal to the usual moonbats.

TugboatPhil on June 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The overly dramatic children drink this water and die illustrated by showing a sickly old man didn’t even make sense. It was so heavy handed it came close to an Onion spoof.

Fallon on June 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

If the organization has the words ‘defense’ and ‘coalition’ in its name, you know it’s a lefty outfit.

MikeinPRCA on June 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

There’s a pretty easy solution to this. Here’s the proposal:

A coalition of real conservatives, like the ones we have on this thread commenting how there was never a leak and if there was it has been fully cleaned up, will send their kids to a camping trip there, have them swim in the water and generally enjoy the areas environmentalists wrongly claim are hazard zones. This will prove their lies.

Who’s the first volunteer?

Cindy? How about gasmeterguy? He’s pretty sure this is fake. KOOLAID? You guys wanna take your kids there to expose the conspiracy? Maybe a quick swim in the gulf to expose that other conspiracy as well?

lester on June 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

lester on June 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Sure, my “kids” like to travel, especially if their expenses are paid. As long as experts get to come along to show how human and animal waste in the drinking water is actually the problem? At least I would trust my kids to give an honest assessment, not a bunch of ambulance chasers in it for a buck. I think we should just compare these folks at “Amazon Defense Coalition” to Bain, they invested their money and sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Sad thing is this type of extortion goes on daily on a much smaller scale right here in the United States.

This country needs major tort reform.

Victim status is sought after nowadays due to this type of thing.

ButterflyDragon on June 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Why is this in U.S. courts at all? Let the Ecuadorian justice system handle it. If Chevron operates in their country or in their waters, surely the Ecuadorian can tell them to either pay up or move out. And if the enviro-wackos are trying to engage in extortion, it should be handled in Ecuador.

Why the hell are our courts looking at this at all?

Stoic Patriot on June 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

First, the case against Chevron was brought by U.S. plaintiffs (click on the links and go back to Jazz’s original post and watch the video); Second, “Ecuadorian Justice System”? Seriously?

Buy Danish on June 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

None of the still pictures had any connection to any of the others. They did show AN oil spill, but was it THE oil spill?

I’m thnking this will only appeal to the usual moonbats.

TugboatPhil on June 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It will appeal to anyone that doesn’t know anything about the case.

There is no oil spill.

The manufactured evidence is about groundwater contamination. Not an oil spill.

ButterflyDragon on June 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

next week the Amazon Defense Coalition is rolling out a major radio ad campaign

The visuals will be stunning on their ad campaign. I think this technology stuff still has liberals stumped. It must be like the people who tell you to smile while your talking on the phone because it comes through your voice.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Heh. Quoting extortionist Steven Donzinger who volunteers he will use tactics of intimidation on “corrupt” Ecuadorian judges: “The judges are corrupt. Why? Because they are paid so little. It’s disgusting”.

Methinks that’s a sociopath talking.

Buy Danish on June 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Why the hell are our courts looking at this at all?

Stoic Patriot on June 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I smell a rat, and it has two letters - U.N.

It is an effort to continue to set precedent here at home. Some jackass of a leftist judge will cite foreign law and once that Pandora’s box is opened, it will be the excuse to do the same in any and every case. Judges will ultimately ignore the Constitution entirely if it suits their political ends.

Rixon on June 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

The visuals will be stunning on their ad campaign. I think this technology stuff still has liberals stumped. It must be like the people who tell you to smile while your talking on the phone because it comes through your voice.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

We converted Dad’s old 8mm home movies to DVD a few years ago. My Granddad, born in 1892, is standing perfectly still whenever he’s on camera. Even though he understood motion pictures, he didn’t think anyone outside of Hollywood had “those” kind of cameras.

TugboatPhil on June 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Doesn’t Kerry Kennedy have her grubby little skank hands involved in this?

Blake on June 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

TugboatPhil on June 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I love seniors they are so cute. The fact that I am careening to that stage of my life probably has a lot to do with it.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Doesn’t Kerry Kennedy have her grubby little skank hands involved in this?

Blake on June 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Yes, she does. I briefly considered mentioning it again but didn’t feel like cluttering up the thread with it.

Jazz Shaw on June 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

What empty lives and low self esteem these eco wackos must have. When all else fails, they turn to fixing pollution and don’t we want cleaner air and water. Whale Wars on the Animal Planet channel has been running ads for their upcoming season. If a whaler boat ever sinks the Sea Shepard, I’ll watch.

Kissmygrits on June 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

wait .. wait .. I thought Chevron was the personal property of HugoChavez, and thusly boycott-worthy.

Can someone explain? Apparently, I’ve been misled

Chavez owns Citgo.

stefano1 on June 2, 2012 at 8:51 AM

PDVSA owns Citgo, and Venezuela owns PDVSA as its state oil company.

They bought it years ago (pre-Chavez) to have an outlet for their extra heavy crude which has little market value outside the U.S. Gulf Coast where several refineries are very complex deep conversion refineries able to do much more than turn it into asphalt.

Kermit on June 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

All the added needed was Sally Struthers and hey, I’d have been running for my checkbook………./s

waterytart on June 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

“ad” not added, argh.

waterytart on June 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Noblesse Oblige. Ms. Kennedy should be donating her services pro Bono, if this is truly a moral cause. Why does it say in the british press that she is going to make 40 million saving the rainforest?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086986/Kerry-Kennedy-making-40-MILLION-advocating-rainforests.html

Fleuries on June 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Chevron bought that part of Texaco when it was split up. Shell bought other parts of it.

The government of Ecuador was ALWAYS the majority partner and had final say on any decisions made by that joint venture.

This is Bhopal all over again, where Union Carbide was the minority partner to the government of India.

Kermit on June 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Doe-eyed children, oil soaked ducks, treacly music: it all spells enviro wackos to me.

PattyJ on June 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

For some reason GOP leaders think the lefties are really smart, this ad proves that to be wrong.

jukin3 on June 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

lester on June 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

…sorry mo lester…I don’t answer azzholes…I talk over
them….like they always do! It’s always a waste of time and energy with progs…like spending all your time trying to put a sqaure peg in a round hole.

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Maybe a quick swim in the gulf to expose that other conspiracy as well?

lester on June 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Ignorance strikes again. Learn some science dude. People are freely swimming in the gulf right now with no deaths being recorded. You did know that oil eating bacteria developed in the gulf eons ago and enjoyed a feast while it lasted.

I know math is hard, science is hard and research is the hardest of the three for you lefties. But you can try a little more to do some research before you open your mouth and prove to the world you are foolish.

chemman on June 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Not to worry, he apparently didn’t really want us to respond anyway.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Heh. Quoting extortionist Steven Donzinger who volunteers he will use tactics of intimidation on “corrupt” Ecuadorian judges: “The judges are corrupt. Why? Because they are paid so little. It’s disgusting”.

Methinks that’s a sociopath talking.

Buy Danish on June 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

That principle doesn’t seem to have worked with overpaid US government employees and the GSA in particular, has it?

slickwillie2001 on June 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Did it say “Stupidflix” at the end, or did I just imagine it?

theotherone on June 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

In third world countries the locals sabotage pipelines all the time, usually looking to get some free fuel to burn. Or to antagonize the government, who is generally the majority partner in these ventures. What do you think caused the spill?

This case has been going on in Ecuador for years. Chevron says it isn’t their spill; Ecuador says it is. During the court case Chevron was able to demonstrate that the whole court and prosecution witnesses were heavily bribed. The government of Ecuador was pretty much forced to concede that. As a result, the main case was recently re-filed in Canada, and a few other countries where Chevron has assets, including the US.

Although the case is years old, the re-filing has finally got it to the news radar in the US. So the NGOs are now courting US public opinion.

A lot of the third-world NGOs work very hard to keep indigenous peoples in their natural state of extreme poverty, native deadly illnesses, high infant mortality, and starvation. It’s how the NGO’s make their money, and can feel self-righteous about opposing capitalist evil. Body counts don’t matter to them.

ss396 on June 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Two videos:

An unbelievably scummy lawyer and the anti-Chevron scam.

Reason TV: Robert Zubrin: Radical Environmentalists and Other Merchants of Despair.

Tzetzes on June 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What a great message that would be if Chevron enjoyed a huge uptick in sales after this hit the airwaves. I’ll have to look around but I think I can find a station and join you.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Unfortunately, the Chevron stations here are always 10 to 20 cents (yep, 20 cents) higher than other choices. I’m sympathetic to their cause, but not $4 per tankful sympathetic.

AZfederalist on June 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

AZfederalist on June 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Holy cow! We don’t see that kind of difference here. That’s crazy.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

AZfederalist on June 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Just the opposite up here. It’s usually the Shell stations that are 20 cents higher. Chevron is generally the cheapest among the markers…though it doesn’t matter as much when you’re paying $4.25 a gallon for 87 octane.

BUILD ME A REFINERY!

UODuckMan on June 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

lester on June 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

(Yawn) What is your point? That the water is dirty? Have you ever been to the Gulf? I volunteered that summer. You know, when the enviro gang and this WH said no volunteers were needed. Do you wanna go somewhere? Will you buy gas/transport and maintenance costs for a decent boat?

Newsflash: Collecting evidence of a spill is easy until the breakdown chemicals are applied. Then it is up to the experts

Secondflash: These emerging countries are quite good at sticking up for them selves when they make up their minds.

IlikedAUH2O on June 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Cindy? How about gasmeterguy? He’s pretty sure this is fake. KOOLAID? You guys wanna take your kids there to expose the conspiracy? Maybe a quick swim in the gulf to expose that other conspiracy as well?

lester on June 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Just got back from the Coast that suffered from BP’s “Worst Disaster of All Time” and had a wonderful time. Envior’s lies are so thick: Alar, Ozone Hole, Acid Rain Deforestation, Honey Bee Die-off’s, Polar Bears Dying, Moose Die-off’s, AGW, AG Cooling, The Great Carbon Footprint Scare, Spotted Owls Die-off’s, Cell Phone Cancer, Power Transmission Line Cancer, Nuclear Winter, DDT, Etc, and on and on that I am surprised anyone listens other than for a good laugh. Frankly, Liberal stuff like this looks better on a Sandwich board with the words: “Repent: Doom is here!”

As to TV commercials like that, I stopped watching them long ago when I found out that they paint sugar on the kids faces to get the flies to gather. We have plenty of White kids right here in the USA who are in orphanages that need help and are part of my extended genetic family, i.e. the White race. If the billions my Government illegitimately gives to Countries like Haiti is not enough, then they can go fish.

Bulletchaser on June 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Chevron: Deep Pockets.
Who cares who’s responsible?
Chevron has money.

Haiku Guy on June 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Chevron: Deep Pockets.
Who cares who’s responsible?
Chevron has money.

Haiku Guy on June 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

.
The people at the tippy-top of the “environmental movement pyramid”
don’t care about “Big Oil’s” responsibility OR money.

The motive is far more evil.

listens2glenn on June 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

If a whaler boat ever sinks the Sea Shepard, I’ll watch.

Kissmygrits on June 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Me too! Maybe that will be the season/series finale.

cptacek on June 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Leftist garbage always want to rub up against people better than they. It’s the natural human condition.

MNHawk on June 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM