Americans for Prosperity Ad in Virginia

Americans For Prosperity (AFP) has released this 30 second spot claiming that global warming and green energy is a hoax. The spot quotes John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel. Mr. Coleman, who is no longer associated with the Weather Channel, launched a crusade last year to expose "the fraud of global warming." AFP self-promotes as being "committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process." It purports to be an grassroots organization that "engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels."

According to SourceWatch, AFP was established "in late 2003 as a successor to Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation following an internal rift between Citizens for a Sound Economy and its affiliated foundation." AFP was also formally affiliated with the Independent Women's Forum which was founded by Rosalie Gaull (Ricky) Silberman in 1992 as a vehicle to attack Hillary Rodham Clinton and other "secular feminists."

The AFP is one of the main right wing groups attacking the science of climate change. In 2008, Americans for Prosperity  sponsored a Hot Air Tour campaign, a hot air balloon cross-country tour with the slogan, "Global Warming Alarmism: Lost Jobs, Higher Taxes, Less Freedom." According the the Hot Air Tour website, "Climate alarmists have bombarded citizens with apocalyptic scenarios and pressured them into environmental political correctness. It's time to tell the other side of the story." That of the energy companies, apparently.

One of its primary backers is the Koch Family Foundations which is the charitable trust of the Koch family that owns Koch Industries, the nation's largest privately held energy company, with annual revenues of more than $25 billion. Koch Industries is currently the second largest family-owned business in the country. The foundations are financed via the oil and gas fortunes of Fred G. Koch, a founding member of the John Birch Society. The principal owners are now Fred Koch's sons, David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch who have a combined personal fortune estimated at more than $3 billion and who have emerged as major Republican contributors in recent years. Both David and Charles are part of the Forbes 50. The Koch Family Foundation is also a major contributor to the libertarian Cato Institute. Finally, David Koch is the chairman of the board of Americans for Prosperity.

The ad is part of a $140,000 campaign and running only in Virginia.

Tags: Campaign Ads, Climate Change Issues, Right Wing Groups, US Energy Policy (all tags)



Re: Americans for Prosperity Ad in Virginia

It's running in just the one state in hopes that it will get picked up and discussed seriously in the media. Its goal is to make it appear there is serious debate by getting talking heads to argue each side ad nauseum.

by mikeinsf 2009-02-25 01:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Americans for Prosperity Ad in Virginia

Talking heads are dumb enough to fall for it too.

by Bush Bites 2009-02-25 03:33PM | 0 recs
Of course

We all know how much that secular feminists would benefit if they could only convince the public that the global mean temperature is rising due to carbon emissions.

by mcc 2009-02-25 01:44PM | 0 recs
The Kochs are totally schiziod....

They fund PBS, fund cancer research, funded a court battle against the Patriot act....

But, they also fund CATO, and are total global warming denyers...

Crazied Libertarians, I find myself agreeing with some things they say, and absolutely horrified at others.

But, in this case, they are voting their pocketbook, and old school sticking with same old same old...

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-25 01:51PM | 0 recs
Not John Coleman

That's not John Coleman!  It might be his son.  See Link: n_(meteorologist)

by slip kid no more 2009-02-25 02:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Not John Coleman

You're right. I'll adjust the post accordingly. I guess that they are only quoting him but from listening to ad I definitely got the impression that was supposed to be John Coleman.

by Charles Lemos 2009-02-25 03:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Not John Coleman

Must just be a bad actor.

John Coleman is ancient.

He was a Chicago weatherman when I was a kid.

by Bush Bites 2009-02-25 03:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Not John Coleman

This is John Coleman. kM

by Bush Bites 2009-02-25 03:26PM | 0 recs
This ad played in NC on MSNBC and CNN

I actually laughed out loud at this clown. I couldn't believe somebody actually paid money to run such a ridiculously poor TV spot. I hope they run it again and again because it only serves to make their BS even more obvious. Plus it's very funny, however unintentional.

by Spiffarino 2009-02-25 03:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Frank Batten, Sr.

John Coleman was the Good Morning America weather man who sold an idea and helped implement The Weather Channel back around 1981.  This guy doesn't look like him.

The business model and lots of other things derive from Landmark Communications.  The deal Coleman made allowed Landmark the right to dump him and his pricey stake if Coleman failed to meet his first year goals.  Well, he failed to meet the goals and after that it was all Landmark.

Frank Batten Sr. is the real founder of The Weather Channel. Batten and his family company, Landmark Communications owned it from the beginning until it was sold for $3.5 billion within the past year.   Coleman went back to doing weather at a local TV station.

by David Kowalski 2009-02-25 03:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Frank Batten, Sr.

The ad just quotes Coleman at the end.

It's funny how the ad attacks green energy for being a hoax that funds "corporations" even though the ad is funded ultimately by Koch Industries, an energy conglomerate.

by Charles Lemos 2009-02-25 03:28PM | 0 recs
as an aside

Why are so many meteorologists morons? 1/19/eco.globalwarmingsurvey/

I could see the petroleum geologists. They're in the pay of the oil companies, but I don't understand the meteorologist doubters.

by Bush Bites 2009-02-25 03:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Americans for Prosperity Ad in Virginia

Probably because meteorologists are concerned with the 2, 7, and 14 day forecasts.  The idea of a LONG TERM model is against there inherent thinking.  /Snark

Lots of people have a problem with Global warming because it is slow and choppy.  It won't be until the boat has goen over the waterfall that people start to convert.  Glad I live in MN where the new coast line will be...palm trees, shoreline, lemonaide.  ;)

by Hammer1001 2009-02-25 04:45PM | 0 recs
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What's going to happen to your 1,000 lakes, tho?

by Bush Bites 2009-02-25 05:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Americans for Prosperity Ad in Virginia

Kind of a mixed bag, I guess.

What can we expect?
The following impacts may already be underway or could be expected from a changing climate.

Shifts in location of Minnesota forests and grasslands, changing the types of plants and animals that live in the state.

Loss of species unable to adapt quickly to new climates.

Damage may increase from floods and violent storms.

Some pests, diseases and exotic species may be able to extend their range into Minnesota.

More poor air quality (smoggy) days in the summer.

Reduced water quality-- increased algal blooms and less oxygen in warmer waters.

Less habitat for trout, whitefish, and other coldwater species.

Shorter season of snow and ice cover, less winter recreational opportunities. e/climatechange.cfm

by Bush Bites 2009-02-25 05:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Americans for Prosperity Ad in Virginia

Even though I know this kind of idiocy exists, I am still a little shocked by it...

by CTF 2009-02-26 06:02AM | 0 recs


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