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Your Chance to Blow the Whistle Using New "Polluter Hotline"

September 8, 2009

LAS VEGAS - In an effort to blow the whistle on what they're calling "fraudulent tactics" to strike down clean energy legislation, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other non-profit groups have joined together to launch the "polluter fraud hot line."

Adam Kolton with the NWF says the hot line was a reaction to lobbyists, funded by a coal industry coalition, who are accused of sending forged letters in the names of environmental groups, urging congressional members to vote against climate change legislation. He says the hot line gives citizens a chance to fight back.

"It's a new toll-free line, where citizens can blow the whistle on fake letters or fraudulent or deceptive tactics being perpetrated by those seeking to defeat clean energy legislation."

Kolton says Congress has started an investigation into allegations that Bonner and Associates, hired by the "American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity," forged the letters to Congress members. The Bonner group blamed the letters on "a rogue temporary employee."

John Hadder with Great Basin Resource Watch says it's a lesson for Nevadans to look closely at who's involved in these coalitions, because some are given names that sound like they are for an issue when in actuality they are spending a bundle to lobby against it.

"It's interesting; you see these sorts of groups arise at times like this where they want to sort of 'green-wash' what they are doing. You know; 'Coalition for Clean Energy:' if someone didn't really research it very much, they might assume they are supporting renewable energy legislation and this sort of thing."

Hadder says Nevada has a lot to gain in the switch to clean energy, but big industry coalitions have enough money and lobbying power to make the national discussion quite lopsided. He says everyday citizens need to step up and be heard to counteract that influence.

The "polluter hot line" is 866-363-4648.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV