Thursday, December 10, 2009

American Petroleum Industry Fakes Diversity of Oil Jobs

If you check out the front cover of API’s new jobs brochure you might notice that something seems amiss in its lead image:
You’re not seeing things. That man left of center seems to be African American yet has a Caucasian hand.

That’s right, photo-shopping at its finest. Or rather not-so-finest. But altogether expected from the industry that brought us fabricated “grassroots” efforts against clean energy when a majority of Americans support investing in renewable energy. And pretty typical for a group who continually creates lies around the cost of clean energy and climate legislation.

API's members contribute to a host of deceptive tactics meant to deny Americans real energy reform and muddy the scientific consensus on dangerous global warming, all while keeping the U.S. tied to foreign oil from hostile nations. In fact Exxon Mobil, their most notorious big spender, has spent millions lobbying against clean energy and funds special interest groups to do their deceptive dirty work, such as the recent misrepresentation of stolen personal emails from the University of East Anglia's climate researchers.

So while API's attempts to diversify their audience are certainly interesting, we'd much prefer a diversified U.S. workforce. And with unemployment at double-digits and clean energy being one of the few, growing industries in the United States, well, it seems like a no-brainer.

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