Green groups’ deceptive con game

From the Washington Examiner, by Emily Zanotti • | June 10, 2015 | 5:00 am

Photo - Greenpeace protesters, not strangers to publicity stunts, hang with a banner from a construction crane on 23rd street near the State Department on April 27, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Greenpeace protesters, not strangers to publicity stunts, hang with a banner from a construction crane on 23rd street near the State Department on April 27, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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As several business owners in North Carolina recently found out, “green” nonprofits aren’t always forthcoming about their agendas. Despite receiving tens of millions of dollars from billionaires like Tom Steyer and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, many of these environmental groups have taken to desperate measures to attract support from the general public for their unpopular agendas.

Recently, investigative journalists at the Asheville Citizen-Times and National Review revealed that the Sierra Club had allegedly added signatories to a petition demanding that Duke Energy cease the operations of one of its coal-fired power plants in Asheville, North Carolina. Of the 80 businesses listed on the petition, at least six had never agreed to lend their support to the Sierra Club at all, several claimed to be victims of bait-and-switch, strong-arming tactics and one didn’t even exist.

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