Big oil companies are sponsoring "grassroots" rallies opposing clean energy reform. However, these events are hardly grassroots, and are filled with oil company employees -- observers have described the events as more like "company picnics."
Here are a list of scheduled 'Energy Citizen' events:
8/21 (11:30 AM). Lima, OH Veterans' Memorial and Civic Center.
8/21 (11:30 AM) Farmington, NM. Convention Center at McGee Park
8/22 (11:30 AM). Atlanta, GA. Marriott Century Center.
8/25 (11.30 AM) Nashville, TN. Wild Horse Saloon.
8/25 (11:00 AM). Elkhart, IN. RV Hall of Fame.
8/25 (TBD) Greeley, CO. Island Grove Regional Park, Exhibit Hall
8/27 (11:30 AM). St. Louis, MO Hilton at the Ballpark.
8/27 (5.:00 PM) Tampa FL, Tampa Convention Center
8/27 (TBD). Bismarck, ND National Center of Energy Excellence at Bismarck State College, 4th Floor
8/31 (TBD). Anchorage, AK Anchorage Convention Center
8/31 (5:00 PM). Greenville, SC. Carolina First Center.
9/1 Springfield IL Time TBD Venue TBD
9/3 (Time TBD) Detroit MI Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center.
9/3 (4:30 PM). Philadelphia, PA. Venue TBD.
9/3 Richmond, VA. TBD.
9/5 (2:30 PM). Lincoln, NE. Embassy Suites Lincoln.
9/7 (1:15 3 2:15 PM). Huron, SD. Freedom Stage, South Dakota State Fair
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If you go to the rallies, consider asking questions to the participants such as, "Do you know why you're here?" and, "Was your employer involved with you coming to this event today?"
HT to HuffPost Blogger Kevin Grandia for his reporting on the issue.