cite as: F. Bi. 2008. The Way of the Astroturf III: 12 million everyday Americans. Intl. J. Inact., 1:185–186
From an article by the Heartland Institute:
The American Environmental Coalition (“AEC”), a broad-based coalition of 12 million everyday Americans who are concerned about America’s future and working to keep America beautiful, strong and prosperous […]
Meanwhile, the AEC web site states,
[…] AEC seeks to bring balance to the debate [on environmental policy] by being an alternative source of reliable information to Americans who seek the best way forward for our country.
I guess it’s always interesting when there’s a “broad-based” grassroots organization which is at the same time also an “alternative source of reliable information”, i.e. a wonky ‘academic’ think-tank. Very very interesting, eh isn’t it?
(To add to the fun, the AEC’s
whois records show that its administrative contact is Belinda Rankin of Frontiers of Freedom — another right-wing think-tank. And the “12 million” figure, as far as I can tell, was concocted from thin air.)
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With this, I now bring you an updated diagram of think-tanks, which now includes the AEC, the FoF and also the National Center for Policy Analysis. You can view the diagram by clicking on the nice-looking kanji.