No. 11: Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security (A.K.A. FACES of Coal)
Meet the 12 loudest members of the chorus claiming that global warming is a joke and that CO2 emissions are actually good for you.
The Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security, a.k.a. FACES of Coal, describes itself as an "alliance of people from all walks of life" that promotes "the importance of coal and coal mining." Its website, launched in August, features photos of smiling folks who presumably represent some of its 20,000 supposed supporters. But as revealed by Appalachian Voices, many of the supposed "faces of coal" were stock photos. (They've since been removed from the site.)
Until recently the FACES website was registered to Adfero, a PR shop whose own website boasts of its skill at building grassroots movements, its "access to key contacts on the ground who can conduct intercepts with elected officials at speeches, rallies, local town hall meetings and other events," and its "grassroots network" that can appear on local news and submit op-eds or letters to the editor. "We can mobilize an army of supporters to send letters or emails and make phone calls to policymakers in support of your issue."