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Last year, Planet Experts ran a brief story on Edelman, the largest public relations firm in the world, and its role in selling the public misinformation on climate change. At the time, Edelman was almost alone among its top 25 peers in its willingness to represent climate change deniers.
And that was all right for the firm’s CEO, Richard Edelman, who held the view that turning away any business would cost his company the chance to reach $1 billion in revenues.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the cash register.
Edelman Lost Clients, Leaders and Goodwill Over Climate Change
Last year, The Nation confirmed that Edelman was on a nearly $52 million retainer for the American Petroleum Institute (API). As part of the strong arm of the fossil fuel industry, Edelman ran several pro-oil campaigns, including the management of “multiple websites and online advertising efforts asking officials to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, support tax deductions for the oil industry and expand access for drilling on public lands.” Corporate Watch even alleged that Edelman was responsible for astroturfing several fake grassroots organizations in support of fossil fuel spending and jobs.