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· Gas Prices · Whistleblowers · Internet Ads Targeting Kids

TYSON SLOCUM
Director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, Slocum said today: “Gas prices have tripled over the last five years and it hasn’t moderated demand. Oil companies, fueled by huge mergers, are engaging in anti-competitive and speculative behavior which explains their $477 billion in profits since Bush became president. So how can we address the environmental implications of our oil addiction without burdening working families even more? Ending the billions of dollars in subsidies the oil industry gets each year — or enacting a windfall profits tax on Big Oil — and dedicating that money to fund sustainable energy alternatives would provide households with the access to alternatives they need. Our mass transit systems are woefully underfunded, and many working families can’t afford to buy super fuel-efficient or alternative-fuel cars. Investing in America’s communities — not Big Oil — is the solution.”
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MARSHA COLEMAN-ADEBAYO
In 2002, Marsha Coleman-Adebayo — a whistleblower at the EPA regarding conditions for South African miners — stood behind President Bush as he signed the No Fear Act (Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation). This week she chairs Washington Whistleblower Week. She said: “It’s time for the American people to know the truth about how the U.S. government hunts whistleblowers down like prey … in the bloodsport that is commonly called retaliation inside the federal government. The government operates under the veil of being above the law and untouchable.”
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KATHRYN MONTGOMERY
Professor at American University, Montgomery is co-author of the just-released report “Interactive Food and Beverage Marketing: Targeting Children and Youth in the Digital Age.” The report is being released through the Center for Digital Democracy, which says the report “documents the panoply of new techniques that major food and beverage brands are deploying in the new digital marketing ecosystem. Using cell phones, instant messaging, video games, user-generated video, and three-dimensional virtual worlds, companies are seeking to foster deep, ongoing personal relationships with children and adolescents. The study also reveals a range of new digital strategies these marketers have devised for targeting multicultural youth, including African Americans and Hispanics.”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020