Mark Lovelace brings you, can you believe it? - "A COALITION of environmental, labor, and forestry organizations in a FREE public workshop..." about the Palco bankruptcy.
Well, isn't that special.
How much do you want to bet they aren't going to talk about Ken Miller's "Humboldt Watershed Council's" (read that "all Palco all the time, and only Palco watersheds council" role in the demise of Palco. Will they tell you about the decades long effort of Ken Miller (co-founder of BACH) and all of his other aliases. Will they talk about the concerted PR efforts of Michael Shellenberger, Earth First!, and EPIC.
"Oh, Rose! You are just an apologist for Palco/Hurwitz/Maxaam!"
No. Actually, I am not. But early on in this process, I realized that what I thought I knew about Hurwitz and Palco was the result of a massive negative public relations campaign designed to portray Hurwitz as the "robber baron." As I read Shellenberger's talk of "framing the debate" - how they had pressured public officials, and used the protesters in incidents like the Pepper Spray case to garner national attention, I realized how we have all been played, and how little any of us really know. I realize that I do not have any real information to go on, just the smear campaign presented as fact. He may be that bad. I don't know. And I no longer take it on blind faith.
I am surprised that Hurwitz never fought back, choosing, (wrongly, I think) to let the criticism and attacks roll off his back, thus irrevocably sealing his image in cyberspace.
But I listen to the disingenuous cries of "Who US?!" "Why WE are not to blame for this! It's all Hurwitz. It was his plan from the beginning. The lawsuits , the harassment, the continuous attacks had NOTHING! WHATSOEVER! to do with it!" And when I hear the crocodile tears professing to care about the timberlands and the workers - I am sickened.
Let's talk about what comes next - if Hurwitz leaves the picture - will the attacks cease? Would new ownership be allowed to operate in relative peace? (Did anyone notice how the protesters dried up and went back into the shadows during the most recent election? Standing by to be reactivated on command, no doubt.) Could any potential buyer stand a chance in an industry under such concerted attack?
Who'll be in the crosshairs next? Simpson/Green Diamond? Sierra Pacific/SPI? (oh they already are) Or was this all about getting one man, and not about the old growth/Headwaters at all?
If I were Hurwitz, I would file suit against Ken Miller, Mark Lovelace, Michael Shellenberger, Fenton Communications, Lumina Strategies, and each and every member of the "growing coalition" of attack groups.
It would be a groundbreaking RICOH/racketeering case, because the orgs are a new phenomena. So far they are able to operate outside the law, free from criticism because they wear the "grassroots citizen" cloak.
In the meantime, ask Ken Miller, and Mark Lovelace what is next in their transition mission?