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World’s Largest PR Firm Quits the Fossil Fuel Lobby

Shilling for Big Oil has become a hard job.

Edelman PR, the world’s largest public relations firm, has finally relieved themselves of the increasingly quixotic task of representing America’s oil lobby. For more than a decade, Edelman has flacked for the American Petroleum Institute (API), a trade association that, according to their website, “traces its beginning to World War I, when Congress and the domestic oil and natural gas industry worked together to help the war effort.” But here in the 21st century, as the consensus around climate change’s dire reality has calcified into accepted fact, the struggle to portray the oil business in a positive light has become an uphill slog. The relationship between burning fossil fuels and climate change is well documented; the response from petroleum producers has been to fund an entire industry to deny this established connection. In August, a Motherboard piece took on Edelman and API, highlighting the partnership’s underhanded efforts to perpetuate climate change denial:

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How Transportation Startup Uber Nails Public Relations

For all intents and purposes, and despite some hairy legal troubles, Uber is the pinnacle of startup success stories.

For all intents and purposes, and despite some hairy legal troubles, Uber is the pinnacle of startup success stories. The four-year-old business is growing at a rapid clip—expanding overseas and even recently, into Africa and China. The luxury car service smartphone app is reportedly getting another $150 million in funding, including backing from Google, and is valued at $3.5 billion.

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For Some Customers, Sexist Ad Remains Dark Cloud Over Method

What does a company with an otherwise laudable social impact record need to do after a mistake as avoidable as a sexual harassment-themed ad?



After we added Method, a company that makes green-friendly cleaning products, to our list of GOOD Company Project finalists, commenter ABGUSHTE wrote:

Isn't Method that company that made the awful sexual-harrassy commercial a couple of years ago? And then took it down and gave a non-apology apology? Yeah...I will never use their products.

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