Journalists Offered Expense-Paid Trip to Texas by Bloomberg-Funded Activist Group

In a recent Substack post, the author highlighted their set of nine energy-related predictions for 2024 but overlooked nuclear energy, not expecting it to gain much attention from policymakers. However, another potential prediction surfaced when the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) notified its members of a unique opportunity to spend three days in Port Arthur, Texas, organized by the Michael Bloomberg-funded Beyond Plastics activist organization and the Port Arthur Community Action Network.

The invitation, extended to journalists, comes with a fully funded experience, covering lodging and meals, courtesy of the Bloomberg expense account. While Port Arthur may not be a tourist hotspot, it has a longstanding presence in oil refining, plastics, and petrochemical operations, making it a significant location on the Texas Gulf coast.

The event, scheduled for January 24-26, aims to shed light on environmental concerns associated with the local industries. Beyond Plastics and its sister group, Beyond Petrochemicals, receive funding from Michael Bloomberg, who channels funds through a network of environmental activists and organizations. Despite potential conflicts of interest, the invitation highlights the absence of a registration fee and emphasizes the provision of free bus transportation from Houston to Port Arthur.

The event mirrors a similar one held last year in New Orleans, where journalists were treated to an expense-paid seminar focusing on what activists term “cancer alley.” The agenda for this year’s event features presentations from anti-fossil fuel advocates, such as Dr. Robert Bullard and Jen Powis, with the goal of generating negative media stories about the petrochemicals and plastics industries, potentially fueling future litigation.

The author reflects on a missed opportunity to predict a concerted media and litigation campaign targeting the American plastics and petrochemicals industries by left-wing billionaires and their funded front groups. The prospect of a major campaign against these industries, which contribute to essential products in modern life, is seen as a significant yet overlooked development.

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