Many environmental activists are familiar with the "greenwashing" concept. Fewer, though, are familiar with "pinkwashing," best documented by the book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy by Samantha King. It's a concept fully on display with regards to the ties that bind Komen to the shale gas industry.
In the fracking sphere, one of the crucial outcomes of the Task Force's meetings was the "Halliburton Loophole." This clause located within the Energy Policy Act of 2005allows chemicals found in "fracking fluid" to be deemed a "trade secret," exempting the shale gas industries from both the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act when they perform hydraulic fracturing for shale gas.
Other Komen Oil and Gas Industry Ties that Bind
Komen also maintains what it calls its "Million Dollar Council," which receives funding from Koch Industries' subsidiary, Georgia-Pacific, as well as General Electric (GE). Koch Industries and its many subsidiaries have a major financial stake in shale gas drilling. So too does GE.
Georgia-Pacific "produces resins used for chemicals used to prop open micro-fractures, an important process for fracking to occur," explained Lee Fang of the Republic Report. Other Koch subsidiaries — including Koch Pipeline, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Supply & Trading and Koch Chemical Technology Group — all have a fiscal future intricately tied to shale gas production, according to Fang's reporting.
GE, meanwhile, also describes itself as a "massive player" in shale gas production. As I wrote for AlterNet in September 2011:
GE created a device for recycling the water used during the controversial and toxic hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process. Furthermore, it maintains natural gas fueled power plants, and manufactures natural gas-powered turbines, having sold more than $1 billion worth of them in 2011 in the United States, according to Reuters. GE also recently made a deal with Russia to sell between $10 and $15 billion worth of turbines.