We’re pleased to announce that Counterspill.org, a website co-founded by Chris Paine— director of Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car— and sponsored by Mountainfilm in Telluride recently won three Webby Awards.
Counterspill offers an opposing view to the stories spun from government agencies and energy companies. Its goal is to provide “a one-stop multi-tiered communication resource to create and respond…to energy industry narratives.” Those narratives, produced by big energy, “minimize liability, deflect, defend, distract and return to the status quo. For them, the faster an incident is out of the public mind, the better.”
Counterspill fights society’s short-term memory deficit by documenting disasters from the past 100 years with oil, nuclear and other energy producers, as well as posting updates on recent events.
The 2012 Webby Awards recognized Counterspill with a sweeping three-way victory in categories of Activism (two awards: Webby Award Winner and People’s Voice Winner) and Green (Webby Award Winner). It competed against an intimidating list of nominees — including National Geographic, Tree Hugger and the National Film Board of Canada — to join the ranks of other 2012 winners, such as Louis CK, Funny or Die, Kayak and Instagram.
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