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Guess what? Your new Ford Explorer SUV is actually good for the environment, according to Ford’s massive new ad campaign, which won CORPORATE WATCH’s latest “greenwashing” award. In classic corporate fashion, Ford is blitzing the media with its new “environmental” image, spending as much money on its friend-of-the-earth image as it would on promoting a new line of cars.

In fact, every last magazine ad and billboard will henceforth have an environmental theme, Ford has announced. OK, so Ford isn’t perfect, but at least they’re trying right? Well, actually, Ford is number one in the nation when it comes to carbon emissions from cars and SUVs, according the Union of Concerned Scientists. Over the past decade, as the threat of global warming became more and more apparent, Ford raised its average vehicle emissions the most of any Big Three auto maker.

Still, you’ve got to love the flawless accounting logic: brand-friendly platitudes are just so much more cost-effective than, say, actually doing anything to help the environment.

To honor Ford for winning the greenwashing award, Corporate Watch will give Ford Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. a used bicycle for commuting to work.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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