Clean Energy Reform Opposition Bankrolled by Oil-Rich Nations


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Old news: oil companies are bankrolling the efforts to stop clean energy reform from taking root in the Senate. They've spent millions on lobbying campaigns alone--this is old hat. Even fellow foes of clean energy reform can't deny big oil is trying its best to muck up the climate bill. Well I guess they could. But they'd be wrong. New news (does that phrase even make sense?): much of the money for such opposition, including the phony 'grassroots' movements like Energy Citizen, has come directly from oil-rich nations abroad.Think Progress details the findings in a report today: 'Grassroots' Opposition To Clean Energy Reform Bankrolled By Foreign Oil, Petro-Governments. The post details where the money trail for anti-clean energy reform efforts leads. For instance:

-Nigeria's Bayelsa State, the region of the country producing much of its crude oil, is registered with the Carmen Group as its representative in DC. The Carmen Group is run largely by lobbyist David Keene, who also manages the American Conservative Union. Keene has lobbied against clean energy reform and used his conservative organization to generate "grassroots" opposition to legislative efforts to move away from a fossil fuel based economy.
And then, of course, there's our old friends, Americans for Prosperity:
The lobbyist-run front group Americans for Prosperity is perhaps the most active anti-clean energy group in the country. In addition to working furiously to orchestrate anti-clean energy themed tea parties, Americans for Prosperity is running anti-clean energy legislation ads, anti-climate change science ads, and is even barnstorming around the country with anti-clean energy "hot air" rallies. The organization was founded and is bankrolled by David Koch of Koch Industries, a major refiner of oil. Through Koch Industry subsidiaries -- Koch Supply & Trading and Flint Hills Resources -- Koch imports crude oil and unfinished oils from a variety of foreign sources, including from Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
Anyhow, the entire post is worth a read, as those two are just the tip of the iceberg. For the interested, I did an entire post earlier today on how paying for $150 billion a year for foreign oil impedes clean energy development back home--and why it seems to be a pretty clear choice between growing more jobs at home and funding unstable governments abroad.

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