Big Green's collusion with Russia on energy issues
The Russians and the anti-energy left have a common interest in reducing and eliminating US fossil fuel production. They both want to hamper energy production and transportation. The Russians would love to see the US go to inefficient alternative energy. It would be consistent with their long-term strategic interest in weakening the US and its allies. ...
Many of the environmental groups identified as top recipients of Sea Change Foundation money are active in Pennsylvania, so Harrisburg lawmakers are understandably concerned about the impact well-funded narrow special interests could have on energy policy. Thomas Murphy, director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, told state senators during his testimony that Pennsylvania is now the top U.S. producer of shale gas. The Marcellus and Utica shale gas resources that cut across parts of the commonwealth are providing 35 percent of the U.S. total dry natural gas production, Murphy points out. If you’re a Russian oligarch looking to suppress America’s natural gas revolution, Pennsylvania is a place where you will want to concentrate resources.
But, of course, the problem of Russian interference in the American energy sector is not limited to one state. It blossoms in the southeast, which climate activists see as ground zero for their anti-fossil fuel campaign — and Russia is only too happy to oblige.
Tracing the vast sums flowing out of Sea Change through environmental clearinghouses such as the Energy Foundation and the Tides Foundation, a nonprofit group known as the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, emerges as a key boots-on-the-ground beneficiary. The Tennessee-based group gets a large portion of its budget directly from the Energy Foundation, which works hand-in-glove with Sea Change to fund and promote its policy priorities. In 2010, SACE received $2.3 million or 61 percent of its annual income from the Energy Foundation. Five years later, it was still receiving more than 25 percent of its annual income from that single source.
SACE’s activities cover the entire southeast, but its grants from the Energy Foundation have specifically been earmarked for Florida projects at least 16 times. The climate crusaders are all-in to make Florida their main target. Conveniently, environmentalists’ efforts to oppose the state’s Sabal Trail Pipeline, for example, play straight into Russia’s goals of suppressing U.S. domestic energy production and exports. Maybe that’s why Russia was so aggressive about backing and promoting Sabal Trail protests.