Big Green colluding with Russia to thwart US energy growth
Darn those Russians and their meddling in American politics! No… I’m not talking about the 2016 elections, at least not quite as directly. There have been recent allegations that Russia has been “meddling” in another area entirely which hasn’t received nearly as much media attention for some reason. A couple of House committees have been looking into claims that the Russians have been funding environmentalists who push anti-fracking, “keep it in the ground” campaigns aimed at shutting down fossil fuel development in the United States. And thus far they haven’t received much cooperation. (Free Beacon)This is the kind of Russian collusion the left can get behind.
The Treasury and State Departments have failed to respond to open records requests seeking “certain correspondence and related records discussing Russian funding of environmental pressure groups’ advocacy in the United States,” according to lawsuits filed today against Treasury and Monday against State.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and Rep. Randy Weber (R., Texas), chairman of its energy subcommittee, sent a letter dated June 29, 2017, to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking him to “conduct a full and complete investigation” into allegations the Russian government has been funneling tens of millions of dollars into U.S. environmental groups to support misinformation campaigns aimed at suppressing U.S. natural gas development.
The investigation is looking into a couple areas of meddling here. Part of it is the usual Russian troll farms looking to stir up activists and get them to oppose fossil fuel production. But the more serious charge has to do with the Sea Change Foundation in San Francisco. Their mission statement claims that the group is working to “address the serious threats posed by global climate change, and primarily focuses on climate change mitigation and clean energy policy.”