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Published on September 13th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer


Oil-Funded Group That Targeted Green Jobs Czar Now After Steven Chu

September 13th, 2009 by  

The DOE is headed up by Steven Chu, who has totally revamped the Department of Energy from a fossil friendly enterprise to one that moves us swiftly off of oil and coal and towards more home grown renewable power like solar and wind.

The Heartland Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute are oil-funded think-tanks dedicated to turning out academic-appearing reports that have successfully confused Americans about global warming. The result has been that oil companies have successfully delayed renewable energy development in this country.

Like Americans For Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which was behind the firing of Van Jones, the Green Jobs Czar; these organizations are funded by Exxon and David and Charles Koch (Koch Industries oil empire).  Freedom works is currently sponsoring astroturf townhalls to fight energy legislation.

The plot thickens…they now have Steven Chu in their sights.

The Huffington Post caught them gloating:

On Fox News forum; Phil Kerpen the director of policy for Americans For Prosperity brags about how his organization brought down Van Jones:

“I spent the next two weeks researching everything I could find about Jones and the Apollo Alliance (much of which is still to be published, including a forthcoming paper from the Capital Research Center next month), the national umbrella organization for coordinating between the environmentalists, the labor unions, and the social justice street organizers that Jones has served as a board member and a primary national spokesman for.”

Now that they have tasted blood, the scope of Enemies Of America has widened. According to a document uncovered by Enviroknow, they have shifted their sights to includes…yikes! It’s Steven Chu.

Could that be because our new Department of Energy is the most proactive since Jimmy Carter on climate and renewable energy. Steven Chu has efficiently initiated a burst of more funding of renewable energy than many VCs in Silicon Valley.

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Another Day, Another Humungous Renewable Energy Funding Announcement From DOE

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Why, it’s downright Anti-American.

But – whereas Van Jones was will still be just as effective a Green Jobs organizer in the non-profit world – it would be extremely difficult to replace someone of the caliber of Nobel prizewinner Steven Chu at the DOE.

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Via Enviroknow 

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writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today and Renewable Energy World.  She has also been published at Wind Energy Update, Solar Plaza, Earthtechling PV-Insider , and GreenProphet, Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow, and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design, Susan brings an innovator's perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention, solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci-fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times.    Follow Susan on Twitter @dotcommodity.

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