Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Clean Power

Fossil Interests Attack Clean Energy Politics: State-By-State Map

Front groups attacking state clean energy policies (energyandpolicy.org)

The Energy and Policy Institute recently gave renewable energy advocates some valuable election tips in a “follow the money” state-by-state look at anti-renewable groups. Among other efforts, EPI released Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy by Fossil Fuel Interests 2013–2014, with the energy politics infomap featured above.

The report tears the masks off front groups like ALEC, Heartland, and the National Center for Policy Analysis. The authors carefully document how and where fossil fuel advocates like Charles and David Koch are laying down big money to slow or reverse the momentum of renewable energy, and thus play politics with destructive climate change.

From the report: “Fossil fuel and utility interests, concerned about the rise of cheap clean energy, are financing attacks on pro–clean energy policies, in an effort to delay the growth of a market competitor.”

For an article on solarenergy.net last month, Scott Thill interviewed EPI executive director Gabe Eisner about the progress — or lack thereof — of energy anachronisms in clean energy politics:

“There are numerous examples of how the Kochs and their allies in the fossil fuel industry have failed, because of political and economic forces supporting clean energy. Kansas is a great example, where bipartisan support stopped an onslaught by the Kochs, their front groups, and their lobbyists.”

The micropolitics revealed in the EPI report pinpoint the locals who are on the Kochs’ payroll. Come election time, this information should boost the chances of voting them out of office. Too, says Thill, it should be useful to those who are retargeting investment and retirement portfolios and other business away from traditional energy producers toward renewable energy companies like SolarCity, SunPower, and First Solar.

With this information, Eisner says, “Citizens can engage their legislators, decision makers, business leaders, and others to support pro–clean energy policies.”

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 

Advertisement
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

covers environmental, health, renewable and conventional energy, and climate change news. She's currently on the climate beat for Important Media, having attended last year's COP20 in Lima Peru. Sandy has also worked for groundbreaking environmental consultants and a Fortune 100 health care firm. She writes for several weblogs and attributes her modest success to an "indelible habit of poking around to satisfy my own curiosity."

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

Volvo has pledged to manufacture only electric cars by 2030. In November of last year, it released a 50-page report that delves in exquisite...

Batteries

Michael Barnard spoke with serial successful entrepreneur Bill Nussey. He just published a book, Freeing Energy, about solar and storage behind the meter.

Clean Power

Solar panels are sprouting up in farms and rural communities all over the countryside, winning hearts and minds, if not votes.

Fossil Fuels

Exxon says climate litigation in California is a conspiracy designed to limit its right of free speech.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.