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Published on July 10th, 2014 | by Sandy Dechert


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

July 10th, 2014 by  

Front groups attacking state clean energy policies (

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 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.”

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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."

  • GraceAdams830

    It would be nice if instead of trying to keep business as usual, fossil fuel firms would settle for being bought off with enough money to get just a little bit more than with business as usual in exchange for cooperating with replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy. Have our MIC make renewable energy equipment instead of military pork, have utilities use the equipment instead of burning coal, and have the utilities continue to buy just as much coal as ever for same high prices but take delivery as mineral rights. So coal mine owners should end up with same revenue but somewhat lower expenses, thus more profit. Also tell small enough to fail coal mine owners to go out of business by decree leaving too big to fail coal mine owners to grab market share of small enough to fail.

    • Bob_Wallace

      That make too much sense.

      Guaranteed fail.

  • sault

    How come the mainstream media never wonders why the fossil fuel companies have to funnel their money through all these front-groups to get their point across? I mean, if they weren’t totally full of it, why would companies like Exxon and Peabody Coal NOT want their names attached to causes they believe in (and almost totally fund)?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Ad revenue?

      The mainstream media can be bought. And it’s tax deductible.

  • Shiggity

    Stay strong North Carolina!

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