The Energy and Policy Institute is a watchdog organization that exposes attacks on renewable energy and counters misinformation by fossil fuel and utility interests.
We need to power the economy with clean technology to address the climate crisis. Clean, renewable energy is now affordable and cost-competitive with traditional fossil fuels. Energy efficiency and electric vehicles are also growing rapidly.
But fossil fuel interests are fighting to slow down clean energy progress in order to protect their 20th-century business models.
The Energy and Policy Institute exposes attacks and deception by fossil fuel companies, utilities, their trade associations and front groups through investigative research and analysis. By disseminating our information to media, allies, and decision makers, we seek to disrupt fossil fuel-funded misinformation, separate polluters from policymakers, and accelerate the transition to a clean economy.
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EPI’s staff live around the country, and we acknowledge that we live on the traditional, ancestral and potentially unceded homelands of Indigenous people. The places we live, work, and play have been cared for by many before us and alongside us today, including Indigenous peoples of the present and those of the past. We acknowledge the long history of atrocities that Indigenous peoples have suffered from settler colonialism, including genocide, ethnic cleansing, forced assimilation, stolen land, broken treaties, and forced removal. As researchers who focus specifically on energy, we know that the extraction, production, generation, transmission and consumption of energy impact our land and water, as well as the people who depend on them. Our energy systems, which are impossible to disentangle from colonialism, have often created disproportionately great harm and few benefits for Indigenous people. These injustices are ongoing. In this acknowledgment, we honor the original defenders and stewards of Native lands and commit to exposing the injustices that continue to impact Indigenous peoples throughout the country. We acknowledge that though dominant culture and social systems (such as our education system) continue to erase Indigenous presence, Indigenous peoples are still here and living in vibrant communities across the U.S. We recognize the powerful work being led by Indigenous leaders and to resist colonialism and assert their rights and sovereignty as central components of the transition to a more just and equitable energy system. We are committed to acting in support of and in solidarity with those efforts. We recognize that this land acknowledgement does not absolve us from the real work of building trust-based reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders.