All posts by Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson is the policy and communications manager for the Energy and Policy Institute. Dave has been working at the nexus of clean energy and public policy since 2008. Prior to joining the Energy and Policy Institute, he was an outreach coordinator for the climate and energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is also an alumnus of the Sierra Club and the Alliance for Climate Protection (now the Climate Reality Project). Dave’s research has helped to spur public scrutiny of political attacks on clean energy and climate science by powerful special interests, such as ExxonMobil and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). His work has been cited by major media outlets, such as CBS News and the Wall Street Journal, and he has served as a speaker on panels at national solar industry conferences. Dave holds a MA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, where he also received a BA in Humanities.

Trump misfires on windmills, coal in upstate New York

President Trump attacked subsidies for “windmills” this week while in upstate New York, but didn’t mention his multi-billion dollar plan to bail out the coal industry, which has backed some of the opposition to new wind farms around the country. ...

/ August 15, 2018

Source for Tucker Carlson anti-wind power story has ties to fossil fuel funded groups

Updated on August 15, 2018, with new information about the Tucker Carlson anti-wind power story that has now been postponed. Updated on August 14, 2018, with a summary of President Trump’s remarks last night on “windmills” and “clean coal” at a fundraiser for...

/ August 13, 2018

Fossil fuel and utility interests target Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine with campaign cash in Ohio governor’s race

Republican Mike DeWine continues to raise the most money from fossil fuel and utility interests in Ohio’s race for governor, but Democrat Richard Cordray has also received campaign contributions from the coal industry and lobbyists for FirstEnergy. The Energy and...

/ July 6, 2018

FOIAs reveal FirstEnergy meeting with Rick Perry, 30+ corporate jet flights to D.C. since Trump’s inauguration

New details about FirstEnergy’s lobbying of the Trump administration and corporate airplane flights to Washington, D.C., can be found in documents obtained via FOIAs filed with the Department of Energy and Federal Aviation Administration by the Energy and Policy Institute....

/ June 8, 2018

Documents reveal a lobbying blitz by FirstEnergy as Trump mulled bailouts for coal and nuclear power plants that could cost consumers billions

A new filing in the bankruptcy case for FirstEnergy Solutions details how lobbyists at Akin Gump, Washington, DC’s top-earning lobbying firm, spent hundreds of hours in April working on a renewed campaign to secure bailouts for the utility’s coal and nuclear power...

/ June 1, 2018

Opponents of the Wind Catcher project have ties to fossil fuel interests, Hawthorn Group

The Wind Catcher project, a plan to build one of the nation’s largest wind farms, is starting to move forward despite attacks from front groups with ties to fossil fuel interests.  One of the groups, Americans for Affordable Energy, has...

/ May 14, 2018

Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailouts for utilities that back their campaigns

Updated on May 11, 2018: We’ve updated this post with a response from Rep. Larry Householder regarding his flight to Washington, D.C. aboard FirstEnergy’s corporate jet for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and why he later sponsored a bill to bail out...

/ May 10, 2018

Fossil fuel & utility money mostly goes to DeWine in early 2018, while Kucinich takes No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge in Ohio governor’s race

The campaign contributions that fossil fuel and electric utility interests have made in Ohio’s race for governor during the first four months of 2018 have largely gone to Republican candidate Mike DeWine. Republican Mary Taylor has also received several donations...

/ April 27, 2018

Tom Stacy: A top anti-wind activist who got paid by a fossil fuel funded group

Tom Stacy once staked the credibility of his Ohio-based anti-wind power group on a claim that they had received “zero dollars and zero cents” from the energy industry, but that was before he became a paid consultant for a fossil...

/ April 2, 2018

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio

Murray Energy lobbied on a bill to roll back renewable energy "mandates" in Ohio, while it fought for government intervention to bail out coal-fired power plants.

/ March 9, 2018