Category: Front Groups

Indiana lawmaker with history of receiving gifts from utilities, sponsoring utility-friendly legislation, now to join commission that regulates them

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced last week that he selected State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion), chair of the House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications and frequent recipient of utility...

/ March 25, 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

A Trump adviser’s emails shed light on a shadowy anti-clean energy network

Emails sent and received by Travis Fisher, an outgoing senior Trump administration official at the Department of Energy, shed light on a murky anti-clean energy network with ties to the...

/ February 22, 2018

Five Ohio Supreme Court justices received FirstEnergy campaign cash before they axed a $43 million refund to the utility’s customers

Five of the six Ohio Supreme Court justices who ruled that FirstEnergy does not have to refund $43.4 million to customers have received campaign contributions from FirstEnergy. The Ohio Supreme...

/ February 14, 2018

Will the U.S. Chamber continue to fight the EPA’s endangerment finding in 2018?

Update January 10, 2018: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce confirmed today it is no longer trying to overturn the EPA’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gas emissions, but top U.S. Chamber officials...

/ January 4, 2018

Who’s behind a letter asking Congress to end the wind production tax credit?

A new letter asking Congress to end the wind production tax credit has ties to the Institute for Energy Research, a group that has received funding from the fossil fuel...

/ December 11, 2017

How Will Utilities Vote On The Latest Climate Denial Model Resolution At ALEC?

Updated on Dec. 6 to include reference to a letter from the Edison Electric Institute, NRECA, Chevron, Honeywell and UPS expressing concerns about the ALEC resolution.  In a test of...

/ December 4, 2017

ISO New England CEO to headline invite-only fossil fuel industry event

Gordon van Welie, the CEO of ISO New England, will be the keynote speaker at a “Special Invitation Only” event organized by two front groups for oil and natural gas...

/ November 15, 2017

Who’s behind overblown claims about Fort Drum and wind farms?

Updated on October 5, 2017: We’ve updated this post with some additional information about the roles of anti-wind operative John Droz and the Koch-backed Institute for Energy Research.   Fort Drum in...

/ October 2, 2017