ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the “Trojan Horse” behind mandating that climate change denial (“skepticism,” or “balance,” in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.

Well, ALEC is at it again, it appears. Facing an IRS complaint filed by Common Cause, one of the leading advocacy groups working to expose the corporate-funded bill mill, ALEC has also launched an assault on renewable energy legislation, according to a well-documented report written by Bloomberg News.

The two developments are worth unpacking.

Common Cause IRS Complaint

The Washington Post reported that on April 23, Common Cause “had filed an IRS complaint accusing ALEC of masquerading as a public charity…while doing widespread lobbying.” 

ALEC is trying to brush aside this complaint, but Common Cause presents a compelling case.

It tells the IRS in its tax returns that it does no lobbying, yet it exists to pass profit-driven legislation in statehouses all over the country that benefits its corporate members,” said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, in a statement. “ALEC is not entitled to abuse its charitable tax status to lobby for private corporate interests, and stick the bill to the American taxpayer.”

Common Cause wants the IRS to complete a no-holds-barred audit of ALEC’s work and to examine whether it violated IRS laws. 

Rendell and Ridge: From "Militant" Labelers to Terrorist Enablers

A new chapter has been added to the shale gas industry's eco-terrorism, counterinsurgency and psychological operations saga.

In March, NBC News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff revealed that many prominent U.S. public officials are on the payroll of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), a group labeled by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. These U.S. officials are lobbying hard to remove the MEK from the list.

Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, after the recent Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project decision – a controversial decision itself – it is a federal crime to provide “material support” for a designated terrorist organization. But legal niceties are apparently of nil concern to those on the dole of the MEK, a list that includes several big name political figures, according to a report written by former Bush Administration attorney and RAND Corporation analyst Jeremiah Goulka. A sample is below:

  • Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA)
  • Former Gov. Tom Ridge (R-PA), who was also the former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush
  • Former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was also a Republican primary candidate for President in 2008
  • Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT), formerly the head of the Democratic National Committee and a Democratic primary candidate for President in 2004  

Many other powerful people are on the bipartisan list, as well. 

Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce


  • B.F.A., University of Texas at Austin (1986). [1]


Robert Bryce is an American author and journalist based in Austin, Texas.

Indur M. Goklany

Indur M. Goklany


  • Ph. D., Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University (1973).
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University (1969).
  • B.Tech., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. (1968)

Source: [1]

Robert C. Balling Jr.

Robert C. Balling Jr.


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma.
  • M.A., Geography, Bowling Green State University.
  • A.B., Geography, Wittenberg University.

Source: [1]

Vincent Courtillot

Vincent Courtillot


  • Ph.D, University of Paris VII (Geophysics) (1977).
  • Doctorate 3rd cycle, University Paris VI (geophysics) (1974).
  • Master of Science, Geophysics, Stanford University (California, USA) (1972).
  • Mining Engineer (Paris National School of Mines) (1971).

Source: [1]

Don Keiller

Donald (Don) Keiller


  • Ph.D., Plant Biochemistry, Cambridge University (1982).
  • M.A., Natural Sciences, Cambridge University (1980).
  • P.G.C.E., Cambridge University (1978).

Source: [1]

Nathalie Elgrably-Levy

Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy


Master’s degree in management from HEC Montréal, with a specialization in applied economics and a thesis on the federal budget deficit. [1]


Nathalie Elgrably-Lévy has been a economics teacher at HEC Montreal since 1992, and is a senior economist and director of the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).

Ezra Levant

Ezra Levant


Levant holds a commerce degree from the University of Calgary and law degree from the University of Alberta.  [1]

Joel Wood

Joel Wood


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Guelph (2010).
  • M.A., Economics, University of Guelph (2005).
  • B.A., Economics, University of British Columbia (2003).

Source: [1]


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