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Tue, 2012-05-08 16:06Steve Horn
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The Guardian Exposes Fossil Funded Groups Coordinating Renewable Energy Attacks

Ever wonder why a blooming green energy industry has faced such harsh opposition? Now, as the old adage goes, “the cat's out of the bag.”

The Guardian today revealed the network of fossil-funded groups coordinating the ongoing onslaught of attacks on renewable energy, particularly wind power. A memorandum passed to The Guardian from the Checks and Balances Project details the organizations and personnel acting as ringleaders to build an astroturf echo chamber of clean energy critics.

Guardian reporter Suzanne Goldenberg writes in “Conservative thinktanks step up attacks against Obama's clean energy strategy,” 


“A number of rightwing organisations, including Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, are attacking Obama for his support for solar and wind power. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which also has financial links to the Kochs, has drafted bills to overturn state laws promoting wind energy.”

A confidential memo seen by The Guardian and obtained by DeSmogBlog “advises using 'subversion' to build a national movement of wind farm protesters,” explained Goldenberg.

That memo was crafted by John Droz, a Senior Fellow at the American Tradition Institute (ATI).*(see update below)* ATI was the right-wing think-tank behind the lawsuit to obtain University of Virginia climatologist Michael Mann's “ClimateGate” emails. 

Thomas Wysmuller

Thomas Wysmuller

 Credentials

B.A. with a dual major in sociology and political science, and a concentration in meteorology at NYU. [1]

 Background

Thomas Wysmuller is the owner of Colderside.com which he describes as part of the “Public Policy industry.” He gives regular speeches on “The Colder Side of Global Warming.”

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H. Leighton Steward

H. Leighton Steward

 Credentials

  • Master of Science (Geology). [1]

 Background

H. Leighton Steward is the President and Chairman of Plants Need CO2, a group founded in 2009 with the mission “to educate the public on the positive effects of additional atmospheric CO2 and help prevent the inadvertent negative impact to human, plant and animal life if we reduce CO2.”

Laurence Gould

Laurence (Larry) I. Gould

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Physics, Temple University (1982).
  • M.A., Physics, Temple University (1975).
  • B.S., Physics, Carnegie-Mellon University (1964).

Source: [1]

 Background

Laurence I. Gould is a professor of physics at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He is also former chairman of the New England Section of the American Physical Society.

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Peter Ferrara

Peter J. Ferrara

 Credentials

  • J.D., Havard Law School (1979).
  • B.A., Harvard College (1976).

Source: [1]

 Background

Peter Ferrara is a senior fellow for entitlement and budget policy, a senior fellow at the Social Security Institute, and the general counsel of the American Civil Rights Union at the Heartland Institute.

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Willis Eschenbach

Willis Eschenbach

 Credentials

  • California Massage Certificate, Aames School of Massage, Oakland, CA. (1974).
  • B.A., Psychology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. (1975).

Source: [1]

 Background

Willis Eschenbach has worked as a Construction Manager at Taunovo Bay Resort in Fiji Sport Fishing guide in Alaska and more recently as an Accounts/IT Senior Manager with South Pacific Oil.

John Droz

John Droz Jr.

 Credentials

John received undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Boston College, and a graduate degree in Physics from Syracuse University. [1]

 Background

John Droz, Jr. is a Senior Fellow at American Tradition Institute and is an anti-wind-power activist.

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Harold Doiron

Harold H. Doiron

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston (1970).
  • B.S., Physics, Mathematics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1963).

Source: [1]

 Background

According to his biography at the Seventh International Conference on Climate Change, Harold Doiron is known for his experience in eliminating unstable vibrations in liquid propellant rockets.

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