Koch vs Clean

The Koch brothers and their fossil fuel industry allies are waging a major campaign to rebrand oil and gas as “innovative” and “sustainable” energy solutions, and to limit consumer choice by attacking clean energy and electric vehicles.

The messaging strategy is embodied in the Fueling U.S. Forward campaign organized by a team of Koch affiliates and veteran Washington spin doctors. Another example is the American Petroleum Institute’s new multi-year “Power Past Impossible” ad series touting fossil fuels.

This DeSmog project seeks to expose the individuals, organizations, and tactics behind these PR campaigns, which not only sing the one-sided praises of oil and gas, but also attack electric vehicles, consumer choice, and the innovative clean energy technologies the public demands and deserves. This section of DeSmog will collect some of the most important updates, but for every twist and turn, stay tuned to KochvsClean.com.

In this series

As the House and Senate develop their respective versions of a tax reform bill, the $7,500 federal...
By Ben Jervey, 12 Nov, 2017
Over this past weekend, with no announcement or notice, the website for Fueling U.S. Forward went...
By Ben Jervey, 19 Oct, 2017
There’s a war being waged against electric cars, the frontlines of which are dug in on Facebook...
By Ben Jervey, 11 Sep, 2017
War on Cars video screen shot of stick figure holding a stop sign for people in cars
According to a recent video hosted by automotive expert and media personality Lauren Fix, there’s a...
By Ben Jervey, 7 Sep, 2017
screenshot of electric car in Fueling US Forward video
Hot on the heels of its deceptive “Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars” video (which we debunked...
By Ben Jervey, 22 Jul, 2017
Screenshot from video debunking anti-electric vehicle video
Just last week, we fact-checked and debunked every line of “The Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars,” a...
By Ben Jervey, 20 Jul, 2017
Electric car
Fueling U.S. Forward, the Koch-funded campaign to “rebrand” fossil fuels as “positive” and “...
By Ben Jervey, 10 Jul, 2017
Trump and his Cabinet
The Koch brothers have landed yet another of their trusted fossil fuel think tank veterans in the...
By Ben Jervey, 9 Jul, 2017
Tesla electric car
A few months ago, early in the state legislative sessions, we reported on how lawmakers in nine...
By Ben Jervey, 3 Jul, 2017
President Donald Trump has reportedly tapped a longtime renewable energy antagonist with ties to...
By Ben Jervey, 6 May, 2017
Nissan Leaf parked at an electric car charging station outside San Francisco City Hall
As federal support for electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to wither under the Trump administration...
By Ben Jervey, 13 Mar, 2017
Kids on a Richmond City Public Schools bus
Religious leaders and environmental justice activists in Richmond, Virginia, are “pushing back”...
By Ben Jervey, 6 Mar, 2017
Student in front of a school
The fossil fuel industry's effort to “start winning hearts and minds” arrived at a Baptist church...
By Sharon Kelly, 15 Feb, 2017
Fueling U.S. Forward, an oil industry PR group, has spent the second half of 2016 running an on-the...
By Sharon Kelly, 9 Jan, 2017
Back in August at the Red State Gathering in Denver, Fueling U.S. Forward President Charles Drevna...
By Ben Jervey, 6 Jan, 2017
Koch Ties Trump Administration
On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump boasted that he had no need for the Koch...
By Ben Jervey, 19 Dec, 2016
Memo on Trump's energy plan
The energy agenda of the incoming Trump administration just got a lot clearer. A memo sent by...
By Ben Jervey, 7 Dec, 2016
Ty Burrell in an electric car
Just two years ago, Georgia was an unlikely national leader in electric vehicle sales. Boosted by...
By Ben Jervey, 6 Dec, 2016
Thomas Pyle, President of the Koch-funded Institute for Energy Research and its advocacy arm, the...
By Ben Jervey, 28 Nov, 2016
David Koch and Charles Koch
The Koch brothers' attack on clean energy solutions is just one prong of their war on anything that...
By Ben Jervey, 3 Nov, 2016
While Charles Drevna was unveiling the Koch-funded Fueling U.S. Forward campaign to attendees at...
By Ben Jervey, 6 Oct, 2016
A long-awaited campaign to rebrand fossil fuels called Fueling U.S. Forward made its public debut...
By Sharon Kelly, 14 Aug, 2016