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Blog entryKochs Fund Study to Kill Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Via Same Group That Defended Tobacco Industry Ben Jervey01 week 1 day ago
Blog entryThese Auto Industry Companies Are Demanding Strong Clean Car Standards, Despite Trump Ben Jervey01 month 2 weeks ago
Blog entryAnother Renewable Energy Basher and Koch Network Alum Joins Trump's Department of Energy Ben Jervey01 month 2 weeks ago
Blog entryKochs' Americans for Prosperity Group Launches Campaign to Crush Fuel Economy Standards Ben Jervey01 month 3 weeks ago
Blog entryKoch-Funded Groups—Yet Again—Speak Out Against Electric Vehicle Tax Credits Ben Jervey02 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryShowdown in Trans Pecos: Texas Ranchers Stand Up to Billionaires' Export Pipeline Ben Jervey04 months 1 day ago
Blog entryTrump Administration Officially Proposes Rolling Back Clean Car Standards Ben Jervey04 months 1 week ago
Blog entryTrump Administration to Halt Clean Car Standards, Revoke California's Right to Regulate Ben Jervey04 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryPoll by Former Koch Lobbyist Skews Public Support for Clean Cars, Electric Vehicles Mark Renburke05 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryColorado Adopts California Clean Car Standards in Defiance of Trump Admin Ben Jervey05 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryThe Doubt Machine: Documentary Explores Koch Brothers' War on Climate Science Ben Jervey06 months 4 days ago
Blog entryRick Perry and Bob Murray Renew Conservative Call to Subsidize Coal Ben Jervey06 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryOn Rollbacks, Automakers Tell Trump 'Not So Fast,' Kochs Say 'Burn More Gas' Ben Jervey07 months 1 day ago
Blog entry17 States Sue EPA Over Pruitt's Decision to Weaken Auto Standards Ben Jervey07 months 2 weeks ago
SeriesKoch vs Clean Ben Jervey07 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryCNN Wrongly Blames Electric Cars for Unethical Cobalt Mining Ben Jervey07 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryFord Touts 'Green' Image While Arguing for Weaker Efficiency Standards and Planning to Sell Only Trucks Ben Jervey07 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryYet Another Koch Cadet Hired to Push Fossil Fuels at Trump's Energy Department Ben Jervey07 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryThe Trump Administration Is Filling Up With Koch Allies Ben Jervey07 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryKoch vs. California: These Groups Are Pushing Pruitt to Undo the State’s Right to Regulate Auto Emissions Ben Jervey07 months 3 weeks ago
RoguePower the Future Ben Jervey08 months 9 hours ago
Blog entryThe Energy Equality Coalition's Koch-Fueled Attack on the Federal Electric Car Tax Credit Ben Jervey08 months 2 days ago
Blog entryPruitt, Auto Industry, and Climate Deniers Retreat Behind Closed Doors to Weaken Fuel Efficiency Targets Ben Jervey08 months 5 days ago
Blog entryClimate Science Denier Myron Ebell Explains How the Trump Team Will Gut the EPA, Abandon the Paris Agreement Ben Jervey08 months 1 week ago
Blog entryAuto Alliance Pushed Climate Denial to Get Trump Admin to Abandon Obama Fuel Efficiency Standards Ben Jervey08 months 2 weeks ago

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Kochs Fund Study to Kill Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Via Same Group That Defended Tobacco Industry

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Koch Industries logo with 'not science' stamped over in red

When Koch Industries needs a study to cast doubt on the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), where does it turn?

Unsurprisingly, to an industry-funded study mill that infamously produced a key report defending the tobacco industry that was deployed by Philip Morris in the 1990s, and which has since published studies commissioned by the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, the coal industry, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

As Congress debates whether to extend, end, or leave alone the federal EV tax credit, a study critical of the incentive has been making the rounds in conservative media outlets and Koch-affiliated free market advocacy groups.

Kochs' Americans for Prosperity Group Launches Campaign to Crush Fuel Economy Standards

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Shell station sign showing gas prices around $5.00 a gallon in 2008

Americans For Prosperity (AFP), a political advocacy network funded by the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers, recently launched a campaign to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back fuel efficiency and automobile emissions standards.

Through social media feeds of the many AFP state chapters, the group is promoting a petition to “Repeal Costly Obama-era Fuel Standards.”

Koch-Funded Groups—Yet Again—Speak Out Against Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

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Nissan Leaf Electric car charging in front of San Francisco City Hall

A coalition of thirty conservative free-market advocacy organizations — the majority of which have clear ties to Charles and David Koch through their funding or leadership — have sent a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) urging that Congress halt any expansion of the electric vehicle tax credit, or scrap it entirely.

Trump Administration Officially Proposes Rolling Back Clean Car Standards

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Trump in truck

In a long expected move, the Trump administration announced Thursday morning that it is proposing to weaken the Obama-era clean car emissions and fuel efficiency standards, and that it will seek to limit California's authority to set tougher standards.

The proposal, first reported last week, comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and suggests freezing fuel economy targets at 2020 levels through 2026, along with a number of other less-preferred options.

Trump Administration to Halt Clean Car Standards, Revoke California's Right to Regulate

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The Trump administration will announce plans this week to revoke California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles, according to inside sources quoted by Bloomberg.

This directly contradicts comments made by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) air chief, William Wehrum, who said in January that the agency had “no interest whatsoever in withdrawing CA's authority to regulate.”

Colorado Adopts California Clean Car Standards in Defiance of Trump Admin

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Colorado truck license plate

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that his state would join 13 states and the District of Columbia in adopting California’s clean car emissions standards.

Colorado has a choice,” Gov. Hickenlooper said in a statement. “This executive order calls for the state to adopt air quality standards that will protect our quality of life in Colorado. Low emissions vehicles are increasingly popular with consumers and are better for our air. Every move we make to safeguard our environment is a move in the right direction.”

These Auto Industry Companies Are Demanding Strong Clean Car Standards, Despite Trump

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Average MPG on a dashboard

There’s a major sector of the automobile industry that is unwavering in its support of strong clean car standards: auto parts manufacturers.

Carmakers, through the powerful Auto Alliance trade group, have flip-flopped on fuel economy and emissions targets for cars and light duty trucks — claiming they aren’t for rollbacks even after lobbying for them. On the other hand, auto parts suppliers have consistently argued on behalf of strong national standards, going against the direction currently pursued by the Trump administration.

On Rollbacks, Automakers Tell Trump 'Not So Fast,' Kochs Say 'Burn More Gas'

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Trump and Pence meet with automaker industry leaders

It’s a classic case of be careful what you wish for. Automakers asked the Trump administration to weaken emissions and efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, and are now anxious about just how much the Trump administration actually plans to weaken the standards.

On Friday, May 12, heads of car companies visited the White House, to make the awkward request that Trump not actually give them what they asked for.

17 States Sue EPA Over Pruitt's Decision to Weaken Auto Standards

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EPA union employees and supporters hold signs protesting Pruitt

It didn’t take long for the first legal challenges be filed against the Trump administration’s recent move to weaken automobile emissions standards. On April 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew the Obama-era decision to retain the greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks for model years 2022-2025. On Tuesday, 17 states and the District of Columbia sued the agency, challenging Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision.

The lawsuit is short and direct — only 122 words, including the names of the 17 states — petitioning the District of Columbia Circuit Court to review EPA’s decision under the Clean Air Act.

Pruitt’s decision was immediately applauded by the oil industry and car companies through the powerful Auto Alliance trade group. It was simultaneously bashed by environmental and consumers’ rights groups who criticized the agency for replacing a comprehensive review by the Obama EPA with a shallow analysis that borrowed the auto industry’s talking points.

CNN Wrongly Blames Electric Cars for Unethical Cobalt Mining

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A foreman holds cobalt in his hand in Rwanda

This week, CNN published a startling multimedia report on cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The investigation revealed troubling conditions in so-called “artisanal” cobalt mines, where hand mining operations are carried out with a combination of unsafe working conditions and child labor. As is all too often the case with resource extraction — whether for cobalt in Congo, oil in Ecuador, or coal in West Virginia — unsafe, unhealthy local labor practices deserve media exposure.

Unfortunately, CNN’s promotion of the investigation and headline misappropriate the blame, leaving casual readers to conclude that electric vehicles are responsible for these awful labor conditions.

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