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Blog entryBill Wehrum Once Denied California's Right to Cut Auto Emissions, and Could Do It Again at EPA Ben Jervey06 days 19 hours ago
Blog entryChina Is Showing the World What Renewable Energy Dominance Looks Like, Says New IEA Report Ben Jervey01 month 3 days ago
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Blog entryThe Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit is a Bipartisan Success Story, Which House Republicans Want to Undo Mark Renburke01 month 1 week ago
Blog entryThe Doubt Machine: Documentary Explores Koch Brothers' War on Climate Science Ben Jervey01 month 3 weeks ago
Blog entryThe Energy Equality Coalition's Koch-Fueled Attack on the Federal Electric Car Tax Credit Ben Jervey01 month 3 weeks ago
Blog entryClimate Depot's Marc Morano Returns to UN Climate Talks to Mock Activists, Spin Climate Denial Ben Jervey03 months 5 days ago
Blog entryGermany Must Phase Out Coal to Meet Merkel's Climate Pledge, Pacific Islanders Plea Ben Jervey03 months 5 days ago
Blog entryNew York Times Examines Fueling U.S. Forward, the Koch-Funded "Exploitative, Sad and Borderline Racist" Campaign Ben Jervey04 months 2 days ago
Blog entryKoch-Funded Fueling US Forward Shuts Down, But Koch Attacks On Clean Energy Continue Ben Jervey04 months 2 days ago
Blog entryNational Drive Electric Week Combats Koch-Funded Lies With Real World Drivers Ben Jervey05 months 1 week ago
Blog entryKoch-funded 'Expert' Attacks Electric Cars in PragerU’s 'War on Cars' Video Ben Jervey05 months 1 week ago
Blog entryKoch-funded Group, Fueling US Forward, Echoes America Rising Squared in Misleading Attack on Electric Cars Ben Jervey06 months 4 weeks ago
SeriesKoch vs Clean Ben Jervey07 months 2 days ago
Blog entryKoch Front Group, Fueling US Forward, Bashes Electric Car Tax Credits in Latest Misleading Video Ben Jervey07 months 2 days ago
Blog entryKoch-funded Fueling U.S. Forward President Calls Fossil Fuels “Sustainable” Ben Jervey07 months 4 days ago
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Bill Wehrum Once Denied California's Right to Cut Auto Emissions, and Could Do It Again at EPA

Bill Wehrum

More than a decade ago, Bill Wehrum, then acting assistant administrator for air and radiation at the US Environmental Protection Agency, successfully fought to deny the state of California the right to set its own standards on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

He is now back in the same position at Trump's EPA, and hoping to try once again to kill the California waiver.

The Energy Equality Coalition's Koch-Fueled Attack on the Federal Electric Car Tax Credit

Electric car with tax credit form

The federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit has survived House and Senate negotiations and will not be repealed by Congress’s tax reform bill. The fate of the $7,500 tax credit had been uncertain after House Republicans voted to eliminate the financial incentive in their version of the tax bill.

The credit, which was adopted as part of the 2009 stimulus bill and which has strong bipartisan roots, has come under a renewed series of attacks in recent months, including from groups with close ties to the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel–funded think tanks and front groups.

Climate Depot's Marc Morano Returns to UN Climate Talks to Mock Activists, Spin Climate Denial

Marc Morano

Climate Depot's Marc Morano made his annual trek to the United Nations climate talks, where he and his colleagues like to tweak climate campaigners and delegates with their well-greased climate science-denying PR machine.

Germany Must Phase Out Coal to Meet Merkel's Climate Pledge, Pacific Islanders Plea

80 meter long red banner reading 'Keep it in the ground' at the COP23 climate talks

This morning, before German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, UN staffers rolled out a red carpet.  At the same time, a group of Pacific Islanders rolled out their own red carpet, in the form of an 80 meter scarlet banner that read: “Keep It In the Ground.”

The islanders and many other climate advocates at these talks (known as COP23) had another, more specific request — that Merkel commit Germany to a full phase-out of coal.

Koch-Funded Fueling US Forward Shuts Down, But Koch Attacks On Clean Energy Continue

Over this past weekend, with no announcement or notice, the website for Fueling U.S. Forward went dark. The Koch-funded campaign that had set out to promote the “positives” of fossil fuels has seemingly shut down, having wiped the website from the internet and deleting all traces on Facebook and all of its videos off of Youtube.

The abrupt end of the campaign, barely a year old, comes after a summer in which the group’s messaging clearly pivoted from celebrating fossil fuels to attacking clean energy and electric vehicles.

Upon its launch in August 2016, Fueling U.S. Forward CEO and President Charles Drevna told a crowd at the Red State Gathering that the campaign would set out to promote the “positives” of fossil fuels, which he described as “reliable, abundant, efficient and sustainable.”

We’ve got to take this to the emotional and personal level,” said Drevna.

China Is Showing the World What Renewable Energy Dominance Looks Like, Says New IEA Report

The growth of solar energy continues to outpace forecasts and this growth, according to a report published today by the International Energy Agency, “is a China story.”

While China today is far and away the global leader in solar generation, a decade ago, the country had just 100 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed. That’s nothing. For reference, it’s actually less than is currently installed in the city of San Antonio. By the end of 2016, China had increased its solar PV capacity by nearly 800 times, with more than 77 gigawatts currently installed.

China’s solar dominance is only going to keep growing, according to the IEA report. As Dr. Paolo Frankl, one of the lead authors on the report, said on a call to reporters, “In one year, China will install the equivalent of the total history of solar development in Germany.”

National Drive Electric Week Combats Koch-Funded Lies With Real World Drivers

There’s a war being waged against electric cars, the frontlines of which are dug in on Facebook feeds and embedded Youtube videos. The ammunition, supplied by the Koch brothers and their most loyal, PR savvy affiliates, are talking points meant to sow doubt in the minds of American drivers about the quality, costs, reliability, and even environmental-friendliness of electric cars.

Though many automotive experts—including some Big Oil majors—see the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) as inevitable, this war is being waged to keep the gas-guzzling internal combustion engine king for as long as possible. They are fighting to keep oil demand high enough to justify drilling, refining, and selling petroleum.

In the face of this war, Plug-In America, the country’s leading EV advocacy organization, and its partners are organizing the seventh annual National Drive Electric Week. And in the context of these PR attacks, this year’s week long event—running from September 9-17th—might be more important than ever.

Koch-funded 'Expert' Attacks Electric Cars in PragerU’s 'War on Cars' Video

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 “war on cars” raging in this country that is threatening the chief of all American values — our very freedom. No, this isn’t the war on electric vehicles that the fossil fuel billionaire Koch brothers have been waging (and which we’ve been tracking on Koch vs. Clean). Rather, says Fix, “there’s been a concerted push by government bureaucrats and environmentalists to transform car ownership from a source of pride to a source of guilt.”

What Fix doesn't mention in this video is her ties to funding from the Koch brothers. In addition, the organization behind the video she hosted, Prager University (PragerU), is a not a university but rather a non-profit founded by conservative talk show host Dennis Prager, with a stated mission to spread “Americanism” through five minute internet videos. Videos, which include such titles as “Fossil Fuels: The Greenest Energy” and “Why You Should Love Fossil Fuel.”

Koch Front Group, Fueling US Forward, Bashes Electric Car Tax Credits in Latest Misleading Video

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 thoroughly, and others did too), the Koch-funded front group Fueling U.S. Forward has released a new video criticizing electric vehicle (EV) tax credits as a “massive wealth transfer from poor to rich.” It's time for another debunking!

Pro-fossil Fuel Group's Video, 'The Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars,' Debunked Again and Again

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 video produced by Fueling U.S. Forward (FUSF), a Koch-funded campaign to push fossil fuels. That video represents the group's first public pivot from fossil fuel boosterism to electric vehicle (EV) attacks. More electric vehicle experts are also picking the video apart.

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