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Blog entryBipartisan Group of Governors Pushes Back on Big Oil, Tells Trump Admin to Halt Clean Car Rollbacks Ben Jervey05 days 3 hours ago
Blog entryCongressional Dems Investigating Why Big Oil Is 'Only Winner' in Clean Car Standard Rollbacks Ben Jervey03 weeks 5 days ago
Blog entryAnother Deceptive Letter Bashing the Electric Car Tax Credit Circulating Congress, Courtesy of FreedomWorks Ben Jervey03 weeks 5 days ago
Blog entryCongressional Dems to EPA's Wheeler: Stop Spreading Oil Industry Lies About Clean Car Rules Ben Jervey01 month 1 week ago
Blog entryKochs Fund Study to Kill Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Via Same Group That Defended Tobacco Industry Ben Jervey01 month 1 week ago
Blog entryOf Course This 'Highly Biased Poll' By Oil-Funded Koch Groups Claims that Americans Don’t Like Electric Cars Ben Jervey01 month 1 week ago
Blog entryNew Poll Shows Widespread Bipartisan Interest in Electric Cars Ben Jervey01 month 2 weeks ago
Blog entryHow This Oil Refiners Group Rallied GOP Governors' Support for Trump’s Rollback of Auto Standards Ben Jervey01 month 3 weeks ago
Blog entryKoch-Funded Groups Still Begging Congress to Kill the Electric Car Tax Credit Ben Jervey02 months 1 week ago
Blog entryNew Report Shows Duke Energy’s Clean Energy Claims Don’t Match Its Fossil Fuel Investments, Fights Against Rooftop Solar Ben Jervey02 months 1 week ago
Blog entryA Convenient Excuse | Dear mainstream media colleagues: Time is running out to prevent climate catastrophe. Lives are at stake. And you are failing us all. Wen Stephenson02 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entrySteve Forbes Echoes Koch Talking Points on Electric Car Tax Credit Ben Jervey02 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryNAACP Reveals Tactics Fossil Fuel Industry Uses to Manipulate Communities of Color Ben Jervey03 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryTrump’s Clean Car Rollbacks Would Cost Drivers More Money, Finds Surprised Bush-era Official Ben Jervey03 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryTrump Budget for Renewables Slashed 70% Under Former Koch Insider’s Leadership Ben Jervey04 months 5 days ago
Blog entryToyota Is Losing the Electric Car Race, So It Pretends Hybrids Are Better Ben Jervey04 months 6 days ago
Blog entryTrump Admin Hands Win to Kochs, Stops Clean Car Negotiations With California Ben Jervey04 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryThe Trump Administration Is Filling Up With Koch Allies Ben Jervey05 months 5 days ago
Blog entryKochs' Americans for Prosperity Group Launches Campaign to Crush Fuel Economy Standards Ben Jervey05 months 1 week ago
Blog entryThese Auto Industry Companies Are Demanding Strong Clean Car Standards, Despite Trump Ben Jervey05 months 1 week ago
Blog entryBig Oil Ally Derrick Hollie Dismisses Environmental Justice, Promotes Natural Gas at House Climate Hearing Ben Jervey05 months 1 week ago
Blog entrySenator John Barrasso Parrots Koch Talking Points to Kill Electric Car Tax Credit [Updated] Ben Jervey05 months 1 week ago
RoguePower the Future Ben Jervey05 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entrySenators Demand Trump Admin Reveal Marathon Petroleum, Koch Influence on Clean Car Standards Rollback Ben Jervey06 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryAnother Renewable Energy Basher and Koch Network Alum Joins Trump's Department of Energy Ben Jervey08 months 2 weeks ago

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Bipartisan Group of Governors Pushes Back on Big Oil, Tells Trump Admin to Halt Clean Car Rollbacks

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Parking lot of cars

As the Trump administration scrambles to formalize its rollback of clean car standards, 24 governors are telling the President to pump the brakes on the proposed rule. The governors have signed a letter, as reported this morning in The New York Times, Associated Press, and Bloomberg, requesting that the administration reconsider the rollback of fuel efficiency and emissions standards, and to honor California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to write its own standards, which other states are allowed under the law to sign onto.

Congressional Dems Investigating Why Big Oil Is 'Only Winner' in Clean Car Standard Rollbacks

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. during Thursday's hearing on the Trump administration clean car standards rollback

House Democrats in the Energy and Commerce Committee are actively investigating the oil industry’s role in shaping the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for cars and light duty trucks.

Another Deceptive Letter Bashing the Electric Car Tax Credit Circulating Congress, Courtesy of FreedomWorks

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Zero emissions on back of car

A West Virginia Republican is gathering signatures from fellow members of Congress for a letter opposing any extension to the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit. Representative Alex Mooney is getting an assist in his efforts from FreedomWorks, the major conservative advocacy center that helped launch the Tea Party movement.

In an email sent Monday to Congressional staffers and reviewed by DeSmog, FreedomWorks’ Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Jason Pye, “urges your boss to sign the letter against an expansion of the electric vehicle tax credit.” The “Draft Anti-Electric Car Tax Credit Letter” repeats a number of easily discredited and false talking points that have been echoed repeatedly by opponents of the tax incentive.    

Congressional Dems to EPA's Wheeler: Stop Spreading Oil Industry Lies About Clean Car Rules

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EPA head Andrew Wheeler

Two Democratic Congressional leaders are calling out U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler for knowingly deceiving the public and Congress on the proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule.

Senator Tom Carper, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Representative Frank Pallone, Jr., Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, sent a letter to Wheeler expressing concern that the EPA head “[has] made numerous public statements, including statements to Congress, that directly conflict with the information and analyses prepared by EPA’s career experts.”

Of Course This 'Highly Biased Poll' By Oil-Funded Koch Groups Claims that Americans Don’t Like Electric Cars

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Which would you trust: a poll commissioned by a nonprofit philanthropic group and conducted with academic partners, or a survey paid for by an advocacy group with financial ties to the industry in question and conducted by a for-profit lobbying firm with clients that are directly impacted by the issues discussed?

Two conflicting opinion polls concerning electric vehicles have just been released, and — surprise! — the one tied to the oil refining billionaire Koch brothers claims that American voters don’t support electric cars or the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit. 

New Poll Shows Widespread Bipartisan Interest in Electric Cars

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Electric car charging station parking spot graphic

The vast majority of Americans have a positive impression of electric vehicles (EVs), according to a newly released nationwide survey of registered voters by Climate Nexus.

The poll, conducted in partnership with Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, finds that 77 percent of American voters have a positive opinion of electric cars. This strong majority carried across all demographic groups, with seven out of every 10 self-identified Republican voters viewing electric vehicles positively.

Koch-Funded Groups Still Begging Congress to Kill the Electric Car Tax Credit

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Electric car with tax credit form

A coalition of free market advocacy groups, led by former Koch Industries lobbyist, urged Congress on Thursday not to extend the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit. In a letter rife with easily discredited and false statements, this coalition sent its plea to the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

Most of the 34 groups are funded by the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers’ donor network or have ties to Koch Industries. And most of the references cited in the letter have clear, demonstrable ties to Koch Industries and Koch funding.

New Report Shows Duke Energy’s Clean Energy Claims Don’t Match Its Fossil Fuel Investments, Fights Against Rooftop Solar

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Duke Energy eggs

Duke Energy, the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utility, claims to be a climate and environmental leader, but a closer look reveals a dirty energy portfolio and consistent efforts to preserve a fossil fuel-based future.  

While the utility’s CEO, Lynn Good, writes in Duke's 2018 Sustainability Report, “Duke Energy has been leading the charge to a cleaner energy future while helping our communities thrive,” a newly published report by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) tells a much different story.

By examining Duke’s current electric generating portfolio, the company’s actions, and key regulatory findings, EWG paints a picture of a utility that has been extremely slow to transition to renewable energy resources and that actively fights against customers’ ability to generate their own carbon-free electricity.

Steve Forbes Echoes Koch Talking Points on Electric Car Tax Credit

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Steve Forbes

The attacks on electric cars reverberating through the conservative echo chamber have found a new voice in Steve Forbes. The two-time Republican presidential candidate and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media published an op-ed on Fox News this weekend, one that repeats a number of well-rehearsed but thoroughly debunked claims casting doubt on the environmental benefits of electric cars and their practicality for the mass market. 

Like so many commentary and opinion pieces that came before it (including one by Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso, also published on Fox News in February) Forbes cherry-picks data points that are long outdated and cites a number of “reports” that have been commissioned by oil industry and Koch-affiliated think tanks, including the Manhattan Institute

NAACP Reveals Tactics Fossil Fuel Industry Uses to Manipulate Communities of Color

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NAACP and Gov. Martin O'Malley

The fossil fuel industry regularly deploys manipulative and dishonest tactics when engaging with communities of color, often working to co-opt the respect and authority of minority-led groups to serve corporate goals. That is according to a new report, “Fossil Fueled Foolery,” published today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which outlines the top 10 manipulation tactics that the group’s members and partners routinely observe.

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