Sunday, May 21, 2017

Can Trump’s Koch-Funded Appointees Stall Clean Energy Momentum?

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and other Koch-funded appointees in his agency plan to put the squeeze on renewable energy. (Credit: Getty Images) Click to enlarge.
When The Washington Post reported earlier this month that President Trump appointed Daniel Simmons to run the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the paper called him a “conservative scholar.”

Conservative scholar?  “Fossil fuel industry propagandist” would have been more accurate.

A veteran of Charles and David Koch’s climate science denier network, Simmons has spent much of his career disparaging clean energy.  His most recent job was at the Institute for Energy Research (IER), where he served as the think tank’s vice president for policy.  Prior to joining IER, he was the Natural Resources Task Force director for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporation-funded lobby group that, like IER, has been trying to repeal state standards that require electric utilities to use more renewable energy.  And before that, he was a research fellow at the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  All three organizations have received substantial funding from the Koch brothers, owners of the coal, oil and gas conglomerate Koch Industries, who have spent more than $100 million over the last two decades on dozens of think tanks and advocacy groups to spread climate disinformation.

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