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Business Interests and the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill: Who Lobbied?

February 11, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

In recent American environmental policy, the most important period of lobbying by business was undoubtedly the 2009 effort to enact a comprehensive federal climate policy: the Waxman-Markey bill.The legislation passed the House but failed in the Senate. The legislation was the subject of much business interest.[read more]

Virginia Energy: Surprise Endings to a Week of Bad News on Energy and Climate Bills

February 7, 2015 by Ivy Main

More than a hundred representatives of energy efficiency and renewable energy businesses descended on Richmond Tuesday for Clean Energy Lobby Day. After meetings with legislators, many of them stayed to attend a critical subcommittee meeting where most of this year’s clean energy bills came up for votes.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 1

October 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris

The day to day reality for solar energy consumers and installers is that right across the country the majority of incumbent electricity companies are subtly implementing policies and procedures that slow the uptake of solar energy; and it’s getting much worse.[read more]

In Ohio, Battle Royale Over Efficiency and Renewable Energy Rages On

May 22, 2014 by Tom Plant

Ohio Efficiency and Renewable Battle


Ohio put energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in place in 2008. But no good deed goes unpunished. Some utilities have been slow in implementing efficiency programs and exercised their influence in the General Assembly rather than implement efficiency measures.[read more]

Following the Money: Energy Dollars Hard at Work on Capitol Hill

May 6, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Lobbying and the Energy Industry


Is the alternative energy industry losing the influence-peddling war to fossil fuels? Perhaps you caught the editorial in Sunday’s New York Times taking “the Koch Brothers and their conservative allies” to task for “spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy.”[read more]

APS Continues Using Dark Money and Subterfuge to Fight Arizona Rooftop Solar, But Will It Succeed?

April 25, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Arizona Rooftop Solar

Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest utility, claims neutrality again and again in debates about solar power. But the utility is not convincing solar advocates. And its continued attacks on rooftop solar have strained relationships in Arizona.[read more]

More Lessons from Solyndra

October 15, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

I'll bet that those working and investing in renewable energy are even more tired of the steady stream of headlines from the unraveling Solyndra mess than the rest of us are. Today's crop includes more evidence of the political linkages to the overall process for determining the company's suitability for federal backing and the...[read more]

Oil & Gas Go to Washington

May 20, 2011 by Arno Harris

This was a funny week to be in Washington DC. I happened to be in town on Tuesday when the Senate was debating whether to repeal the numerous tax subsidies given to the oil and gas industry. To give you a sense of scale, the subsidies on the block add up to $21 billion over the next 10 years for the top five oil companies alone. Of...[read more]

Oil prices soar in spite of sharp increase in U.S. production under Obama

March 9, 2011 by Joseph Romm

Domestic oil production is soaring, but so are global prices. It should be obvious that yet more drilling can’t have any significant impact on oil prices — particularly since the U.S. Energy Information Administration has been making that precise point for years now (see EIA: Full offshore drilling will not lower gasoline prices at all in 2020 and only 3 cents in 2030!).[read more]

BP and other large European green-washing polluters funnel cash to U.S. Senators blocking climate action

October 25, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Today CAN Europe released a new report based on an analysis of publicly available campaign finance records, definitively proving that polluting European companies are funding climate legislation blockers in US politics. Their overseas support is all the more galling because the same companies argue that additional emissions...[read more]

Prop 23 foes collect $5 million last week, oil industry $10k

October 4, 2010 by Todd Woody

I wrote this story for Grist, where it first appeared. When Silicon Valley’s elite gathered at Google’s headquarters in August to rally opposition to Proposition 23, the ballot measure that would suspend the state’s global warming law, one speaker darkly warned that the Texas oil companies backing the initiative would spend as much as $...[read more]

Corn Oil Up

June 27, 2010 by Jonathan Smith

Before the 2008 presidential election, Gene Karpinski implored Congress to “1) boost production of clean energy, 2) end all tax breaks for oil companies, and 3) resist the false promise of drilling in environmentally sensitive areas.” “Some have suggested raising efficiency standards in our buildings like we did in our cars and trucks....[read more]

Ethanol Lobby Concerned Over Misinformation

April 17, 2010 by Robert Rapier

Last week the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) issued a press release in which they complained of “exaggerations” and “false information” related to claims by Brazil’s ethanol industry: “Fuzzy Math” and Brazilian Ethanol: The Numbers Don’t Add Up (April 15, 2010) Washington – In its newly launched public relations campaign, the...[read more]

Report: Koch Industries outspends Exxon Mobil on climate and clean energy disinformation

March 31, 2010 by Joseph Romm

In a must-read report, Greenpeace details how Koch Industries has “become a financial kingpin of climate science denial and clean energy opposition,” spending over $48.5 million since 1997 to fund the anti-science disinformation machine.  Brad Johnson has the story. Climate Progress and the Wonk Room have long detailed the role...[read more]

Big oil and coal jump on the natural gas bandwagon - But continue to oppose clean energy future

March 18, 2010 by Joseph Romm

The natural gas lobby is fighting coal, whose lobbyists “continue to stress the economic advantages of the fossil fuel.”  And the coal companies are trashing natural gas in advertisements as having “higher and more volatile prices” (click here). But even as they lobby hard to prevent passage of comprehensive clean energy jobs and...[read more]