After Fossil Fuel Front Group Attacks on Clean Energy Fail, New Model Bill Emerges to Weaken RPS Laws
Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), including fossil fuel corporations and front groups, will meet in Chicago this week to discuss their next round of attacks on clean energy policies. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), The Checks & Balances Project (C&BP) and Greenpeace released ALEC’s confidential model bills and agenda ahead… Read more »
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The team of oil & gas lobbyists behind Gov. Hickenlooper’s agenda
It should come as no surprise that in the 2013 legislative session alone, the oil and gas industry spent $1.06 million defending Gov. Hickenlooper’s pro-Big Oil agenda. As a Chesapeake lobbyist wrote in a January 2013 memo that the lobby firm accidentally emailed to state legislators, “[Gov. Hickenlooper’s] relationship to the oil & gas industry… Read more »
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C&BP Calls for State Dept. Investigation into Keystone XL Consultant’s Conflicts of Interest
Yesterday, Checks & Balances Project and 11 environmental, faith-based and public interest organizations called on Secretary of State John Kerry and the State Department Deputy Inspector General Harold Geisel to investigate whether Environmental Resources Management (ERM) hid conflicts of interest which might have excluded it from performing the Keystone XL environmental assessment and how State Department officials… Read more »
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#NYFrackingScandal Hits Cuomo Administration: Newly Disclosed Documents Show Conflicts of Interest
With only two days before the expected release of New York’s Environmental Impact Assessment on fracking (also known by the industry term hydraulic fracturing), Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is at the center of a new conflict of interest scandal regarding two of his top aides.  Today, seven groups requested the Albany County District Attorney General… Read more »
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Poll: Exelon’s ComEd Customers Disapprove of Efforts to Thwart Lower-Cost Energy Source, Especially If Their Money Is Used To Fight Wind Energy
The Checks and Balances Project commissioned a poll that shows high levels of support for wind energy and ratepayer antipathy toward actions carried out by Commonwealth Edison’s parent company, Exelon, to end wind power investments. The majority of respondents opposed ending the tax credit that encourages the production of wind power (54%), and opposition to… Read more »
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From ‘Astroturf’ to Drilling in the West: Tim Wigley heads to WEA
Yesterday, the Western Energy Alliance (WEA) announced that it had selected former lobbyist Tim Wigley as its new president. Wigley comes from the oil-and-gas lobbying firm, PAC/West where he managed its DC operations.  The experience will come in handy when managing WEA’s $70,000 to $85,000 yearly spending habit of lobbying the federal government. According to… Read more »
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Gingrich attacks oil and gas subsidies
At yesterday’s Iowa Faith and Freedom conference, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for a level subsidies playing field. He pointed out how politicians claim to be looking for every way to cut the deficit, but many in the GOP steadfastly refuse to touch the billions in tax dollars that go to oil and gas… Read more »
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5 Sketchy ties between Herman Cain and Koch Brothers
Several new reports show Cain is in the back pocket of dirty industries By Andrew Schenkel Herman Cain’s quick rise up the political latter is raising eyebrows in the energy community. On the campaign trail Cain loves touting his business background. He likes to cast himself as the ultimate outsider but his rise appears to… Read more »
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