Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions

Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED)

Background

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWEDdescribes itself as “an informal, non-partisan, non-profit coalition of North American individuals, organizations, communities, and businesses who are primarily concerned about the future of the electrical energy sector.” [3]

AWED‘s website is the successor site to WindPowerFacts.info and the group and site is run by anti-wind power activist John Droz, Jr. [1], [2]

According to the AWED website, its purpose is to “sort through many thousands of articles, studies and reports on energy matters, select a representative cross-section of informative material, and then organize it in an understandable manner.” It claims that its primary objective is to “put some balance into what citizens hear about energy and environmental matters from the mainstream media, and most of our academic systems.” [2]

AWED‘s “New Members” page gives readers a guide on how to fight wind energy with public relations tactics: [4]

“Ultimately, victory or defeat in fighting scourges like wind energy, comes down to how well we understand and utilize Public Relations (PR). […] PR may be perceived as ‘shady’ or worse, but actually it is no more than communication. To have a real chance to win a local challenge, community advocates MUST go about this in the right way!”

The page sets out the “opponent” as any advocate of wind energy, and links to articles such as “the most effective way to frame your message” or “PR suggestions to win the battle and the war.” [4]

Stance on Climate Change

At AWED, Droz links to his position statement on climate change (emphasis added): [5]

“As a scientist I have been asked to elaborate a bit on my position regarding the Global Warming proposition — and how it relates to wind energy. These are very legitimate (and important) questions.

The main hypothesis put forward is technically called Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), where the fancy term “anthropogenic” means “man-made.”

Although I am not a climatologist, as a scientist I know how to do thorough and objective research. (BTW, skepticism is a key ingredient of true scientists.) In my capacity as a scientist, I have read literally hundreds of reports and studies on this climate issue, from numerous experts. After digesting these studies and reports, it is very clear to me that AGW is still a scientifically unresolved matter. This is what is called a hypothesis.”

Later in his document, Droz claims to debunk “myths” related to climate change. He links to the blog WUWT by Anthony Watts, the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), Marc Morano‘s Climate Depot, Judith Curry’s Climate Etc., the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change’s CO2 ScienceFriends of Science, and the debunked Oregon Petition among other sources.

On Wind 

Our basic position is that industrial wind energy fails to deliver the goods. By this we mean that wind energy: [4]

“a) is not a technically sound solution to provide electricity, or to meaningfully reduce global warming, and
b) is not an economically viable source of energy on its own, and
c) is not environmentally responsible.”

WHOIS Information

Via CentralOps.net:

Funding

AWED does not disclose funding information on its website.

Key People

  • John Droz, Jr. [1]

In a “Special Thanks” section, Droz gives thanks “to those who contributed constructive ideas for this website,” adding a note: “the fact that these good people made helpful contributions should not be construed as their unqualified endorsement of everything that appears on the website”: [1]

Actions

Newsletter

AWED‘s primary activity appears to be a newsletter published every three weeks at MasterResource, a “free-market energy blog.” [6]

Droz wrote at Master Resource: “A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.” [6]

The newsletter appears to primarily aggregate content from climate change denial groups, blogs, and conservative news sources to attack wind power. [6]

Past AWED newsletters below:

March 23, 2020

As reported at DeSmog, Life:Powered sent a letter to Congress critical of the COVID-19 stimulus package for including “tax incentives and spending for unreliable ‘green’ energy
programs.” [9], [10]

The letter, to which AWED is a signatory, concludes: [10]

“This is no time for political games. Climate change is not an immediate threat to humanity. Climate-related deaths have declined 98.9% in the last century, and humanity is growing more and more resilient thanks to the availability of affordable, reliable energy. On behalf of all Americans, we urge you to oppose any stimulus proposals that carve out special treatment for or bail out any energy companies and focus instead on stopping COVID-19.” [10]

The full list of signatories is below: [10]

Name Title Organization
Jason Isaac Senior Manager & Distinguished Fellow Life:Powered/Texas Public Policy Foundation
Myron Ebell Director, Center for Energy and Environment Competitive Enterprise Institute
Bette Grande CEO Roughrider Policy Center
Ellen Weaver President & CEO Palmetto Promise Institute
Isaac Orr Policy Fellow Center of the American Experiment
Bethany Marcum Executive Director Alaska Policy Forum
David T. Stevenson Director, Center for Energy and Environment Caesar Rodney Institute
Donald van der Vaart Senior Fellow John Locke Foundation
Jason Hayes Director of Environmental Policy Mackinac Center for Public Policy
John Droz, Jr. Founder Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions
George K. Rasley, Jr. Managing Editor ConservativeHQ.com
Becky Norton Dunlop Former Secretary of Natural Resources Commonwealth of Virginia
James L. Martin Founder/Chairman 60 Plus Association
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis President 60 Plus Association
Ken Blackwell Senior Fellow Family Research Council
Eunie Smith President Eagle Forum
Jenny Beth Martin Honorary Chairman Tea Party Patriots Action
Jon Caldara President Independence Institute
L. Brent Bozell, III Founder and President Media Research Center
Jason Pye Vice President of Legislative Affairs FreedomWorks
Jameson Taylor Vice President for Policy Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Carol Platt Liebau President Yankee Institute
Mike Stenhouse CEO Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity
Daniel Erspamer CEO Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Christian N. Braunlich President Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy
Todd Myers Environmental Director Washington Policy Center

Related Organizations

  • Ptcfacts.info (“Wind Production Tax Credit Facts”) — Also registered by John Droz. [7]

Contact & Address

AWED does not list a physical address on its website. John Droz lists his own mailing address on his “Casual CVon the AWED website: [8]

John Droz lists his mailing address on his “casual CV”:

1722 River Drive Morehead City,
NC 28557
aaprj[email protected]

Social Media

Resources

  1. Potpourri,” Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/waYxl
  2. More About AWED,” Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/VIjrH
  3. Homepage, Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. Archived December 15, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/gEROG
  4. New Members,” Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/CtqT8
  5. “Global Warming: The Scientific View” (PDF). Document created by John Droz June 17, 2014. Retrieved from Black River Valley Macintosh User Group and converted to PDF.
  6. John Droz, Jr. “AWED Newsletters Archive,” MasterResource, April 2, 2018. Archived April 17, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/NPQtG
  7. Domain Dossier for ptcfacts.info. Accessed December 14, 2017.
  8. “John Droz, jr.: Casual CV” (PDF), AWED.
  9. Dana Drugmand. “Under Cover of Pandemic, Fossil Fuel Interests Unleash Lobbying Frenzy,” DeSmog, April 2, 2020.
  10. Coronavirus Stimulus Letter, Life:Powered, March 23, 2020. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

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