Koch vs Clean

About the Koch vs Clean Series

The Koch brothers and their fossil fuel industry allies are ramping up their attacks on clean energy and electric vehicles. In 2016, they launched a major campaign to rebrand oil and gas as “innovative” and “sustainable” energy solutions.

The Fueling U.S. Forward campaign was organized by a team of Koch affiliates and veteran Washington spin doctors. Though Fueling U.S. Forward shut down in late 2017, Koch-affiliated attacks on clean energy are still relentless and coming from many directions. Other examples include the American Petroleum Institute’s new multi-year “Power Past Impossible” ad series touting fossil fuels, the Institute for Energy Research’s ongoing communications efforts, and in the Energy Equality Coalition’s on-and-off campaign to kill electric vehicle tax credits.

This DeSmog project seeks to expose the individuals, organizations, and tactics behind these PR campaigns, which not only sing the one-sided praises of oil and gas, but also attack electric vehicles, consumer choice, and the innovative clean energy technologies the public demands and deserves. This section of DeSmog will collect some of the most important updates, but for every twist and turn, stay tuned to KochvsClean.com.

In This Series

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Two Trump Energy Department appointees with deep ties to Koch Industries and the Koch donor network have been burying reams of agency research that looks favorably on renewable energy, according to...
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When a new Massachusetts think tank housed at Tufts University launched earlier this year, Boston-based media described it as a “CBO-like center” (referring to the Congressional Budget Office) that...
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This week Congressional Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives put forward policies, including passing a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill on July 1, aimed at cleaning up the number one sou...
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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced on Monday, June 22, that Nevada would be developing a policy to increase the number of zero and low-emission vehicles sold within the state. With the announ...
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On Thursday, May 28, several Democratic members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, along with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), sent a letter to Marathon Petroleum seeking information...
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A federal appeals court ruled April 1 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had no basis to withhold one key part of a computer model used by the agency to develop its less stringent green...
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Electric cars are better for the climate than gas-powered vehicles in nearly every part of the world. That's the clear, unequivocal finding of the first study that conducted a global examination of...