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.