Life:Powered (LifePowered.org) is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) designed to “ensure that Americans continue to benefit from abundant, reliable, safe, and clean energy” and to “reframe the discussion about energy sources” including fossil fuels. 
In February 2018, TPPF brought on Bernard McNamee to lead the Life:Powered project and also to head TPPF’s Center for Tenth Amendment Action. According to its 2017 annual report, Life:Powered was originally TPPF’s “Fueling Freedom” project, which launched in 2015 “to combat the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.” , 
McNamee most recently worked as deputy general counsel for energy policy under Secretary Rick Perry at the Department of Energy and has also advised Texas senator Ted Cruz. 
“In 2018, we’ll be taking the project to a new level, expanding it to cover every aspect of the policies that promote abundant, reliable, and affordable energy to power modern life,” the report’s message from the President and the Chair noted. 
TPPF’s Kathleen Hartnett-White was director of the Fueling Freedom project and co-authored the same-titled book with Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore. White is a senior fellow of the Life:Powered project. 
Stance on Climate Change
May 4, 2018
Life:Powered promotes articles critical of a carbon tax as a solution to climate change, generally linking to research done by TPPF. One example is an article by Vance Ginn that links to research by John Cristy to suggest “there’s little conclusive evidence to prove that carbon dioxide emissions cause environmental harm.” 
The Life:Powered article concludes: 
“Finally, perhaps most importantly, there is little to no evidence that there is a need to reduce carbon emissions in this country. For all of these reasons, and many more, the proposed carbon tax should be whole-heartedly rejected.”
“Human flourishing depends on energy use, often in invisible and unnoticed ways. A reliable energy supply can feed the hungry, take care of the sick, and ensure a prosperous economic future for society. It promotes freedom and independence around the world and right here at home,” the Life:Powered website reads. 
The Texas Public Policy Foundation features a “Life:Powered” playlist in its YouTube channel that promotes “The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels” by Alex Epstein, as well as a panel presentation by the CO2 Coalition promoting the supposed benefits of boosting atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. View the playlist below:
The following funding values are for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the parent organization of Life:Powered.
View the attached spreadsheet for more details on the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s funding by year (.xlsx). 
The below 990 forms are for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the project’s parent organization:
Michael Nasi is General Counsel of Balanced Energy for Texas, a “coalition of energy consumers, producers, and providers” that includes major coal and energy companies, related advocacy groups, and groups supplying the energy industry such as the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), American Electric Power, Arch Coal, Peabody Energy, and Union Pacific Railroad. 
When President Donald Trump issued an executive order to revise or rescind the Clean Power Plan, Nasi described it as “a crucial win for Texas and the nation.” He is also a partner of the law firm Jackson Walker LLP where he founded the firm’s “Climate Change and Carbon Management group.” , 
Bernard L. McNamee was initially listed as project lead for the Life:Powered project in February 2018, however according to his LinkedIn he left that position in May 2018 to become Executive Director at the Office of Policy for the Department of Energy (DOE). McNamee worked for the DOE as Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy since May 2017, and as Senior Counsel to the law firm McGuireWoods LLP before that. 
Kathleen Hartnett-White is the distinguished senior fellow-in-residence and director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). Hartnett White previously worked as Chairman and Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Prior to 2001, she served as then-Governor George W. Bush’s appointee to the Texas Water Development Board, where she sat until appointed to TCEQ. 
Hartnett-White was nominated by President Donald Trump in 2017 to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and also served on Trump’s “economic advisory team” in 2016. White’s nomination was withdrawn after it was sent back to the White House at the end of 2017. , , 
- Jacki Pick — Senior Fellow, Life:Powered
Jacki Pick formerly served as the executive vice president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), a corporate-funded group that has promoted supposed uncertainties around climate science. She also hosts The Jacki Daily Show at TheBlaze.com. 
Gunasekara is a Republican “climate and energy strategist” and the founder of the “pro-Trump nonprofit” Energy 45 Fund. As of February 2020, Gunasekara was reportedly set to return as the EPA‘s chief of staff accordig to The Washington Post. , 
She is a a member of the CO2 Coalition, a group directed by climate change denier William Happer that portrays carbon dioxide as “a nutrient vital for life” and advocates for more of it in the atmosphere. Her CO2 Coalition profile describes Gunasekara as “the chief architect of the Paris Accord withdrawal and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan” while working for Trump at the EPA as principal deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. , 
April 6, 2020
Life:Powered, represented by Jason Isaac, was signatory to an American Energy Alliance letter to President Donald Trump supporting the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule which would scrap federal fuel economy mandates under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program. 
Describing CAFE, the letter contends: “Those families and individuals who prefer or need trucks, SUVs, and crossovers pay more to subsidize those who buy smaller vehicles or electric vehicles under the existing mandate. This significant, needless, and unjust cost is a very real regressive tax on American families that has made our country worse off.” 
March 23, 2020
The letter concludes:
“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.” 
Signatories included: 
|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|
August 20, 2019
In a YouTube video titled “Most Googled Questions About The Green New Deal,” Life:Powered Senior Manager Jason Isaac described the Green New Deal as “the quickest way to end all life as we know it.” Isaac claims in the video that the GND “seeks to eliminate all greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. All of them. The majority of which are water.”
June 14, 2019
A 2018 TPPF video promoting the continued operation of a coal-fired power plant on the Arizona Navajo reservation has been rebranded with the Life:Powered name. The video showed images of smokestacks with a voiceover by a young Navajo girl saying, “Papa says it’s the heart of the land. I can hear it beating.” 
The video’s closing text reads:
“Extreme environmentalist politics will eliminate jobs, destroy families, and spike electric bills in the Navajo Nation and across America. The Navajo don’t need to be told what to do. They’ve been protecting the environment for centuries.” 
Local environmental groups responded with claims that the plant’s consumption of billions of gallons of groundwater has led to contamination and depletion of the reservation’s water supply. The executive director of a Navajo non-profit organization told the Statesman: 
“The pro-coal supporters have made it all about jobs. There’s more to it than that. What’s happening on Black Mesa shows that jobs and revenues is not all that it’s made out to be. When you lose your own potable water source, that’s life or death right there.” 
Another TPPF Life:Powered-branded video on the topic of “Energy Poverty” featured Caleb Rossiter of the CO2 Foundationpromoting wider adoption of fossil fuel-generated electricity in the developing world. 
February 8, 2019
Life:Powered posted a critique of the Green New Deal on its website, written by The Honorable Jason Isaac, describing it as a “massive new tax” and claiming the threats to the planet of continued fossil fuel use have “no scientific evidence to back it up.” 
“… if U.S. emissions were completely eliminated by 2020, global temperatures would only be 0.077°C lower in 2050. That doesn’t exactly do much to prevent the End of Days in the next 12 years,” the article claims. “Here is something a little closer to scientific certainty: we are not going to figure out how to generate all the power we need and use in America from wind and solar in the next decade. We’re not even going to get close.” 
In conclusion: “Rep. Ocasio-Cortez predicts catastrophe in 12 years if we do nothing to fight climate change. The real catastrophe would be enacting her plan to do that.” 
August 7, 2018
Michael Nasi, who is reportedly leading the effort, said the videos “aim to educate an ‘extremely under-informed’ public on fossil fuels.” 
“We have failed as both a coal industry, a power industry and obviously other fossil industries and the nuclear industry because we have failed to get together to message together,” said Nasi. 
Also speaking at the conference, Luke Popovich, former spokesman for the National Mining Association, discussed industry tactics with regards to climate change: 
“It’s too late for denial when your customers, the ratepayers, the banks, and regulators already believe climate change is real,” Popovich said. “Accepting that climate change is real merely opens the discussion with the public.”
Rather, a message on how fossil fuels could be a “humanitarian tool”— so-called “energy poverty” has long been a talking point of industry — would be a primary focus of the Life:Powered videos. 
“Over 1 billion people do not have any electricity,” retired Penn State University Professor Frank Clemente said in one of the videos. “That’s only the tip of the iceberg. About 2.5 billion people only have limited access to electric power. You’re closing on almost half of the population of the world are living in energy poverty and that’s why I say it is the leading problem facing mankind today.”  Clemente has regularly consulted for the energy industry, and has said he has “written, spoken and testified quite a bit on coal’s importance to the quality of life around the world.”
- Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) — Life:Powered describes itself as a project of TPPF. 
- Fueling Freedom — According to TPPF’s 2017 annual report, Life:Powered was formerly the Fueling Freedom project. 
Contact & Address
- TPPF promotes Life Powered by the #lifepowered hash tag on Twitter.
- Life Powered links to TPPF’s Facebook page @TexasPolicy.
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“2017 Annual Report,” Texas Public Policy Foundation. Retrieved from Scribd.com.
Vance Ginn. “Carbon Tax: A Free Market Solution to Climate Change?” Life:Powered, May 4, 2018. Archived August 22, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.fo/XDg9m
“Texas Public Policy Foundation,” Conservative Transparency. August 21, 2018.
Taylor Kuykendall. “US fossil fuels target global energy poverty, climate change in new PR push,” SPGlobal, August 9, 2018. Archived August 21, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.fo/yMW7o
“BET Statement Regarding President Trump’s Energy Independence Executive Order,” Balanced Energy for Texas, March 28, 2017. Archived August 22, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.fo/GlVVg
“Michael Nasi,” LinkedIn. Accessed August 22, 2018. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
“Bernard L. McNamee,” LinkedIn. Accessed August 22, 2018. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
“KATHLEEN HARTNETT WHITE, DIRECTOR, ARMSTRONG CENTER FOR ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT & SENIOR FELLOW, LIFE: POWERED,” Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived August 22, 2018. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/o9UQh
Steve Horn. “Trump Names Climate Denier Kathleen Hartnett White to Head White House Environmental Council,” DeSmog, October 13, 2017.
AP. “Climate change sceptic Kathleen Hartnett White dropped as Trump environment expert,” The Guardian, February 3, 2018. Archived August 22, 2018. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/jR0te
Asher Price. “Texas Public Policy Foundation touts fossil fuel benefits beyond Texas,” American-Statesman, June 14, 2019. Archived June 19, 2019. Archived .mp4s on file at DeSmog.
“Most Googled Questions About The Green New Deal,” YouTube video uploaded b user “Texas Public Policy Foundation,” August 20, 2019. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis. “She pushed Trump to exit the Paris climate agreement and roll back environmental rules. And she’s returning to EPA as chief of staff,” The Washington Post, February 14, 2020. Archived February 19, 2020. Archive.ph URL: https://archive.ph/5aQ9G
Dana Drugmand. “Under Cover of Pandemic, Fossil Fuel Interests Unleash Lobbying Frenzy,” DeSmog, April 2, 2020.
“Dear Members of Congress” (PDF), Life:Powered, March 23, 2020. Archived.pdf on file at DeSmog.
CAFE-Coaliton-to-Trump-April-2020-9 (PDF), American Energy Alliance.