Is Putin Funding Eco-Activists?

Anti-fossil fuel activist groups spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year trying to influence you on energy policy. Most of the money comes from a small group of billionaires, one of whom appears to be Vladimir Putin.

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Are American environmental groups partnering with Vladimir Putin to undermine America’s energy security? Could be.

Two Republican congressmen recently wrote a letter to the U.S. Treasury Secretary outlining their concerns. Representatives Lamar Smith and Randy Weber believe Putin’s Russia has been funneling tens of millions of dollars to anti-energy activist groups.

According to the congressmen, these groups spread propaganda about the safety of hydraulic fracturing and actively work to shut down pipelines among other mischief.

And it’s not just Republican Congressmen sounding the alarm, and this information is not new.

During a private speech in 2014 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We were even up against phony environmental groups… funded by the Russians to stand against an effort, ‘oh that pipeline, that fracking…’ and a lot of the money supporting that message was coming from Russia.”

A Senate report released in July of that same year detailed how the environmental extremist movement takes its marching orders from an exclusive group of wealthy people that wants to obstruct oil, gas, and coal production. The 92-page report explained how these groups covertly move money around through offshore shell companies and private foundations. They do this, of course, to hide the cash is coming from.

Also in 2014, Anders Rasmussen, the former secretary-general of NATO said in a speech, “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged with… environmental organizations working against shale gas to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.”

And now, a 29-year veteran of the CIA says environmental groups, “…are, without a doubt, agents of influence to Moscow through a networking system of shell companies and foundations.” Kenneth Stiles told the Daily Signal, “Geopolitically, this is Putin’s Moscow attempting to thwart America’s efforts to gain energy independence and to help our allies get from underneath Putin’s energy boot.”

Stiles, who is now at Virginia Tech University, is focusing his attention on exposing three Virginia environmental groups that are trying to block the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines. The former CIA Agent says Putin’s money passes through a shell company in Bermuda and a foundation in San Francisco before being sent to a group called Virginia Organizing. That group then delivers the Russian money to groups called Preserve Montgomery County and Friends of Nelson County. Stiles told the Daily Caller, “These ‘grassroots’ organizations are doing Putin’s bidding—they are colluding with Moscow, the Russian oligarchs and Putin against America’s interests and our freedom.”

What do you think? How hard is it to believe that the Russians are teaming up with American anti-energy activist groups to achieve their common goals?

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  • American Environmental Activist groups portray themselves as a grassroots movement. It’s the exact opposite. As the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works highlighted in its 2014 report, the industry (Don’t kid yourself, the Anti-Fossil Fuel Activist Racket is an industry) is controlled by billionaires driving business and ideological agendas. One of those billionaires is none other than Vladimir Putin, whose country is suffering greatly because of low oil and natural gas prices thanks to the American Shale Revolution.Letter from Representative Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin concerning Russia collusion with American anti-oil/gas activist groups.
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  • Letter from Representative Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin concerning Russia collusion with American anti-oil/gas activist groups.
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  • U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA”
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  • Article in the Daily Signal. CIA Veteran and current professor at Virginia Tech Veteran, Kenneth Stiles, believes there is conclusive evidence there is a Russian connection to two groups opposing fracking and natural gas pipelines.
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  • A July 2017 article in Newsweek on Putin funding anti-fossil fuel activist groups to discredit natural gas and hydraulic fracturing.
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