Reddit is a front group for oil and gas refiners and fuel marketers, which describes itself as a “coalition of consumers, businesses and workers united in the belief that energy empowers us, allows us choices and improves our quality of life.” Though it exists as a Facebook page and website, the “coalition” is not a formal organization and is not incorporated in any form.The group was behind a shadowy campaign to gather and bundle public comments to the Department of Transportation, arguing for a rollback of fuel efficiency and emissions standards for vehicles. This effort, first tied to Energy4US by KochvsClean and DeSmog, was exposed in a front page article in the New York Times, which noted the “coalition’s” immediate ties to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, a trade group of oil and gas refiners and fuel marketers.

Energy4US appears to have grown out of a campaign titled “Secure Our Fuels” organized by The Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), an industry PR group closely tied with HBW Resources, a lobbying and public affairs firm with historic ties to Alberta tar sands and proponent of the Keystone KL Pipeline. Known funders of CEA include industry groups the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), while members include petroleum giants BPExxonMobilShell, and Chevron, among others.

Energy4US lists its own members as including prominent trade groups and oil and energy industry advocates such as American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).

According to their website, Energy4US focuses on an anti-regulatory stance with relations to vehicles: “Consumers, workers, families, and businesses should have the right to choose what cars to drive and what fuels to use. We should be able to decide what works best for us, not the government.”