Besides the flashy website and some social media efforts, the Fueling U.S. Forward campaign has been working on the ground to capture the “hearts and minds” of minority communities and promote the benefits of fossil fuels. We’ve been tracking their activities here on KochvsClean—activities that have included a gospel concert and scholarships to African American students.
The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper of the University of North Carolina, has a great article this week that highlights another strategy of Fueling U.S. Forward—using the promise of jobs to bolster the image of fossil fuels in minority communities. Continue reading “Fueling U.S. Forward Sells Minorities on the Hope of Fossil Fuel Jobs”
Religious leaders and environmental justice activists in Richmond, Virginia are “pushing back” against the Koch-funded Fueling U.S. Forward campaign’s efforts to target minority communities while promoting the “importance of domestic oil and natural gas to making people’s lives better.” Continue reading “Minority Communities in Richmond “Push Back on Koch Brothers,” Call Fueling U.S. Forward a “Distasteful Effort””
President Donald Trump’s top energy aid—who has worked as a Koch Industries lobbyist—spent the early years of his career peddling climate change denial in conservative newspapers like Human Events and Evans-Novak Political Report. Continue reading “Before Becoming Trump’s Top Energy Aide, Mike Catanzaro Peddled Climate Change Denial as a Writer”
The fossil fuel industry’s effort to “start winning hearts and minds” arrived at a Baptist church in North Carolina recently in the form of three $1,500 scholarships for local high school students and a talk by Hubbel Relat, a Fueling US Forward representative, at a summit hosted by the Roanoke Valley Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Continue reading “Fueling US Forward Presents Scholarships to Black Youth in North Carolina, Recalling Kochs’ Troubling History on Education and Race”