GreenWire has reported that climate change denier Mike Catanzaro — a lobbyist for oil and gas companies Koch Industries, Noble Energy, Devon Energy, Encana Oil and Gas, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), and Hess Corporation — will soon become a top energy policy aide for President Donald Trump.
On February 2, the Republican head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee temporarily changed the rules to force a confirmation vote on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, despite the fact that Democrats had boycotted the vote a day earlier. Pruitt is set for full Senate confirmation vote sometime this week.
You can count the Koch brothers among those who are eager to see Pruitt confirmed. Continue reading “The Koch Brothers Really Want Scott Pruitt to Run the EPA”
Back in August at the Red State Gathering in Denver, Fueling U.S. Forward President Charles Drevna revealed that one of the campaign’s major strategies would involve targeting minority communities. A remarkable article just published by The New York Times reveals how the group is enacting this strategy, hosting and supporting events in minority communities while promoting the “importance of domestic oil and natural gas to making people’s lives better,” as Drevna put it.
Eddie Bautista, executive director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, called the Fueling U.S. Forward campaign “an exploitative, sad and borderline racist strategy.” Continue reading “New York Times Examines Fueling U.S. Forward, the Koch-Funded “Exploitative, Sad and Borderline Racist” Campaign”
On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump boasted that he had no need for the Koch brothers, claiming to have rejected meetings with them and calling his Republican primary opponents “puppets” for meeting with the Kochs.
Yet, today, Trump’s transition team and Cabinet are quickly filling with a number of Koch affiliates, confidantes, and business associates. Continue reading “The Trump Administration is Filling Up With Koch Allies”