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Support for Anti-Science Group Withers: American Electric Power Leaves ALEC

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Another major company has decided that its values and those of the American Legislative Exchange Council no longer match up. Leaving ALEC is the right step for American Electric Power, one the U.S.’s largest electric utilities, an owner of lots of coal plants, and one of the top carbon-emitting utilities. There are signs that more progress is coming, and you can bet we’ll be watching closely to make sure that happens. Read more >

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Shell Leaves ALEC, Improves Consistency on Climate Lobbying

, former science communication officer

Shell has told several journalists that it will sever ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a U.S.-based lobbying group that spreads misinformation about climate science and tries to roll back clean energy polices. According to Shell, ALEC’s stance on climate change “is clearly inconsistent with our own.”

It’s not often that you hear science policy advocates say things like, “Woohoo!” but this one of them. (Another was earlier this week, when the EPA finalized its Clean Power Plan.) Read more >

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ALEC’s Annual Meeting to Feature More Attacks on Successful Clean Energy Policies

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

UPDATE (July 27, 3:30pm): Stephen Moore, a member of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Advisory Board, dropped a whopper during one of the few sessions at ALEC’s annual meeting that was open to select reporters. “The biggest scam of the last 100 years is global warming,” Moore said before going on to engage in a personal attack on scientists. Learn more.

This week the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding its annual meeting in San Diego and one look at the agenda reveals this fossil fuel-funded front group remains bent on preventing the nation’s transition to a clean energy economy. With the EPA set to finalize its Clean Power Plan in the next few weeks, ALEC is frantically ramping up efforts to obstruct and roll back policies that support renewables and efficiency and curb carbon emissions. Here’s a quick guide on what to look out for. Read more >

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Don’t Be Deceived by ALEC’s Special Interest Agenda

, director, California & Western States

When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) arrives in San Diego on July 22 for its annual meeting, the agenda will include efforts to undermine clean energy and climate policies that are widely supported by the people of California. Yet the public won’t know what is discussed at the meeting because the doors will be closed to most media, despite the presence of lawmakers from around the country. Read more >

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Will Shell Leave ALEC? An Executive Hints At An Exit

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Ask and you shell receive? (Sorry. Had to take that one.) It may be so. Last week, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden hinted that the company may leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by not renewing its membership, according to an interview with the Guardian. The statement comes after increasing pressure on Shell to leave the climate-misinformation-spreading lobbying organization. Read more >

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Deceit and Disinformation on Full Display in ALEC’s New ‘Carbon Reduction’ Policy Measure

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding their spring task force summit today in Savannah, Georgia. A peek inside the day’s agenda makes it crystal clear that despite a rash of high profile membership defections—including most recently oil giant BP—and mounting pressure to stop misrepresenting climate science and undermining clean energy policies, deceit and disinformation is still the currency in which ALEC trades. Read more >

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Why Shell Should Leave ALEC

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Let me (be) very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.

-Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell

Years ago, such a statement from the head of a major oil producer might have raised an eyebrow, but these days, most companies stick with the science if they choose to talk about climate change. Unfortunately, companies’ actions don’t necessarily align with their words. Read more >

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ALEC Can’t Deny Its Record of Climate Change Disinformation

, senior energy analyst

Faced with an ongoing exodus of corporate funders — News Corp and Occidental Petroleum are among the latest departures — the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is suddenly in a hurry to hide its long history of denying the reality of climate change.

But there’s no hiding the fact that ALEC has fought for decades to inappropriately sow doubt around the scientific consensus that climate change is happening, that its cause is largely man-made, and that we need to do something about it. Read more >

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Facebook “Dislikes” ALEC’s Climate Change and Clean Energy Deception

, director of Climate & Energy

It was welcome news last week that social media giant Facebook is “likely” to cease its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) this year, following the lead of Microsoft and Google to become, as The Guardian reported, “the latest tech company to end its support for a controversial rightwing lobby group that works against climate change legislation.” Read more >

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Fact Checking ALEC’s Attacks on Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Members of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee heard testimony this week on two bills that would roll back Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Backed by fossil-fuel funded special interest groups and their political allies, these proposals would undermine Ohio’s emerging clean energy industries and make the state even more dependent on coal and natural gas. Read more >

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In Chicago, ALEC Reboots Failed Strategy for Attacking Renewable Energy Policies

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Having failed completely in its attempt to repeal state renewable electricity standards (RES) during the spring 2013 legislative season, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is shifting gears. Their new strategy is more nuanced, but the goal remains the same: support their fossil fuel cronies by rolling back renewable energy policies. Fortunately, this latest scheme is likely doomed to fail as well. Read more >

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Wrestling with Palm Oil: ALEC’s Slippery Argument Against EPA

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Weekends are a great time to unwind from the stress of the work week and indulge in a little conspiracy theorizing. Last Saturday I sat down to read the New York Times and learned the latest details about the until-recently covert operations of the American Legislative Exchange Council. This is the conservative consortium of legislative ghostwriters made infamous for their role in drafting “Stand Your Ground” laws like the ones implicated in the Trayvon Martin case. Read more >

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In Australia, Too, Shareholders Demand Climate Transparency from Fossil Fuel Companies

, climate accountability campaign manager

This week, an Anglo-Australian company’s annual meeting could send a strong signal for companies’ climate risk disclosure around the world. BHP Billiton Limited, a multinational mining and petroleum conglomerate, will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Melbourne, Australia. Shareholders are calling for more complete disclosure of the company’s direct and indirect lobbying spending on climate and energy—and for BHP to end its membership in industry groups whose positions are inconsistent with its own. Such disclosure would be a big deal. Read more >

Fig. 2 from Frumhoff, Heede, Oreskes (2015) based on data from Heede (2014)
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The Spookiest Halloween Costume of 2017: The Fossil Fuel Company Executive

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Halloween is here, and we have a lot to be spooked about when it comes to the future role of science in this country. In addition to the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on science, companies are now enjoying greater access to decisionmakers than they’ve ever had. And no industry has capitalized on inappropriate access to decisionmakers more than the fossil fuel industry. Indeed, with very little accountability, the industry has deceived the public and policymakers, and enjoyed friendly policies from decisionmakers with clear conflicts of interest. Read more >

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Who Would Lose with New Suniva/SolarWorld Solar Tariffs? Just About Everybody

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A recent decision by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) in favor of two solar manufacturers means that new tariffs on solar cells and panels could be coming. As the reactions from companies and organizations across the economy—and across the political spectrum—make clear, that’s bad news for just about everyone, including you and me. Read more >

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Bringing Down the House: A Hostile Takeover of Science-Based Policymaking by Trump Appointees

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates). The appointed individuals are leading day-to-day decision-making on policies from public health and safety to environmental protection to critical applied science programs. In other words, the decisions these appointees make will affect everyone in the country. Read more >

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Crédito: NASA (https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/sun_earth_eclipse.jpg)

¿Listos para el eclipse solar? Nuestro sistema eléctrico sí lo está.

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Este 21 de agosto cientos de millones de personas en el continente americano tendrán la oportunidad de ver un gran evento: un eclipse solar. ¿Cómo alistarnos para ver el eclipse? ¿Qué va a pasar con la energía solar de nuestra red eléctrica durante las horas que dura el eclipse? Read more >

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Photo: Takeshi Kuboki/CC BY (Flickr)

The Solar Eclipse and Our Electricity Supply: Why We’ve Got This Covered

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

Is losing all that solar energy during the eclipse a big deal for the electricity grid? Turns out, no. Read more >

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Photo: The White House/Flickr

An Administration Defined by Its Conflicts (and What That Means for Science and Policy)

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The first six months of President Trump’s time in office have consisted of a whirlwind of questionable governing decisions. From the outset, the Center for Science and Democracy established a baseline of the types of protections for science within the federal government that should be maintained by the Executive Office of the President; to say that the Trump Administration is not up to the mark would be a gross understatement. Read more >

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Investors Want Transparency. ExxonMobil Offers Smoke and Mirrors

, climate accountability campaign manager

Yesterday, an industry-led task force issued final recommendations on how companies across all sectors should report on climate-related financial risks. ExxonMobil, which faced a shareholder rebellion on this issue at its annual meeting last month, could have seized the opportunity to welcome the recommendations and commit to improving its own reporting. Instead, the company released its 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report, revealing that ExxonMobil continues to funnel more than $1.5 million to groups that have spread disinformation on climate science and/or seek to block action on climate change. Read more >

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Permian Basin oil patch near Midland, Texas. Gas and oil extraction as far as the eye can see. Photo: Barbara Briggs

Climate Risk in the Spotlight of Chevron’s Annual Shareholder Meeting

Stephanie Thomas , UCS

I journeyed to Midland to attend Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting, held on May 31st, because I wanted to let the company know the importance of planning for a low carbon future. Read more >

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Americans Deserve Better than the Heartland Institute’s Climate “Experts”

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Who did President Trump invite to his Paris Climate Agreement announcement? A cadre of industry-tied lobbyists and others who have peddled climate disinformation for years. Read more >

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President Trump, Paris, and ExxonMobil

, director of science & policy

It is remarkable what you can achieve when you set the bar really low.

By announcing his plan to withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris climate accord, shamefully reneging on our nation’s commitment to join with the world community of nations in fighting climate change, President Trump accomplished the striking feat of making appear virtuous and responsible almost every other major entity whose actions have contributed mightily to the problem.

Even ExxonMobil. Read more >

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Experts Call For Shareholder Action on Climate Ahead of ExxonMobil and Chevron Annual Meetings

, climate accountability campaign manager

It’s been quite a week in Texas. Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of making opening remarks at an expert panel discussion on climate change and fossil fuel company responsibilities in front of a packed house at Rice University in Houston. The event was held a week ahead of the ExxonMobil and Chevron annual shareholders’ meetings tomorrow in Dallas and Midland, respectively—timed to inform investors about key climate-related proposals to be voted on by shareholders at both companies. Read more >

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Three Steps Shell Can Take for the Climate—and to Earn Public Trust

, climate accountability campaign manager

UCS took an in-depth look at Shell’s climate-related positions and actions for The Climate Accountability Scorecard last year. We found a few bright spots, and we made several recommendations for improvement. Here are three steps company decision makers could take at tomorrow’s AGM to signal that Shell wants to earn the trust of investors, the public, and policy makers. Read more >

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