|Actual Russian Disinformation
FOX headline: “Russia duped Europe into energy dependence by funding ‘rabid environmental groups’: experts”
“For years, world leaders have accused Russia of funding environmental groups in Europe to steer nations away from energy independence and strengthen Russia’s iron grip over the continent. As nations across the globe begin shunning Russian oil in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine, U.S. leaders are also questioning how deep Russia’s ties go in the environmental community.”
“‘The Russians actually fund some of the most rabid environmental groups in Europe because they sic them on the energy projects that aren’t Russian,’ James Carafano, vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News Digital in a recent phone interview.
“Back in June 2014, just months after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, European leaders sounded off that Russia was using disinformation operations with environmental groups to steer countries away from fracking in favor of Russian oil.
“‘I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations — environmental organisations working against shale gas — to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas,’ Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former prime minister of Denmark and then-secretary-general of NATO, said, according to the Guardian.
“NATO’s press office passed the remarks off as Rasmussen’s personal views, but one NATO official sounded the alarm that Russia’s grip on Europe was tightening.
“‘We don’t go into the details of discussions among allied leaders, but Russia has been using a mix of hard and soft power in its attempt to recreate a sphere of influence, including through a campaign of disinformation on many issues, including energy. In general, the potential for Russia using energy supplies as a means of putting pressure on European nations is a matter of concern. No country should use supply and pricing terms as tools of coercion,’ the NATO official told the Guardian in 2014.”
“In the U.S., Republican Reps. Lamar Smith and Randy Weber sent a letter to then-Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in 2017 arguing that Russia’s goal is to ‘suppress the widespread adoption of fracking in Europe and the U.S.’ by funding such environmental groups.
“The two Republicans even cited former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who complained during a private 2014 speech about ‘phony environmental groups’ pushing an anti-fracking agenda.
“‘We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand against any effort, ‘Oh that pipeline, that fracking, that whatever will be a problem for you,’ and a lot of the money supporting that message was coming from Russia,’ Clinton said, according to excerpts leaked by WikiLeaks in 2016.”
Matt Whitlock: “This is very interesting. Russian money has been funding liberal environmental groups’ anti-fossil fuel push. One of the top recipients was @NRDC, who gave millions to Biden before their leader @ginamccarthy46 became Biden’s Climate Czar.”
House Energy & Commerce Committee GOP: “Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are now holding three environmental groups’ feet to the fire. We’re pushing for answers and look forward to responses from @LCVoters, @SierraClub, and @NRDC by March 25.”
Tom Elliott vid link: “@RepDanCrenshaw explains how Russia funds U.S. anti-fracking eco groups: ‘There’s a shell corporation in Bermuda called Klein Ltd., which primarily funds an org in San Fran called Sea Change, which then turns around & funds a lot of groups that you would know, like Sierra Club'”