“Green Electricity or Green Money? Why Some Environmental Groups Hamper Clean Energy”

Published by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy

Environmental Groups Hamper Clean Energy (Graphic: Business Wire)

Environmental Groups Hamper Clean Energy (Graphic: Business Wire)

WASHINGTON--()--A new paper, “Green Electricity or Green Money? Why some environmental groups hamper clean energy”, that highlights conflicts of interest and mistaken positions on energy policy at certain large environmental organizations, was published today by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C.

Authored by Dr. Timothy Schoechle of Boulder, CO, Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy, under the direction of Camilla Rees, Policy Advisor to NISLAPP, “Green Electricity or Green Money?” examines how some of our largest and most influential environmental organizations appear to have lost their way and are failing us when we need them most.

“Green Electricity or Green Money?” highlights cases in which large environmental organizations are aiding and abetting a dysfunctional, entrenched and polluting electricity and energy economy through resistance to renewable energy technologies and ill-advised support for billions of dollars of new utility meters, called ‘smart’ meters, which do not have any of the benefits claimed.

The paper cites several well-documented situations involving the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Natural Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC). Dr. Schoechle poses the following questions:

  • Why do some large environmental organizations collaborate with fossil fuel industries to obstruct, mislead and divert efforts to revamp our energy economy?
  • Do the significant annual capital needs of these organizations limit their independence and thus their ability to achieve meaningful environmental goals?
  • To what degree have these organizations lost sight of their missions, and thus lost their legitimacy as representatives of the people?
  • Should local communities provide “checks” on Big Environmentalism by taking more control of their own energy future to assure sustainability?
  • Are well-known “clean energy” investors interested in clean energy—or merely in green money and the “greenwashing” of their investments?

Jim Turner, Esq., Chairman of NILSAPP, publisher of the landmark white paper, Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid, that demonstrated how governments and ratepayers have been misled about the potential energy and cost savings benefits of “smart “ meters, says, “In publishing “Green Electricity or Green Money?” we seek to foster honest dialogue about impediments to effective leadership in the environmental sector.”

Contacts

NISLAPP
Emily Roberson, 610-707-1602
Emily@GettingSmarterAbouttheSmartGrid.org

Release Summary

Environmental groups collaborate with fossil fuel industries to obstruct transformation of energy economy, according to a new paper, “Green Electricity or Green Money?” by NISLAPP, Washington, D.C.

Contacts

NISLAPP
Emily Roberson, 610-707-1602
Emily@GettingSmarterAbouttheSmartGrid.org