The American Thinker article by Robert Kagan: “A New Globalist Agenda” (The American Conservative, January 28, 2019) The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a think tank based in Arlington, Virginia, is promoting the theory that a single source of energy (hydrogen) will produce as much as all the oil produced in the world.
This “energy-centric” theory of the global economy, according to its founder, James R. Ricks, is not a coincidence, he claims.
The Council has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
It has received grants from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Ford Foundation, and Ford Motor Company.
Ranks at The American Conservatives have also been given money by the oil industry.
The conservative-leaning think tank, which claims its mission is to “promote a free-market economy,” has received over $100,000 from oil companies and industry groups since it was founded in 2002.
Its members include the National Mining Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the U-Maine Energy Foundation, American Energy Alliance, and American Wind Energy Association.
RICKS CLAIMS “WE MUST DISCUSS THE COST OF FOOD AND WE NEED TO DISCUSE IT” In its recent report, “Soy, Carbon and Energy” (Energy Matters, January 29, 2019), the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) argues that the world’s population will soon surpass the world as a whole, and it will be unable to sustainably grow food production without using carbon dioxide-intensive technologies, such as biofuels and nuclear power.
The group contends that the U,S., and other nations are “at a tipping point” and must “discuss the costs of energy, the climate, and global food production.”
The report argues that if we do not act to “sustainably grow and utilize” our food, then “we risk losing ground to other nations and regions.”
Ricks has received $1.7 million from the oil and gas industry since 2013.
The American Alliance for Clean Coal Electricity, a group formed by the fossil fuel industry to oppose a new coal-fired power plant near Grand Rapids, Michigan, received $400,000 in 2017.
The Alliance’s founder, Kevin O’Neill, is chairman of the board of directors of American Energy Partners, which received $300,000 between 2017 and 2019.
The energy alliance also receives $300 per year from ExxonMobil.
O’NEILL, FOREIGN BUSINESSMAN: The coal industry is the largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.
It’s a massive industry, and I think we should start looking at it with the kind of seriousness that it deserves.
If we don’t, then we’re just going to continue to have this climate crisis.
RANKING OF CITIZENS: The Council on Food and Agriculture ranks members of the American Conservative with a score of 87, while Ricks ranks them at 95.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CREI) ranks the American Conservatives at 95, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) at 94, and NRDC (National Resource Defense Council) at 91.
CREI ranks the Council members at 93, NRDC at 91, and CPAC at 90.
In 2018, the Alliance for Food and Farm Safety, an industry-funded think tank in Arlington Heights, Illinois, released a report claiming that “the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that warming is occurring and that it is likely to lead to more frequent and intense heat waves, droughts, and floods in the U [sic] regions most exposed to climate change, the Middle East, and North Africa.”
In February 2019, the Council for the National Interest (CNIL) published a report that claimed that “global warming is causing extreme weather events to become more frequent, more severe, and more frequent than ever before.”
The CNIL has received at least $25,000 per year since 2014 from the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U:S.
House of Representatives.
The Committee is chaired by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, SC), as well as the U.:S.
Energy and Industry Committee.
CREITED SPONSORS: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) ranks CREI at 95; NRDC and the Center on Environment and Public Works (CEPW) at 92; the American Alliance of Renewable Energy (AAERE) at 86; the UEA Energy Institute at 85; the Center to Protect Rural America (CPRA) at 84; the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) at 82; the Energy Policy Institute (EPI) and the American Enterprise