TexasWhen a lawsuit was filed to block the nation’s first large offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts, it appeared to be a direct clash between those who make their living at sea and others who want to install turbines and underwater cables. establish that may interfere with the harvest. of squid, flukes and other fish.
The fishing companies challenging the federal permit for the Vineyard Wind project were the Bay State and companies from Rhode Island and New York, and a video produced by opponents showed a bearded fisherman with a thick New England accent.
But the financial power behind the fighting originated in a dusty oil country thousands of miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The group that filed the lawsuit last year was the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based nonprofit backed by oil and gas companies and Republican donors.
With effective campaigns, legal actions, and model legislation, the group promotes fossil fuels and seeks to halt the transition of the US economy toward renewable energy. He has been outspoken about his opposition to Vineyard Wind and other renewable energy projects, and unapologetic about his advocacy work.
Even after Democrats in Congress passed the largest climate bill in US history this summer, the organization remains undaunted, and its continued efforts highlight the myriad forces at work to keep oil, gas and gas companies running.
In Arizona, the Texas Public Policy Foundation campaigned to keep open one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West. In Colorado, he called for a looser ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. And in Texas, the group drafted the first law called “energy boycotts” to punish financial institutions that seek to cut back on investments in fossil fuel projects, a law adopted by four other states.
Meanwhile, the Texas Public Policy Foundation has spread misinformation about climate science. With regular appearances on YouTube videos, Fox and Friends and social media campaigns, group officials have tried to convince lawmakers and the public that moving away from oil, gas and coal would harm Americans.
Whether attributing high gas prices to President Biden’s climate policies (which economists say is not the cause) or claiming that the winter 2021 blackout in Texas was the result of unreliable wind power, he has often promoted questionable narratives. For current events are captured. Tea).