Don’t Let Partisan Politics Lead to Bad Energy Policy – Or Drive a Wedge Between Communities

In the run up to the 2020 presidential election, a number of candidates have released policy proposals that could have major implications for our nation’s energy infrastructure.  Some of these policy proposals could actually cause more harm to the environment.

The latest example comes from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who vows to revoke the permits for the Dakota Access (DAPL) and Keystone XL (KXL) pipelines.

From her plan to “Honor and Empower Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples”:

Energy development that may affect tribal interests requires true and meaningful consultation with Tribal Nations and real efforts to ensure we are meeting

4 Key Facts Missing From the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Latest Attempt to Shutdown the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) recently filed a motion in federal court to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been safely operating for more than two years now. As with previous legal filings, the tribe’s latest filing misrepresents or ignores inconvenient facts that discredit their years-long bid to halt the lawfully permitted project.

Here are four key facts missing from the latest legal filing:

  1. The SRST wasn’t “vigorously opposed [to] the siting of the pipeline from its inception.”

As we’ve discussed before, the SRST largely refused to participate in the US Army Corps’ exhaustive review of …

FACT CHECK: Activists Pressure Candidates to Block Keystone XL Pipeline on Environmental Grounds

CLAIM: Environmental activists are pressing presidential candidates to take a pledge to block the Keystone XL pipeline. The pledge calls on candidates to revoke permits issued by the President for the Keystone XL.  It also calls on candidates to revoke permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been safely transporting crude oil for more than two years.

“Our next president needs to listen to the science that says we can’t build new fossil fuel projects and fight climate change at the same time, not the polluters who say we don’t have a choice,” Greenpeace USA climate campaigner Charlie …

Case Study: North Dakota’s 13-Month Review of the Dakota Access Pipeline

As we’ve highlighted previously , the Dakota Access Pipeline underwent a rigorous multi-agency permitting process prior to being built.

Before beginning construction, Dakota Access was required to obtain permits from regulatory agencies in each of the states that it traversed. These reviews, which were independent of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ own detailed analysis, involved extensive outreach of landowners, state agencies, local governments, public interest groups, tribes, and various other stakeholders.

In North Dakota, this process was led by the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC), an elected three-person state board responsible for regulating electric and natural gas utilities, …

FACT CHECK: Are Law Enforcement Officials Conducting Illegal Surveillance of Activists?

CLAIM: Environmental activists and the ACLU say it is “creepy,” “concerning” and potentially illegal for law enforcement bodies to monitor extremists and to share information about planned protests at pipeline construction projects with other officials. The sharing of such information was first reported by The Guardian.

RATING

False

FACT CHECK

First, let’s address the “illegal” claim floated by the ACLU in Oregon:

The Oregon ACLU told OPB that the surveillance might violate Oregon’s laws that protect individuals from the type of monitoring the sheriff’s office has initiated.

“This isn’t just about local law enforcement acting all on their own,

FACT CHECK: How Renewable is Renewable Energy?

CLAIM: Many Democratic Presidential candidates have put forward policy positions that would have devastating impacts for our nation’s energy industry.  That includes labeling the energy industry a “criminal enterprise,” as well as some candidates calling for a “total moratorium” on fossil fuel leases on public lands.

Some examples:

“[Bernie] believes we should keep fossil fuels in the ground and instead use renewable energy and sustainable energy while improving energy efficiency.” – Bernie Sanders campaign website.

“I’m proud to be an original supporter of the Green New Deal… I support returning to the Paris Agreement and …

Hypocrisy Watch: Sen. Whitehouse Attacks Energy Companies Months After Constituents Left Out in Cold

The State of Rhode Island is suing 21 oil and gas producers in an attempt to force these companies to pay for road and bridge repairs caused by extreme weather.

On Twitter, the state’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, signaled support for the lawsuit, writing that the companies “aided and abetted the ‘beclouding’ of the science.”

His attack against energy producers comes during the same year Rhode Island was forced to declare a state of emergency and evacuate thousands of residents due to a shortage of natural gas during a cold snap. On January 22, Governor Gina Raimondo stated, …

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Saving the Environment One Private Jet at a Time

“We must set an example now and move environmentalist from being the philosophy of a passionate minority … to a way of life that automatically integrates ecology into governmental policy and normal living standards.” – Google Camp attendee Leonardo DiCaprio.

Recently, high-profile celebrities descended to Italy for this year’s private Google event on the environment.  As we have seen before, the world’s elite are traveling in style – on private planes. Lots of them:

Their three-day summer camp will cost the tech giant some $20 million, sources said.

Many of the guests, including Obama and DiCaprio —

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Great Moments in Environmentalism

Electric vehicles are great, and we strongly support anyone who wants to buy one. But …

This diesel generator-powered station was spotted in Australia – and it is little different than the charging stations here in the United States that are powered by natural gas.

According to General Motors, the annual energy use of a Chevy Volt is an estimated 2,520 kilowatt-hours a year. That compares to about 340 kilowatt-hours for a television, 657 for a refrigerator and roughly 3,000 for an air conditioner.…

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Politician’s Investments Don’t Match Anti-Pipeline Rhetoric

A news report in Massachusetts is shining a bright light on state lawmakers who strongly support anti-pipeline policies that would make energy delivery more expensive, less safe and less reliable – all the while profiting from those companies they purport to oppose.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette examined the financial disclosures of their local state lawmakers and found that staunch opponents to pipelines had invested in energy infrastructure companies.

For example, Sen. Jo Comerford, a “staunch opponent of fossil fuel pipeline projects,” owns stock in Kinder Morgan Inc. and Energy Transfer Partners, despite saying on her website, ““I’ll fight for … …