EPA wants Environmental Justice Groups Investigated for Ties to China and Russia, Covert Organizing Could be Over
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has asked the Justice Department (DOJ) to investigate allegations that U.S. environmental groups have received covert funding from China and Russia.
This is a direct hit to the business of Community Organizing, for their oftentimes covert behaviors to advocate for foreign influences.
Democrat community organizers and activist groups are potentially funding U.S.-based ‘green’ groups to undermine American energy independence and to help maintain the integrity of the EPA’s decision-making.
The EPA will refer this matter to the DOJ [Foreign Agents Registration Act] Unit,” Wheeler said. “The DOJ can then determine what appropriate steps to take, if any, including whether those entities should be registered as foreign agents.”
Republican lawmakers are most concerned about the Sea Change Foundation, which has utilized offshore entities to pump large sums into its coffers. Since its founding in 2006, the Sea Change Foundation has passed nearly $500 million to liberal environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Energy Foundation, U.S. Climate Action Network, and others.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler requested after Rep. Lance Gooden (R., Texas) alleged that left-wing environmental groups Sea Change Foundation, Sunrise Movement, and Sierra Club have functioned as conduits for “foreign influence, financial involvement, and election interference.”
Erin Bridges, the fundraising director of the Sunrise Movement, told the Washington Free Beacon that such accusations were baseless, describing them as “another exhausted attempt from fossil fuel cronies to conjure up some vast conspiracy theory that’s been debunked again and again.”
“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stands to profit heavily from a Biden administration which would make us reliant on Made-in-China renewable energy,” Mr. Gooden said in a Monday statement. “We have reason to believe they are funneling money to certain ‘green groups’ to influence American foreign policy and our elections.”
His previous letter said there was “considerable evidence” that environmental groups actively lobbying for clean-energy policies are being funded by foreign entities that would benefit from a U.S. shift away from oil, natural gas, and coal.
Mr. Gooden said that environmental nonprofit groups, which are not required to disclose their donors, are receiving “large sums of money” from the Sea Change Foundation, “a proven front group for foreign financing, funded by off-shore hedge funds in Bermuda.”
“While it is not illegal for tax-exempt 501(c)(4)s to receive funding from foreign countries, the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) stipulates that any foreign-funded organization engaged in political activity must register as a foreign agent,” Mr. Gooden said.
“Environmental groups that receive money from Sea Change or other foreign-funded organizations, who then use those funds to target American energy interests, should disclose the source of their funding and potentially register as foreign agents.”
He added that such green groups “are clearly engaging in politics at best, and operating at the behest of foreign actors at worst.”
The Sea Change Foundation, formerly Klein Ltd., released a statement in July 2018 saying that it had contributed $500 million since 2011 to climate and clean-energy initiatives but received no outside funding.
“I wish to clarify that press reports speculating that Klein has received funding from outside sources are factually incorrect and have no basis,” foundation director Nat Simons told Inside Philanthropy. “Neither Klein nor Sea Change Foundation has ever solicited or accepted contributions from non-family related sources.”
China has positioned itself as a renewable-energy juggernaut, with control of about 60% of global solar-panel production and 90% of rare-earth metals used in electric vehicles, wind turbines, and solar panels, as reported by ChinaPower.
Relevancy to current events and Politicians.
“Have you wondered why Biden/Harris REFUSE to condemn China? We have reason to believe the #CCP is FUNNELING $ to Biden’s campaign through “green” groups. I’m asking the @EPA to work with the DOJ & investigate this foreign election interference! “
“Dangerous Red/Green Axis Far-left revolutionary Governors like Communist Jay Inslee from Washington have formed a dangerous alliance with groups like HAMAS-linked CAIR to destroy America from within. Muslim-Brotherhood is conquering America without firing a Shot!”
“”In reality the Green New Deal is a deeply socialist plan formulated and promoted by bona fide communist groups.” The Red Roots of the ‘Green New Deal’: Part 2″
This could have a huge impact on a number of policies that drive us crazy…