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Russia Meddled in U.S. Energy Markets Through Environmental Groups (Guest: John Droz)

March 28, 2018

A new report from the House Science Committee finds the Russian government attempted to disrupt U.S. energy markets through social media campaigns and funding for environmental groups fighting oil and gas development and transport.

Physicist John Droz discusses how the Russian government created false accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to disrupt U.S. energy markets.  Russia used these account to send thousands of posts and tweets publicizing and promoting protests against U.S. energy policies, oil and gas production, and the construction of new pipelines in the United States.  Russia did this in order to bolster its own geopolitical and economic interests and undermine U.S. national security.

Although the mainstream media is not covering it, the Russian government funneled money through surrogates to U.S. environmental organizations, thus helping their efforts to negatively portray U.S. fossil fuel companies and companies doing business with them. This fomented protests against various energy related projects and policies.​

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org