Revealing bad guys: there are now multiple fake organizations opposing clean energy for Louisiana

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 There are now multiple fake organizations, and they’re opposing clean energy for Louisiana. You may have seen Facebook posts for these groups. Perhaps you received a mailer, or saw a TV commercial. These are well-funded groups, and they’re not friends of Louisiana. But first, some context.
In 2015, Southwestern Electric Power Company (a Shreveport-based electric company) developed a long-term plan to buy lots of renewable energy. These plans in the electric industry are called “integrated resource plans”, and you can read SWEPCO’s plan, here. To implement its plan, SWEPCO is partnering with a sister-utility in Oklahoma to construct the nation’s largest wind farm in western Oklahoma; the “Wind Catcher” project will total 2,000 megawatts – that’s about 4x more power than the entire city of Lafayette. According to SWEPCO, “When the project is complete, SWEPCO will provide 26% of its energy from renewable resources, up from 8% today” and it will “save SWEPCO customers more than $4 billion.” So who would be opposed?
Our first anti-wind group is called “Protect Our Pocketbooks“. Their  sole  purpose to is oppose the Wind Catcher wind farm. It’s a shady group run by aDelaware-registered company, with its primary lobbyist based in Little Rock. Their slick videos and web materials are put together by a PR firm called Impact Management Group in Little Rock, which has deep ties with the natural gas industry. 
The second group is called “Renewable Louisiana” – they’re 100% modeled off another group called “Renewable Arkansas – similar logo, same slick videos, etc. They’re masquerading as a pro-solar group, but their sole purpose is to oppose the Wind Catcher project, and are doing nothing to support solar. They’re tricking pro-solar folks to oppose wind energy. Neither group is registered in Arkansas nor Louisiana. Renewable Arkansas claims to be a “project” of a group called “Americans for Affordable Energy”, except, that group is registered in North Carolina to a PR firm in Virginia, which has deep ties to coal, natural gas and nuclear industries. 
Is your head spinning yet? These are “dark money” groups, so we don’t know for sure who’s paying for it all, but there are clearly some good theories. They paid significantly to grow their Facebook pages to nearly 3,000 people, each. Check out their Facebook pages and ask who’s funding them. 
But enough on the fake groups. Email our public service commissioner, Commissioner Craig Greene, and let him know you support clean energy, including the Wind Catcher project: craig.greene ‘at’ la.gov
Events 

Bayou Electric Vehicles meeting, 3/28, 6:30PM, Main Library 2nd floor (event)

Green Drinks!, 3/29, 6:30PM, Dat Dog (event)


Lafayette City/Parish Council meeting “open mic night”, 3/20, 5:30PM event)

Lafayette Mini Maker Faire, 3/24, 10AM, Lafayette Science Museumevent)
The Current Rebooted: A Relaunch Party, 3/21, 6PM, Jefferson Street Pubevent)
Science on the Bayou, 3/27, 7PM Jefferson Street Pubevent)
Social Media Breakfast, 4/6, 7:30AM, Opportunity Machineevent)
Earth Day Preamble, 4/7, morning, Wurst Biergarten (more to come)
Southern Board Game Festival, 4/14, 9M, Lafayette Science Museumevent)
Fete de la Terre expo, 4/20, UL  (more to come)
Fly Fishing Film Tour 2018, 4/21, 3:30PM, Pack & Paddleevent)
Festival, 4/25event)
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11 thoughts on “Revealing bad guys: there are now multiple fake organizations opposing clean energy for Louisiana

  1. I love the purple-lavender. Part may be AREVA because of the French connection. I have heard they have been infiltrating corporate renewable meetings and no one even knows how they found out or got into the meetings.

    • I don’t see the big deal. Trump has what… about 4 marriages and he’s a casino boss. Woop-dee-doo. Find a modern president who wasn’t a rapist and all I come up with is Carter. Maybe. (opinion)

      • If Carter had gotten his funding on renewables from Congress we wouldn’t be talking about nuclear power now. After being dropped into the Chalk River nuclear reactor to help clean it and TMI he had some idea of the dangers. I think they want Trump to be removed over women because the other mafia reality is too ugly.

  2. Pingback: Fayetteville and University of Arkansas advocate for Oklahoma wind energy project – We Know Northwest Arkansas

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