Dark Money: The Energy 45 Fund
The Energy 45 Fund was incorporated on February 8th as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization by Mandy Gunasekara. Mandy Gunasekara is the former Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation with the EPA. She has been touted as the “chief architect of the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.” She resigned her post on February 7th, the day before incorporation. Because of the 501(c)(4) status, donors to the “fund” can remain anonymous.
The Energy 45 Fund is claiming to be a “non-profit educational organization dedicated to informing the public about the environmental and economic gains made under the Trump Administration.”
Below are clippings from directly energy45.org followed by fact checks by Xpaladin.
Trump moved to revoke Obama’s The Clean Power Plan. Which sought to cut the power sector's carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030
Trump seeks to roll back Obama’s fuel economy mandate. Which would call for automakers to steadily reach a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford issued the following statement, “We support increasing clean car standards through 2025 and are not asking for a rollback.”
Trump’s Interior Dept. seeks to lift regulations that govern fossil fuel production on public lands including protected habitats and oil production off the Alaskan coasts and in the long-protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Under the Trump Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency's criminal prosecutions are at a 30 year low.
Trump has disbanded the EPA Air Pollution Review Panel. This was a panel of climate scientist that studied and advised the agency about safe levels of pollution in the air.
Trump reversed Obama’s decision to reject the construction permit for the Keystone Xl Pipeline.
In an attempt to spur new coal plant construction, the Trump administration lifted restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal power plants.
National Solar Jobs Census 2018 shows that Trump tariffs have hurt solar energy job growth. After seven years of steady, historic growth, the census reports an overall decline of nearly 8,000 solar jobs compared to 2017.
The Trump administration has always had close ties to the fossil fuel industry and has maintained a staunch denial of climate change science/evidence. President Trump either does not understand or chooses to deny the fundamental principles of climate change science.
According to a report by ScienceDirect the Advances in Climate Change Research:
U.S. withdrawal substantially undermines the universality of the Paris Agreement, which is perceived as the backbone of global climate regime.
U.S. abdication of responsibilities aggravates the leadership deficit in global climate governance.
U.S. backing out sets a bad precedent for global climate cooperation; the U.S. will essentially be free-riding on other countries' mitigation efforts if it fails to achieve its NDCs.
By withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, the U.S. gains itself more emission space and lower mitigation costs while squeezing other countries' emission space and raising their mitigation costs, and this will in turn make it more difficult and expensive to achieve the 2 °C target of the Paris Agreement.
Cutting U.S. climate aid will make it more difficult for developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change and less likely for these countries to achieve the 2 °C target of the Paris Agreement.
Trump's delayed action may cost the world a window of opportunity in climate mitigation. Studies show that the next ten years are critical for achieving the target of the Paris Agreement in that anthropogenic emissions need to peak within the next ten years in order to meet the targets without unforeseen and transformative technological advancement.
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The Center for Responsive Politics, Former EPA official launches ‘dark money’ group to promote Trump’s energy agenda, Anna Massoglia, February 13, 2019
Politico, 5 big things Trump is doing to reverse Obama's climate policies, Alex Guillen and Eric Wolff 10/10/2017
the National A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy, By Michael Greshko, Laura Parker, Brian Clark Howard, Daniel Stone, Alejandra Borunda, And Sarah Gibbens, January 17, 2019
The Solar Foundation, National Solar Jobs Census, 2018
Rhodium Group, Preliminary US Emissions Estimates for 2018, Energy & Climate Staff, January 8, 2019
National Climate Center (China Meteorological Administration). Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of KeAi, 2017