Kevin Mooney

Green Activists With Ties to China Advised Obama State Department

NRDC’s role in Paris Agreement revealed by FOIA emails

The Natural Resources Defense Council held close ties to the Obama administration, providing advice on joining the Paris Agreement while simultaneously maintaining ties to China, according to attorneys and policy analysts who have reviewed email records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Environmental Activists Pushed Chinese-Friendly Policies with Obama Administration

Green group denies need to register as foreign agent

State Department email records show that environmental activists, who have denied operating as foreign agents in response to congressional inquiries, partnered with Obama administration officials to advance climate change policies that were beneficial to China and detrimental to the United States, according to energy policy analysts and attorneys who have reviewed the electronic correspondence.

Open Records Lawsuits Probe Into Russian Support for U.S. Green Groups

Treasury, State sued for documents pertaining to Russian funding of anti-fracking efforts

The Treasury and State Departments have failed to respond to open records requests seeking "certain correspondence and related records discussing Russian funding of environmental pressure groups' advocacy in the United States," according to lawsuits filed today against Treasury and Monday against State.

Analysts: Litigation Reform Needed to Curb Lawsuits Undermining Conservation

'Perverse incentives' encourage suits that drain federal coffers

Well-endowed environmental advocacy groups have exploited the "perverse incentives" of federal laws with "sue and settle" arrangements that enrich trial lawyers at the expense of taxpayers while undercutting successful conservation efforts, according to congressional figures and attorneys who favor litigation reform.