Enviros Tools of Russians? The Weird Conspiracy Theory Firing up Kenney's Inquiry - 2019-11-22
Alberta's $2.5-million public inquiry into "anti-Alberta energy campaigns" is giving serious weight to an obscure report that suggests U.S. environmental groups opposed to oil and gas fracking are being funded and exploited by Russia.
Russian Attempts to Influence U.S. Domestic Energy Markets by Exploiting Social Media was produced by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which at the time was led by a climate change-denying Republican from Texas named Lamar Smith. Upon its release in 2018, Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva described the report as "another round of unsupported conspiracy theories," and it received little traction.
Now the report is officially required reading for Alberta's inquiry, explicitly included in its terms of reference.