It seems that there is indeed Russian collusion, collusion with environmental groups to harm American energy production. This has been going on for years.
Environmentalists have campaigned for the following:
1) US nuclear energy facilities to close down
2) US fossil fuel reserves to stay in the ground (onshore and offshore)
3) the costs of fossil fuels to go up (e.g. with a carbon tax)
4) a high percentage of the US electric grid to be based on unreliable sources? (wind and solar)
5) the US to waste trillions of dollars on unreliable electricity
All of this plays into Russian hands as they battle to maintain their European markets.
See a Congressional Report about this collusion:
Mar 1, 2018,WASHINGTON – U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released a staff report uncovering Russia’s extensive efforts to influence U.S. energy markets through divisive and inflammatory posts on social media platforms. The report details Russia’s motives in interfering with U.S. energy markets and influencing domestic energy policy and its manipulation of Americans via social media propaganda. The report includes examples of Russian-propagated social media posts.
According to the report: “Russia has a significant interest in disrupting U.S. energy markets and influencing domestic energy policy. American energy is booming. America’s emergence as a global energy exporter presents a significant threat to Russian energy interests. Such competition reduces the revenue and influence generated by Russian energy exports. This adversely affects the Kremlin’s ability to leverage Eastern Europe’s reliance on their energy and their ability to carry out their geopolitical agenda. The surge of American energy into the global marketplace heightens the Kremlin’s desire to eliminate or mitigate the American energy threat and to do so by influencing social media users, American voters, and public officials.”
Consider these stories:
Environmental group may have to register as foreign agents
Reported by Washington Examiner, 01/15/18 Link to story
“U.S. environmental activists who are working to halt the production and use of fossil fuels could be required to register as foreign agents if Congress gets serious about enforcing an existing law.” The Foreign Agents Registration Act, passed in 1938, calls for individuals and organizations to provide full disclosure when they are working to advance the public policy interests of a foreign government.
Democrats dig for Russian connection and uncover environmentalists.
Reported by The Hill, 10/26/17. Link to story
“Democrats and the media have been on a year-long deep dig into Russian involvement into U.S. elections. But when you dig a hole you sometimes run across things you wish had remained buried — like the dirt pointing to Russian ties to the U.S. environmental movement.
Russia secretly working with environmentalists to oppose fracking.
Reported by The Guardian, 19/06/14. Link to story
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) said: “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations – environmental organizations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.”