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The News & Observer: Flawed energy research from fossil fuel front groups

By Gabe Elsner

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When the Koch-funded American Energy Alliance hosted a forum this month at the General Assembly, it used flawed economic research from Strata, another Koch-connected group, to attack the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. The public and legislators should be aware that claims about the negative impacts of the REPS are misleading and the result of special interest-funded research.

In recent years, the American Energy Alliance has been funded by ExxonMobil and Koch Industries. Strata is a research group run by Dr. Randy Simmons, the Charles G. Koch professor of political economy from 2008 through 2013 at Utah State University. Simmons also runs the Koch Scholars Program, which receives grants from the Charles Koch Foundation.

USU and Strata have published three flawed reports attacking state renewable energy standards in Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio. Michael Goggin at the American Wind Energy Association noted serious flaws, saying, “When major errors in the study’s methods are corrected, the study’s results actually confirm that state Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) like those in Kansas create hundreds of jobs and save consumers tens of millions of dollars.”

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