June 16, 2016

McKibben Supports Environmental Group That Protests At Energy Officials’ Homes


On Monday, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) pressed an Environmental Defense Fund director on the extreme tactics of a group called Beyond Extreme Energy. A Core News analysis of the obscure group reveals praise from Bill McKibben and ties to McKibben’s 350.org.

In May, Beyond Extreme Energy protesters traveled to the homes of all four members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Other protesters were arrested for “blocking the driveway entrance” to FERC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Beyond Extreme Energy calls for “binding limits” on “the extraction and combustion of oil, coal and gas.” The group appears to be opposed to fracking, gas exports, and nuclear power.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben, who currently holds major influence over the Democratic Party’s energy policy as a member of the Platform Committee, tweeted his support for Beyond Extreme Energy in May.

Beyond Extreme Energy also lists on its website three 350.org affiliates – in Loudoun County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and New York City – as “endorsers.”

The event page McKibben promoted in his tweet supporting Beyond Extreme Energy makes no mention of the home protests.

Still, it’s worth asking whether McKibben – now a part of the Democratic Party insider – supports invasive protests at the homes of four Obama-appointed energy officials.