WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Environmental Policy Alliance released a video showing a means through which Russian money may secretly be funding U.S. environmental groups via an offshore shell company. The video reveals that, in recent years, Klein Ltd., a Bermuda corporation that appears to exist solely on paper, gave over $20 million to a San Francisco foundation that funds environmental groups. Meanwhile, Klein is run out of a law firm with substantial ties to Russian energy interests—who have common cause with U.S. environmental activists interested in restricting domestic energy production—and a Russian money laundering case.
The video is based on a report of the same name released by the Alliance in January. An updated version of the report is being re-released with the new video in light of Russia's involvement in the Paris climate change summit—including a reportedly bogus "pledge" to reduce Russia's carbon emissions—and recent Russian aggression that has sparked international headlines.
"Our video shows how the environmentalist movement may simply be modern-day useful idiots for Russian oil interests and their cronies," said Will Coggin, the Alliance's director of research. "It may seem like a shockingly cynical scheme, but the surprise really would be if it hasn't been occurring."
Video - http://youtu.be/uPpySSWvdvo
SOURCE Environmental Policy Alliance