“In January 2017, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report that contained “clear evidence that the Kremlin is financing and choreographing anti-fracking propaganda in the United States,” the report states.
The report also highlights how U.S. energy exports reaching the global marketplace is a threat to Russia’s dominance in some of those markets. For example, according to the report, Poland recently signed a five-year agreement with the United States to import liquefied natural gas into the country “in an attempt to decrease dependency on Russian energy supplies.”
Climate change is also an issue the Russians are exploiting on social media, according to the report.
Numerous Russian posts focused on the ongoing debate about climate change by linking catastrophic weather events to climate change and divisively labeling one viewpoint as right and one as left,” the report states. “One post characterizes Americans as ignoring major events that are allegedly signs of climate change.
Additionally, numerous posts advocated the complete abandonment of specific fuel
sources, such as fossil fuels, by touting exaggerated claims about alternative energy sources. One such post, for example, touted the progress made by Iowa in its efforts toward clean energy.
While Iowa does generate an increasing amount of energy from wind power, the post is false and an example of Russian efforts to mislead Americans regarding energy.