Press Releases

Oregon’s top fossil fuel lobbyists also work for leading cultural institutions, tech companies, and climate-focused nonprofits

January 22, 2024

New research by F Minus finds that some of Oregon’s top fossil fuel lobbyists are simultaneously registered to lobby on behalf of pro-climate nonprofits and cultural organizations, a disaster relief organization, and tech giants Apple, Google, and Meta, a strategy that F Minus Executive Director James Browning criticized as a form of “greenwashing.” In Oct. 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the expansion of […]

Johns Hopkins cuts some ties with coal lobbyists; Baltimore shares lobbyists with Curtis Bay Energy

December 13, 2023

The Johns Hopkins University and the City of Baltimore are backing away from working with lobbyists whose fossil fuel advocacy is at odds with their own climate goals, according to an analysis of new lobbyist registrations by climate group F Minus. In July 2023, F Minus revealed that lobbyists for JHU shared the firm of Cornerstone Government Strategies with coal-plant operator NRG Energy, and shared the firm […]

19 U.S. Climate Foundations Employ Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

December 12, 2023

A new report from F Minus finds 19 U.S. climate-focused foundations who pursue non-climate policy goals in areas such as education by employing fossil fuel lobbyists. Collecting data on climate legislation and state-level lobbyist registrations from 2022-23, the report highlights four climate foundations whose grant-making is “most conflicted” with the pro-fossil-fuel advocacy of their own lobbyists: Ballmer Giving, New Venture Fund, the Pew Charitable Trusts, […]

Pittsburgh’s extreme embrace of coal, oil, and gas lobbyists

October 31, 2023

A new report from F Minus and LittleSis finds that Pittsburgh has the most “extreme embrace” of fossil fuel lobbyists of any big American city and that the climate goals of many Pittsburgh institutions are being undermined by their own lobbyists, many of whom also work for coal, oil, and gas interests. The two groups called on the City of Pittsburgh, the School District of […]

California lobbyists play both sides of the climate crisis in 2023 legislative session

September 5, 2023

San Diego, CA–As oil and gas companies lobby to defeat several major climate bills in the final days of California’s 2023 legislative session, new research from F Minus shows that numerous lobbying firms and their lobbyists are serving as “double agents” by representing both fossil fuel companies and climate-stricken local governments, universities, and even environmental groups.

National environmental groups call for divestment

August 17, 2023

Today we are calling on local governments, schools, businesses, and other organizations who employ lobbyists to end their relationships with lobbyists who work for the fossil fuel industry. Research by F Minus finds more than 1,500 of these lobbyists are playing both sides of the climate crisis by lobbying on behalf of oil, gas, and coal companies at the same time they are lobbying on […]

Scroll to Top