Energy for America

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

Energy for America's custom-painted motorcoach stops in Grand Junction, Colorado, to promote exploitation of non-renewable energy resources, Oct. 25, 2011

Energy for America is the name of a professionally-organized, promotional bus tour by the Koch-funded front group, Americans for Prosperity, taking place in the autumn of 2011 to promote domestic energy production from non-renewable sources like natural gas and oil. Energy for America maintains that "the only impediment to accessing those resources are a relatively small but determined cadre of environmentalists, politicians, media, and some bureaucrats in Washington." The group also links exploitation of these natural resources to job creation. In a blog, the group reports that these resources are not running out, that "we have plenty of the stuff left in the ground." [1][2]

Energy for America is jointly funded by the American Energy Alliance (AEA), the Institute for Energy Research (IER) and Americans for Prosperity. [3] All three entities are agents of the energy industry. AEA states that its aim is to "create a climate that encourages the advancement of free market energy policies" and in particular ensure drilling for oil is allowed in the Artic National Wildlife refuge and in US coastal waters. The group also lobbies against a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.[4]

On its website AEA lists the Institute for Energy Research (IER) as a "partner" organization and states that it is the "grassroots arm" of AEA.[5] AEA states that, by "communicating IER’s decades of scholarly research to the grassroots, AEA will empower citizens with facts so that people who believe in freedom can reclaim the moral high ground in the national public policy debates in the energy and environmental arena."[6]

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The group lists no contact information on its website.


  1. Americans for Prosperity/Energy for America Energy Grows an Economy, blog, October 17, 2011
  2. Energy for America/Americans for Prosperity [ Issues-energy], organizational website, accessed October 11, 2011
  3. Energy for America About, organizational website, accessed October 25, 2011
  4. "Mission Statement", American Energy Alliance website, accessed October 2011
  5. American Energy Alliance American Energy Alliance website, accessed October 2008.
  6. "Mission Statement", American Energy Alliance website, accessed October 2008.