Governor signs clean fuels bill, oil companies set to sue
Oregon has had a clean fuels standard in the works for several years but the law was set to sunset this year. With the Governor's signature today, Oregonians can continue on the path to better health, more in state clean fuel jobs and a less polluted environment. But that's something that just doesn't sit right with oil companies.
The REAL National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) markets itself as the voice of small business interests, but in reality works hand-in-glove with the oil industry opposition to clean energy policies. The organization is working actively to kill clean energy policy development in California, Washington and Oregon, among other states. NFIB historically has lobbied on issues that favor corporate interests and run counter to small business interests. The organization calls itself a non-partisan service organization but it consistently refuses to reveal its donors and has received millions in hidden contributions including $2.5 million in 2012 (source: CNN) to NFIB and its affiliates from Freedom Partners, a conservative advocacy group with ties to the Koch Brothers. (The Koch Brothers have a history of funding efforts, including NFIB, to kill statewide climate policies according to the Los Angeles Times and others.)