The letter accuses Earthworks, other progressive groups of trying to ‘blame and undermine’ the US to benefit China
Unique: Reps. Kathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Morgan Griffith, R-Va., have partnered to send a Letter To four major far-left climate groups inquiring about possible links with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The four groups that received a copy of the letter include the Sunrise Movement, the Union of Concerned Scientists, MoveOne and Earthworks.
In the letter, Rodgers, who serves as Republican leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Griffith, who serves as Republican leader for oversight and investigation, said they feared “foreign interest” groups. of “advocacy activities directed at Congress”. Earthworks, and other progressive groups, called on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress in a July 7, 2021 letter to drop the “anti-posture” toward China in favor of more cooperative relationships to combat climate change.
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According to the letter sent by Rodgers and Griffith, Earthworks is “urging the US government to not only ignore China’s crackdown on Hong Kong and its atrocious human rights abuses, including the continuing genocide of Uighur Muslims, but also explicitly The danger is also to be ignored. China stands before America’s economic and national security.”
“Specifically, you wrote that ‘anti-China rhetoric’ does nothing to ‘support the well-being of everyday people’ in China. And you blame the United States for climate emissions, while ignoring China’s human rights abuses and major contribution to the global greenhouse gas,” wrote the representatives, a letter from progressive groups “blaming and undermining the United States.” Reads more like CCP propaganda designed for. State to benefit China’s national and economic security agenda.”
Rodgers and Griffith wrote that the group’s letter during the summer also served to “reduce criticism of the Chinese government and reflect the CCP’s strategy to promote the CCP’s preferred policy interests.”
“We are concerned that foreign interests may be affecting your advocacy activities directed toward Congress. In light of our jurisdiction over foreign commerce and environmental policy, we consider the relationship between your work and Chinese efforts to influence US policy developments. want to understand,” Rodgers and Griffith added to the letter, releasing a list of questions with requested responses no earlier than October 15.
Questions include whether the groups have links to the CCP, whether the CCP or any individual organization affiliated with the CCP has asked the groups to draft, sign or publicize their letters to the administration, and whether these groups have ever CCP has been criticized for any action. , including in connection with the CCP’s massacre of Uighur Muslims.
The letter requests an answer to each question, detailing their decisions.