NRDC Response to Congressional Letter: “These Allegations Are False”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following is a response from Bob Deans, strategic engagement director at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) to a letter sent by Republicans on the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce to environmental groups this week:

"These allegations are false. We receive no funding from the governments of Russia or China. We answer to our independent leadership, and we don't do the bidding of any government - foreign or otherwise - in our work to advocate for commonsense environmental protections in the public interest. These allegations are rooted in a smear campaign orchestrated nearly a decade ago by fossil fuel interests and a right-wing think tank. They only serve now, as then, as a distraction."

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