Report: Russia Promoted Pipeline Protests, Climate Debate

The House Committee on Science has been conducting its own investigation of Russian tampering with American politics.

A new 21-page report reveals that Russian meddling in the 2016 election cycle was not limited to faux presidential rallies.

Additionally, according to data provided by social media platforms, the Russian government funneled millions both into social media promotion of anti-pipeline rallies and climate change forums and also directly to socialist groups in order to disrupt the U.S. energy industry.

The irony is Russia may have been largely responsible for Obama’s blocking of the XTO pipeline, which fits the textbook definition of collusion.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The House Committee on Science Space and Technology released a report on Thursday detailing how Russia has been using social media platforms to disrupt domestic energy markets and influence domestic energy policies.

The 21-page report includes Russian posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, some with photographs and slogans.

“The committee began investigating Russian attempts to influence U.S. energy markets in the summer of 2017 when Chairman [Lamar] Smith wrote [to] the Secretary of Treasury regarding Russia’s intricate money-laundering scheme. Russian-sponsored agents funneled money to U.S. environmental organizations in an attempt to portray energy companies in a negative way and disrupt domestic energy markets,” the report states.

“Upon discovering that Russia may have exploited American social media platforms to accomplish its disruptive objectives, the committee broadened the scope of its investigation,” the report outlines. “On September 26, 2017, the Committee requested data from Facebook and Twitter as part of this expanded investigation.”

The documents social media companies provided to the committee confirm Russia’s influence peddling, according to the report.

The report also includes an article posted on the Buzzfeed News website that revealed how the Russians used Instagram to influence Native Americans on oil and gas pipelines, including the Dakota Access Pipeline, the site of Native American protests.

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