Oil and gas industry advocates were involved in an “unusual” effort by five top state education officials to stoke economic fears about President Joe Biden’s climate policy, according to internal emails reviewed by Salon.


The emails were obtained through a public records request by the progressive government watchdog group Accountable.US and the Climate Power Education Fund, which on Wednesday launched “Polluters Exposed,” a joint initiative aimed at holding API and its allies “accountable for decades of spreading misinformation” about climate and pollution.

“Oil and gas executives love to talk about working with the Biden administration to address climate change, but these documents show behind closed doors they are actively working to undermine that very effort,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Polluters Exposed will shine a light on Big Oil and show the American people how industry lines its pockets by spreading misinformation and corrupting policymakers.”