Q: Who's Behind The "Energy Citizen" Rallies?

August 18, 2009 3:25 pm ET

As the debate over energy and climate change heats up in the Senate, big business and right-wing groups are teaming up to promote astroturf "Energy Citizen" rallies.

A: Special Interests

As Media Matters Action Network Has Noted, "Energy Citizen" Rallies Are Being Promoted By Big Business Front Groups And Right-Wing Advocacy Organizations.

The "Energy Citizens" Group Is Made Up Of Dozens Of Big Businesses And Industry Groups From Across The Country.  According to the Energy Citizens website, the organization is comprised of:

60 Plus

Acoustical Control, Inc

American Conservative Union

American Highway Users Alliance

American Petroleum Institute

Americans for Tax Reform

Associated Industries of Florida

Aztec Chamber of Commerce

Aztec Well Servicing Co.

Basic Energy Services

BJ Chemical Services

Canoe Valley Limestone, LLC

Citizens Against Government Waste

Coalition for Affordable American Energy

Commonwealth Foundation

Consumer Energy Alliance of Florida


Crossfire LLC

Dairy Producers of New Mexico

Double M & Filter Service

Farm Bureau

Florida Farm Bureau

Florida Trucking Association


Georgia Chemistry Council

Gourmet Seed

Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institiute

Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerice

Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers

Illinois Energy Forum

Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association

Indiana Farm Bureau

J&J Chemicals

Lane Electric Motor Service

M&R Trucking

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Wholesalers

National Black Chamber of Commerce

National Federation of Independent Businesses

National Ocean Industries Association

National Petrochemical & Refiners Association

National Taxpayers Union

New Mexico Cattle Growers Association

North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers

Ohio Coal Association

Ohio Farm Bureau

Ohio Licensed Beverage Association

Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association


Road Runner

Robindale Energy Services, Inc.

Rosebud Trucking Company

SCADA Source

Seward Operating

Small Business & Entrepreneuership Council

Sunbury Generation LP

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Tennessee Farm Bureau

Tennessee Fuel & Convenience Store Association

Tennessee Trucking Association

Triple S Trucking


U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Farm Bureau 

[Energy Citizens, accessed 8/18/09]