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Democrats playing into Putin's hands when it comes to US energy production: experts
FOX Business Flash top headlines for April 8
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is using anti-fracking "disinformation" to weaken American energy, according to one expert, and attempts by Democrats to ban fracking only help Russia, whether it's intentional or not.
Responding to a question posed by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. on April 6, asking if Russia promoted and funded anti-fracking propaganda in both the United States and Europe during a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said "absolutely."
"Absolutely. The evidence is overwhelming," McMaster said. "This is Russia’s effort to portray fracking as unsafe and to do so to keep their coercive power on the energy market and on Europe in particular and the world."
Rebekah Koffler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and author of "Putin's Playbook: Russia's Secret Plan to Defeat America," told FOX Business that she agrees with McMaster's analysis, and said that Russia runs "covert influence operations" to attempt to portray fracking as harmful, which is a message that resonates with people in the U.S. and in Europe.
"They have been working with the environmentalist organizations. Basically, they're running what we call covert influence operation and disinformation operations to promote green energy and to portray fracking as harmful. And they know that this message will resonate with those U.S. audiences, certain U.S. audiences, obviously, and European audiences," Koffler said.
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