Billionaire-Backed Green Group Working To Ban Gas Stoves Counts Chinese Official as Top Adviser

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by Collin Anderson, Free Beacon:

A deep-pocketed green energy group working to ban gas stoves in the United States counts as a top adviser a Chinese government official who has urged his nation to compete with America on climate change.

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Climate Imperative, a green nonprofit with a nearly $1 billion budget thanks to funding from billionaires Laurene Powell Jobs and John Doerr, lists Chinese Academy of Sciences professor Wang Yi as a member of its advisory council. The group does not disclose, however, that Wang also serves in China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress. Wang even sits on the Congress’s Standing Committee, according to a Chinese environmental research group to which he belongs. That committee consists of government insiders who wield state power to accomplish Communist Party goals when the full Congress is not in session.

With Wang as an adviser, Climate Imperative has awarded grants to the Building Decarbonization Coalition, another green nonprofit that works to “transition to clean buildings that don’t run on gas.” Climate Imperative executive director Bruce Nilles, meanwhile, in December outlined his goal to get “methane gas out of homes and buildings.” “It turns out that fossil fuels and humans don’t actually coexist very well,” Nilles said.

It’s unclear how much Wang has influenced Climate Imperative in the group’s bid to do away with natural gas. Climate Imperative, which did not return a request for comment, says its advisers provide “independent, expert advice” to the group and do not “endorse or approve specific grants.” Still, Climate Imperative is far from the only influential green group to partner with the Chinese. The Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit that published a controversial December study attributing 13 percent of U.S. childhood asthma cases to gas-stove use, for years worked with China’s National Development and Reform Commission to implement an “economy-wide transformation” away from oil and gas, the Washington Free Beacon reported in January.

In addition to his role as a Climate Imperative adviser, Wang advises the Chinese government on climate change through the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), a CCP-approved group that provides “policy recommendations to the Chinese government on environment and development.” As a CCICED council member, Wang in a September 2020 policy report called climate change the “highlight of Sino-U.S. relations” and argued that if U.S. “efforts to combat climate change prevail,” China will lose its “active, one-step-ahead position in global climate governance.” As a result, Wang and his coauthors wrote, China should pursue “strategic competition” with the United States on climate change and “engage in dialogue and exchange with relevant U.S. entities.”

Wang appears to be affiliated with the China Association for Promoting Democracy, a minor political party under the direction of the Communist Party that represents academics and holds seven seats on the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. One expert of China’s political system stressed that despite its name, the China Association for Promoting Democracy is not free from the CCP’s grips.

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