For years, world leaders have accused Russia of funding environmental groups in Europe to steer nations away from energy independence and strengthen Russia’s iron grip over the continent. As nations across the globe begin shunning Russian oil in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine, U.S. leaders are also questioning how deep Russia’s ties go in the environmental community. 

“The Russians actually fund some of the most rabid environmental groups in Europe because they sic them on the energy projects that aren’t Russian,” James Carafano, vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News Digital in a recent phone interview. 

Critics have long said that some environmentalist groups have received Russian funding to discourage American oil production, which would strengthen Russia’s economy.

From Breitbart. On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Kudlow,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) called for an investigation by Congress or the Department of Justice into any ties between environmental groups and Russia.

Cramer said the Green New Deal “paves the way in markets for Russia to sell its much dirtier fossil fuels. And guess who doesn’t benefit from this? The environment. The environment doesn’t. Because American fossil energy is so much cleaner and produced with so much higher standards, environmental standards, labor standards.”

He added, “I think every organization that’s received money from Russia ought to be under investigation….”

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