EXCLUSIVE: Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Morgan Griffith, R-Va., have partnered as much as ship a letter to 4 distinguished far-left local weather teams inquiring about doable ties to the Chinese language Communist Occasion (CCP).
The 4 teams that can obtain a replica of the letter are the Dawn Motion, Union of Involved Scientists, MoveOn and Earthworks.
Within the letter, Rodgers, who serves as Vitality and Commerce Committee Republican chief, and Griffith, who serves as Republican chief for Oversight and Investigations, mentioned they worry that “international pursuits” could also be influencing the group’s “advocacy actions directed towards Congress” after Earthworks, and different progressive teams, referred to as on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to desert an “antagonistic posture” towards China in favor of a extra cooperative relationship to fight local weather change in a July 7, 2021, letter.
In accordance with the letter despatched by Rodgers and Griffith, Earthworks “seems to be requesting the U.S. authorities not solely to disregard China’s crackdown on Hong Kong and its atrocious human rights abuses, together with its continued genocide of Uyghur Muslims, but additionally to disregard the clear risk China poses to America’s financial and nationwide safety.”
“Particularly, you wrote that ‘anti-China rhetoric’ does nothing to ‘assist the well-being of on a regular basis individuals’ in China and also you blame the US for local weather emissions, whereas ignoring China’s human rights abuses and dominant contribution to international greenhouse gasoline,” the representatives wrote, including that the letter from the progressive teams “reads extra like CCP propaganda designed accountable and weaken the US to profit China’s nationwide and financial safety agenda.”
Rodgers and Griffith wrote that the group’s letter from over the summer season additionally labored to “replicate the CCP’s technique to chop off criticism of China’s authorities and to advertise the CCP’s most popular coverage pursuits.”
“We’re involved that international pursuits could also be influencing your advocacy actions directed towards Congress. In mild of our jurisdiction over international commerce and environmental coverage, we search to grasp the connection between your work and Chinese language efforts to affect U.S. coverage improvement,” Rodgers and Griffith added within the letter, issuing a listing of questions with requested responses no later than Oct. 15.
Questions embrace whether or not the teams have ties to the CCP, whether or not the CCP or any particular person group related to the CCP requested the teams to draft, signal, or promote their letter to the administration, and if these teams ever criticized the CCP for any motion taken, together with relating to the CCP’s genocide of Uygher Muslims.
The letter requests responses to every query, detailing their selections.