Last Thursday, Republican lawmakers said that Russian operatives used social media to spread pro-environmental activist messages to stir division in US oil and gas policy.

It was said that Russians had created ads on Facebook and Instagram countering Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline which say “Americans have been stealing from Native Americans for more than 500 years.”

A known denier of climate science, House of Representatives Science Committee head Lamar Smith said that as a major energy supplier in Europe, it is in Russia’s interest to counter plans of the Trump administration to expand natural gas and oil exports to the bloc.  

Source: Reuters

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