Green group influencing Biden administration has strong ties to Chinese authorities

A coal-fired power plant in Shanghai, China October 21, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo



Green groups’ ties to China will be a “top priority” for Republicans in the House of Representatives after the midterm elections, a party spokesperson said.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a prominent US green policy lobby group that influenced the Biden administration’s policymaking on environmental issues, has close ties to the Chinese government, according FoxNews.

NRDC, a New York-based nonprofit with more than $450 million in assets under management, has worked extensively on climate issues in China since the mid-1990s. organization have worked for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or Chinese state institutions.


The NRDC also has a close working relationship with President Biden’s administration. Former NRDC chairwoman Gina McCarthy, for example, served as Biden’s climate czar from January 2021 until earlier this month. Current President Manish Bapna has attended at least two meetings at the White House, according to visitation logs reviewed by Fox News.

The NRDC communicates regularly with the presidential climate envoy, John Kerry’s office, on policy issues, according to internal State Department emails obtained by the political interest organization. Protect the public trust and shared with Fox News.

On its website, the NRDC highlights its collaboration with a “wide range of Chinese and international partners” to increase green guidelines and “strengthen” environmental regulations in the country.

Lack of criticism

However, the NRDC rarely condemns the Chinese communist government despite the country having by far the largest carbon footprint in the world, as well as the country’s commitment to fossil fuels. China accounts for about 27% of total global CO2 emissions, nearly three times the total of the United States, the world’s second largest emitter, and continues to approve and build large numbers of coal-fired power plants at a rapid pace.

– China is seriously committed to transforming its cities into healthier places to live and currently leads the world in renewable energy installation and electric vehicle penetration, the NRDC website says.

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While NRDC has an extensive international program that spans Canada, India and Latin America, the group’s only office outside the United States is in Beijing, the Chinese capital. The NRDC’s Chinese language website indicates that the office is registered as Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and is monitored by National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.

NRDC’s most recent tax return showed the China office has 35 employees and an annual budget of $4.2 million. By comparison, the group’s international work in North America, South America, South Asia and the Middle East has 11 employees and an annual budget of $1.1 million.

It is unclear whether the NRDC accepts direct or indirect funding from individuals or organizations affiliated with the Chinese government. US tax authorities generally do not require nonprofit organizations to disclose donor information.

The communist party


In addition, many key members of the Beijing office previously worked for the Chinese Communist government or had left the group for government positions.

For example, Jieqing Zhang, the director of the China program of the NRDC, was the former deputy director general of the Chinese department of international cooperation within the ministry of ecology and environment. Kai Duan, senior project manager at NRDC, also worked for a sub-agency of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

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JingJing Qian, currently senior strategic adviser for the group’s China program, previously worked at China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Another senior adviser, Yinying Chen, previously worked in “universities, government agencies, state-owned enterprises and private enterprises,” her NRDC profile says.

Hui Huang, project manager for the NRDC’s climate and energy project in China, previously worked for China Datang Corporation, a state-owned power generation company.

And Zhiming Pan, the NRDC’s urban project director, was previously an official with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

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