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Council for Energy Independence

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

The Council for Energy Independence (CEI) was a coalition of energy and other companies with financial interests in producing synthetic fuel from coal in the U.S. which lobbied to defend lucrative tax concessions. Kenneth Kies, the managing director of the Federal Policy Group with Clark Consulting, represented the Council for Energy Independence.[1] (Clark Consulting is a leading lobbying group specializing in tax, trade, and health issues in Washington DC.)



An extensive article on CEI's lobbying campaign in Time magazine described CEI's members as including "Headwaters, GE Capital, Pacific Gas & Electric and other utilities, investment firms and coal companies".[2]

Articles and Resources


  1. "The Great Energy Scam – How Companies Are Making a Killing Off Coal at the Expense of Taxpayers", Democracy Now, October 7, 2003.
  2. Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, "The Great Energy Scam", Time, October 13, 2003.

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External Articles

  • Albert B. Crenshaw, "IRS Agrees To Resume Credits for Synfuels Tax Agency Finds Chemical Process Scientifically Valid", Washington Post, October 30, 2003; Page E04.
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