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Energy Stewardship Alliance

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

The Energy Stewardship Alliance (ESA) describes itself as "a nonprofit organization formed to support a national energy policy that promotes development of U.S. domestic energy resources as well as energy conservation to reduce reliance on imported energy sources". "Oil exploration and production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's (ANWR) coastal plain is an important component," it states on its website, of a policy aimed at promoting the developing of U.S. energy sources.[1]

While the alliance describes itself as a non-profit organization, it is not listed in Guidestar as a non-profit registered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Instead, its web pages are a part of the website of Arctic Power, an oil industry front group established to promote oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

To give itself a superficial veneer of environmental sensitivity, ESA's logo shows the outline of a caribou and some trees. Shortly after its creation, ESA ran TV ads depicting long gas lines during the energy crisis of the 1970s, and warned that failure to drill in the ANWR could bring on a similar crisis.



ESA's coordinator was Roger Herrera,[2] a former BP Amoco executive with a long history of efforts to open ANWR to the oil industry.

Energy Stewardship Alliance Members

As of December, 2004 the Alliances listed its members as being[3]

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Articles and Resources


  1. "Energy Stewardship Alliance", accessed March 2008.
  2. Poornima Gupta, "Advertising war launched over Arctic oil fields", Reuters, March 28, 2001.
  3. Energy Stewardship Alliance Members (ESA)", December 2004. (Accessed March 2008).

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External Articles

  • Greenpeace USA News Release, March 22, 2001.
  • Greenpeace USA, Archive of Materials on Energy Stewardship Alliance, Greenpeace Investigations, accessed March 2008.
  • Brad Wright, "Oil industry hits back at environmentalists", CNN, March 21, 2001.
  • Center for Responsive Poltics, "Mystery Alaska: The Lobbying over ANWR Drilling", Money in Politics Alert, Open, March 26, 2001.
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