Charles Drevna is a senior fellow at the Institute for Energy Research, a board member of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, and is leading the Koch vs. Electric Vehicles campaign.
Before joining IER, Drevna was President of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the national trade association representing 98 percent of oil refining capacity in the U.S., formerly known as the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association. In 2002, Drevna joined AFPM as executive vice president and director of policy and planning, before being named President in 2007.
Drevna and James Mahoney have reportedly been charged by the Koch brothers to lead the new anti-EV campaign.
According to IER’s website, the longtime oil refiners lobbyist will advise IER on a variety of energy topics, particularly fuel and refining issues.
The industry-funded, not-for-profit IER advocates “freely functioning” energy markets and has criticized some sector-specific subsidies, particularly tax incentives that aid wind, solar and other renewable power, explains FuelFix.
While lobbying for AFPM, Drevna frequently bashed renewable fuel standards and government subsidies for biofuels, and also targeted policies that promote use of electric vehicles.
In March 2012, Drevna testified to Congress about electric vehicles on behalf of the AFPM:
As we look to diversify our energy sources, we must not turn our back on petroleum-derived fuels that we will continue to depend upon for decades to come. To do so would simply disadvantage the consumer, harm our national economy and erode our energy security.”