James Mahoney is a board member of Koch Industries and is leading the Koch vs. Electric Vehicles campaign.
James Mahoney has been employed by Koch Industries since 1988 and currently sits on the board of directors and served as the Vice President for Operations Excellence and Compliance. Mahoney has also served as the chairman of the board for the National Petrochemical and Refineries Association (NPRA), which has since become the American Fuel and Petroleum Manufacturers (AFPM).
Mahoney and Charles Drevna have reportedly been charged by the Koch brothers to lead the new anti-EV campaign.
Mahoney and the National Petrochemical Refineries Association
James Mahoney served as the chairman of the NPRA from 2007 to 2008 and remains a member of its board of directors. The NPRA is a national trade association for the petrochemical and refining industries. It has over 500 members including Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, BP p.l.c., Koch Industries, Inc., Shell Chemical Company, and Solutia, Inc. (Monsanto’s chemical branch).
The primary aim of the National Petrochemical and Refineries Association is to provide a voice for policies that promote a balance between energy supply needs and the environment. The NPRA’s official stance on climate change is that it “supports the advancement and deployment of new technologies that bring reliable, affordable and clean supplies of domestic energy to consumers.”
However, the NPRA also claims that the majority of the current legislative and regulatory approaches to climate change will not only result in serious harm to the American economy, but also have “no measurable environmental benefit.”
For more on Mahoney and the NPRA, check out the James Mahoney DeSmog profile.