[Ed. – Of course Russian media attack fracking because a strong U.S. oil/gas industry slices into Russian revenues. We didn’t need an intel report to tell us that. More on this later; it’s not characteristic of the Obama administration to allow anything that deviates from their narrative to come out of their agencies. This element of the infamous intel report on Russian propaganda efforts is a very interesting one.]
The Russian government’s state-funded propaganda apparatus runs stories critical of U.S. oil and gas production in an effort to handicap competitors to Russia’s state-run energy companies, according to the U.S. intelligence community.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence alleged that RT America, an arm of the Kremlin’s foreign propaganda operation, is designed and funded to serve the Russian government’s financial and geopolitical interests in a report released on Friday.
“RT runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health,” the report noted, referring to hydraulic fracturing, an innovative oil and gas extraction technique. …
That allegation dovetails with prior statements by public officials in Europe, who say that the Russian government has financed environmental advocacy efforts there with the goal of stymying European competition to Russian oil and gas exports.