Bishop, Westerman Probe World Resources Institute's Ties to China
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 5, 2018 | Committee Press Office (202-225-2761)
Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) sent a letter to World Resources Institute (WRI) President Andrew Steer, requesting information regarding the WRI’s work with the Chinese government and WRI’s advocacy within the United States.
“Chinese officials continually work to control environmental information and news stories in an effort to counter the country’s status as the world’s largest polluter. High profile extreme pollution events, such as the poor air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, damage China’s international reputation. Severe pollution, frequently tied to
“The Committee is examining WRI’s role in aiding China’s perception management efforts with respect to pollution control and its international standing on environmental issues in ways that may be detrimental to the United States. WRI has formally operated in China since 2008, and per the new registration law, was issued a registration certificate on November 15,
“While WRI criticizes policies of the U.S. government, WRI is silent on Chinese human rights violations such as arrests of environmental protesters and the mass detention of ethnic minorities. By contrast, WRI advocates on behalf of the rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities in other countries. On important issues for
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