Non-profit

Beyond Extreme Energy

Website:

beyondextremeenergy.org/

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Project of:

Earthworks

Formation:

2014

Beyond Extreme Energy (BEX) is an organization that actively organizes protests against conventional energy and nuclear power, in support of environmentalist energy sources. They are best known for organizing a week long protest of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2014. [1]

BEX is a fiscally sponsored project of Earthworks, an environmentalist organization that advocates for strict environmental regulations. [2]

Background

Beyond Extreme Energy (BEX) actively organizes protests against fossil fuels and nuclear power, in support of wind and solar energy sources. They are best known for organizing a week long protest of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2014. [3] The group continues to protest again FERC, and their actions have included disrupting commission meetings, blocking FERC’s parking garage, and a stunt where two BEX activists scaled the awning of FERC’s headquarters in Washington, DC. [4]

Funding

Beyond Extreme Energy is a fiscally sponsored project of Earthworks. [5]

The Park Foundation, a left-of-center group known for funding environmentalist organizations, granted $20,000 to Earthworks to be specifically used for operating expenses of BEX. [6]

Chorus Foundation contributed directly to BEX in 2015[7] and has contributed annually to Earthworks since 2013. [8] Chorus Foundation was established by left-wing activist Farhad Ebrahimi, and supports groups and movement organizations that are against fossil fuels and nuclear power. [9]

People

Melinda Tuhus is a longtime environmental activist and independent journalist. She is an organizer and protester with BEX. [10]

Ellen Barfield is a full time activist and a veteran protester with BEX. [11] She is the national vice president of Veterans for Peace. She sits on the boards of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the War Resisters League, and the School of the Americas Watch. [12]

Michael Bagdes-Canning has worked with BEX since 2015. He is a member of the Green Party and a long time activist against fossil fuels. [13]

References

  1. “Our Statement of Purpose.” Beyond Extreme Energy. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://beyondextremeenergy.org/bxe-statement-of-purpose/ ^
  2. “Our Mission.” Earthworks. 2019. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://earthworks.org/about/our-mission/ ^
  3. “Our Statement of Purpose.” Beyond Extreme Energy. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://beyondextremeenergy.org/bxe-statement-of-purpose/ ^
  4. Bade, Gavin. “FERC approves LNG terminals as anti-fossil protestors scale headquarters.” April 18, 2019. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ferc-approves-lng-terminals-as-anti-fossil-protestors-scale-headquarters/553066/ ^
  5. “Our Mission.” Earthworks. 2019. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://earthworks.org/about/our-mission/ ^
  6. “Grants Awarded.” Park Foundation. 2019. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://parkfoundation.org/grants-awarded/?coding=282# ^
  7. “Beyond Extreme Energy.” Chorus Foundation. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://chorusfoundation.org/what-we-fund/beyond-extreme-energy/ ^
  8. “Earthworks.” Chorus Foundation. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://chorusfoundation.org/what-we-fund/earthworks/ ^
  9. “Our Grantmaking Approach.” Chorus Foundation. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://chorusfoundation.org/what-we-fund/ ^
  10. Clover, Ryan. “Melinda Tuhus, Beyond Extreme Energy.” Halt the Harm Network. November 7, 2016. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://halttheharm.net/2016/11/melinda-tuhus-beyond-extreme-energy/ ^
  11. “Media Releases.” Beyond Extreme Energy. December 20, 2018. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://beyondextremeenergy.org/day-one-press-release/ ^
  12. “Ellen Barfield.” ACLU. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://www.aclu.org/other/ellen-barfield ^
  13. “Stepping Out of Line – Dropping A Banner At FERC.” Green Party US. July 30, 2019. Accessed September 20, 2019. https://www.gp.org/dropping_a_banner_at_ferc?recruiter_id=365843 ^
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