Environmental Activist Patagonia Relies On Oil And Gas Industry For Its Products


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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter
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An oil and gas interest group has put together a list of outdoor outfitter Patagonia products that could not be created without the help of fossil fuels — an industry the company publicly campaigns against.

Patagonia, an “activist company,” campaigns against fossil fuels and hydropower as damaging to the environment. The company instead lobbies for investment into other forms of green energy and pushes environmental laws and regulations.

FrackFeed, a Texans for Natural Gas (TNG) project, compiled a list of Patagonia’s products created and sold with the help of the oil and gas industry.

“Patagonia has every right to sell its petroleum-based products for whatever price it wants. But there’s nothing principled about opposing fracking when your entire business model depends on fossil fuels,” TNG Spokesman Steve Everley told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Patagonia can manufacture headlines with its virtue signaling, but nylon and polyurethane are manufactured with oil and natural gas.”

The list includes some of Patagonia’s most advanced products, including the Micro Puff Hoodie, which took a decade to research and test before it was placed on the market as “the best warmth for weight jacket [Patagonia has] ever built.”

Patagonia is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump’s administration. The company criticized Trump’s decision to cut back the designations of two national monuments in Utah in December 2017, claiming Trump “stole” public land. No land was removed from federal ownership with Trump’s decision.

The national monuments covered millions of acres in environmental protections under the Antiquities Act that bar commercial development. Trump scaled back the monuments’ boundaries and created five, new smaller monuments and enabled opportunity for more local control and management of the area.

Patagonia and company founder Yvon Chouinard sued the Trump administration over the national monument roll-back. In light of the suit, Chouinard was offered to speak in front of the House Natural Resources Committee to give his perspective and convince Congress to oppose Trump’s act. Chouinard declined the offer, accusing the members of the administration and committee of being “shackled to special interests of oil, gas and mining.”

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