Former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama’s former secretaries of state are launching a new political action committee aimed at undermining President Donald Trump’s efforts to curb carbon pollution.
The Energy & Environment Legal Institute, the group said in a fundraising email Monday, will “target” key Republicans to undermine the Trump administration’s environmental agenda.
The group, created to help conservatives fight back against environmental regulation, said it will focus on two specific targets: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R of Ky.).
The group also said it plans to raise $10 million to help defeat Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The Energy&E Legal Institute has raised more than $5.7 million since Trump took office.
The White House declined to comment on the group’s plans, citing “operational security.”
The group is also planning a $1.2 million ad campaign against Trump’s executive order that restricts carbon emissions from new power plants.
The Trump administration announced in January that it will reduce carbon emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
The administration also announced in March that it plans a $5 billion carbon reduction plan.
The plan will take effect on Jan. 1.
“This is a long overdue effort to roll back the policies and regulations that are leading to the dangerous effects of climate change, and we are proud to be supporting a political campaign to do just that,” said Michael Brune, the president of the group.
The E&E Institute, which was formed to oppose the executive order, released a statement saying that the new political PAC was “a direct response to President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.”
It also called on “all Americans to reject any effort to undermine President Trump and his agenda.”
The EI Institute has been involved in previous efforts to support Democrats in congressional races.
In 2016, the organization donated $2,500 to Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in her Senate race.
The same year, the EI was behind the $500,000 campaign to defeat Sen. Al Franken (D) in the Minnesota Senate race, the Hill reported.
And in 2017, the conservative group launched a $2.4 million attack ad against Sen. Cory Gardner (R) in Colorado’s 2018 gubernatorial election, The Hill reported at the time.
The effort was part of an effort by the E&EH institute to help Republicans defeat a series of climate and energy-related initiatives championed by President Donald J. Trump.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, the institute helped Trump win a second term in part because of the campaign.
The environmental group also backed Trump in his Senate race in 2018.