House GOP asks FBI for briefing on ‘ecoterrorist’ threats

By Kelsey Brugger | 04/15/2024 04:19 PM EDT

The Oversight and Accountability Committee is opening a probe on the risk of energy infrastructure attacks.

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.)

House Oversight and Accountability Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) in February. His committee is asking the FBI for a briefing on "ecoterrorism." Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Oversight Republicans want the FBI to brief the committee on threats from “radical ecoterrorists” against pipelines and other critical energy infrastructure.

A letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, led by Oversight and Accountability Chair James Comer (R-Ky.), demanded information about how “radical ecoterrorist calls to violence are increasingly promoted across the globe, including at American universities.”

“With radical environmentalists around the world commonly engaged in the destruction or attempted destruction of art and other property, blocking transit, disrupting private gatherings, and delaying energy infrastructure projects, the Committee seeks to understand the threat that environmental violent extremists also pose to the physical energy infrastructure of the United States and implications for national security,” Comer wrote.


He was joined on the letter by Republican Reps. Michael Waltz of Florida and Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, the latter of whom leads the subcommittee on national security, the border and foreign relations.