BREAKING: Senate report exposes the climate-environmental movement as being a cash machine controlling the EPA

How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA

A new report was released today by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, and it is damning. All this time that climate skeptics are accused of being in the employ of “big oil” is nothing more than a projection of their own greed.

Some excerpts:

Over 7.9 BILLION in funding between these groups. 

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Bill McKibben caught in a lie, he might be “scruffy” be he isn’t nearly broke as he once claimed:

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The “epicenter” of funding disclosed:

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The NRDC “mafia”

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Josh wasn’t far off the mark:

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Read the entire report here, then demand action from your legislators.

http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View&FileStore_id=8af3d005-1337-4bc3-bcd6-be947c523439

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135 thoughts on “BREAKING: Senate report exposes the climate-environmental movement as being a cash machine controlling the EPA

  1. This is no surprise to anyone on the so called ‘skeptic’ side. I love it when the light gets shone on these people and it will be fun to see how they try to spin it.

  2. You want to know what’s really impressive? How much the skeptics have accomplished with so little. Of course, that pesky 17 year pause has been a great help, you can’t buy help like that.

  3. It does not matter how right this report is if the warmists, the RS, the APS etc do not agree it is right, then the politicians will continue to believe CAGW is correct,

  4. I assume that the party sum being attributed to GreenPeace in the table is only that controlled by their US affiliate. The global total must match that of WWF.

  5. The question is will the congress do anything to eliminate this funding to eco groups? Wishful thinking I know.

  6. I can see Obama and the rest of the warmistas with their eyes covered hollering “I can’t see you.” And the beat will go on.

  7. Wait just a darned minute! I thought the Kochtopus was the source of all money in the climate debate. Turns out government money, favors, regulations, and incentives are more important? And NGOs, pressure groups, and other charities are also tossing out cash and rewards?? Darn! Double darn.

    Did anyone even suspect? :-p

  8. I tried to scan through the referenced Senate government. I did not see the “7.9 billion dollar” figure for funding by the above groups. Could you have meant $7.9 billion in total assets controlled by these groups? One of the thoughts in the back of my mind is, “Does the EPA have an IG, and does this office actually do anything?”

  9. The article subtitle: “How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA” ….is erroneous.

    These foundations are bag-men money-launderers attempting to conceal the origins of their funding, lockstep political orientation and intertwined directorship lists. The Union of Concerned Scientists being an old-line Soviet front from the bowels of the Cold War should tell you all you need to know.

    Collectively they all comprise “The Shadow Party” which has de facto run the US for decades now, with both the Democrats and the RINO Republican leadership long ago reduced to mere front-men tasked with obfuscation.

  10. littlepeaks says:
    July 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I tried to scan through the referenced Senate government. I did not see the “7.9 billion dollar” figure for funding by the above groups. Could you have meant $7.9 billion in total assets controlled by these groups?

    It would seem so:

    31049040 + 3179681 + 50042142 + 12282335 + 58945673 + 208751208 + 1744942 + 15313140 + 7545946 + 450334791 + 66456891 + 268165564 + 6168924112 + 98974748 + 8195448 + 450932452
    = 7900838113

    Or $7,900,838,113

    I was amazed to see the nature Conservancy’s net worth a few months ago. At least their focus is mostly on glomming on to lots of interesting real estate.

  11. many of the big DC based enviro groups used to have a core science team of biologists, enviro-ecologists, and data experts.

    Of course that team costs money out of their budgets, and didn’t always yield the needed results to litigate against the EPA, at a time when the EPA had to base its regs and findings on the best science. Also money spent on hard science research was money that could be employed to public advocacy or on lobbyists buying Democrat votes in Congress on preferred legislation.

    These groups are now disposing of their internal science groups.
    see: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6175/1069.summary

    Nowthat the NRDC and the other enviro groups effectively control the EPA and its regulatory process and the need for hard science results are gone. Thus they are shedding their core science teams.

    Effectively, the politicization of all of the Obama cabinet and regulatory agencies means science, the rule of law, or logic is no longer necessary in making governing decisions. We already knew that here at WUWT community on the Climate Change fraud, but you can be sure it extends to every area that the Obama Admin controls.

  12. I think there is a problem with The Nature Conservancy, they have it listed as worth 6.1 billion but is should be around 600 million. (That is according to Wikipedia).

  13. I doubt the main stream media will mention this report. In order to get real change we will have to have a Republican controlled government, which I think will happen in January 2017.

  14. I find this about the ALA in the report (pp. 29 – 30) to be quite disturbing…

    The American Lung Association (ALA) receives the most Obama EPA grants among environmental groups the Committee reviewed, totaling nearly $14 million since 2009.
    Over the last ten years, ALA has racked in $20,405,655 in EPA grants. Yet, ALA has been a main
    litigant against EPA, frequently suing the Agency only to reach a cozy settlement agreement
    while taxpayers foot the bill for ALA’s legal fees.

    Moreover, since federal agencies are forbidden from lobbying, one scholar suggests that ALA acts as a surrogate to lobby for the EPA in exchange for generous grants, stating:
    To survive, if not thrive, the ALA needed a source of revenue. The solution: selling its reputation as an organization only interested in promoting and protecting ‘the public interest’ to government agencies and commercial firms. By lobbying and engaging in political advocacy under the halo of ‘charity,’ the ALA sought to revive its fortunes.

    Ummm… isn’t that called racketeering when the “mafia” does this to businesses?

  15. Ralph Kramden says:
    I doubt the main stream media will mention this report. In order to get real change we will have to have a Republican controlled government, which I think will happen in January 2017.

    Won’t make any real difference. The only thing that will change is what we all argue about.

  16. When you elect a Chicago community organizer as President, you get Chicago style politics. The past two Illinois governors are both in federal prison. One for selling fake CDLs to unqualified drivers that got a family of 8 killed, the other for trying to sell Obummers Senate seat when he got elected president. So is one congressman from south Chicago, Jesse Jr. So is the former head of Cook County. So are several former alderman, with another federally indicted just last week.
    It’s called pay to play. You pay, and we’ll play. Keystone XL is but one of many current topical examples. Solyndra was another. Both with direct White House involvement.

  17. The problem with “community organizers” is dealing with the community “organization”. In Chicago it is called “the machine” and the Democratic Party is now the national arm of the Chicago Machine. Back in the day it was New York City and the organization was run out of Tammany Hall

  18. The same groups do exactly the same thing in the EU.. the money goes through the European Climate Foundation…

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130812141639/http://www.europeanclimate.org/index.php/en/about-us

    Oak Foundation
    McallMcbain
    Climate Works Foundation and previously ) Hewlett Foundation

    put money into the European Climate Foundation, who give lots and lots of grants to lots and lots of groups, from funding partners they work closely with The Energy Foundation
    (which as Forbes shows, greenwashes the money in the USA)

    http://europeanclimate.org/home/who-we-are/funding-partners/

    “ClimateWorks Network

    The ECF is allied with a global network that includes the San Francisco-based ClimateWorks Foundation, which works to stimulate climate-related policy work worldwide. Through this network, the ECF works alongside other regionally based foundations including the Energy Foundation in North America, the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation in India, the Energy Foundation China Programme, and the Latin America Regional Climate Initiative, established in 2013.” – ECF 2013

    THE European Climate Foundation distributes it to every green/climate lobby group in Europe… (Greenpeace, WWF, FOE, Sandbag (Bryony) Carbon Brief – they have made hundred of grants.. they used to have a grants page breaking it down into every group on the website.

    All to lobby for 95% CO2 reduction in the EU by 2050.

    2013 people:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130809084427/http://www.europeanclimate.org/index.php/en/about-us/supervisory-board

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130802204613/http://www.europeanclimate.org/index.php/en/about-us/advisory-board

    hundreds and pages and pages of grants,
    under different programmes – EU climate policies, global policies, energy efficiency

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130819074617/http://www.europeanclimate.org/index.php/en/component/grant/?Itemid=372

    The trustees and advisory board are the great and politically connected in the EU elite.. (spot Marc Jacobs (Browns Advisor) and Schnellnerger The model of distributing funds and influencing, exactly mirrors activities in the USA (same people same organisations)
    see diagram in the link as well:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130812141639/http://www.europeanclimate.org/index.php/en/about-us

    About Us

    The ECF was established in early 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to promote climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and to help Europe play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change.

    What we do

    The ECF aims to significantly drive the transformation of Europe to a low carbon economy, which means reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Europe by 30% in 2020 and at least 80% in 2050.

    The ECF does so by developing and implementing well-crafted climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s global greenhouse gas emissions. Key elements of a sustainable energy future include: (1) a substantial increase in energy efficiency, (2) a successful transition from conventional to renewable energy; (3) maintenance of the earth’s ecological systems and the life-supporting services they provide; and, (4) equitable distribution of energy services to different members of the population, both internationally and within nations.

    We build alliances among a wide range of partners in government, business and the NGO sector. Our programme staff collaborate with grantees and experts from the field to design and fund sophisticated strategies based on a thorough understanding of decision-makers, decision-making processes and political pressure points.

    The majority of the ECF’s fund is re-granted to NGOs engaged in trying to bring about meaningful policy change. We choose strategies that can win the most effective and implementable policies based on rigorous analysis undertaken by our expert staff. When we see an unfulfilled need we also engage in direct initiatives, such as commission papers, convene meetings or support a new organisation.

    The ECF is affiliated with the ClimateWorks Network and is the core of the ClimateWorks system in Europe. The ClimateWorks Foundation supports public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity.

    The ECF is organised in five different programmes, with communications support from the Energy Strategy Center.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130812141639/http://www.europeanclimate.org/index.php/en/about-us

  19. @R John

    “Yet, ALA has been a main litigant against EPA, frequently suing the Agency only to reach a cozy settlement agreement while taxpayers foot the bill for ALA’s legal fees.”

    The mechanism is, “We want a certain court decision. You, ALA, sue us saying blah-blah-blah. We will put a fight and almost lose, then we will settle with our policy changed, a policy which no one will support yet, reflecting the ruling of the court, or the agreement. Here is the money to do this.”

    This technique was described here on the hallowed pages of WUWT last year, was it not?

    If their directive/mandate is not strong enough, they have a friend sue them to make it far stronger (ludicrously strong) which will be negotiated back to ridiculously strong and they report, “The Supreme Court forced us to do this.” The SCOTUS are unelected lifers so you guys are stuffed.

  20. Another interesting read on Fox , The UN intends to put momentum behind the Climate Change agenda at a Climate Change “Meeting” in 2015.

  21. The only question I have is, why is PEW missing from this list? All the Enviro NGOS, EDF Oceana, and the rest are the offspring of Pew, and some rolling stone bastard fathers.

  22. Folks (in the U.S.) – Remember that we have an election coming up, and a chance to vote out the politicians who are corrupting America with the radical, environmentalist “green” agenda (which is merely fascism in disguise).

  23. Did anybody think Baroness Bryony Worthington (thanks Ed Milliband, for making her a life peer, for her work in producing the UK’s Climate Change Act) formerly of Friends of the Earth actually work for a living. Her Sandbag organisation lobbies the EU.. money comes form European Cimate Foundation CF and ultimately the same groups as the USA (Climate Foundation, etc)

    Sandbag (Bryony’s ‘thinktank’)
    “The following reports and briefings have been produced thanks to the support of our core funders: The European Climate Foundation, the Goldsmith Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.”

    http://www.sandbag.org.uk/reports/

    http://www.sandbag.org.uk/whofundsus/

    The ECF (European Climate Foundation) is affiliated with the ClimateWorks Network and is the core of the ClimateWorks system in Europe. The ClimateWorks Foundation supports public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity.

    http://www.thinktankmap.org/ThinkTankDetails.aspx?ID=275&Lan=en-US&Letter=E

    Sandbag:
    Our core costs are funded from the following sources:

    The European Climate Foundation (ECF)
    The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

    Some funding also comes from our work with other organisations. These include:

    The Wuppertal Institute
    BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany)
    WWF Greece
    WWF Belgium
    UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

    Our Directors

    Baroness Worthington is an experienced climate campaigner who has worked for Friends of the Earth, the government and in the private sector. Bryony developed the concept of ‘carbon budgets’ whilst at FOE and was a key member of the team that drafted the UK’s Climate Change Bill. She has a detailed understanding of emissions trading policy and has experienced first hand the lobbying that surrounds this important policy which is why she was inspired to set up sandbag.

    Ed Gillespie is the founder and co-director of Futerra, a sustainability communications agency. His interesting career history includes working for the Natural History Film Unit, as a marine biologist in Australia, New Caledonia and Orkney and on environmental issues for Transport for London. Ed has Masters degrees in both Marine Conservation and Sustainable Development and writes regularly for the Guardian. Ed was also recently appointed as a London Sustainable Development Commissioner

    yes Ed Gillespie – Futerra.. behind all these marketing advice to the UK Gov… to
    Sell the Sizzle. and The Rules of The Game (and many more)

    http://iaindale.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/how-we-pay-to-be-indoctrinated-on.html

    http://www.totalpolitics.com/blogspot/RulesOfTheGame.pdf

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/damianthompson/100018294/how-the-bbc-funds-climate-change-revolutionaries/

  24. I should have realized years ago that the reason the alarmists endlessly accuse skeptics of being funded by big oil and the Koch brothers is that they themselves routinely are funded by big money leftists and just assume that is how everyone operates.

  25. Reblogged this on Norah4you's Weblog and commented:
    Said it hundred times from 1970’s on forward, follow the money not the persons. Some of these foundations have longer distance to their roots than to the named billionaires. The report exposes the Billionaires which is good. But keep on following the money organization after organization. There are much more that ought to be investigated.

  26. It’s been said before about these chaps: FOLLOW THE MONEY. It’s always

    Bill McKibben has been flying and signing books on his book signing tours. He has money made from trying to scare people. Check out how many homes Suzuki has. It’s hypocritical bashit.

  27. When voting in the upcoming elections be certain you follow the pointed end of the arrow and don’t leave any hanging chads. We don’t want anyone deciding what our intentions might be. Make them clear!

  28. all of those pseudo’s are working in concert with one another under the guise of conservation, because of this so-called global warming agenda.

    Up here in Ontario, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation authorities, The Ministry of Natural Resources, The Municipality etc etc, the freakin list go’s on and on…….. all of them trying to intimidate and coerce farmers, woodlot owners and home owners with as little as an acre of forest… into agreeing and signing off on conservation easements or persuading them into tax breaks should they put there woodlot into some kind of land/forest management plan- That’s how bad they want to control you under U.N Agenda 21.

    Fee Simple: full right of use to your property, without any conditions/encumbrances.

    when you agree to any kind of easement, it go’s on title forever and your fee simple title is lost.
    That’s what [they’re] after!!!

    I heard it from the horses mouth… Mark Stabb of The Nature Conservancy of Canada. They know exactly what fee simple means in common law countries.

    The abolition of private property is their goal; and global warming is how they’re doing it.

    If you control the land, then you control man.

  29. More Clues:
    George Soros, Shell Canada, The Nature Conservancy Of Canada and The NC of America. What do they all have in common?

    Go figure it out. Follow the Board of Directors and you’ll burst with enlightenment.

  30. Jim Imboden says:
    July 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I think there is a problem with The Nature Conservancy, they have it listed as worth 6.1 billion but is should be around 600 million. (That is according to Wikipedia).

    No, I think it’s a problem with Wikipedia.

    Go to http://www.nature.org/about-us/our-accountability/annual-report/ and look at their most recent IRS Form 990, http://www.nature.org/about-us/tax-form-990-2013.pdf

    Line 12 Total revenue 859,133,843
    Line 18 Total expenses 752,216,964
    Line 20 Total assets 6,168,924,112
    Line 21 Total liabilities 762,252,116

    The breakdown of the assets is in Part X, pdf page 14.

    There’s lots of interesting stuff, in the list of grants, they donated to the National Park Service!

    Officer income is mildly interesting. Mark Tercek, the CEO got $646,821, probably pretty reasonable given the size of the organization. Their chief scientist got $290K.

  31. I live in a tract community (circa 1962), my house backs up to a high tension tower right of way.
    So, I’ve got 200′ of an open land thruway just out my back door.
    The critters love it: deer,fox,skunks,coyote,possum,raptors,rascals and thieves.
    You learn to live with them.

    Just on the other side of the right of way is commercial property, it is mostly landscapers.
    They work their butts off, dawn to dusk.

    One landscaper has built a giant pile of wood chips that has spontaneously ignited, now and again.
    Just waiting for the next now. The fire department charges the poor guy by the gallon, to pour water on the pile.

    If it wasn’t for the smoke, fire, critters, rotting vegetation, dust (seen a really good “devil” come off one of the places), noise, you might not even notice that I live within 3 miles of O’Hare Airport.

    Peace.

  32. crosspatch says:
    July 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    “And this mechanism of using government as a cash machine does not seem limited to environmental topics, either. This ALSO broke today:

    Charge: ‘Clintons turned the State Department into a racket to line their own pockets’”

    Dare we hope that citizenry and even the press are reaching the end of their patience with the Democrats? I thought we might be moving into a one party system with Republicans putting up unacceptable candidates.

  33. wow! One could get rid of all of those. No need for the government to fund such activism …

  34. These people openly disclose all kinds of garbage, but who really go’s looking for it; and what they disclose really doesn’t give you any clues to what it is that they are really about. its a red herring.

    According to them:” the individual must take a back-seat to/for the collective”

  35. And as ever typical of evidence for far-left psychological projection, where those folks paint a target on themselves by claiming the skeptics are highly organized and well funded. From my own digging into the smear of skeptics, it is positively stunning to see the level of organization on the part of AGW promoters, and my guesses on how much it takes to finance it all are probably way too low.

  36. “Union of Concerned Scientists
    Type: 501(c)(3)518
    Total Assets: $8,195,448519

    Membership Dues: New members must give a gift of $5 or more (suggested $25). It is tax-
    deductible.”

    Oh, heck. I can afford to sign MY pooch up for that.

  37. Christopher Chantrill says:

    Don’t forget to make clear that this is a “Minority Staff Report”.

    Is there is anything wrong with its conclusions?

  38. Remember the scene from “The Verdict” where lawyer Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) is in private conference with the crooked judge? The judge advises Galvin (outraged at being part of the rigged judicial system) “Just stop downstairs and see the Padre on your way out, Frank. He’ll punch yer ticket for you.”

    Most of the tree-hugging hippies of the 60s got straight, got careers, and got money, but they feel guilty about being greedy capitalists, so they get their tickets punched by contributing to the Sierra Club or EDF, and sleep like babies.

  39. Steep climate cooling with polar ice expansion. Renewable energy leading to a technical and financial fiasco.
    These may be the only things that could save us from an incipient global dictatorship of the far left under the guise of AGW.

    Or maybe Russia – again.

  40. “Is there is anything wrong with its conclusions?”

    Yes, starting with the idea of Congressional Republicans calling anyone else derogatorily a “Billionaire’s club.”

    Saying “far left” over and over like a mantra, so they don’t have to think about who profits. Are they imitating Limbaugh here? Most of this report is easily replied with the response “because we care.”

    No linkage of the economic interests at all between the groups and their agendas. Only make some vague statements about wanting to harm America.

    They only follow the money so far. I did like the reveal about McKibben.

    When they start analyzing why their revered corporate heroes support or oppose cap and trade, oppose “fracking” because they have no resources to frack themselves, why JFKerry is going around the world pushing CAT schemes, etc. etc.

    The big question is who profits and how.

    This report is basically an information rich yet total cop out. All these players listed are just like the players behind the Republican party…everything big is done for the profit. Chanting “far left” over and over is amateur hour.

  41. dbstealey said:

    > Christopher Chantrill says:
    >> Don’t forget to make clear that this is a “Minority Staff Report”.
    >Is there is anything wrong with its conclusions?

    The headline of the article “Senate report exposes …” (!) is misleading, in that it implies the Democrat-controlled Senate as a whole (or at least an entire committee) has endorsed the report – i.e. man bites dog. Since it is only a minority report, it can written off by the media and the warmistas as just Republicans at the back of the classroom misbehaving as usual.

  42. Kleptocracy replaces democracy as the voters sleep and education is run by the thieves.

  43. “Chanting “far left” over and over is amateur hour.”

    No. You need to chant “far left, millionaire/billionaire, progressive democrats” over and over…

    The election in November is going to clean out some of the progressives but not all, unfortunately…

  44. FTM says:
    July 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    It seems you have 2 major complaints against the report:

    1. Politicians engage in politics. Even when they write a report.
    2. The report is rich in information but it doesn’t say everything it could.

    Did I get it right?

  45. Frank K. says:

    July 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    “The election in November is going to clean out some of the progressives but not all, unfortunately…”
    ===========
    And their replacements will be better……. how ?

    Just ask’n.

  46. Anthony,
    I am amazed! I pulled down the “Minority Report” at 4:00 PM Eastern Time.
    Before reading the document, I checked in with WUWT and read this post. I’ll read the full report.
    With that said, WUWT is a real source of news.
    This DOC must be read in full.
    Great job Anthony!!!

  47. Pedantry alert: I wish people wouldn’t use epicenter in a non-tectonic sense – “the funding epicenter of the environmental movement.” So many think it’s some sort of augmentative of center, i.e., somehow even more intensely central than plain old center. But “epi,” as Wikipedia tells us, is from “ἐπί (epi) on, upon, at,” as in epidermis or epitaxy. The epicenter is the point on the earth’s surface directly above the center of an earthquake. Since the surface could be thousands of feet above the source of the disturbance below, it’s actually a diminutive – less intense than the actual earthquake center.

  48. So how are you enjoying this Suppository? This whole MESS has been a Mutation that began with H.R. 3534 “The Clear Act” this was intended to take-over our Common Property being the Seas, Lakes, Rivers, Water Shed and such. Then gave these areas over to the U.N. it included a 30 year $900 million/yr. Trust Fund for them to buy up Land only to put No Trespassing Signs up. This action would take our SOVERIEGNTY of these Areas away. Mind you this was in the version before the BP Gulf Spill “A Planet Altering Event”. H.R. 3534 didn’t make it.
    Enter Obama one Man an Executive Order “The Obama Ocean Policy” It may say Ocean but it means the Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Water Shed, and more. He couldn’t get his Bill passed so he took it on his own. That is he took our Common Property and if you give him the U.N.’s “LOST” so will go our SOVERIEGNTY.
    There’s a lot at stake here he already Euthanized the Fisheries with the help of Dr. Jane Lubchenco PhD she stole the idea of Sectors and Catch Shares from New Zealand and DESTROYED the FISHERIES here. Oh and BP she green lighted “COREXIT” despite the fallout from Corexit use in the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
    Back to “The Obama Ocean Policy” he plans to grid off these Area and lease large Tracks of it. Wind Farms, Oil, Gas, Minerals, Mariculture, and more. Keep in mind this is all of our Water or will it be.
    Tax Shelters and the Wealthy, more like Future Funds. Check out the Huffington Story about the Walton Family Trusty Tax Shelters.
    I do realize this is about the EPA but it’s just another acronym in this RICO SCHEME.

  49. Thank goodness that Nature is going to do its own thing. Even the Greenish politicians faced with a colder world will have to accept that they, or to be correct someone else got it all wrong, and that they were badly advised.

    So the concerned scientists will change tact, as they did before, and will all want money, ours of course, so that they can study the coming Ice Age, and they will then advise the government. Who knows they may even advise the greater use of fossell fuel so the CO2 can warm up the freezing world, Hi.

    As that French saying goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”.

    Michael John Elliott.

  50. These scum bags use a social cause like the environment, or healthcare and tie it to business interests to make big money. It is the easiest way to make money, off the backs of taxpayers. The real problem is never solved, but they still enrich themselves.

  51. $6.1 billion to The Nature Conservancy. Now you know how oi polloi get roped into this property gobbling scam to stop land development. All those free umbrellas and tote bags for just $10 a year.

  52. As René Descartes theorized centuries ago: “Man is incapable of understanding any argument that interferes with his revenue.”

  53. meaningless Im afraid. Atleast as far as swaying the public. Climategate should have made it clear their was bias in the field, but the believers didn’t bat an eye.

  54. George Soros, Shell Canada, The Nature Conservancy Of Canada and The NC of America. What do they all have in common?
    ================
    by eliminating coal as competition, gas and oil will have an effective monopoly on energy production, with profits to follow. energy prices will necessarily skyrocket.

  55. In today’s world, people have determined who and what they pledge their allegiance to, often related to their political affiliation. This creates thought dominating cognitive bias so that they process information pertaining to climate change, the EPA and most other issues based on a subconscious filtering process.

    Their brains let in items that support their bias. Their brains discard/reject things that don’t support their bias.

    Objectively, including the scientific method rarely exists.

    The corrupt EPA and IPCC have been exposed for all to see for quite some time now. Has it mattered?
    When will it matter?

  56. Gary Pearse says:
    July 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Dare we hope that citizenry and even the press are reaching the end of their patience with the Democrats?

    Not likely. Most people will never hear those stories. They will not be on the top of the hour radio news or on the TV newscast tonight. The majority of people (over 90%) who rely on “push” media will never hear those stories.

  57. Don’t forget to make clear that this is a “Minority Staff Report”.
    ==========
    midterm elections and this becomes the Majority Staff Report. we may well have to redefine the term shellacking.

  58. what is especially troubling in BC is the interference by San Francisco based zillionaires in BC politics. Funding local elections to run candidates friendly to US interests. Using environmental groups to limit competition and drive down stock prices to take over competing industries at fire sale prices.

    California policies don’t even work in California. It is insanity to try and implement them in BC. But of course money is money, and some folks are more than happy to sell out their neighbors in the name of “doing good”. As they say, they came to do good, and they did very well indeed.

  59. It is amazing that so much “story” exists in the global warming sphere that any enterprising reporter can make a permanent name for himself.. The problem is, any reporter that would report any of this will quickly find himself not a reporter any more. I think any persistence in attempts to report after being silenced would cause oneself to be mysteriously disappeared, The amount of money involved is just staggering.

  60. be fair, it takes a lot of $$$ to save the planet, witness the following!

    30 July: NatGeo: Peru’s first-ever high-resolution carbon map could help the world breathe easier
    (by Justin Catanoso… an environmental writer based in Greensboro, N.C., and director of journalism at Wake Forest University. His reporting is sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C.)
    Stanford University scientists have produced the first-ever high-resolution carbon geography of Peru, a country whose tropical forests are among the world’s most vital in terms of mitigating the global impact of climate change.
    Released today, the 69-page report to Peru’s Ministry of the Environment could become a tool itself to battle rising temperatures…
    The report represents two years of intensive aerial surveying by Greg Asner, a global ecologist with the Carnegie Institute for Science at Stanford University, and his team that operates the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO).
    The CAO is a twin-engine turboprop Dornier 228 filled with more than $10 million in the latest short-wave and infrared sensors. Those tools can scan as much as 100,000 hectares (240,000 acres) a day at a density of just one hectare (2.4 acres)…
    “Peru’s minister of the environment can make very good use of this information,” says Enrique Ortiz, one of Peru’s leading conservationists and a senior program officer with the Blue Moon Fund in Washington, D.C., which supports global environmental projects…
    Alessandro Baccini, a remote sensing scientist with Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, says that while national carbon maps have been produced before, the technology used by Asner and the Carnegie team allows for greater precision and accuracy…

    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/30/perus-first-ever-high-resolution-carbon-map-could-help-the-world-breathe-easier/

  61. THIS is the EGA? Sounds powerful.

    http://ega.org/about

    Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) was formed in 1987 with twelve member foundations from across the United States. Today, our members represent over 200 foundations from North America and around the world.

    In 2007, EGA member organizations collectively held approximately $200 billion in assets and gave more than one billion dollars to environmental causes.
    EGA is an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. It is not a grantmaking organization.

  62. I have a few comments for those who are saying things will change if republicans take over.

    First I think we should keep politics out of these discussion, stick to facts.

    Second I made up a list of a politicians priorities after entering office.

    1) Secure their reelection

    2) Get rid of the previous incumbents appointments(Lessened to a degree if they shared a party)

    3) Reward those who supported their campaign

    4) Work on their actual agenda

    5) Support their parties causes

    6) Blame everything going wrong on their opponent and take credit for everything going right

    7) Work on the agenda that got them elected

    To close most politicians on all sides serve themselves and their parties first and their constituents a distant second.

  63. was the applause for extorting money from Chevron for CAGW programs, or for the Chevron win?
    pity the Doctors Medical Center missed out:

    30 July: Marin News California: Robert Rogers: Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project
    Chevron’s five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade to its century old refinery, the largest in Northern California, was approved by a divided City Council late Tuesday after the company and city staff hammered out a last minute deal upping community investments and installing safety and piping upgrades as part of the project.
    The vote passed 5-0, with two abstentions, and triggered a raucous applause from the crowd…
    Like the July 22 hearing, Tuesday’s meeting was held at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium because of the large expected crowd. More than 600 turned out…
    Chevron also announced that it would increase its community investments into local nonprofits and green jobs programs from $30 million to $60 million over the next decade. In the package approved Tuesday, the number swelled to $90 million, including money for college scholarships for local kids and donating land for a solar panel field…
    Several expressed dissatisfaction that no money was included for Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, the largest emergency room in the area and the one that treated most of the people who sought treatment after the 2012 fire. The hospital is expected to close or be drastically downsized due to financial troubles…
    Council approval does not clear the way for Chevron to begin construction, however. The company said it will have to return to a Contra Costa County court that halted a previous version of the project in 2009 to get that judgment lifted.

    http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26244423/richmond-approves-massive-chevron-refinery-project

  64. This post doesn’t say what the “EGA” in the highlighted text is. From the linked report:

    Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) is a place where wealthy donors meet
    and coordinate the distribution of grants to advance the environmental movement. EGA
    encourages the use of prescriptive grantmaking. It is a secretive organization, refusing to
    disclose their membership list to Congress. (Pg. 16)

  65. Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:
    Contact your congressional representative and your Senators. We must repeal the necessary laws to eliminate the EPA, and we must replace it with a small, targeted, and limited agency with no executive authority. Limit its duration from the beginning.

  66. I like this extract from the report.

    An example showing who is driving what and why.

    “EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently told Congress that the Agency’s proposed Existing Source Performance Standards for coal fired power plants, which is widely believed to be the death knell for coal as an industry, was, in fact, an opportunity for economic growth: “The great thing about this proposal is that it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants, no matter where you want to invest. It’s about investment in renewables and clean energy.”418 In fact, multiple sources, including the New York Times, have attributed the authorship of the proposal in large part to the “NRDC mafia,” including David Doniger, Daniel Lashof, and David Hawkins.419
    As this report reveals, NRDC obtains a significant amount of donations from the Energy Foundation, which is heavily funded by Sea Change Foundation, whose major donors are heavily invested in renewable technologies. This report offers a new perspective on the “opportunities” McCarthy was referring to which are the economic opportunities of millionaires and billionaires who are part of the far-left environmental machine heavily invested in helping EPA advance such regulations. It is surely not an opportunity for Americans living in Appalachia or the Powder River Basin who depend on coal for their energy supply and livelihood, nor is it an economic opportunity for Americans already struggling to pay their energy bills.

    Cheers,

    Roger

    http;//www.thedemiseofchristchurch.com

  67. “While it is uncertain why they operate in the shadows and what they are hiding…”

    Really? Try some internet research.
    ,

  68. Mervyn says:
    July 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    No mention of the Joyous Foundation????? Why?

    Not a happy ending? ;(

  69. The HUGE money in AGW would have to be in a carbon tax/carbon trading scheme in tax for governments and fantastically leveraged trading contracts for Big Money……The Central and Investment Bank Cartel…….Big Money also owns Big Oil…….think Rockefeller’s………they own BOTH ends of it…….Warmist’s that use the Big Oil/Big Money argument seem to know very little about markets and finance or even where the big money is to be made in the scheme…..they dont even realize that Big Money ALSO owns Big Oil!!
    Carbon Tax/Carbon Trading would just create another huge incredibly leveraged bogus market to exploit for people like the Rockefellers they wont lose anything on their oil holdings

  70. I cant find it now but I saw a story about a Rockefeller non profit that supported Obama in his State Senate run…..several Rocky’s were on it’s board……seems contradictory, no?
    Not really……

  71. There’s Corruption On Their Escutcheon !

    The US Senate and EVERYBODY should read this report !

    GLOBAL CORRUPTION REPORT: CLIMATE CHANGE
    The Global Corruption Report is the first comprehensive publication of its kind to explore the corruption risks related to tackling climate change. From international policy-making to national level mitigation and adaptation strategies and with a special focus on the forestry sector, the GCR draws on the expertise of more than 50 experts and practitioners from the anti-corruption movement and the climate change field. Report is 400 Pages Long.

    Download the report as a PDF File FREE of Charge – 3.3MB.

    http://files.transparency.org/content/download/103/415/file/2011_GCRclimatechange_EN.pdf

    Balloon Burst Now

    Anyone who still supports this tosh is either an imbecile or corrupt themselves.

    QED

  72. @Zap & others

    Rockefellers > Kissinger > Brzezinski > Obama

    In the video below, Rockefeller protégé and operative Henry Kissinger calls for the United States and the authoritarian government of China to work together to create a globalist totalitarian government.

    Kissinger – “Obama Will Create A New World Order”
    “Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be
    used as pawns in foreign policy”-Henry Kissinger

    :-(

  73. We will never win a war against environmentalism per se. Nor do we want to. Environmentalism is motherhood and apple pie. It is a given that the quality of the earth’s natural environment, its biosphere and species inventory must be preserved as much as possible.

    The straw-man argument put in our mouths by the greens is “actually we do propose to devastate earth’s environment and leave nothing for our grand-children”. We must be careful not to give the opposition easy grounds for making that straw-man argument. They are skilled at spinning to the general public the idea that we skeptics are anti-environment. Thus we need to avoid certain arguments such as “nothing that humans do has ever or could ever conceivably damage the environment, the world is too large and we are too small.”

    No – the way to “win” in this debate is not to oppose environmentalism but to propose an alternative environmentalism. The issue we have is very specific. It is the notion that “humans-burning-stuff-releases-CO2-which-makes-the-world-hotter-in-a-bad-way”. We must challenge this scientifically but at the same time make an equal effort to propose an alternative paradigm for the preservation and optimization of the environment, and show that we share the universal ideal to cherish the environment as humanity’s heritage.

    The main points to promote are
    (a) Climate by its very nature is always changing with no need of human input
    (b) CO2 causes only very minor or negligible warming
    (c) CO2 is in fact good for the biosphere promoting plant growth and the greening of marginal habitats
    (d) CO2 ocean acidification is utter crap (communicated in a nice way)
    (e) Economic growth supported by affordable energy eventually leads to a level of development where both environmental pollution and population growth are reduced and controlled to sustainable levels (so sabotaging economic growth on a false CO2 premise is a disastrous own goal).

    In summary, environmentalism is good, but in wrongly targeting CO2 as an environmental problem, the greens are “throwing out the baby with the bathwater”. CO2 is the (black) baby that is being unnecessarily – and counter-productively – thrown out. Thus an alternative CO2-friendly brand of environmentalism could be called for instance “baby environmentalism” with maybe a smiling black baby as an icon. This relates subliminally to the racist element of AGW that seeks to suppress economic and technical development in the developing world, satisfying the nostalgic racist supremecism of ageing westerners for a bygone colonial-imperialist era, this point should be made but with subtlety.

    “Baby environmentalism” or some such carefully constructed alternative environmentalism is the weapon to use against CAGW, not a disorganized chorus of angry opposition to green issues as a whole, many of which are correct.

    • phlogiston says We will never win a war against environmentalism per se.
      This issue is NOT about environmentalism. This IS about professional eco fraud.
      This climate crap has been carbon copied from the anti fishing play book of the Pew Charitable Trust, started way before Al Gore decided to capitalize on the use of well prepared dogma created by Pews bought and paid for brigade of ecologists that have destroyed the lives and reputations of fishermen in the US, and around the world. The sensationalism continues today.
      This is about money and power.
      These people are not environmentalists.
      They are slick army’s of lawyers, constantly suing the government we pay for.
      They are the Enviro Capitalists, ruining lives.
      Privatization. Consolidation. Intoxication for the week minded that are not knowledgeable.
      A couple of links to illustrate these points. I hope you read them, and realize the connection.
      Pew’s Conquest Of The Ocean
      INTRODUCTION

      This is the story of how a handful of scientists set out from Oregon with an unshakable belief that they knew what was best for the rest of us. They ended up conquering the world (or at least the watery portions of it) and got rich along the way, while the fishermen and their families only worked harder and got poorer. When their scientific dogma connected with nearly unlimited resources, the earth quaked and the resulting tidal wave swept aside all the usual checks and balances. It carried along the media, the politicians, the government agencies and the non-governmental organizations with such force that seemingly no one could stand against the tide.

      http://fisherynation.com/pews-conquest-ocean

      The Big Green Money Machine – how anti-fishing activists are taking over NOAA
      “Oh what a tangled web we weave….” Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.

      http://www.fishtruth.net/

      I pray that through this group reading this report will fan the flames of exposure.

  74. I have stock in American Electric Power and the quarterly reports show the sierra club’s constant lawsuits/lawyers pretty much control what AEP does. It’s astonishing & even frightening how thoroughly AEP has caved in.

  75. Many comments here I would like to reply to, but time is limited. Just to say there is a difference between repubs and demos, but one must look at individual policies and legislation offered. Many repubs and demos are statists and that is the problem. One needs to look to the lonely ones on the edges, the ones without much power, that are fighting for constitutional reform and reigning in out of control big government bureaucracies. It’s not a simple problem, but a never ending long-term fight to restore this country. Every generation must do its part and the fight to keep our liberty never ends.

  76. borehead says:
    July 31, 2014 at 5:47 am
    phlogiston says We will never win a war against environmentalism per se.
    This issue is NOT about environmentalism. This IS about professional eco fraud.
    This climate crap has been carbon copied from the anti fishing play book of the Pew Charitable Trust, started way before Al Gore decided to capitalize on the use of well prepared dogma created by Pews bought and paid for brigade of ecologists that have destroyed the lives and reputations of fishermen in the US, and around the world. The sensationalism continues today.
    This is about money and power.
    These people are not environmentalists.
    They are slick army’s of lawyers, constantly suing the government we pay for.
    They are the Enviro Capitalists, ruining lives.

    I agree with all of what you say. These people are cynically engaged in a fraudulent abusive power-grab (or just lining their pockets at everyone’s expense). My point however was public opinion. The background mood music of environmental alarm is accepted by the public which gives the eco-abusers the political environment they need to play the system and get for themselves ruinous dictatorial powers (and big payouts).

    To get these turds ejected from power requires first a sea-change in public opinion. Politicians have no choice but to play to the public gallery. The toleration by politicians of anti-democratic and dishonest shenanigans by green apparatchiks is due to the perception that they are doing what the public want, regardless in how sordid a manner. That is, while the system as a whole retains at least a semblance of democracy. A point can be reached – for example in North Korea or Saddam Hussein’s Iraq where dictatorial control is so total that public opinion no longer matters. Many in the green movement desire and work for such a scenario.

    The CO2 lie must be destroyed in the arena of public opinion. It must be done in a way that labels opponents of CAGW as rational environmentalists, not as anti-environment. Then the politicians will follow.

  77. Richard North has, from time to time, done some quite detailed analysis of this ‘web’. There are some posts that I remember but can’t find and some that were easy …

    http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=84268

    and …

    http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=71981

    I have to say that this is one area where The EU is way ahead of The US. The ‘web’ is stealing billions from EU taxpayers and it comes from all levels of government not just our equivalent of The EPA.

  78. See, politicians get owned by billionaires early. The Walton’s and Rockefeller’s contribute to up and coming politicians. It’s like becoming dependent on a drug dealer.

    I used to sit and talk to Sam Walton when I was a green as pie twenty year old.

  79. borehead said :
    This is about money and power.
    These people are not environmentalists.
    They are the Enviro Capitalists, ruining lives.

    Yes that’s right and it all started at the 1987 World Wilderness Conference
    George Hunt speaks about this and 1992 UNCED Conference at Rio de Janeiro

    That Edmund de Rothschild saying that we should take “dry ice”
    (frozen CO2) to the Arctic to keep ice from thawing out, eh what ?
    Oddly enough, Maurice Strong is Rothschild’s stooge.
    These people are truly grossly ignorant of any science.
    There is not one iota of any logical process in their brains.
    They have a single minded esurient avarice for cash,
    gold, diamonds, and land, oh yes lots of land, and preferably
    without any tiresome, “useless eater” humans living on it,
    “Environmentalism” is a cloak to deprive humans of their land.

    Yet Baron Edmond de Rothschild built the first oil pipeline
    from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean to bring BP Iranian
    oil to Israel. He founded Israeli General Bank and Paz Oil.
    What an utter hypocrite he really was. His successors are
    no better and probably worse in actuality.

    This whole chicanery hangs over genuine science and debate,
    with the bile filled pusillanimous utterances, of the weasel words
    brigades, gaining more credence among mainstream, banker
    owned media conglomerates, than the honest truth of science.

    But the science is settled, they say, and yet the politics must
    change first, and then the “science” will follow, for there are
    two “sciences”. 1. The Real Empirical Science, of Huxley & Davy.
    and 2. The Hokum pseudo “science” of UNIPCC & NOAA.

    Pseudo “science” changes whenever there is a new incumbent
    in The White House, or The Number 10 Downing Street, or in the
    Brussels EU Presidents (there are many serve at the same time),
    or a new Administration in Canberra, Beijing, and other Countries.
    We ought to work to getting more honest and genuine people into
    these places of government, and then we shall see an end to the
    lies. Well for the most part anyway, I sincerely believe.

    Sorry it was such a long posting folks.

    Thanks for your time if you read thus far.

    :-o

  80. Please, there is nothing “democratic” about democrats. Democrat party, not democratic, actually they are specifically non democratic.

  81. With all the climate control taxes and such going on in Europe right now,
    a lot of businesses and corporations are getting into a lot of debt, and
    who do you think makes money out of this ?

    YOU CAN !

    Organised by Edmond de Rothschild (French Rothschilds),
    YOU can buy a share in Europe’s Corporate Debt !!!!!!

    Search with Bing or Google for the Luxembourg Account Number

    <b<LU0112675722

    Choose your broker, and make pots of cash from the Climate Scams.

    …… but the science is settled, and you are a denier, or something.

    Still, just get the wallet out and buy some Eu-Debt-Bonds,
    from ole Rothschild, but his family isn’t funding the green scams
    though is it ? Oh yea that’s right they are, and oh yea the Rothschild
    Family trust based in Luxembourg (what that place again?) has bought
    a large stake in the Rockefeller Family Trust (oh and vice versa).

    They are as thick as thieves. these two families, and they aren’t
    working these schemes to help YOU and YOUR Family, are they ?

    Aye Caramba !

  82. Phlogiston says, “To get these turds ejected from power requires first a sea-change in public opinion. Politicians have no choice but to play to the public gallery.”

    Gallup polls show 95% (or more now) would vote for a woman President.

  83. “Senate report exposes the climate-environmental movement as being a cash machine controlling the EPA”

    And what are they going to do about it???

    What can they do about about it????

    • Its not what they do, its what we do. If we let it die here, that’s the end of it. If we stick it up the rumps of the Enviro NGOs and ride this like we stole it, we can make a difference. I’ve been linking this continuously since I read it. I want EDF to feel like the dirty whore it is!

  84. What still surprises me is just how easy the whole ‘process’ turns out to be …

    @5mins for the impatient. Keep in mind that she is talking about the most expensive piece of legislation in British history …

  85. borehead says: July 31, 2014 at 10:53 am
    3×2 Thank you!

    Thank Richard – He’s the one who does all the work. I just like reading the results. The guy is a ‘Bull Terrier’, I wouldn’t want him running me down.

  86. “Chanting “far left” over and over is amateur hour” – On the issue of CO2 emissions and global warming the “far left” has been trying to wrap itself in a cloak of scientific legitimacy for years, implying that anyone who disagrees is some kind of scientifically illiterate Flat Earth Society member. The “far left” should be called out as much as possible so people can see that global warming has always been a political cause of the “far left”.

  87. sinewave:

    At July 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm your post says in total.

    “Chanting “far left” over and over is amateur hour” – On the issue of CO2 emissions and global warming the “far left” has been trying to wrap itself in a cloak of scientific legitimacy for years, implying that anyone who disagrees is some kind of scientifically illiterate Flat Earth Society member. The “far left” should be called out as much as possible so people can see that global warming has always been a political cause of the “far left”.

    I am a socialist which – by American standards – makes me part of the “far left”. I have been promoting real science on “the issue of CO2 emissions and global warming” since 1980.

    Right-wing Margaret Thatcher raised anthropogenic (i.e. man-made) global warming (AGW) from being an obscure scientific hypothesis to become an international scare campaign; see here.

    Only in the US is the issue portrayed as being a left vs right issue. It certainly is not elsewhere; for example, the recent minority report by dissenters of the pertinent UK Select Committee is provided by a socialist and an ex-member of Thatcher’s Cabinet (see this WUWT thread).

    However, warmunists often pretend the message of your post as a method to divide sceptics of AGW.

    False flag trolling is distasteful.

    Richard

  88. The figure for Greenpeace – total assets $15m – looks wrong. If my memory serves me right they spend about $18m p.a. just on their climate campaign.

  89. richardscourtney says:
    July 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm
    Only in the US is the issue portrayed as being a left vs right issue.

    It is not a matter of being “portrayed” as being right vs left, it is demonstrably so in the U.S. according to polls.
    For example Gallup polls in March 2012 showed 75% of Democrats felt most scientists believe global warming is occurring while only 56 % of independents and 43% of Republicans shared that view.
    In the question regarding if Global warming was mainly caused by human activities the splits are:
    65% Dem, 55% Independent and 36% Republican.

    Why specifically have these groups split out that way is probably strongly related to other factors such as how strong proponents of such positions sell the idea in each party/ideology. It is the belief of many that the rank and file Democrat is far more susceptible to uncritically accepting the pronouncements of their party leaders and forming a lock step movement than are Republicans or independents. This is probably best displayed by the 100 year long split inside the Republican party between the big government flexible interpretation of the constitution Republicans and the small government strict constitutional Republicans. This has recently coalesced to some degree with the tea party movement. Mainstream Deomcratic leaders of the 1960’s like Jack Kennedy would be very comfortable in today’s main stream Republican structure.

    The Democratic party took a hard turn to the left in the late 1960’s (McGovern Democrats and the anti war protest movement) and adopted environmentalism as one of their pet projects and as a way to differentiate themselves from the pro-military/industrial large government Republicans.

    In other countries the dynamics would be different due to personalities of leaders and various local events which opened the political door for various factions to latch onto the meme. Many assert that the extreme left (communists) who lost their focus with the collapse of the wall and the Soviet Union moved into the environmental and AGW movements as a handy way to latch onto mass appeal and useful idiots to push other agendas disguised as initiatives for these causes.

  90. Larry Ledwick:

    Thankyou for your clear and cogent post at July 31, 2014 at 6:29 pm.

    Taking as true that in the US the left vs right alignment on AGW does exist, then on a blog such as WUWT (which has many non-US readers and contributers) the attacks on “the Left” are misplaced and unhelpful: “the US Left” may perhaps be appropriate.

    Richard

  91. WUWT says,
    “The “epicenter” of funding disclosed: Democracy Alliance: Promoting the Progressive Agenda by Promoting the Far-Left Environmental Agenda.
    Read the entire report here, then demand action from your legislators.”

    Thank you WUWT, this is very informative.

    At this point, I would hope that we all could begin to contact the companies, stores, and restaraunts we have appreciated over the years, and ask them to remember that we are the customer, not the environmental activists and EPA. If the mandate mentality is not stopped, these exact progressive groups will simply pass legislation telling all of our stores what they can and can’t sell. Then they will say, “A market solution!” We hear the contradictory term, “environmental capitalism.” But it is never capitalism when purchases are not voluntary – such as being forced to purchase electricity from worthless wind turbines. And when the government tells companies what to create, people are not the customer, the government is. There is a term for that and it is also not capitalism.

  92. I suggest responding to all “Big Oil” claims with “Big Green” counter claims.

    Also, could not a RICO suit be brought? It’s a very broad law used for all kinds of collusion.

    Speaking of which, are not collusion and influence pledaling already crimes?

  93. One of the roots of such wasteful, foolish, thuggish, and tyrannous government is the ease with which it can create almost unlimited amounts of money out of thin air. Near-infinite money buys near-infinite government, and a bureaucracy that is generously funded can entertain an open-ended dream about how to expand its realm.

    Every day more people here in the US are coming to the judgment that a carefully organized effort to repair the constitution via the States’ power to propose and ratify amendments has less risk to our liberty and prosperity than the present trajectory of the federal government and especially the federal bureaucracy.

    The first order of business of an Article V Convention must be to limit government’s ability to create and spend near-infinite amounts of money.

  94. richardscourtney says:
    July 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Smart comment, richardscourtney. I agree completely. Further, I believe dividing people along political lines is similar to a catchment program, it tricks you into thinking that you can silo this info. I am in the middle of reading the 92-page report. They are stupid to use political divisions because it’s going to divide people. This is NOT about politics. It’s about money. And extraordinary power. The problem is most people in the US (and certainly many on this board) believe that money operates the way G. Edward Griffin (author of The Creature From Jekyll Island says it does. Griffin is an honorable and decent man, and a fabulous researcher. but there are important documents he has missed that give a lie to his whole theory.

  95. buckwheaton says:
    August 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm
    One of the roots of such wasteful, foolish, thuggish, and tyrannous government is the ease with which it can create almost unlimited amounts of money out of thin air. Near-infinite money buys near-infinite government, and a bureaucracy that is generously funded can entertain an open-ended dream about how to expand its realm.
    […]
    The first order of business of an Article V Convention must be to limit government’s ability to create and spend near-infinite amounts of money.

    You’re dead wrong, buckwheaton. You do not understand how federal accounting works. If you did, you would understand what this idiot president is not doing to repair this economy. Because. He. Does. Not. Undertand. How. Federal. Accounting. Works.

  96. buckwheaton says:
    August 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    What is particularly insidious about using the Fed to invent fiat “money” is that it obviates the need for the House to initiate spending bills. This allows the Executive to run roughshod over the citizenry without any fiscal discipline or control by the people’s representatives.

  97. policycritic says: (earlier)
    August 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

    milodonharlani says:
    August 2, 2014 at 10:42 am (replying to)

    buckwheaton says:
    August 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    What is particularly insidious about using the Fed to invent fiat “money” is that it obviates the need for the House to initiate spending bills. This allows the Executive to run roughshod over the citizenry without any fiscal discipline or control by the people’s representatives.

    Ah, but far more insidious, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid policy (more specifically, his democrat party controllers, since Obama is too stupid to have come up with this himself) of NOT even providing a budget for 5 years IS allowing/requiring the FIRST highly-inflated, highly-pro-union/pro-subsidies “continuing resolution” of 2008-Januaury 2009 to remain “in use” for every one of Obama’s bureaucracies and government projects.

    They DO NOT WANT a budget to be passed, and have not even allowed a VOTE on some 530+ house measures to begin the formal budget process in the Senate. “Continuing Resolutions? ”

    Just fine. Keep the stimulus-fed, stimulus inflated money started in February 2009 coming to the bureaucrats as long as possible. Obama’s ABCNNBCBS news media will maintain the propaganda.

  98. RACookPE1978 says:
    August 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

    The tyrannical effect of not having to ask the taxpayers for money to fund the federal regime ramifies. Besides ruling without a budget, having the Fed invent money allows the president to rule via executive order & fiat, not restrained by fear of impeachment & ignoring court decisions. We are enduring extra-legal, extra-constitutional dictatorship.

  99. Total income Greenpeace 2011 (annual report, page 47)
    —————————————————–
    Total global income : 241,114 MEuro (about $310M)
    Expenditure Climate Change Activism : 28,747 ME
    Salaries (aka Organisational support) : 37,257 ME

    Friends of the Earth UK (AR2011, page 16)
    —————————————–
    Income : £ 9,335 M (about $15M)
    Expenditure Climate Change Activism : £ 3,25 M (40% of 8.120 M)

    Total budget of all FoE groups worldwide : over $ 200 M (rest of EU, US, Can)
    with about 700 paid employees.

    World Wildlife UK (AR2011, pages 21-32)
    —————————————-
    Income : £ 57,756 M (about $80M)
    Expenditure Climate Change Activism : £ 4.008 M
    Salaries : £ 13.232 M
    (with 12 personnel earning between 60000 and 120000 annually and generous pensions)

    Total budget of all WWF groups worldwide : over $ 500 M (rest of EU, US, Can)

    WWF UK has 8 “officers” on a salary betweem £60K and £120K, ( $100K to $200K)

    With a conservative estimate of 8% of these resources spent on climate change activism
    gives about a hundred million US$ spent per year by these organisations. This does not
    include the salaries of the employees involved in this activity.

    Gravy train? What gravy train?

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