Donna Laframboise has an excellent piece on how the IPCC has been assimilated by influence from the WWF.
Apparently hawking the threat of dead panda bears is quite lucrative, Donna writes:
It is important to understand that while the WWF might once have been a humble, shoestring operation this is no longer the case. It has grown into a business entity with offices in 30 countries that employs a staff of 5,000 (see the last page of this PDF). The US branch of the WWF alone employs:
- a Managing Director of International Finance
- a Vice President of Business and Industry
- a Senior Vice President of Market Transformation and
- a Government Relations Program manager
That same branch also includes a:
- a Director of International Climate Policy
- a Managing Director of Climate Change
- a Managing Director of Climate Adaptation
- a Director of Climate Change Communications
- a Senior Scientist, Climate Adaptation and
- a lead specialist on Climate Change
In 2010, the WWF’s US arm had operating revenues of $224 million – just under a quarter of a billion dollars. Yes, that’s a B.
By way of comparison, operating revenues for Amnesty International’s US affiliate amounted to $36 million – one-sixth that amount (see page 29 here).
According to its 2010 annual report, the WWF’s international network had operating revenues of €524,963,000. Converted to US dollars that’s just shy of three-quarters of a billion. In one year.
Read it here. Well worth a read.
That thing is a fiscal monster.