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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M. Nichopolis

One hand washes the other… And oh man, those hands are pretty dirty!

frozenohio

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.

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.

Jim Cripwell

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,

John Riddell

Defunding could be very effective.

Rbravery

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.

albertalad

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

‘Paltry’ not ‘party’

Dave

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.

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

littlepeaks

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?”

These groups need a sound-bite sized name — one we can respond with every time the bad guys say “Koch Brothers.”

Thank you, Alan Carlin. http://www.carlineconomics.com/

If ever there was a time for the citizens of the USA to re-enable their founding fathers documents, this is it – get rid of these parasitic fraudsters NOW!

We’ll see if the liberal media picks up on this or whether they ignore it.

Latitude

Senate Environment and Public Works committee…
…Barbara Boxer??

mike18xx

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.

Dell from Michigan

Darn! we didn’t crash those government agency hard drives quick enough……

ossqss

Wake up America!

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.

F. Ross

The level of corruption is simply breath taking.

joelobryan

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.

Jim Imboden

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).

Ralph Kramden

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.

R John

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?

Another story seems to have broken today that might be somewhat tangentially related as it ties many environmental and political groups together. It was discovered in a separate probe in Wisconsin.
Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law
http://mediatrackers.org/wisconsin/2014/07/29/secretive-leftwing-network-discovered-through-wi-records-law

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’
http://washingtonexaminer.com/charge-clintons-turned-the-state-department-into-a-racket-to-line-their-own-pockets/article/2551448

TonyG

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.

Rud Istvan

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.

Nah – just another “Not even a smidgen of corruption” moment. It will blow over in short order.

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

As they say, a fool and his money….
There are a lot of fools.

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

Crispin in Waterloo

@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.

asybot

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

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.

JM

An interesting site to look at all these organizations and their supporting foundations is:
https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/
What’s amazing is how many serve on each others’ boards.

Frank K.

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).

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/

Chuck

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.

norah4you

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.

AlecM

It’s Corporatist State Fascism.

Jimbo

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.

The definition guy

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!

accordionsrule

Don’t forget the billions in NSF grants sacrificed to slay the co2 demon.

mike18xx says:
July 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

… The Union of Concerned Scientists being an old-line Soviet front from the bowels of the Cold War …

No worries. Kenji has them covered.
http://discussion.theguardian.com/comment-permalink/12739638

kenin

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.

Curious George

Big Oil are mere pikers. Go Green!

kenin

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.