This is the sort of stuff that just makes you want to scream.
From Oil Sands Fact Check, comes this interview with Bill McKibben: http://oilsandsfactcheck.org/2014/09/25/video-the-truth-about-the-anti-keystone-xl-rockefeller-brothers-fund/
Timed to coincide with the anti-fossil fuel march in New York City over the weekend, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation (RBF) led a press conference of groups announcing a pledge to divest from fossil fuels. Given that board members of RBF are heirs to the Rockefeller oil fortune, the media was led to believe that divestment from fossil fuels was a drastic change in practice for the foundation. Yet anyone who knows the least bit about RBF is well aware that foundation has given millions to groups that oppose fossil fuels for years.
In fact, RBF is credited for providing the financial support to launch 350.org. How do we know that? Because Bill McKibben himself reluctantly gave away those details in a little-watched YouTube video (full version of interview here) from three years ago with a news outlet called Climate Challenge.
From the transcript:
Climate Challenge: So you don’t get money from Pew or Rockefeller or any of those big foundations?
McKibben: No we did. Rockefellers Brothers fund gave us some money right when we were starting out that’s been useful too.
Climate Challenge: But they no longer fund you?
McKibben: Uhh I don’t know. I don’t have that sort of… funders sitting in front of me.
Climate Challenge: Really? That’s usually something that people know.
McKibben: Rockefellers is one of our… is a great ally in this fight.
So now the question becomes just how much money has RBF pumped into 350.org over the years? Vivian Krause, writing in the Financial Post looked into that early last year and found the number to be in the millions. In a piece out just today, Ron Arnold digs into the actual investments. No wonder McKibben was reluctant to divulge the information.
And here, in plain public view, with an easy to find simple search, is the answer to Bill McKibben’s “Uhh I don’t know.” moment.
h/t to Vivian Krause via Twitter