In tomorrow’s WSJ – a tale of climate cash, collusion, and apparently, corruption

People send me stuff…this is from the Wall Street Journal editorial board. It will appear in the Friday January 12, 2018, print edition.

Climate of Unaccountability

Are foundations running state energy policy without transparency?

With President Trump putting economic growth above climate alarums, green activists are turning to progressive states to press their regulatory agenda. Governors from 15 states have formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, for example, to enforce the Paris Climate Agreement despite Mr. Trump’s withdrawal. Fair enough if it’s all above board, but records we’ve obtained suggest that foundations are steering policy behind the scenes without transparency or clear public accountability.

A leading example is Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s office, which seems to have subcontracted some of its work and budget to two foundations pushing an activist climate agenda. An environmental nonprofit, the World Resources Institute, actually hired Washington’s state government as a contractor last July.

Under this remarkable arrangement, the state agreed to perform a “scope of work” for the nonprofit that includes “activities and deliverables” to advance a green agenda. The special-interest tail is officially wagging the democratic dog, given that the contract provides the job framework for Mr. Inslee’s senior policy adviser for climate and sustainability, Reed Schuler.

In other words, he holds an influential policy position. And it’s funded through a grant from the World Resources Institute, which reimburses Washington for Mr. Schuler’s salary, benefits and expenses. Under its contract, Washington State sends progress reports alongside its $33,210 quarterly invoices to the nonprofit.

Tara Lee, the Governor’s spokeswoman, says Mr. Schuler is “a Washington state employee with the same scope of work, review process and accountability as any other state employee. The only difference is the funding source.” She adds the World Resources Institute’s largesse amounts to “general support for expanding the Inslee Administration’s work to combat climate exchange,” but that “they do not decide or dictate the details of this work, nor do they have input on any employee’s work plan.” And she says such arrangements are “not unusual.”

World Resources Institute spokesman Michael Oko says that “public-private partnerships enable governments to hire experts to advise them on policies that benefit their constituents,” adding that they are “common across the political spectrum.” Oh?

If this is common practice, Washingtonians deserve more details about which outside groups fund Mr. Inslee’s policy team. Substitute the Koch brothers for the World Resources Institute, and the outrage would be predictable. This setup creates real concerns about accountability and interest-peddling. Mr. Schuler knows who pays him, and it’s not Washington taxpayers.

The money trail also extends to the Hewlett Foundation, which pledged in December to devote $600 million to climate advocacy in the U.S. and abroad between 2018 and 2023. Hewlett calls this its “single largest commitment to date in any area of its philanthropic work,” and it is overseen by Jonathan Pershing, Mr. Schuler’s former colleague at Barack Obama’s State Department.

In one of many emails obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Chris Horner, Mr. Inslee’s Morocco-based climate adviser, Chris Davis, called Mr. Schuler “our refugee from Kerry’s office at State” and said that “Pershing at Hewlett is paying him to work in our shop for 12 months.” In another email, Mr. Davis said that Mr. Schuler is “here through support from the Hewlett Foundation.”

Read the whole story here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/climate-of-unaccountability-1515717585


Readers might remember that just two days ago Washington Governor Inslee took the “batshit crazy over climate” standard bearer title away from California governor Jerry Brown with this proclamation on Twitter:

And some people think President Trump’s tweets are crazy…

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.  – H. L. Mencken

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121 thoughts on “In tomorrow’s WSJ – a tale of climate cash, collusion, and apparently, corruption

  1. Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to this snouts-in-the-trough stuff! Did I hear, “Possible conflict of interest?” No problem for these folks, apparently!!!

    • Corruption, conflicts of interest and collusion are among the approaches used to gain political buy in for agendas that can’t stand on their own merits. It crosses the line when this kind of BS is used to subvert science in order to support robinhood economics under the guise of climate reparations which is not only merit less, but is evil malevolence wrapped in pseudo benevolence.

      • Robin Hood robbed the rich and fed the poor. Socialists rob the middle class, feed the rich, and hand out just enough crumbs to the poor to buy their votes.

      • Dred,

        As I recall Robin Hood didn’t really rob anyone.
        He and his merry men collected tax refunds from government officials.

      • Dred,
        It seems to me that Robinhood and the IPCC are more like Columbian drug lords who get away with criminal activity by tossing a few of their ill gotten gains to the local poor in order to capture their hearts and minds so they will willingly provide sanctuary and support.

  2. “She adds the World Resources Institute’s largesse amounts to “general support for expanding the Inslee Administration’s work to combat climate exchange,” ”
    How do you combat “climate exchange”? How is climate exchanged? Darwin with Washington?

    • It’s when you move to a warmer climate because it’s become too cold. I’ve exchanged several climates in this way in my lifetime, normally from cold to warmer 🙂

  3. I’m not sure how much longer I can refrain from using profanities when I run into stories about the subterfuges of these lunatics.

    The delusional buffoons have appointed themselves saviors of the world and that religious fervor apparently self-justifies any and all behavior.

    Ultimately, they reveal themselves to be what they are: closet dictators.

    • John Garrett, I suggest finding the online website that has a nearly complete list of insults concocted by that wonderful wordsmith Will Shakespeare. Somehow, modern profanities seem too simple by comparison.

    • +1,000

      Like the above quote says, “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule” – H.L. Mencken

  4. You just wait till they find out about my new climate initiative!

    “Carbon neutral biodiversity friendly climate futures ” , I’m going to be rich !

  5. So Al Gore said we had a few years to save the planet a few years ago and we are all still here. Prince Charles said we had 100 days to save the planet a few years ago and, again, we are all still here. I predict that we will all be still be here in 59 days too.

    The planet is just fine.

  6. God’s own NYC Mayor deBlasio has unleashed his NYC legal Eagles to sue all American oil companies for damages and expenses from “Global Warming”. Hey! What about Total the French Oil Giant! What about Gazpom The Russian Oil Giant! Hoy Hoy!

    deBlasio’s real motive is to get some easy “he thinks” cash for pay for the money that he stole from NYC acting on Michael Bloomberg’s directions and while Gov. Cuomo directs the Police to “Look the Other Way! Or else!”.

    Typical New York.

    Ha ha

    • The Clinton’s got a pass on their lawbreaking in the past, yes indeed, but things are not looking so good for them and their associates lately.

      I wonder if anyone donates to the Clinton Foundation any more?

      • The results of the election instantly dried up donations to the Clinton Foundation… yet another damning piece of evidence of their corruption.

      • Instead of labeling the factual statement that the Clinton Foundation donations “are drying up” as a conspiracy theory, why don’t you provide evidence that it is NOT drying up.
        Or do you think it is just an amazing coincidence that all those folks who wanted to “help millions of people in the developing world” all stopped contributing at the same time and instead gave to other charities?
        You may want to reconsider just who is in the echo chamber.

      • Not that I know anything about The Clinton Foundation, but all talk of political character in US websites is devastating to Europeans. In any case, for us, Northern Europeans.
        In debates I often refer to these very good web pages about climate. But unfortunately, I can get very bad feedback, since the web sites sometimes seem like a debate between far-left Democrats and far-right Republicans.
        So I agree with Aaron, please try for best ability, let this debate be about climate, no matter what political attitude you have. I wish everyone to understand how idiotic the claim that CO2 regulates the climate is, regardless of the idiotic political sense one can have.

      • If donations to the Clinton Foundation have dried up it could be because the organization is under attack by the POTUS and the DOJ and donors do not want to be publicly associated with an organization that is under attack even if the harassment is baseless. There is no need to attack the Clinton Foundation in this thread — please focus https://www.facebook.com/focus.lol/

      • If donations to the Clinton Foundation have dried up it could be because the organization is under attack by the POTUS and the DO…
        Or it could be that Bill and Hillary have no more power to make “pay to play” viable.

      • Aaron,

        There is no reason to protect the clinton foundation in this thread. This thread is about CLIMATE CASH, COLLUSION, AND CORRUPTION. The clinton foundation is about collusion, corruption, and any type of cash they can get.

        With respect to cash drying up …. Bill isn’t getting wheelbarrow loads of money anymore to speak in Russia. Is that because he is under attack as well?

        (and give me and my daughter $10 a head to help millions of poor people, and will we will make 10’s of millions of dollars as we help those millions of poor people in the developing world. Note: helping poor people in the developing world allows for easier bookkeeping that does helping poor people in the USA.)

      • George w Bush gave billions to Africa to “fight AIDS”. The left screamed he was being political. Someone is always going to drag politics into the discussion (especially when the topic is something like “climate change”, which is supposedly “settled and non-negotiable”). How could you not?

      • “…pledged in December to devote $600 million to climate advocacy in the U.S. and abroad between 2018 and 2023. Hewlett calls this its “single largest commitment to date in any area of its philanthropic work…”

        Isn’t climate advocacy a political activity, making a group a PAC? Aren’t political donations, such as to PACs, considered non-charitable donations – and not tax exempt?

      • By cannon fodder I refer to the useful idiots committed to and sometimes at the vanguard of the cause, paving our road to hell with their good intentions.

        In Ontario this means we get a ‘Cap and Trade’ system and now the highest electricity rates in North America, ostensibly to avoid CO2 emissions.

        Yet Canada, as a whole, emits 1/20th of that of China and this portion will become less in future. How would our reduction, even if one buys into the fantasy of CO2-induced global warming, have any measurable impact?

        It is the useful idiot wishing to ‘do their part’ that helps expand these false fronts, and these people we encounter everyday.

        Such deeply misguided beliefs may conjure images of monstrances in ceremonial use.

  7. Make no mistake, All strings lead back to Ceres:

    ”Jessica Halverson
    Grants Officer, Environment
    Jessica Halverson is a Grants Officer in Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She works across the grantmaking portfolio on the foundation’s strategies in climate change, clean energy, and conservation.

    Previously, Jessica was a senior manager at Ceres, a nonprofit organization advocating for sustainability leadership in the private sector. She started her career in nonprofit consulting and has worked across a range of issues including youth, family homelessness, and reproductive health. From 2007 to 2012 she was Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Our Bodies Ourselves, a global women’s health organization.

    Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College and holds an MBA with concentrations in nonprofit management and strategy and innovation from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management.”

    Know your adversary. Understand what Ceres is and does and who pays their bills and grants. Then you will begin to understand the Leftist corruption behind the climate hustle.

  8. Make no mistake, All strings lead back to Ceres:

    ”Jessica Halverson
    Grants Officer, Environment
    Jessica Halverson is a Grants Officer in Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She works across the grantmaking portfolio on the foundation’s strategies in climate change, clean energy, and conservation.

    Previously, Jessica was a senior manager at Ceres, a nonprofit organization advocating for sustainability leadership in the private sector. She started her career in nonprofit consulting and has worked across a range of issues including youth, family homelessness, and reproductive health. From 2007 to 2012 she was Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Our Bodies Ourselves, a global women’s health organization.

    Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College and holds an MBA with concentrations in nonprofit management and strategy and innovation from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management.”

    Know your adversary. Understand what Ceres is and does and who pays their bills and grants. Then you will begin to understand the Leftist corruption behind the climate scam.

  9. Get with the Program or else we all die!

    Repeat the following:
    Warming is Cooling.
    Black is White.
    In is Out.
    Up is Down.
    Repeat.

    Rex Murphy is one of the best and most insightful writers in Canada.

    Enjoy, from Allan.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/too-frigid-for-global-warming-this-is-why-they-rebranded-it-climate-change/

    TOO FRIGID FOR GLOBAL WARMING? THIS IS WHY THEY REBRANDED IT ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’
    Date: 07/01/18

    Rex Murphy, National Post

    Any variety of weather whatsoever can be traced, if you keep the grants flowing and the contradictions unexamined, to the One Holy Underlying Theory of All Weather.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/content/uploads/2018/01/Screenshot-2018-01-07-09.41.06.png

    [excerpt}

    Fortunately, the Jesuitical mandarins of Pembina and Greenpeace and Sierra, assisted by the sovereign intellects of Bill Nye (your smarmy weather guy), Neil Young, Prince Charles and the concentrated brain power of the entire Green Party (Elizabeth May Inc.) are on the case: batting away their simplistic mockeries and confounding them with whole buckets of settled science and clips from We Day. And reminding everyone that they have long ago “rebranded” Global Warming so it does not mean that anymore. It’s Climate Change now, up, down, across and around. Climate Change, meteorology’s ToE (Theory of Everything).

    We are fortunate to have such guardians, to direct us away from our senses, and beckon us back on the road to faith. Climate Change can cause cold temperatures, too, they intone. And wet weather. And dry. Hurricanes and cyclones. Droughts and floods. In fact, any variety of weather whatsoever can be traced, if you but model hard and often enough, keep the grants flowing and the contradictions unexamined, to the One Holy Underlying Theory of All Weather. Climate Change, everything proves it. It’s the scientific method at its best.

    • A character in one of Douglas Adams HGTTG books set out to prove that black was white and got himself killed in the first zebra crossing…..

  10. The public should demand that our elected officials make their own independent decisions about climate policies. This responsibility should not be handed off to non-elected individuals or organisations that have an agenda of their own. We don’t need “climate baggers” pushing the public out of the decision making process.

    • You sir do not appreciate the sophisticated Information Warfare (IW) campaign being run by Ceres on the US public. It is an IW campaign that is using a climate change agenda towards finding the tax payer funding to fix a multi-Trillion dollar shortfall in public sector union pension guarantees across the US. It cuts across many states, mostly blue states, that have severely underfunded public union pensions and need a compliant public willing to accept new taxes for “carbon sins.” Those new taxes are a foothold states like Washington (a state w/o an income tax) needs to acquire more revenue to keep the gravy train running on OPM. California is in even worse shape, and CalPers is a leading Ceres supporter.

  11. The majority of people in the Great State of Washington will think this is fine.
    The rest of the voters are too few to do anything about it.
    (Hillary got 54.3% of the vote over Donald’s 38.1%)

    • Hillary should have achieved a much higher percentage than 54.3% in Washington State considering that the majority of its population (5.2 million) are Democrats living east of the Cascade Mountains. Western Washington State is much more conservative, but its population is only 1.5 million.

      • noaaprogrammer,
        You have gotten your directions backwards. Seattle and Puget Sound region is west of the State, eastern Washington — meaning east of the Cascade Crest is the conservative part and did vote for Trump, except for where Washington State University is.
        Some info with maps here: Election WA 2016

    • then follow the slime trail to Ceres.org
      understand Ceres. Research who funds it and who the major cast of puppeteers are at Ceres. The slime bucket at Ceres is quite full.

      • That is a position appropriate degree for someone hired to coordinate a propaganda campaign aimed at influencing public opinion.

        Understand what your adversary is trying to achieve.

    • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a major donor to environmental causes. Over $100 million in 2014 alone I discovered by using the search engine on their website.

      They pay out more in a single year than DeSmog claims the Koch’s have paid in total to fossil fuel interests.

  12. Thank you Anthony!
    I’ll inject this information into a couple of conservative political groups and the local King County (Seattle/Tacoma) ‘talk radio’ discussion tomorrow morning.
    Much appreciated!

    • I’ll be listening to Michael Medved tomorrow to hear what he has to say about this situation in his state.

      • Medved can be selectively ‘squishy’ on certain topics. It will be interesting to see if he addresses or ignores this information.

  13. Substitute the Koch brothers for the World Resources Institute, and the outrage would be predictable.

    That’s true. example

    It may not be entirely logical but, for some reason, I am reminded of the Iran Contra Affair. I guess the idea was that the government needed money to fund covert donations to the Contras. The point was to keep the donations off the public record.

    Surely one guy’s salary isn’t more than a rounding error in Washington’s budget. Rather than the money per se, this smells like something they would prefer to keep secret.

    • Commie,

      Congress specifically blocked the Reagan admin from providing appropriated funding to the the Contras.
      Solution: run surplus arms (I-Hawk SAMs in this case, to replace missile stocks depleted during the Iraq-Iran War) to the Iranians who pay under the table in cash. then funnel that cash to the Contras to avoid Congress’s prohibition on appropriated funding. CIA coordinated with LtCol Oliver North quarterbacking the transfers from the WH.
      President Reagan was provided Plausible Deniability to this illegal operation. The problem came with the possible cover-up once it was exposed.

  14. According to only the insightful Jay Inslee we now have less than 59 days to prevent salmageddon in our overheated rivers (we had solid ice across the Okanogan river and on Osoyoos Lake for several days but that was surely caused by global warming. What else could it be?).

  15. What is it about the Left Coast? Has always been regressive in many ways, it turns out, that their ideology has the potential to turn into a theology like Pol Pot.

    And now I hear on the China News Netwok no less, that Twitter plans to investigate all thought content and start banning people who do not tow some official line in the line of official Twitter philosophy. And Twitter already regulates what you can actually see on your feed. If Twitter bans WUWT, then not only do I sell all my stock in them, but will probably short them too. When did Twitter and Google become the gatekeeper of our free thought?

    • When did that happen? When you let them do it. Try offering to sue them for violating the 1st amendment to the US Constitution. I’m not sure they’re worth the effort, because I don’t do such social media, but giving them a good scare is a real good idea.

      • Sara,

        the 1st Amendment precludes the government from regulaing speech content.
        Twitter is a private company. it can regulate speech on its social media platform. That does not mean it should, it’s just not un-constitutional.

      • Sara,

        the 1st Amendment precludes the government from regulaing speech content.
        Twitter is a private company. it can regulate speech on its social media platform. That does not mean it should, it’s just not un-constitutional.

      • +1 joelobryan
        It is not unconstitutional for sure. It may be illegal nonetheless, depending on laws.
        A company may fire an employee for what he told, like google did, but they face discrimination charge, as google do
        Most states have laws forbidding companies to turn down a customer just because you don’t like his face, his race, or his political opinions (openly stated or not). This forbid companies like twitter to regulate speech on its social media platform more than the law DEMANDS (where the law forbid some speeches, like, for instance, death threats). Then enters the sheer might in the legal arm-wrestle match: I guess ISIS or affiliates will never win a trial against twitter for turning them down, but I won’t bet twitter would win if sued for not providing the same service to US customers depending on their side in the political spectrum…

      • There seems to be a double-standard when the baker who won’t bake the gay cake gets bankrupted and ripped through judicial hell for several years. But Twitter doesn’t have to provide an unobstructed platform for opposing views. It’s also mind-boggling the vulgar language and obscene subject matter that is allowed in tsunami fashion, but not debate on legitimate viewpoints.

  16. The US confuses me. Progressives are regressive. Democrats aren’t. Liberals have redefined what the word meant.

    • It’s just like the old GDR. German Democratic Republic, where the only correct word there is German.

    • Democrats are opposed to real democracy (see what they did to Bernie Sanders in the primaries), and “AntiFa” are the fascists clamming to be anti-fascists. It’s all so Orwellian anymore…

    • Conservatives are still conservative. 🙂

      The Progressives/Democrats/Liberals have lost touch with reality. Barack Obama said the other day that the conservatives live on another planet. He’s right. Conservatives live on the Planet Reality, and the Left/Socialists/Communists live on the Planet Delusion.

      Of course, Obama thinks he lives on the Planet Reality, as do all those on the Left, but unfortunately for them and us, they are deluded. Deluded people don’t know they are deluded.

  17. Could it be that Mr. Inslee made an attempt to be sarcastic with his comment? Lately I have seen similar exaggerated statements from few politicians in Europe and I have a feeling not every swamp member believes AGW story, but are forced to follow rules of The Party “Together we stand, divided we fall”. Anything else would be political suicide.

    Yesterday there was encouraging news from Germany where Ms. Merkel might have to ease her aggressive energy policies to get government formed into the country. They are still running without one after almost 3 months since election.

    • Merkel is losing a lot of support.

      Maybe enough of the German people are finally waking up to the harm her energy and immigration policies are causing to make a change in leadership. One can always hope.

  18. Maybe this is related. to the whole AGM farce.

    I was looking at some ACORN data for Bourke in NSW, and though I would do a simple plot of missing data.

    Now the Bourke Airport ASW data is made up of Bourke PO data back only to 1910 (even though the PO data goes back to 1871) and then AWS data since 1998.

    Here is the graph of missing data.

    https://s19.postimg.org/6tr7zcar7/bourke_missing.png

    Actual data is here.. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/acorn/sat/data/acorn.sat.maxT.048245.daily.txt

    How is even possible to have SO MUCH missing data from modern equipment after 1998 ?????

    Can anyone say if this is prevalent for other places using modern temperature equipment?

    Tony Heller has been saying that as much as 40-45% of data is now “estimated”.

    It certainly seems to be the case with Bourke AWS. !!!

  19. You just need to look at the board members: http://www.wri.org/about/board
    Includes, amongst many others with similar pedigree:

    Frances Beinecke NRDC, Yale Environment
    David Blood, of Blood and Gore, has taken Gore’s place on the board.
    Christiana Figueres, former UNFCCC chief, former carbon trader with Lord Stern
    Ciao Koch-Weser, Deutsche Bank, European Climate Foundation
    Jonathan Lash former WRI President,
    Joaquim Levy,World Bank Chief Financial Officer
    Bill Ruckelshaus, first EPA head, long time actor behind the scenes
    Gustav Speth, founder of WRI, 1982, with funding from McArthur Foundation, another long time actor pushing for global governance, former Yale Environment, strong UN history, advisory board McKibbens’ 350.org.
    Andrew Steer, WRI president, another World Bank implant, ex UK International Development mandarin

    And a “cast of thousands” http://www.wri.org/about/experts-staff. This is one massive organisation with major international reach and considerable UN input from World Bank.

    • And now consider together, the WRI, Board, funding and the “America’s Pledge”.

      Christiana Figueres, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Institute – Carbon War Room organisation based in Colorado.

  20. You all know quite well that the entire CAGW/climate change thing is a scam and nothing but a scam. I have said repeatedly ‘follow the money’. This Washington state story is another ‘heads up!’ about what a scam is being foisted on people in general. Scammers and con artists count on the ignorance and naivete of their audience, demanding faith, lack of free will and obedience while lightening their bank accounts and trying to hide it by labeling it ‘for the common good’.
    Unfortunately, this isn’t a shell game, no matter how much the scammers, including Nye, Mann, this WA governor, and others of their ilk want to make it that way. It’s always about power, control, ruling the roost, and taking YOUR money unless you’re smart enough to see through the nonsense.
    As long as these con artists are running this con game, it’s imperative that we know what they are doing and when. You can’t turn your head away from it and pretend it isn’t there. If you ignore it, the fraud and the fraudster will win the day.
    I don’t think any of us want that.

  21. the CAGW cabal is the SWAMP that needs to be drained. no-one knows this better than the CAGW sceptics. trillions of dollars are at stake.

  22. All climate activism converges to socialism. Climate is just the excuse this time.

    In the time of Marx, it was worker’s wages that were being “stolen” by the capitalists under the labor theory of value. This is the specious theory that there was gross social injustice because the worker sweeping the floors at the yacht builder could not afford to buy a yacht himself, just like today’s mechanic on the 777 assembly line at Boeing has so much of his wages stolen from him by the evil capitalists that he cannot afford a 777 for his own.

  23. Jawdropping.
    So now a government “works” for private entities, a work “that includes activities and deliverables to advance an agenda”, get paid for this work, and this is all OK ???
    Whether the agenda is green, red, black, white or whatever is irrelevant, This scheme is “law for sell”, that is, plain old corruption.
    Wow.

  24. limbering up for the plausible deniability / we were all mislead excuse. when climate change collapses they will be able to claim that they were lied to….

  25. The World Resource Institute is funded (in part) by the wealth from Rockefeller and Soros.
    (Copy the text at the end of this sentence into Google, do a search, and see for yourselves: rockefeller site:wri.org)

    It seems then that billionaires have their ‘hands’ in US state policy via the 15 state Climate Alliance since they are funding the WRI.

    Go to wri.org and check out the bios of the environmental ‘experts’ who run it. Lots of people from financial backgrounds high up in their food chain. Wonder why?…

    Anybody ever wonder why rich people seem more concerned with over-population than us average folk?

  26. Foundations are just a scam for the ultra wealthy to not pay taxes while still controlling the vast amount of wealth. They fund textbooks so the textbooks say what they want, etc, etc.

    So lets all pool our saving and form a WUWT foundation and never pay taxes on our investment incomes again. Great scam if we can get away with it.

  27. The state government is no longer accountable to its citizens, but to mighty good-intentioned outside interests. What a welcome gust of fresh air. Taxpayers don’t even have to pay the decision makers.

    Resist the will of voters!

  28. Are foundations running state energy policy without transparency?

    In my opinion, it’s with impunity.
    Between Inslee, Brown, and Brown, I think there’s a nice conspiracy/corruption charge just waiting to happen.
    And it extends to most of the urban localities as well.

  29. Since when can a government employee be paid by a private entity, non-profit, for-profit, foundation or otherwise. This reminds of the Teapot Dome scandal.

  30. It seems like green politicians are trying to promise us “perfect weather” all the time! Let’s hold their feet to the fire.

  31. Similar to Oregon’s ex-governors girlfriend/hustler. A non-profit non-state entity received grant from another entity to pay for a communications secretary for the girlfriend/hustler.

    This wasn’t illegal. But the other crap that went along with was; she used her quasi-pubic position in government to benefit from the green blob money. Kitzhaber had to quit. The ethics commission fines will soon be levied against bother ex-governor and against the poor green-conslutant girlfriend.

  32. I’ve seen somewhat similar behavior here in New Mexico. Some state scientists are largely funded by “green” private non profits to explore drought and water resources on those green terms. They then travel around the state and elsewhere making unsubstantiated claims about drought. Basically propoganda. I’ve been paying attention to those funding threads because as you point out from this article private parties are not supposed to have this kind of leverage over public employees.

  33. Governor Inslee must be guilty of something. I suggest malfeasance, which is “the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).” For malfeasance, the Governor can and should be removed from office, sooner rather than later, before he does more harm. Certainly, there is an advocacy group somewhere that has the resources and willingness to take on this issue.

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