Trump Administration Should Review Undue Influence of Foundations Funding Tar Sands Campaign says Friends of Science Society

The Trump Administration should review the undue influence of billionaire foundations funding the Tar Sands Campaign, which has resulted in a close-to-approval legislated tanker ban on the West Coast and turned Canada’s National Energy Board upside down.

CALGARY, Alberta (PRWEB) June 11, 2019

Along with President Trump doing a climate science review, as reported in E&E News of June 6, 2018, the Trump Administration should review the undue influence on climate change propaganda, funded by billionaire foundations associated with the Tar Sands Campaign, an international program attacking the Canadian oil sands run by CorpEthics. LINK:

According to Friends of Science, the climate catastrophe premise is echoed by dozens of Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations (ENGOs) in Canada, the USA, and around the world, and they are funded by green billionaires, as outlined in the “Design to Win” program of the ClimateWorks Foundation.

The “Tar Sands Campaign” is well-known in Canada as an international demarketing attack on Canada’s astounding technological achievements and excellence in the oil sands. The Alberta oil sands have become the focus of nasty reputational attacks from “Tar Sands” funded parties around the world, mostly relying on claims of an impending climate catastrophe.

West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) has almost successfully implemented a tanker ban off the West Coast (Bill C-48) as reported in Friends of Science report “Manufacturing a Climate Crisis.” On June 6, 2019, the Canadian Senate rejected opposition to the bill. LINK:

Ecojustice Canada agitated against the National Energy Board for months, now according to Canada West Foundation, the new proposed Bill C-69 is full of legal loopholes and deep uncertainty for investors.    Both WCEL and Ecojustice have been identified as fundees by Tar Sands Campaign partners. These bills are destroying investment and Canada’s economy, all premised on climate change.

Friends of Science Society’s report “Climate Change Your Mind” shows there is no climate emergency and no catastrophe.

Dr. Matthew Nisbet’s 2018 paper entitled “Strategic Philanthropy in the Post Cap-and-Trade Era” reveals these billionaire foundations have spent some $600 million (and much more individually) to fund the demarketing of coal, oil and natural gas, while pushing renewables. The case for renewables relies almost entirely on the premise that wind and solar reduce emissions and help stop climate change. Consequently ENGOs have hyped the climate catastrophe memes and demanded 100% renewables grid – even though there is no evidence such a thing is technically feasible – according to “Burden of Proof” by Heard et al (2017).

Nisbet’s study notes that these green billionaire foundations are also the main funders of academics and non-profit journals. Thus, Friends of Science says the public and policy-maker views on climate change have been skewed by these millions funding climate catastrophe advocacy.

Friends of Science Society points out that several of these tax-exempt foundations were under investigation in the 1950’s in the US by the Reece Commission, as detailed in Renee A. Wormser’s book “Foundations: Their Power and Influence.”

“Undue Influence – Markets Skewed” is a report by Friends of Science Society that attempts to make sense of how energy markets are being turned upside down by parties like these. LINK:

Friends of Science Society says that the climate science debate is crucial to determining whether or not ‘low-carbon’ investment funds have kept up with the material change in the science – that being carbon dioxide’s effect (climate sensitivity) is now deemed to be nominal, meaning more carbon dioxide won’t cause any significant global warming. Since the 2013 reported ‘hiatus’ in the UN Climate Panel report (IPCC AR5), it has been conceded by many leading scientists that climate change is more likely driven by solar and ocean cycles, which are beyond our control.

Friends of Science Society is an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens who are celebrating its 16th year of offering climate science insights. After a thorough review of a broad spectrum of literature on climate change, Friends of Science Society has concluded that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2).
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Tom Halla
June 11, 2019 6:05 pm

Does Canada have anything like the RICO law? Even at the provincial level, prosecution of such malevolent abuse of process should be punished.

Reply to  Tom Halla
June 11, 2019 7:33 pm

I believe it does, but what it doesn’t have is anybody with a backbone. Kenny huffed and puffed about it before he got elected about a month and half ago but so far hasn’t done anything about it.

Reply to  Rob
June 12, 2019 9:35 am

Here’s more commentary on the politics behind the scene:

Reply to  Rob
June 12, 2019 9:43 am

RICO in wikipedia says in the International Equivalents section that:
In Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions enforce rules and regulations[which?] that cumulatively are equivalent to RICO.

CD in Wisconsin
June 11, 2019 6:51 pm

“…..carbon dioxide’s effect (climate sensitivity) is now deemed to be nominal, meaning more carbon dioxide won’t cause any significant global warming. Since the 2013 reported ‘hiatus’ in the UN Climate Panel report (IPCC AR5), it has been conceded by many leading scientists that climate change is more likely driven by solar and ocean cycles, which are beyond our control….”.

But yet, governments and their politicians continue to sit on their hands and do little or nothing in the way of launching any meaningful effort to refute the climate scare. As long as this remains the case, the green activist and climate scare movements will continue to have the upper hand in waging a war on fossil fuel powered society with their political clout and refutable science that is not being refuted.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 12, 2019 7:18 am

I heard Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia today during an interview about coal say that he thought climate change was real, and apparently the senator recently took a trip to the arctic, and said he had seen the climate change there with his own eyes. I think he really believes it, too. Sad. Propaganda is a powerful thing. Even intelligent people can be duped into seeing things that aren’t really there.

Christopher Chantrill
Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 12, 2019 8:52 am

You are right Tom, melting permafrost is an optical illusion:

Ernest Bush
Reply to  Christopher Chantrill
June 12, 2019 9:14 am

What I see is a photo using a wide-angle lens to create an effect of tilting buildings and the trees on the right side. Also, there is no context for this photo. It could have easily been taken in many areas of the American and probably the Canadian West.

Reply to  Christopher Chantrill
June 12, 2019 9:27 am

To really understand permafrost, it helps to listen to people dealing with Arctic infrastructure like roads. A thorough discussion and analysis is presented in Impacts of permafrost degradation on a road embankment at Umiujaq in Nunavik (Quebec), Canada By Richard Fortier, Anne-Marie LeBlanc, and Wenbing Yu.
In short, it is a lot more complex than warmists think when blaming permafrost effects on CO2.
Paper is at
My synopsis is

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Christopher Chantrill
June 12, 2019 9:38 am

What is an illusion is the notion that the land areas we call “permafrost” have never thawed before, or the claim that any thawing today is entirely the fault of mankind’s burning of carbon-rich fuels.

Jack Matches
Reply to  Paul Penrose
June 12, 2019 11:01 am


Crispin in Waterloo but really in Johor
Reply to  Paul Penrose
June 13, 2019 7:12 am

Correct Paul

Toronto used to be solid permafrost. Now global warming has chased it more than a thousand miles north. – took a while, but it happened.

The whole of Manitoba used to be permafrost and now most is gone. And what replaced the ice? Trees of course. Billions upon billions of them

The idea that melting permafrost poses some danger to the climate is silly. Every time it melts, masses of trees cover it.

Ernest Bush
Reply to  Christopher Chantrill
June 12, 2019 9:46 am

Your picture has no context and used a wide-angle lens for exaggeration.

Reply to  Christopher Chantrill
June 12, 2019 1:31 pm

Figure 3. This damaged building in Dawson City, Canada, shows what can happen when the warm interior of a building causes the permafrost underneath to thaw.
—Credit: Andrew Slater

steve case
June 11, 2019 6:52 pm

“Carbon baggers” I like it.

June 11, 2019 6:57 pm

“After a thorough review of a broad spectrum of literature on climate change, Friends of Science Society has concluded that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2).”

wow. thorough. so impressive.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  trafamadore
June 12, 2019 9:40 am

Theoretically, what would convince you that CO2 is not driving the small temperature changes we have witnessed over the last 150 years?

June 11, 2019 7:18 pm

I wonder how many of these (sea sick ?) greenies live up or down to their own standards(?) ? Advanced metallurgy needs more than charcoal for the energy required to make strong enough metal for the structure, bearings, mounts, linkages, gears, generators and so on for windmills. Lard, as a lubricant, I don’t think is good enough. The only plastic I know of for wind mill blades, not made from petroleum, but wood, is Bakelite, but it’s not strong and is very brittle. The only “suitably green” windmills I’ve ever seen were in the Netherlands. Wood framed and cloth blades, wood shafts, wood and peg gears, and so on. The “green new deal” proposed in the U.S. government, essentially bans aircraft, so crossing oceans means wooden sailing ships. Where there is enough water and flat enough land, animal drawn canal barges can be used for commerce, otherwise horse, mule or ox drawn wagons can be used. How many “greenies” are there setting examples of how great and easy and healthful such a life is ? Water wheels, all wood. I think a pelton wheel and nozzle requires a reasonable grade of metal to work and have a reasonable usable life span. Then again it spins too fast for “green” technology.

Another Ian
Reply to  John
June 11, 2019 8:14 pm
Reply to  Another Ian
June 12, 2019 7:30 am

from what I see this is the comment there that really lays it out.

comment 11

June 11, 2019 7:45 pm

It’s fairly clear that there was foreign interference in the last Canadian federal election. link

The good news is that Dances with Unicorns’ (ie. Water Hole Jr.) Liberal party looks like it’s headed for defeat in the October federal election. link

June 11, 2019 7:46 pm

The last thing any nation needs is for Trump to stick his nose in their business. Trump obviously thinks it is great that Putin’s Russia interfered with the US election in 2016, which got Trump elected. But no, Canada does not need any help from Trump. Neither does the UK, they can eff up Brexit without Trump getting into their knickers.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Duane
June 11, 2019 8:22 pm

I think anyone who has any brain realizes that Putin thought like everyone else, that is that Hillary would be President. Thus his Info Warfare campaign was aimed at helping highlight her corrupt nature – to weaken her politically. Putin’s info campaign wouldn’t have had any traction if Hillary had been honest and clean. It just countered the white wash job the main stream media here in the US was trying to run to get her elected. So it helped Trump, and now Putin is paying for it with an energy dominance US keeping world oil prices well below $100.

Make no mistake, Putin wants a Dumbocrat-Libtard US President that will use the climate scam to shut down US oil production and send oil prices well above $100/bbl.

The bulk of the evidence though suggests it was Obama and Brennan at CIA though that realized this (Putin’s info campaign) and decided not to stop Putin, mainly because a large part of it was true about Crooked Hillary and her crimes. Instead, and true to Chicago Political machine roots, Obama decided to run a dirty campaign against Trump as an insurance policy that is still playing out today.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
June 12, 2019 6:12 am

If Putin thought he couldn’t affect the election, he would not have bothered creating and entire trolling industry to do it. But he did. And it worked. All the pre-election polls in the “swing states” were entirely within the margin of polling error in the final weeks of the campaign. And we know for a fact that Trump’s campaign manager was feeding secret internal polling data to the Russians – that was established in the trial of the campaign manager.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Duane
June 12, 2019 9:45 am

How do you do it? How do you come up with an entire paragraph that is completely wrong on everything it says? Amazing. I guess you have a lot of practice.

Reply to  Duane
June 12, 2019 10:08 am

and maybe many others besides me dishonestly answered polling calls. per my call answers clinton was the best thing since sliced bread.
and fooling the pollsters seems to have worked.

Thomas Englert
Reply to  Duane
June 12, 2019 7:27 pm

Putin was pushing Bernie, who loved the Soviet Union along with Cuba, Venezuela, etc.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
June 12, 2019 7:27 am

“Make no mistake, Putin wants a Dumbocrat-Libtard US President that will use the climate scam to shut down US oil production and send oil prices well above $100/bbl.”

What Putin really wants is a U.S. president he can blackmail. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden fit the bill perfectly. Putin knows who paid who in the Russia One deal and in Biden’s son’s dealings in Ukraine. So there was and is plenty of opportunity to blackmail a U.S. president if Hillary or Biden were elected.

The same goes for China. China knows who they paid the bribe money to and all the details of the transactions so they have both Hillary and Biden where they want them.

Hillary and Biden would both be the puppets of Russia and China because Russia and China know where all the bodies are buried.

Reply to  Duane
June 12, 2019 12:08 am

I believe the next presidential campaign will be unique in that, instead of candidates spending tens of millions of $’s to get elected, there’s a bidding war going on to employ the Russians, as it seems they only spent $100,000 to get Trump elected.

Reply to  Duane
June 12, 2019 6:54 am

Given the close connection between the Clintons and Russia, if Russia were to interfere on anyone’s behalf, it would have been Hillary.

There isn’t a shred of evidence behind the belief that Russia interfered on behalf of Trump.
Regardless, considering all of the good things Trump has done for the US, why wouldn’t other countries want his advice?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  MarkW
June 12, 2019 7:56 am

“There isn’t a shred of evidence behind the belief that Russia interfered on behalf of Trump.”

The Department of Justice said the Russians had no measurable effect on the U.S. elections.

Hillary and the Democrats are looking for excuses as to why they lost.

If anyone conspired with the Russians during the 2016 elections it was Hillary, not Trump. Many of the lies contained in the Dirty Dossier that Hillary financed came from Russians. The New York Times speculated that this was in fact Russian disinformation.

So it is Hillary conspiring with the Russians to undermine a U.S. presidential election, not Trump. It is Trump, along with all his 63 million+ supporters, who are the victims of Hillary and the Russians. Hillary and the Russians will regret doing this to Trump, I predict.

Christopher Chantrill
Reply to  MarkW
June 12, 2019 8:24 am

“the close connection between the Clintons and Russia”

Which connection is that?

Do you mean the Clinton Tower they wanted to construct in Moscow?

Ernest Bush
Reply to  Christopher Chantrill
June 12, 2019 9:20 am

No, he means the 20 percent of U.S. yellow cake uranium production that Clinton facilitated and for which she was amply rewarded with millions donated to the Clinton Foundation.

Reply to  Christopher Chantrill
June 12, 2019 1:45 pm

Christopher Chantrill

“the close connection between the Clintons and Russia”

Which connection is that?

Do you mean the Clinton Tower they wanted to construct in Moscow?

No. The hundreds of millioins Hillary was paid by Russia for the US uranium companies. The hundreds of thousands Bill Clinton was paid by Russia for one 30 minute speech a few days AFTER the uranium was sold to Russia. The dozens of meeting Hillary had with Putin while she was selling the US State Dept to any foreign power who would “donate” a couple of hundred thousand dollars to “her family” fund. (Er, family foundation – that spent 93% of its hidden-source, tax-deductible income back to the Clinton family and its homes, travel, clothes, and vacations (er, foreign trips to exotic locations) .

Christopher Chantrill
Reply to  MarkW
June 12, 2019 8:28 am

“There isn’t a shred of evidence behind the belief that Russia interfered on behalf of Trump.”

Proof that MarkW hasn’t read the Mueller report.

Joe Campbell
Reply to  Duane
June 12, 2019 7:08 am

Duane: I agree fully that Trump should not get involved in any other countries” elections. But, goodness man, Russia didn’t elect Trump! Try reading Victor David Hanson to find out “who don-nit”…

Reply to  Duane
June 12, 2019 10:05 am

lemme see if I got this right. putin/russia was supposed to make me
dislike a candidate I already disliked whose political family I have been following since the 1980’s and have detested from their days in Arkansas.
hows that work??

Reply to  Duane
June 12, 2019 10:31 am

I think the argument is not that Trump should interfere in Canadian affairs, but rather he should help stop US billionaires from interfering.

Joel O’Bryan
June 11, 2019 7:49 pm

”Friends of Science Society has concluded that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2).”

So I assume they mean the glacial ages, and 60N insolation. Maybe the Maunder Minimum and the LIA, but that is circumstantial. But over the last 70 years, the strong solar max in 1957-1958 while the Earth was in a cooling phase contradicts that claim.

It is no one factor. Its complicated. And to say it is “the sun” ignores the massive internal cycles of our magnificently deep vast oceans.
We need to be thankful our Sun is so well behaved. We wouldn’t be here with any other star in any main sequence class that we been able to study so far.

Thomas Ryan
June 11, 2019 8:01 pm

Just a thought for Karen Aronoff of a previous post suggesting that Michael Bloomberg has too much money, may it also be true that the Rockefeller Brothers, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, et al be stripped of their assets and returned to the US Treasury to reduce the National Debt?

June 11, 2019 10:39 pm

The plot to murder Canada’s resource sector is one script Hollywood won’t touch
Collusion between foreign interests and local eco-radicals is shackling Canada’s economic potential for years, and perhaps decades, to come

John Robertson
June 11, 2019 10:43 pm

It is desperation when Canadians are pleading for the US President to counter the money laundering of Gang Green here in Canada.
We are lazy and stupid,we have watched this wash of foreign money for decades as it has decimated our attempts to rise above being hewers of wood and extractors of raw ore.
Canada is a failed state,the citizens just refuse to admit it,our state welfare/healthcare/regulation bureaus consume more than we bring in.
We have massive debt,all to fund social engineering aka welfare.
Venezuela or bust.

These same money flows elected our current federal government and most likely will buy them a majority in this falls election.
What would you expect from a full scale kleptocracy?
Confederated Canada is a joke,internal trade is near impossible .
Our best hope of a future is Western Separation, a thing currently walking without leadership,yet gaining support from citizens of near 50%.
Trudeau One,or Pierre the Idiot bankrupted Western Canada and now just as we have almost paid for all the damage done.Eastern Canada gifts us Trudeau Two,who is unbelievable.To put it politely.

Every indication points to our Media Party conning enough Eastern Voters to reelect our Liberals once again.
You have to love a country that uses taxpayer money,borrowed that is, to bribe the media.
$600 million to be shared out to media that says nice things about Liberals,as adjudicated by Unifor…who currently fund high priced attack adds against the opposition conservative party.
There is no point the US President investigating the money laundering of Gang Green, when so much Canadian business is money laundering,fully supported by our Governments.

June 12, 2019 2:13 am

“Environmental funders spent a whopping $10 billion between 2000 and 2009 but achieved relatively little because they failed to underwrite grassroots groups that are essential for any large-scale change, the report says. Released in late February by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Cultivating the Grassroots was written by Sarah Hansen, who served as executive director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association from 1998 to 2005.”

Flight Level
June 12, 2019 3:38 am

We live on borrowed time before privately funded armies start to shut & obliterate climate unfriendly operations.

Then guess what happens. Think of it twice. Those who defend climate also lobby for zero gun tolerance. Makes sense, doesn’t it ?

Lee L
Reply to  Flight Level
June 12, 2019 7:42 am

Not exactly zero. In Vancouver, Translink ( the public transit authority) has managed to create its OWN police force and they are armed.

Mark Pawelek
June 12, 2019 4:08 am

Thank you Friends of Science. I’ve decided to become one of your supporters because of this action of yours.

Bryan A
June 12, 2019 12:29 pm

They should just transport it by rail car. But instead of using the traditional round tanker car, build the tank into a traditional looking Box Cargo rail car. Then anyone watching the Train pass will see only a dry freighter in physical appearance. The only thing they could do at that point would be to ban ALL Rail Transport of dry goods and THAT certainly wouldn’t go over very well.

David Blenkinsop
June 12, 2019 2:31 pm

It may be worth mentioning here that a couple of key, and potentially very damaged pieces of environmental legislation are meeting with serious opposition here in Canada, see:

June 13, 2019 4:43 pm

For a good overview of the Canadian Oil Sands Industry

Johann Wundersamer
June 14, 2019 8:29 am

Will be sheer fun watching when the Canadians try to transport goods over the Coquihalla Highway with zero emission electromobility trucks :

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