Legalized Climate Grifting

Bill Gates and climatist collaborators are taking taxpayers and consumers on trillion-dollar rides

Paul Driessen           

Grifters have long fascinated us. Operating outside accepted moral standards, they excel at persuading their “marks” to hand valuables over willingly. If they ever represented a “distinctly American ethos,” they’ve been supplanted by con artists seeking bank accounts for funds abandoned by Nigerian princes.

Their artful dodging is epitomized by Frank Abagnale daring the FBI to “catch me if you can,” Anna Delvey inventing Anna Sorokin, Redford and Newman masterminding their famous Sting, and dirty, rotten scoundrels like Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenn Headly. 

However, they were all pikers compared to the billion-dollar stratagems being carried off by Climate Armageddon grifters like Bill Gates, Al Gore, Elon Musk and Biden Climate Envoy John Kerry.

Their long cons are not only unprecedented in size and complexity. They represent the greatest wealth transfer in history, from poor and middle class families to the wealthiest on Earth. Most important, the plundering has been legalized by laws, regulations, treaties and executive orders, often implemented at the behest of the schemers and their lobbyists.

(You have to wonder how Mark Twain would update his suggestion that “there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”)

They and their politician, activist, scientist, corporate and media allies profit mightily, but legally, if not unethically, from foundation grants, government payouts and subsidies, and taxpayer and consumer payments based on claims that Earth faces manmade climate cataclysms. That most of us are willingly giving money to mandated “renewable energy” schemes and other corrupt practices is questionable.

Microsoft co-founder Gates’ estimated 2022 post-divorce net worth of some $130 billion enables him to donate hundreds of millions to social, health, environmental and corporate media causes. That usually shields him from tough questions.

But BBC media editor Amol Rajan recently asked Mr. Gates to answer charges that he’s “a hypocrite,” for claiming to be “a climate change campaigner” while traveling the world on his luxurious private jets – often to confabs where global elites discuss how we commoners can enjoy simpler, fossil-fuel-free lives: what size our homes can be, how and how much we can heat them, what foods we can eat and how we can cook them, what cars we can drive, whether we can fly anywhere on vacation, what our kids will learn in school, and more.

Caught flatfooted, Gates defended his use of fuel-guzzling, carbon-spewing jetliners by claiming he purchases “carbon credits” to offset his profligate energy consumption. He also said he visits Africa and Asia to learn about farming and malaria, and spends billions on “climate innovations.”

Indeed, Gates’ book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need” calls for replacing beef with synthetic meat. Cattle emit methane, a greenhouse gas (00.00019% of Earth’s atmosphere) – so people should eat fake meat processed from vegetable oil, veggies and insects.

You may say, That’s disgusting. But Mr. Gates will profit mightily if his “recommendation” is adopted. He’s a major investor in farmland and the imitation meat company Impossible Foods, as is Mr. Gore.

How cool! Wealthy elites can save the world and get richer at the same time!

Beyond Meat’s stock may be down more than 75% from its one-time high, but investors will likely bring  in lots more cash via new “climate-saving” diktats, while consumers are left holding bags of rotting bug and lab-grown burgers.

Carbon offsets? In the real world they’re part of the problem, not the solution. They don’t help Main Street; they too help rich Climate Armageddon Club members become wealthier.

Gates Foundation grants could prevent extensive African misery, brain damage and death from malaria, by spotting disease outbreaks and eradicating Anopheles mosquito infestations – today. But it’s spending millions trying to engineer plasmodium-resistant mosquitoes, which may pay off a decade from now.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. continues pocketing billions selling and trading carbon credits. In fact, between 2015 and 2020, the company received $1.3 billion from selling credits to other companies – more than twice what it earned from automotive sales. Times sure have changed since manufacturing tycoons got rich selling products, instead of hawking climate indulgences.

Musk also loves flying in private jets. Last summer, he even took a 9-minute, 55-mile flight from San Francisco to San Jose, instead of driving a Tesla. Wags might say that goes well with the way he and others have made a science of lobbying government agencies to subsidize fire-prone electric cars.

It’s all to protect the environment, of course – which is why Gore, Gates, Musk and Kerry think they’re entitled to travel by private jet and limousine. We’re also supposed to ignore how their cars and lifestyles are based on metals extracted and processed with African child labor and lakes of toxic chemicals.

Since Al Gore left the vice president’s office, he’s hauled in some $330 million railing about “rain bombs” and “boiling oceans,” and shilling for government and corporate “investments” in “green energy” that’s also reliant on supply chains running through Africa and China.

Never forget this fundamental rule: Wind and sunshine are clean, renewable and sustainable. However, harnessing these unreliable, weather-dependent energy sources to power modern economies requires millions of tons of metals and minerals extracted from billions of tons of ores, mostly using dirty, polluting processes in countries that are conveniently out of sight and mind.

In short, nothing about “renewable energy” is clean, renewable, sustainable, fair or equitable.

Moreover, the “climate crisis” is based on computer models that predict hurricane, tornado, flood, drought, sea level rise and other disasters vastly greater than the world is actually experiencing. The models also ignore five great ice ages and interglacial periods, the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age, the Anasazi and Mayan droughts, and other inconvenient climate truths.

Topping it off, China, Russia and India are burning cheap coal to industrialize, lift people out of poverty, and leave climate-obsessed Western nations in the economic and military dust. Even if the West went totally Net Zero, it wouldn’t reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases even one part per million. 

The climate change movement’s deceptions and contradictions seem to have no bounds – and know no apparent limits to how much loot they can rake in by lobbying federal, state and local governments, banks and financial institutions; waging media warfare; and engaging in political science with similarly minded legislators and regulators who control climate and energy laws, mandates, grants and subsidies.

What about ESG, financial disclosure, SVB, Credit Suisse, fiduciary responsibility, and accountability?

How can the general public be so oblivious to all of this?

FTX founder and alleged fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried revealed the secret. He avoided media and regulator scrutiny by donating to influential media outlets, the way Bill Gates does. That garners favorable press and social media – which also ignore, cancel and deplatform critics and skeptics.

Fortunately, gutsy interrogators like Rajan are discovering and publicizing what most of the bought-and-paid-for “journalist classes” still won’t. This helps more people see behind the curtain and find the self-interest, self-dealing and pseudo-science that create the scary climate crisis monsters.

Climate Armageddon Club games are costing us trillions of dollars, in the name of saving people and planet. Hopefully, more real journalists, troves of Twitter emails (this time kudos to Mr. Musk!) and congressional investigations will save taxpayers and families from additional costly, destructive policies.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( and author of books and articles on energy, climate change, environmental policy and human rights.

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Scarecrow Repair
March 20, 2023 11:07 pm

Con artists truthfully claim they only cheat people who are trying to cheat others. I use this as the distinction between fraudsters who only steal, and con artists whose marks are mere thieves.

Climate alarmunists are mere thieves. Elon Musk I put in the con artist category. I don’t blame him for using government EV credits and carbon credits to make money; if someone was giving away money, I’d get in line too.

Reply to  Scarecrow Repair
March 21, 2023 5:41 am

Musk fired 80% of the Twitter headcount, and all of the outside “consultants”, and did some other cost cutting

Twitter will be cash-flow positive by the end of June 2023, even after paying interest and principal on borrowed money.

That is quite an achievement, despite the obstruction and sliming by government and the liberal, woke media.

Without Musk, EVs in the US would be nearly non-existent

Musk wanted to buy SVB, but it was quickly taken off the market by the feds, because, if Musk had bought, like Twitter revelations, all sorts of debilitating ESG shenanigans, and China’s influence, and tie-ins with Hollywood stardom (Sharon Stone complained about loosing half of her money), and ESG politicos on the board, and a $73 million donation to BLM, etc., would have been revealed

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March 21, 2023 12:32 am

Colleagues and I discovered several new Australian mines whose product sales to date are about $80 billion. We did not keep this money. It went to royalties, taxes, shareholders, mine development and the likes. Society asked us to find more metals like copper, uranium and gold and we helped to fill that need.
We created new wealth. Like a billion dollar mine in what was once a wheat paddock of lesser value.
OTOH, what new wealth or new goods for society have people like Al Gore created?
People tend to idolize the very wealthy who got that way by being good at taking money from your wallets to theirs. They do not have special powers that entitle them to exploit society for personal gain.
The weird outcome today has a lot of people who speak highly of Al Gore etc while vilifying people like us who create new wealth.
In case it matters, I live on a tiny pension from day to day. So call me a dirty miner if you wish. Geoff S

Joao Martins
Reply to  sherro01
March 21, 2023 5:06 am

I could tell a similar autobiographic story myself. Living on a tiny pension after about 40 years creating wealth for others.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  sherro01
March 21, 2023 9:08 am

“The weird outcome today has a lot of people who speak highly of Al Gore etc while vilifying people like us who create new wealth.” I wonder what his supporters think of his claiming that “the oceans are boiling”. If they say he was joking- he sure didn’t look like he was joking.

March 21, 2023 12:50 am

Amol Rajan works for the BBC; don’t start expecting him to be probing into some that’s contrary to the BBC’s agenda. I suspect the “hypocrite” question was asked knowing that Gates had a come-back ready.

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Steve Case
March 21, 2023 2:40 am

Wow, was that ever spot on !

These two sections are especially concise:

….global elites discuss..what size our homes can be, how and how much we can heat them, what foods we can eat and how we can cook them, what cars we can drive, whether we can fly anywhere on vacation, what our kids will learn in school, and more.

 the “climate crisis” is based on computer models that predict hurricane, tornado, flood, drought, sea level rise and other disasters vastly greater than the world is actually experiencing.

March 21, 2023 4:48 am

I think it is wrong to include Elon Musk alongside crooks like Gates & Gore. I used to think he was a tosser that made battery cars but since he bought Twitter and exposed the fascist censorship and collusion with the corrupt US government and its agencies, I have changed my opinion.

John Hultquist
Reply to  gezza1298
March 21, 2023 6:46 am

I think of Musk as much like Phineas Taylor Barnum. One takes a good look at the economic/social situation and figures out how to make money.
” … with his brother Kimbal, co-founded the online city guide software company Zip2. In 1999, Zip2 was acquired by Compaq for $307 million and Musk co-founded, a direct bank. merged with Confinity in 2000 to form PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002.” Wiki

His cash from Zip2 was $22 million. He was 28.
A few years later PayPal was acquired by eBay and Musk got $175.8 million.
He was 31.
In February 2004, via a $6.5 million investment, Elon Musk became the largest shareholder of Tesla Motors.

He realized that the government was going to provide lots of money because of the war on global warming.
Thus, he is more like PT Barnum then Gore, Kerry, and Gates.

Dave Fair
Reply to  John Hultquist
March 21, 2023 6:25 pm

At least he produces something tangible, unlike those thieves.

B Zipperer
Reply to  John Hultquist
March 21, 2023 7:28 pm

John H:
I had a less than nice view of Musk [and his rent-seeking behavior of Tesla] until I read Eric Berger’s 2021 book “Liftoff”. It relates how Musk grew the company Space Ex and “bet the farm” [his remaining wealth] on one final Falcon rocket launch. If it had failed, Space Ex would have gone bankrupt and we’d still be beholden to Russia for rocket engines.
Musk does, as mentioned elsewhere on this page, makes actual products that people want, unlike most of the grifters documented by Mr Driessen..
I just wish the government would just stop subsidizing EVs [and for that matter, the wind & solar industry].

William Howard
March 21, 2023 5:09 am

whatever is said about the climate alarmists scam is also true about big pharma – the two are killing and bankrupting millions of people

Tom Abbott
March 21, 2023 5:16 am

From the article: “Moreover, the “climate crisis” is based on computer models that predict hurricane, tornado, flood, drought, sea level rise and other disasters vastly greater than the world is actually experiencing. The models also ignore five great ice ages and interglacial periods, the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age, the Anasazi and Mayan droughts, and other inconvenient climate truths.”

And for some reason, the Early Twentieth Century Warming period (ETCW), the period that was just as warm as today, all over the world, demonstrating that we are *not* experiencing unprecedented warming today because of CO2, and is documented in the written temperature record, is almost totally ignored as a reason to question CO2’s warming ability.

Why is that? Why is the best repudiation of CO2-caused global warming, the written temperature records, almost totally ignored?

Of course, if you say anything about it, then you have to take on the temperature record bastardizers, so maybe that’s why it is ignored. They don’t want to take on the temperature data mannipulators. It’s easier to accept their lies, than to call them on it.

Going by the written temperature record, there is no doubt it was just as warm in the Early Twentieth Century as it is today, yet there was much less CO2 in the atmosphere then than there is now, so we can assume that CO2 has added little warmth to the atmosphere since the Early Twentieth Century.

Here’s the written, U.S. temperature record before the bastardizers got hold of it, Hansen 1999, for some context. All the other unmodified, regional written temperature records from around the world show a similar temperature profile to the U.S. chart, which shows it was just as warm in the 1930’s as it is today and shows that CO2 is not an issue we need to worry about.

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March 21, 2023 6:46 am

Just as enpixelated money central banks continue to trade in and store gold, even though it’s a “barbarous relic”, there doesn’t seem to be an effort to plug with cement existing oil wells. ICE will be needed to extract from the earth the substances needed for civilization to exist whether it’s based on wind or solar power or anything else. In the absence of hydrocarbons the primary extraction must be carried out by muscles, either that of man or animals, just as it was 200 years ago. The remote areas unserved by electrical distribution today are also those where many of the ores needed for modern technology are found. To a naive east coast suburbanite, rejecting hydrocarbon power for “renewable” on the basis of the flim-flam of the self-appointed elites seems reasonable. A farmer in the Mato Grosso might see it in a different and more realistic manner.

Joseph Zorzin
March 21, 2023 9:05 am

“Microsoft co-founder Gates’ estimated 2022 post-divorce net worth of some $130 billion….”

Wow, his wife really took him to the cleaners! :

Rick C
March 21, 2023 10:36 am

Can anyone translate the sign in the cartoon?

Andy Pattullo
March 21, 2023 12:19 pm

Excellent points. We taxpayers must pay attention and find ways to defund commercial media and big social media and elect policy makers who will remove all incentives to financially support this self-destructive fetish of guilt and anti-science fear mongering.

March 21, 2023 2:24 pm

Of course Paul Driessen is exactly right. Subsidies, carbon credits, tax preferences and grants all primarily benefit and enable the very rich and the bottom feeding activists who know their programs can’t stand on their own and never will. Stop being an enabler cut them all off now.

March 21, 2023 2:40 pm

Eff you and your democratic Govt as we activist lawyers know best with grifting your taxes-
Greta Thunberg, climate activists get court nod to sue Swedish state (

March 21, 2023 9:27 pm

The natural form of government is kleptocracy wherein the violent and the ruthless seize power and create laws to legalize stealing the wealth of the citizenry. Brief flowerings of egalitarian states like the USA are relentlessly dragged back to that natural order. The damned thing about natural selection is that if sociopathy meets the requirement of viable offspring then it will exist. The struggle between good and evil is eternal and sadly the times are currently favouring the pathologically greedy.

Michael S. Kelly
March 21, 2023 9:35 pm

Renewable energy…isn’t.

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