Daily Archives: September 10, 2017

“Dark Money” Funds Climate Change Denial Effort – Scientific American

A Drexel University study finds that a large slice of donations to organizations that deny global warming are funneled through third-party pass-through organizations that conceal the original funder

By Douglas Fischer, The Daily Climate on December 23, 2013

The largest, most-consistent money fueling the climate denial movement are a number of well-funded conservative foundations built with so-called “dark money,” or concealed donations, according to an analysis released Friday afternoon.

The study, by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert Brulle, is the first academic effort to probe the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the climate denial movement.

It found that the amount of money flowing through third-party, pass-through foundations like DonorsTrust and Donors Capital, whose funding cannot be traced, has risen dramatically over the past five years.

In all, 140 foundations funneled $558 million to almost 100 climate denial organizations from 2003 to 2010.

Meanwhile the traceable cash flow from more traditional sources, such as Koch Industries and ExxonMobil, has disappeared.

The study was published Friday in the journal Climatic Change.

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Climate Damage Assessment: Assessing the Full Cost of 40 Years of Profits, Lies, and Deception from the Fossil-Fuel Industries | EV & N – 254 – CCTV

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http://ecoethics.net/2014-ENVRE120/20170910-EV&N-254-Link.html
https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/502625
https://www.cctvcambridge.org/user/3723/history
YouTube version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc6yUIMIwLE&index=1&list=UUd0XBz6FNzyJupMIoEDC1Fw

For 40 years fossil fuel corporations have lied to and deceived their investors, government regulators, the U.S. Congress and the world at large.  The results of their own internally conducted scientific research revealed that climate change was enhanced by the carbon emissions from the products they kept selling for record profits to the public.

As the scientific community around the world was reaching a consensus opinion on this same issue toward the end of the 1980s, Exxon executives made the decision to oppose the mounting scientific evidence by funding a large array front groups and newly created organizations whose principal goal was to deny the influence of carbon dioxide on climate change and confuse the public discussion of public policy to limit the use of fossil fuels.

Exxon’s funding of climate denial groups and activities paved the way for the elaboration of this technique by other petroleum giants and by the Koch brothers in order to confuse the public and forestall any serious government policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions.  See:

and

as well as the reports:

Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb: The Case for Keeping the Koch Brothers’ Tar Sands Assets in the Ground (free download)
Victor Menotti (2015)

Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb: The Koch Brothers and the Keystone XL Pipeline (free download)
Victor Menotti (2013)

Faces Behind a Global Crisis
: US Carbon Billionaires and the UN Climate Deal (free download)
Victor Menotti (2012)

The Kochs and Clean Energy Jobs (free download)
Victor Menotti (2012)

Outing the Oligarchy: Billionaires Who Benefit from Today’s Climate Crisis (free download)
Victor Menotti (2012)

For a discussion of the fact that Big Oil should be held accountable for the damages related to recent hurricanes, see:

 

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Our Species is In a State of Unsustainability by Dr. Richard Oppenlander


The Real Truth About Health
Published on Sep 10, 2017

Dr. Oppenlander guides his audience through a fact filled journey of critical time lines regarding the food choice-animal agriculture-environment connection, revealing why humanity is currently on a path of pseudo-sustainability…with time running out for us. Along the way, Dr. Oppenlander provides unique perspectives, shocking statistics, re-defining of key terms and words, while offering creative, never seen before solutions and insights—all wrapped in an entertaining, engaging, and compelling lecture.

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