Big green’s money making machine exposed

Ammoland has published a very interesting article detailing the ways in which environmentalist groups get their money. The essay is written by author Alan Caruba in which it details a small piece of a larger research project undertaken by two of Caruba’s colleagues Paul Driessen and Ron Arnold. Driessen and Arnold are affiliated with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (aka CFACT) which is a think tank dedicated to promoting free market ideas for environmental problems.

The two gentlemen have done their homework. The environmentalist movement is a lucrative money making operation and they do not entirely need to depend on the Left’s notorious money laundering racket, the Tides Foundation. According to Caruba, the report states:

“Big Green” was formerly known as the Iron Triangle, “a mutually supportive relationship between power elites” so-named by Mark Tapscott, the Washington Examiner’s executive editor. It consisted of “government agencies, special interest lobbying organizations, and legislators with jurisdiction over their interests.” Today, it includes major environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. To these add wealthy foundations and corporations that fund them.

It will no doubt astound many readers to learn that there are more than 26,500 American environmental groups. They collected total revenues of more than $81 billion from 2000 to 2012, according to Giving USA Institute, with only a small part of that coming from membership dues and individual contributions.

“Cracking Big Green” examined the Internal Revenue Service Form 990 reports of non-profit organizations. Driessen and Arnold discovered that, among the 2012 incomes of better-known environmental groups, the Sierra Club took in $97,757,678 and its Foundation took in $47,163,599. The Environmental Defense Fund listed $111,915,138 in earnings, the Natural Resources Defense Council took in $98,701,707 and the National Audubon Society took in $96,206,883. These four groups accounted for more than $353 million in one year.

That pays for a lot of lobbying at the state and federal level. It pays for a lot of propaganda that the Earth needs saving because of global warming or climate change. Now add in Greenpeace USA at $32,791,149, the Greenpeace Fund at $12,878,777; the National Wildlife Federation at $84,725,518; the National Parks Conservation Association at $25,782,975; and The Wilderness Society at $24,862,909. Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection took in $19,150,215. That’s a lot of money to protect something that cannot be “protected”, but small in comparison to other Green organizations.

“If that sounds too intimidating to confront,” say Driessen and Arnold, “it gets worse. Our research found a truly shocking blind spot; many major environmental groups get nearly half their revenue from private foundations like the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Wal-Mart’s Walton Family Foundation. Just the top 50 foundation donors (out of 81,777) gave green groups $812,639,999 (2010 figures), according to the Foundation Center’s vast database.”

If you would like to read the report in it’s entirety you can purchase it here. The Walton Family Foundation will be hearing from me as I love to shop at Walmart. None the less, this really sheds light on how gang green gets its loot. The environmentalist movement’s claims of scientists skeptical of man made global warming as being whores for oil companies ring shallow. Gang green groups combined budgets dwarf the expenditures of any oil or gas company that fund groups like the Cato, Competitive Enterprise, or Heartland Institutes.

I want to stress and clarify that I do not agree with Caruba’s views on homosexuality nor do I hold him as an authority on this or other subjects. He is clearly a cultural conservative and I only sourced this article written by him in order to give the appropriate credit where it is due.