Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva and Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey initiated investigations seeking to uncover potential conflicts of interest among scientists who do not subscribe to human-induced global warming. Both gentlemen sent letters of inquiry to universities, energy companies and even think tanks in an attempt to uncover any potential conflict of interest between climate skeptics and their funding sources.
This spurned by a February 22nd New York Times article profiling Dr. Willie Soon resulting from information released to the press> by Greenpeace. The article alleges that scientists, like Soon, have a vested interest in denying human-influenced climate change since doing so keeps them employed and also helps their employers. One wonders if The New York Times or any other mainstream news organization like The Grey Lady will ever investigate the financing sources of environmentalist groups who are the recipients of millions, if not billions, of dollars in donations not just from individual donors but major foundations and governments.
To their credit, The New York Times did report about Russia allegedly funding environmentalist groups to stop fracking in certain European countries, but I have yet to see a report about the green funding racket.
Never the less, author Paul Driessen has written a damning op-ed about how the US government has opted to finance environmentalist groups. His essay states (in part):
[Environmentalist groups] 1090 forms reveal that, during the 2010-2012 period, six environmentalist groups received a whopping $332 million from six federal agencies! That is 270 times what Dr. Willie Soon and Harvard-Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics received from fossil fuel companies in a decade – the funding that supposedly triggered the lawmakers’ letters, mere days after Greenpeace launched its attack on Dr. Soon.
The EPA, Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA, USAID, Army and State Department transferred this taxpayer money to Environmental Defense, Friends of the Earth, Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Defense Council, National Wildlife Fund and Clean Air Council, for research, reports, press releases and other activities that support and promote federal programs and agendas on air quality, climate change, climate impacts on wildlife, and many similar topics related to the Obama war on fossil fuels. The activists also testified before Congress and lobbied intensively behind the scenes on these issues.
Between 2000 and 2013, EPA also paid the American Lung Association well over $20 million, and lavished over $180 million on its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee members, to support agency positions. Chesapeake energy gave the Sierra Club $26 million to advance its Beyond Coal campaign. Russia gave generously to anti-fracking, climate change and related “green” efforts.
Government agencies and laboratories, universities and other organizations have received billions of taxpayer dollars, to develop computer models, data and reports confirming alarmist claims. Abundant corporate money has also flowed to researchers who promote climate alarms and keep any doubts to themselves. Hundreds of billions went to renewable energy companies, many of which went bankrupt. Wind and solar companies have been exempted from endangered species laws, to protect them against legal actions for destroying wildlife habitats, birds and bats. Full disclosure? Rarely, if ever.
The billions of dollars in public and private grants and subsidies environmentalist groups far overshadows and negates any semblance of conflict of interest on the part of scientists like Dr. Willie Soon. If there is any conflict of interest going on it is on the part of groups like Friends of the Earth and the Natural Resources Defense Council who feed at the trough of federal and even corporate money in order to further an agenda of implementing policies that will destroy the economy of the United States or to help eradicate competition for certain companies in a given market. This, in turn, leads to massive job losses and ruined lives. Of course this means nothing to environmentalist groups and their financier-in-chief President Barack Obama since the end goal is for them to try to remake American society even if their plans don’t work. The money keeps getting doled out in order to keep their people employed even at the expense of the truth.