Greenpeace’s dirty money trail

An op-ed authored by Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise scholar Executive Vice President Ron Arnold published in The Daily Caller reveals some very interesting facts related to Greenpeace’s recent activities related to halting fossil fuel production. Arnold alleges that Greenpeace’s protests of an oil rig near Seattle and its protesting oil exploration in the Arctic region actually stand to benefit Russia. The country has claimed huge swaths of areas of the Arctic that are alleged to have oil and gas deposits and has backed up his claims by dispatching his navy as a show of force.

Greenpeace is not making a big fuss over Russia’s oil exploration and it may have something to do with not only Obama’s limited oil exploration permissions but Russia funneling them money so environmentalist groups in order to put a crimp in US oil exploration in the Arctic sea. This, in turn, benefits Russia. While there is no evidence of direct Russian influence, Putin and other elements of the Russian government have used environmentalists to halt oil production in baltic and other European countries. This is a threat to our national security since our military needs fossil fuels to power its vehicles and equipment.

None the less, even without Russian influence, Arnold points out that Greenpeace gets millions of dollars from foundations and other organizations that invest in fossil fuels and then use the profits from the investments to send the green group contributions.

Research by Chicago-area Heartland Institute found the truth beneath Greenpeace’s anti-oil ruckus: it is funded by oil-drenched millions from investments in ExxonMobil, Chevron, PetroChina, and dozens more, ironically including shares of Royal Dutch Shell, owner of the rig docked in Seattle.

According to Foundation Search, the top Greenpeace donor is the leftist-run David and Lucile Packard Foundation, paying them a total of $2,146,690 since 2000. The deceased electronics mogul’s foundation managers boast 2013 assets of $6.9 billion and have invested working capital into Anadarko Petroleum, Apache Corporation, Arch Coal, Carrizo Oil and Gas, Chevron, ConocoPhilips, Devon Energy, Duke Energy, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum, Phillips66, Questar, Tesoro, Valero Energy, and World Fuel Service (a defendant in lawsuits over the 2013 oil train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people), and many others, and paid Greenpeace from the profits.

Second-ranked Greenpeace donor is the left-funding Arcus Foundation at $1,055,651 since 2007. The foundation of ultra-green billionaire Jon Stryker, Arcus’ 2013 assets totaled $169,472,585 with working capital injected into China Petroleum, ExxonMobil, PetroChina, Royal Dutch Shell and TransCanada (the “tar” sands pipeline company) and paid Greenpeace from the profits.

Even if Russia is not funding environmentalists to halt US oil exploration in the Arctic ocean the country still benefits from groups, like the Packard Foundation, does help Russia and threatens not just our national security but our future since it hinders our ability to resources to extract fossil fuels. Either way, Greenpeace is still obstructing our ability to use fossil fuels to our advantage but has no problem benefiting off of fossil fuels when it suits their purpose.