The New York Times published a revealing article last week profiling the heirs of the Getty and Rockefeller fortunes built on fossil fuels donate to climate activists through front groups, such as the Climate Emergency Fund and Equation Campaign. The misfits the two funds bankroll believe it is morally acceptable to disrupt the lives of thousands of people in the United States and elsewhere. From The Times:
Strikingly, both organizations are backed by oil-fortune families whose descendants feel a responsibility to reverse the harms done by fossil fuels. Aileen Getty, whose grandfather created Getty Oil, helped found the Climate Emergency Fund and has given it $1 million so far.
The Equation Campaign started in 2020 with a $30 million pledge, to be distributed over 10 years, from two members of the Rockefeller family, Rebecca Rockefeller Lambert and Peter Gill Case. John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in 1870 and became the country’s first billionaire.
The Getty and Rockefeller great grand kids are stupid enough to think they can keep their money from going to funding violence and destruction too. Yet thanks to their contributions the two green money laundering rackets the inheritors finance have pumped money into efforts that are disrupting the lives of citizens across the U.S. and Europe. Funding such notable activities like (ahem) protesters sticking themselves to famous oil paintings, sit-ins at Australia’s parliament, squatters who block traffic during rush hours, and maybe even the Tire Extinguishers who slash tires of SUV’s.
Aileen Getty also had the audacity to tell The New York Times she supported the work of the misfits she was financing and that their actions are only supposed to be an alarm but that the havoc they cause was minimal compared to what is at stake. Worst of all, according to The Times, the climate nihilists have the audacity to point to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an indication their work will change things due to his unpopular poll ratings until his death.
It may be too kind to consider that the said inheritors of the Getty and Rockefeller fortunes could somehow be doing this to minimize competition. In many instances, companies or wealthy individuals (like Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer) who invest in one part of an energy sector while fund environmentalist groups to stop the activities of a competitor. But never doubt that there are people in life who just love watching the world burn.