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Billion dollar climate denial network exposed

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Posted in Science on 24th Dec, 2013 03:58 AM by AlexMuller

An extensive study into the financial networks that support groups denying the science behind climate change and opposing political action has found a vast, secretive web of think tanks and industry associations, bankrolled by conservative billionaires.

 

 "I call it the climate-change counter movement," study author Robert Brulle, who published his results in the journal Climatic Change, told the Guardian. "It is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this. This is a large-scale political effort."
 
His work, which is focused on the United States, shows how a network of 91 think tanks and industry groups are primarily responsible for conservative opposition to climate policy. Almost 80 percent of these groups are registered as charitable organizations for tax purposes and collectively received more than seven billion dollars between 2003 and 2010.
 
Among those named as key nodes of the network were the American Enterprise Institute, which claims to have no institutional position on climate change, and the Heritage Foundation, which campaigns on a number of issues.
 
However, Brulle admitted that tracing the funding back to its original sources was difficult, as around three-quarters of the money has been routed through trusts that assure anonymity to their donors.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-24
+2
The issue of climate change is from the scientific point of view very complex. Now there is this another layer of misrepresentation, deliberate and motivated by self interests. Very uncomfortable revelation but important to know
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-24
+1
These funders are supporting the campaign to deny scientific findings about global warming and raise public doubts about the causes and remedies of this massive global threat. We deserve to know who is behind these efforts-well done Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-24
+0
Yes, we need to know the extent and players in this dangerous, organized effort to prevent policies that will limit the carbon pollution emissions that drive man-made climate change Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-24
+0
This is the first in-depth study into the dark money that fuels the denial effort. The revelation is disappointing but not so unexpected; we all assumed that organizations that actively block efforts to address climate change are funded from somewhere- now we know about a large network of conservative donors that provide nearly $1 billion a year! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-24
+1
This is a large-scale political effort that has not only played a major role in confounding public understanding of climate science, but also successfully delayed meaningful government policy actions to address the issue- must be exposed and stopped
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-24
+1
Yes, they are infiltrated so much! Their efforts cover many activities, from lobbying to political contributions to media campaigns that attempt to discredit the scientific consensus around global warming. Unacceptable Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-24
+0
It seems that they hire people to write books that say climate change is not real or to go on TV and say climate change is not real. We should be able to see these kind of statements for what they are and confront them Reply
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