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Even after recent reports from the IPCC stating that climate change is human’s fault, the debate continues to rage on in the U.S. resulting in public confusion. But why? The constant mixed messages in U.S. media and the adamant refusal at national legislative levels to even consider science has pretty much thrown any conversation over the damage we have done to the Earth into a tailspin of conspiracy theories and falsehoods.

A new study titled “Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations” by R. J. Brulle, professor of Sociology and Environmental Science at Drexel University, sheds some light on the outrageous amount of money that backs anti-climate change foundations.

The study examines the funding of organizations that make up the Climate Change Counter-Movement (CCCM), a term created by Brulle to collectively address the organizations that take on anti-climate change positions.

In his research he looked at the funding patterns of the CCCM from 2003 to 2010. Using IRS data, he followed the money trail for funding and pieces together the social network of anti-climate change social networking. In total, he examined the income of 91 organizations that are funded by 140 different foundations that oppose climate change.

These 91 organizations received on average $900 million per year. That’s almost a billion dollars a year in funding from mostly conservative donors. Brulle states that not all this money goes to anti-climate change funding, but it still illustrates the amount of wealth that is available to cloud the water of climate science.

Most of the funding comes from conservative foundations like Searle Freedom Trust, John William Pope Foundation, Howard Charitable Foundation, and the Sarah Scaife Foundation. But a shift has occurred in the last few years of the study period as high profile donors like the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil have moved away from publicly funding anti-climate change organizations. On the rise, however, are contributions from Donors Trust/Donors Capital Fund, which gave over $78 million to groups in eight years and provides a level of secrecy when it comes to who is donating funds.

“Private foundations gain their influence over social movements organizations through their financial power and constitute a system of power and influence,” Brulle states in his study.

Through this power, they begin to wield control over the message and priorities of the organization, steering them in the direction that would be beneficial to their business or the status-quo of their lifestyle. Basically, individuals use their wealth to take control over the proverbial megaphone that speaks to the public about the issue of climate change.

Brulle also says, “External funding creates a dynamic that can be seen as financial steering of social movement organizations.”

So any “scientific reports” that are the result of these organizations have to be questionable if they are being funded and “steered” by certain individuals with an agenda. Opposition and challenges proposed in the debate has made science what it is, but when that opposition is funded by someone who is not looking to understand the world but control it, those results should be  voided.

Some would even go as far as calling these funding activities criminal. Donald Brown, a Penn State Associate Professor in environmental ethics told Examiner.com, “We may not have a word for this type of crime yet, but the international community should find a way of classifying extraordinarily irresponsible scientific claims that could lead to mass suffering as some type of crime against humanity.”

Ultimately, what Brulle has done in his study is to create a map, to the best of his ability, that follows the money trail from conservative, anti-climate change individuals/corporations to organizations that produce anti-climate change claims. His study illuminates why human-made climate change is even a debate in the U.S. and how immense wealth and funding can redirect discourse on a national scale — something that should not be allowed to happen in the first place.

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18 comments on “So, Who’s Funding the Anti-Climate Change Propaganda?”

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Amy Parke
8 Months Ago

Did you know they are taxing the SUN??? People with solar panels are getting jacked in taxes!! Wtf?


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Amy Parke
8 Months Ago

Lol. Exactly!!


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Amy Parke
8 Months Ago

Daniel Sycks, the idiot masses will believe whatever they are told. $$ speaks (look at the Duck Dynasty Debacle). We don't have an alternate planet!!


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Daniel W. Sycks
29 Dec 2013

And the rich folks do not care as they will have the resources to control what they need to control to make sure they do just fine. The poor and non existent middle class however are fecked.

Tob Breogh
8 Months Ago

Sharing,thanks !!!!


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Daniel W. Sycks
8 Months Ago

I see how it is Amy. You just want to see me go off on some sort of FB rant. This news broke recently and I was sadly not surprised. If we look at this as a $$$ issue which is exactly how these people look at it, it makes sense. In the same way huge companies want to take all sorts of risks with public money and keep any and all profit, they are willfully jeopardizing the lives of our kids while making sure that they profit in the short term and make others pay for their sins in the future. Make no mistake, there will be a tomorrow and day after tomorrow but it will be a tomorrow with more wild weather swings, higher temps, 100 year storms every few years, few fish in the oceans, few animals in the woods, fewer woods in the woods for that matter. Still, they will wildly flap their arms about and LIE about the easily reviewable events on earth over the last 100 years and lie just as boldly about what we can expect in the next 100. Then we have the people who happily accept those lies. I think its pretty safe to say that we could call them idiots.


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Daniel W. Sycks
29 Dec 2013

PS- Throw the Koch (cock) Brothers in jail! Al (I invented the internet) Gore, 2016!

Daniel W. Sycks
29 Dec 2013

Kidding. That dude is a tool as well.

Mike Collins
8 Months Ago

Liberal agenda lives here!


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Amy Parke
8 Months Ago

Daniel Sycks


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Patrice Lenhoff Anita
8 Months Ago

GREED...


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Susan Antonsen
8 Months Ago

The people that want to keep drilling for oil ..$$$$ They will continue to debate this until the planet is covered in tar


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Dara Fagan
8 Months Ago

just think of all the good these sour grapes could do if they used the money for new technology instead of denial.


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