Conservative groups spend up to $1bn a year to fight action on climate change

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Conservative groups may have spent up to $1bn a year on the effort to deny science and oppose action on climate change, according to the first extensive study into the anatomy of the anti-climate effort.

The anti-climate effort has been largely underwritten by conservative billionaires, often working through secretive funding networks. They have displaced corporations as the prime supporters of 91 think tanks, advocacy groups and industry associations which have worked to block action on climate change. Such financial support has hardened conservative opposition to climate policy, ultimately dooming any chances of action from Congress to cut greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, the study found.

“I call it the climate-change counter movement,” said the author of the study, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle. “It is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this. This is a large-scale political effort.”

Brulle's study, published on Friday in the journal Climatic Change, offers the most definitive exposure to date of the political and financial forces blocking American action on climate change. Still, there are big gaps.

Written By: Suzanne Goldenberg
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  1. “We do believe that CO2 is a greenhouse gas and that man-made emissions will lead to some warming,” said David Kreutzer, an energy and climate-change fellow at the Heritage Foundation. “We are opposed to mandatory greenhouse gas emissions cuts.”

    These sorts of statements are entirely disingenuous, what he is really saying is they don’t believe in AGW but we’ll pretend to acknowledge that it has some impact to diffuse the argument against us as unreasonable Luddites. If you substitute greenhouse gases with some other dangerous substance the message becomes more clear.

    “We do believe that cyanide is a little poisonous and that man-made emissions will lead to some deaths,”. “We are opposed to mandatory cyanide emissions cuts.”

  2. “I call it the climate-change counter movement,” said the author of the study, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle. “It is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this. This is a large-scale political effort.”

    … and as I’m sure some posters know, I call them the “Carbonaceous Luddite movement”! – In many cases they are the crooked Carbonaceous Luddites. – http://www.richarddawkins.net/news-articles/2013/12/18/-reddit-s-science-forum-banned-climate-deniers-why-don-t-all-newspapers-do-the-same#comment-box-31

  3. The funding was dispersed to top-tier conservative think tanks in Washington, such as the AEI and Heritage Foundation, which focus on a range of issues, as well as more obscure organisations such as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the John Locke Foundation.

    Perhaps future generations will be looking at the “heritage” these people are leaving for them – and seeking compensation in the courts – the way the cancer sufferers and their relatives are doing from the tobacco companies who used similar strategies.

    The principle of “the polluter must pay”, has been established for oil-spills etc.

  4. If there were justice in the world, the next few decades would see huge mass trials the likest of those in Nuremberg, convicting these American conservative mass killers appropriately, taking into consideration the hugely larger body count than that of some 70 years ago.

    But sadly, as there isn’t, the very same rich selfish psychopaths responsible for the climate change will be the actual winners and writers of future history, having the money and resources to save themselves while hundreds of millions less fortunate die.

    And the American people keep voting Republicans. What’s wrong with them? Why do they hate their children so much?

    • In reply to #11 by ColdThinker:

      And the American people keep voting Republicans. What’s wrong with them? Why do they hate their children so much?

      It has something to do with religion, greed, an unwillingness to change, an inability to share and self importance. There is something else there too that I cannot put my finger on.

      I’m wondering if the growth of Libertarianism (albeit small), has not had a knock on effect to the general greed and selfishness of a generation or two.

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