Desperate, they are.
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.
They pay scientists to do just the right research and publish in just the right ways. They create doubt where there is none. They don’t tell the whole truth, they lie. And many people buy it. The good thing is, reality does win out in the end but it may be too late.
I almost wish there was a way to prosecute people like this for crimes against humanity.
Here are some of the culprits listed in the Guardian piece:
Searle Freedom Trust, the John William Pope Foundation, the Howard Charitable Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Heartland Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Americans for Prosperity, Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution.
Tip: Jamie A.