Groups Spend Up To $1 Billion a Year To Fight Action on Climate Change

"Conservative groups may have spent up to $1 billion 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.'"

Suzanne Goldenberg reports for the Guardian December 20, 2013.


"Study Finds Shift To 'Dark Money' in Climate Denial Effort" (The Daily Climate)

"Conservative Donors Pump $1 Billion A Year Into Climate Denying Groups, Study Finds" (Climate Progress)

"Billion-Dollar Climate Denial Network Exposed" (Wired UK)

"Climate Change Cover-Up Continues: 'crimes Against Humanity' Comment" (Examiner)

"Claim That Conservatives Receive $1 Billion a Year To ‘Fight Action on Climate Change’ Dismantled & Mocked " (Climate Depot)

Source: Guardian, 12/23/2013