Saturday, 20 August 2016

Follow the money part 2.

twenty-six energy companies including the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8 million to Jerry Brown’s campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the California Democratic Party since he ran for Governor. Donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors.

U.S. non-profit "Consumer Watchdog", which does pretty much that, just released a report detailing how much California's green governor Jerry Brown is owned by the U.S. gas and oil industry:

Article | video | full report (pdf)

A few blogs ago we saw how nearly all the U.S. green movement is owned by mostly private foundations. Many funds donating money to the same green groups. All those green groups campaigning on nearly identical agendas. I've long been curious why the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds supports wind power but formally opposes nuclear power. Likewise the World Wildlife Fund (if it's still called that). Truly remarkable how all these "green" groups oppose GMOs and nuclear power, support organic farming, and inefficient, intermittent, expensive renewable energy. All of them selling us the same metaphysics of how we need to live in "harmony with nature". Renowned climate scientist James Hansen explained how he'd been told by leaders of large U.S. green organizations that they could not support nuclear power because their sugar daddies would defund them. I didn't take much notice of this from Jim Hansen. I thought: what are a few millions in lost funds? Over many decades the funds flowing into the U.S. green movement account for billions not millions. Now I understand it!

Below are just 6 of more than 1700 funds pouring money into the coffers of Luddite and degrowth green organizations. These are 6 funds originally founded on fossil fuel money (there are far more fossil funders too), but we obviously don't have room to list over 1700 money sources. This chart is interesting in that the money goes to a few select green groups, who all have a remarkable uniformity of both policy and ideology. Not just "greens", they are a very particular kind of green.

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