Health Editor’s Note: While this article was written in 2013, the information is still relevant as we continue to see a wrong way movement in keeping our earth from a downward environmental spiral. Outlaw wealthy individuals and corporations lobbyists. Do away with all lobbying. The wealthy are not usually very intelligent and certainly generally are only in life for what he or she gets out of it. They find it easy to forget about others and what they are going to leave behind for their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc.Some of us care deeply and desperately about the negative changes that are happening to our earth. We have to stop money from talking. Honest, intelligent people in government would be a good start….Carol
Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement
by Colin Shultz Smithsonian.com
The overwhelming majority of climate scientists, international governmental bodies, relevant research institutes and scientific societies are in unison in saying that climate change is real, that it’s a problem, and that we should probably do something about it now, not later. And yet, for some reason, the idea persists in some peoples’ minds that climate change is up for debate, or that climate change is no big deal.
Actually, it’s not “for some reason” that people are confused. There’s a very obvious reason. There is a very well-funded, well-orchestrated climate change-denial movement, one funded by powerful people with very deep pockets. In a new and incredibly thorough study, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle took a deep dive into the financial structure of the climate deniers, to see who is holding the purse strings.
According to Brulle’s research, the 91 think tanks and advocacy organizations and trade associations that make up the American climate denial industry pull down just shy of a billion dollars each year, money used to lobby or sway public opinion on climate change and other issues.
“The anti-climate effort has been largely underwritten by conservative billionaires,” says the Guardian, “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.”