How the climate denial industry works – untraceable funding of think tanks

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Billion-dollar climate denial network exposed
[Via Ars Technica]

An extensive study into the financial networks that support groups denying the science behind climate change and opposing political action has found a vast, secretive web of think tanks and industry associations, bankrolled by conservative billionaires.

“I call it the climate-change counter movement,” study author Robert Brulle, who published his results in the journal Climatic Change, told the Guardian. “It is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this. This is a large-scale political effort.”

His work, which is focused on the United States, shows how a network of 91 think tanks and industry groups are primarily responsible for conservative opposition to climate policy. Almost 80 percent of these groups are registered as charitable organizations for tax purposes, and collectively received more than seven billion dollars between 2003 and 2010.


Billions of untracked dollars going into a specific lobbying effort. A tax-free lobbying effort. Another example of how money corrupts the system.


2 thoughts on “How the climate denial industry works – untraceable funding of think tanks

  1. Fantastic. So out of nearly $1 billion a year in total funding, what percentage is actually spent on climate denial?

    You’re the science guy, that should be easy number to solve for.

    Oh wait, you’re not suggesting that its ALL spent on climate denial are you?…….oops.

    1. Since the main purpose of this approach seems to be to hide the money trail, I would love it if you told me what was being spent from what was being raised.If you have any other data, please tell us. I would love to see an accurate number determined by objective outside groups.

      But since openness and transparency are the exact opposite of what appears to be happening here, I do not think those numbers will be forthcoming.

      We would all be served better by better numbers. Maybe this work will drive the push for better numbers. We work with the data we have.

      My personal opinion is that if any money is being used by these non-profits for partisan lobbying efforts, especially if they are receiving money explicitly for these purposes, it should result in the loss of tax-free status.

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