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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 01:10 PM
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In November 2009, anonymous hackers illegally obtained and disseminated thousands of personal emails from climate scientists housed on the server of the University of East Anglia. The emails spanned 13 years of correspondence and a handful of selected emails were taken out of context by a number of climate-denier organizations. These organizations, many part of the Koch Web, claim the emails prove a conspiracy of scientists and cast doubt on the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change.

This incident, dubbed ClimateGate by climate-denier groups, has been distorted and repeated many times by conservative media and blogs since late November 2009. Twenty organizations, roughly half of the Koch-funded groups profiled in this report, have contributed to the ClimateGate echo chamber. Among the most vocal groups are organizations that received over $1,000,000 from Koch foundations since 2005, including Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, and the Cato Institute.

◦Americans For Prosperity (received over $5 million from Koch since 2005) hosted a live webcast from Copenhagen on Dec 9th as part of their Hot Air Tour, using the ClimateGate emails as a reason to prevent passage of any progressive global warming policy. During the webcast, Steve Lonegan, AFPs New Jersey Director, said ClimateGate could have uncovered the biggest hoax our world has ever seen and vows not to allow any climate bill to pass the US Senate. Several members of the Copenhagen youth delegation crashed the AFP event and were angrily called Hitler Youth by AFP guest speaker and well known climate denier Lord Christopher Monckton. In addition to the Copenhagen webcast, AFP mentions ClimateGate in many blog posts, including in their protest of the EPA CO2 endangerment finding.

◦The Heritage Foundation (received over $1 million from Koch since 2005) has posted several articles on its website regarding ClimateGate. The blogs run the gamut of possible climate-denier angles on the incident, ranging from conspiracy accusations , to a history of imagined climate scandals, to effects on world politics, to supposed economic consequences from climate legislation.

◦The Cato Institute (received over $1 million in grants from Koch since 2005) is the front-group for climate-denier Patrick Michaels, who has been a vocal spokesperson regarding ClimateGate. Within two weeks following the email breach at East Anglia University, Patrick Michaels had appeared in over twenty media interviews on shows including CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NBC's Nightly News, FOX's Fox & Friends, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, and BBC's Have Your Say. Michaels, taking one line of an illegally-obtained email out of context, has claimed the scientists have committed a capital crime and their actions are akin to filtering what goes in the bible.
In addition to AFP, the Heritage Foundation, and the Cato Institute, about half of the Koch-funded climate denial groups detailed in this report contributed to the ClimateGate misinformation echo chamber, including:

American Enterprise Institute
Americans for Tax Reform
Capital Research Center
Fraser Institute
George C Marshall Institute
Goldwater Institute
Independent Womens Forum
John Locke Foundation
Mackinac Center
Media Research Center
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy
Reason Foundation
State Policy Network
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Heartland Institute

Read the full report from Greenpeace here.....

Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine

Billionaire oilman David Koch likes to joke that Koch Industries is the biggest company you've never heard of. But the nearly $50 million that David Koch and his brother Charles have quietly funneled to climate-denial front groups that are working to delay policies and regulations aimed at stopping global warming is no joking matter.

Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch have a vested interest in delaying climate action: theyve made billions from their ownership and control of Koch Industries, an oil corporation that is the second largest privately-held company in America (which also happens to have an especially poor environmental record). Its time more people were aware of Charles and David Koch and just what theyre up to.

Greenpeace has released the report Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine to expose the connections between these climate denial front groups and the secretive billionaires who are funding their efforts. The Koch brothers, their family members, and their employees direct a web of financing that supports conservative special interest groups and think-tanks, with a strong focus on fighting environmental regulation, opposing clean energy legislation, and easing limits on industrial pollution. This money is typically funneled through one of three "charitable" foundations the Kochs have set up: the Claude R. Lambe Foundation; the Charles G. Koch Foundation; and the David H. Koch Foundation.

Download the report here.....
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