Posts Tagged ‘follow the money’

David Suzuki insults, but won’t debate

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Source: Financial Post

David Suzuki -- anti-science alarmist

By David R. Legates

As the climate scare fizzles, Canada’s celebrity environmentalist resorts to ad hominem attacks

[To see who is really being paid off:

 http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/blog_watch/the_money_trail.html?Itemid=0  and  http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/climate_money.html?Itemid=0  ]

David Suzuki has never met, debated or even spoken with my colleague, scientist Willie Soon. But as more people dismiss Mr. Suzuki’s scare stories about global warming cataclysms, the more he has resorted to personal attacks against Mr. Soon and others who disagree with him.

Mr. Soon’s brilliant research into the sun’s role in climate change has helped make millions aware that carbon dioxide’s influence is far less than Mr. Suzuki wants them to think. In a recent column picked up by media outlets around North America, including Huffington Post, Mr. Suzuki attacked Mr. Soon, my fellow scientist, mostly by recycling a Greenpeace “investigation” that is itself nothing more than a rehash of tiresome (and libelous) misstatements, red herrings and outright lies. It’s time to set the record straight. (more…)

Obama’s Exclusive George Soros Waivers

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Source: Townhall

“Millionaires and billionaires,” President Obama says derisively, must make more “sacrifices” and live by the same rules the rest of America lives by. But there are seven little words that will never appear on the White House teleprompter: “And that means you, too, George Soros.”

For all his (and his wife’s) bashing of greedy Wall Street hedge-fund managers, Obama has shown nothing but love to the world’s most famous hedge-fund mogul. The feeling is mutual and deep(-pocketed).

Soros and his family shelled out $250,000 for Obama’s inauguration, $60,000 in direct campaign contributions and untold millions more to liberal activist groups pushing the White House agenda. While the class warrior-in-chief assails conniving financiers who exploit loopholes and corporate titans who imperil the planet, he lets the Soros exemptions to his attack-the-rich rules slide like butter on a hot plate. (more…)

We Get What We Pay For With Disastrous Climate Science

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Source: Forbes

by Larry bell

A rapidly growing number of Americans are coming to distrust “scientific” climate report conclusions that emanate from authoritarian government and institutional sources — often with good reason. Such skepticism has arisen in part from revelations of conspiracies among influential researchers to exaggerate the existence and threats of man-made climate change, withhold background data and suppress contrary findings evidenced in the “ClimateGate” scandal.

Other doubt is legitimately fueled by direct observations. We commonly witness alarmist claims based upon short-term warming events, while other equally notable cooling episodes are dismissed in importance, attributed to warming, or cited as proof of disturbing “climate change.”

Who pays for all this bad science, and worse, news? We do, of course. And it doesn’t come cheap. According to data compiled by Joanne Nova at the Science and Public Policy Institute, the U.S. Government spent more than $32.5 billion on climate studies between 1989 and 2009. This doesn’t count about $79 billion more spent for related climate change technology research, foreign aid and tax breaks for “green energy.” (more…)

A professor speaks out: money has corrupted our global warming debate

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Source:  Herald Sun (Australia)

Australian physicist Professor Brian J O’Brien has worked on the Apollo moon missions. In this interview with the ABC, just 8:15 from the end, he suddenly cuts loose on man-made global warming, and commits a series of heresies that pin back the ears of the interviewer.

- It’s been wildly exaggerated. When he first started researching the topic, “I got rather frightened at the exaggerations that were going around.”

- It’s “certainly not proven” than man is largely to blame for any warming.

- “The sad part was that there were no senior scientists that were independent” in the field. (more…)

AGW and International Wealth Transfer to Bankers

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Source: SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

The Banks are after our money again. 

“Using public funds to remove risks” means that the wealthy may take any level of risk to further enrich themselves, because if anything brings huge losses, the taxpayers will be forced to bail them out.  If the risks result in huge returns for the wealthy, the taxpayers received zero.  Investment and loan guarantees by governments to large corporations and banks are wealth transfers at best, theft at worse.

this account comes from the Climate Group website: The Climate Group.

Date:July 23, 2011

“NEW YORK: On July 20, The Climate Group and Theodore Roosevelt IV of Barclays Capital hosted a roundtable dialogue with Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change at the World Bank with senior members of the financial sector, to discuss how public sector funding could be used to stimulate the nearly $1 trillion of private sector investment needed to address climate change worldwide. (more…)

EPA Funds Green Groups That Sue The Agency To Expand

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  IBD

When the Environmental Protection Agency said in late June that it would force Western coal-fired power plants to install haze-reducing pollution-control equipment at a cost of $1.5 billion a year, it said it had to in order to settle a lawsuit by environmental groups.

One organization involved in the suit, the Environmental Defense Fund, has a long history of taking the EPA to court. In fact, a cursory review finds almost half a dozen cases in the past 10 years.

The odd thing is that the EPA, in turn, has handed EDF $2.76 million in grants over that same period, according to an IBD review of the agency’s grant database. (more…)

Global warming? A new ice age? The only certainty is that YOU’RE paying for the hysteria of our politicians

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  UK Mail

By Christopher Booker

Who would possibly have thought it? The latest news is that the world may be threatened by a sharp drop in temperatures, possibly so severe that it could herald a new mini ice age.

And one reason being put forward for this is that all the pollution being chucked out by thousands of coal-fired power stations may be blocking the sun’s heat from the Earth.

Dr Robert Kaufman of Boston University blamed China this week. ‘During the Chinese economic expansion there was a huge increase in sulphur emissions,’ he said. And this was the cause of global cooling. (more…)

Jim Hansen — Follow the Money

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Source:  FOX News

The NASA scientist who once claimed the Bush administration tried to “silence” his global warming claims is now accused of receiving more than $1.2 million from the very environmental organizations whose agenda he advocated.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., a group claims NASA is withholding documents that show James Hansen failed to comply with ethics rules and financial disclosures regarding substantial compensation he earned outside his $180,000 taxpayer-paid position as director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. (more…)

EPA Doles-Out Taxpayer Dollars to Environmentalist Activist Groups

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Source:  Heritage Foundation

In November 2009, a dozen protesters triggered a traffic jam in an intersection of Chicago’s financial sector by laying down in a circle in the middle of the road, locking their arms together inside pieces of pipe. They were protesting the city’s climate exchange, part of a scheme to regulate CO2 emissions through permits. Ironically, it was a case of a left-leaning plan being attacked by the far left.

After a few hours, the activists were arrested, including among their ranks members of groups like the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO). According to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, about six months later, the agency awarded LVEJO a $25,000 environmental justice grant, which was to be directed to “…work[ing] in coalition with their partners to implement 3 areas of Climate Change Mitigation…” The first “area” is to “…conduct a grassroots Clean Power Campaign in the Chicago Region to address coal power plant emissions…” (more…)

T. Boone Pickens: “I’m Sure Not Doing This For The Money”

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Source:  Global Warming.Org

by Marlo Lewis

One hundred eighty-six Members of Congress have signed on to H.R. 1830, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011, better known at this Web site as the Pickens-Your-Pocket Boonedoggle Bill, in honor of its chief lobbyist and beneficiary, billionaire T. Boone Pickens.

The bill would provide targeted tax breaks to subsidize the manufacture and purchase of natural gas vehicles, installation of natural gas refueling infrastructure, and production of compressed and liquefied natural gas for use as motor fuel. The bill includes no overall budget authorization. Moreover, many of the provisions modify current sections of the tax code, which in turn refer to other sections, and the Congressional Research Service inexplicably has yet to provide a bill summary. So the total amount of the tax breaks is anybody’s guess. (more…)

Adventures in the Climate Trade

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Source:  American Thinker: Adventures in the Climate Trade

By Norman Rogers, Heartland Institute

“Global warming, now called climate change, is a big industry with academic and commercial branches.  One way or another the government provides the money to keep it in business.  The academic side supports thousands of scientific workers churning out some good science larded with lots of junk science.  The commercial side is busy turning out tank cars filled with corn ethanol and covering the landscape with windmills.  Nobody would be doing any of this without government subsidies and mandates.” (more…)

Still not getting it

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Source:  Nature News

Money not the problem in US climate debate

Environmental groups spent nearly as much as their opponents to lobby for cap-and-trade legislation, but still lost.

by David Adam

In the fight over cap and trade, environmental groups were not quite the financial underdogs they are often assumed to be.Alex Wong/Getty Images

Environmental groups and their supporters spend more money on climate-change and clean-energy activities and campaigns than sceptical right-wing groups and their industry supporters, according to a report by a US social scientist, who questions some of the most common reasons given for US political inaction on global warming.

According to the report, conservative think-tanks, advocacy groups and industry associations raised some US$907 million during 2009, and spent a total of $787 million on their activities, with $259 million of that devoted specifically to climate and energy policy issues. Over the same period, national environmental groups had revenues of $1.7 billion and spent $1.4 billion on their programmes, which included $394 million devoted to climate and energy issues. (more…)

Who is Richard Somerville?

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

Dr Richard Somerville seems to have made a lot of noise in the Congressional hearings. This is one summary of his appearance.

The most effective minority witness, IMO, was Dr. Richard Somerville, whose testimony updates the continual — and predictable — refrain that ‘climate change is even worse than we previously predicted.’ Much of Somerville’s testimony is drawn from a report he co-authored called the Copenhagen Diagnosis.”

Dr Somerville is an active promoter of the climate change agenda and is a member of the Advisory Board at the Aspen Global Change Institute. He is its former chairman and was IPCC AR4 WG1 Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Historical Overview of Climate Change Science. The Aspen Institute is particularly well funded and the Global Change Institute seperately receives “generous funding” from government and several foundations. (more…)

It’s the Warmists who get the big bucks from big oil and big business

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Source:  Greenie Watch

Chris Field, the co-chair of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group told a St. Louis paper that American money spent on the IPCC “is a very good deal for the governments and for the world.”

Field, echoed the recent warming alarmist party line of communicating better. He said he and the other smart people like him need to explain the science better to those less fortunate. And he said “the scientific community” should be more nurturing and help “people understand” both the importance of the IPCC, and “how science works.”

Field may be hiding a bit of information that might help us “understand how his science” is paid for. (more…)

European carbon market suspended over fraud fears

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Source: UK Telegraph

The European carbon market has been thrown into turmoil after the scandal-hit scheme was suspended for a week over suspicions of fraud.

More than €2bn (£1.7bn) of trade is likely to be disrupted after the European Commission said it would prevent transactions until January 26.

The suspension follows allegations that 475,000 carbon credits worth €7m were stolen in a hacking attack on the Czech carbon register. It appears that the intangible allowances were bounced between eastern European countries before disappearing without a trace.

France’s Bluenext exchange was the first to close its platform, while Austria, Poland, Estonia and Greece also shut their registries for trade. (more…)

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