I was and am working through Brulle’s study, but Professor Baez has this excellent summary at his blog, and if I have anything further to say after I digest Brulle’s impressive work, I’ll probably post it there.
It’s mostly secret. A new refereed paper by Robert Brulle of Drexel University looks into it.
“The climate change countermovement has had a real political and ecological impact on the failure of the world to act on the issue of global warming,” said Brulle. “Like a play on Broadway, the countermovement has stars in the spotlight—often prominent contrarian scientists or conservative politicians—but behind the stars is an organizational structure of directors, script writers and producers, in the form of conservative foundations. If you want to understand what’s driving this movement, you have to look at what’s going on behind the scenes.”
So he looked, and he found this:
• The biggest known funders of organizations downplaying the importance of man-made climate change are foundations such as the Searle Freedom Trust, the John William Pope Foundation, the Howard Charitable Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation.
• Koch and…
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