Following the money trail of climate denial

Where is funding from climate change denial efforts coming from? Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert Brulle has found that “dark money” — passed through conservative foundations whose contributors can’t be identified — has come to dominate the climate “countermovement.”

Brulle’s study, published in the journal Climatic Change, found that most funding for climate denial efforts — about 75 percent — is now untraceable.

“The real issue here is one of democracy,” Brulle said. “Without a free flow of accurate information, democratic politics and government accountability become impossible. Money amplifies certain voices above others and, in effect, gives them a megaphone in the public square. Powerful funders are supporting the campaign to deny scientific findings about global warming and raise public doubts about the roots and remedies of this massive global threat. At the very least, American voters deserve to know who is behind these efforts.”


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