June 22, 2015

Millionaire activists and crony capitalists: The truth about the American environmental movement

William KayRebel Blogger

Here are four facts to start with:

1. Between 2000 and 2012 some 26,500 US-based environmental non-government organizations collected revenues of $81 billion ($6.6 bl a year).

2. New York City-based Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) is a venue for coordinating philanthropic donations to environmental groups. In 2011 EGA members disbursed $1.13 billion to enviro-groups; an amount equal to 40% of US philanthropic donations to environmentalism in that year. EGA refuses to divulge its membership list, even to Congress.

3. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top tier is dominated by persons who have spent years working for Big Green organizations like Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defence Council. FOIA-forced releases reveal these EPA tops to be in near continuous on-the-job contact with their former colleagues. The released e-mails also reveal routine coffee dates, private dinners and soirees whereat lieutenants from Big Green’s DC offices schmooze with EPA execs.

4. For several years the Packard Foundation has been giving around $50 million a year to the Climate Works Foundation. In 2008 the Hewlett Foundation made a five-year $100 million-a-year pledge to Climate Works. Gordon Moore gave Conservation International a cheque for $200 million in 2001. Michael Bloomberg gave the Sierra Club $50 million just to fight coal.


A loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires presides over a vast well-knit network of like-minded funders, government bureaucrats and enviro-activists who manufacture phony grassroots campaigns and churn out bogus propaganda disguised as science and journalism in an effort to control economic decision-making across America.

The green billionaires oversee America’s environmental movement which in turn steers major policy decisions and lobbies to further empower ideologically aligned government agencies, like the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), that are statutorily prohibited from lobbying on their own behalves.

Supposedly unbiased agencies like the EPA are run by career environmentalists who work hand-in-glove with their allies in the environmentalist non-government organization (ENGO) community. Members of this green state elite have no experience as elected politicians nor in business nor in labour. They are bureaucrats, academics and former ENGO activists. Having seized branches of government they now lavish tax dollars upon the ENGOs. Obama’s Administration is unprecedentedly stacked with closed-minded enviro-activists.

American environmentalism’s current agenda centers on aggressively tightening regulations on the coal and oil industries to evermore controversial levels. These and other environmental regulations cost businesses and consumers tens of billions of dollars a year. This enviro-regulatory regime is being gamed by rent-seeking crony capitalists from the renewable energy and pollution control industries who now number among environmentalism’s principal cheerleaders.     

Environmentalism’s victories come at the expense of American workers and small businesses. Enviro-regulations cause unemployment and unemployment undermines the health and well-being of ordinary Americans.  Environmentalism consolidates wealth and power into the hands of the already wealthy and powerful. Environmentalism hurts the poor.

If the above passage seems eccentric, overly antagonistic and perhaps a tad radical then you are in for a surprise. The above passage is a faithful synopsis of an assessment of environmentalism widely held by members of the United States Republican Party.

This posting condenses and collates four publications from late 2014; two written by Republican staffers employed by the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; and two published by Republican-allied free-market think tanks.

(William Kay is the author of dozens of long, meticulously researched essays on environmentalism, government and the economy, most of which are too long to run here at The Megaphone in full. Click HERE to go to the full text of “The American Environmental Movement – The Counter-Movement Perspective.”)


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