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Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent
A secretive funding organisation in the United States that guarantees anonymity for its billionaire donors has emerged as a major operator in the climate "counter movement" to undermine the science of global warming, The Independent has learnt.

The Donors Trust, along with its sister group Donors Capital Fund, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is funnelling millions of dollars into the effort to cast doubt on climate change without revealing the identities of its wealthy backers or that they have links to the fossil fuel industry.

However, an audit trail reveals that Donors is being indirectly supported by the American billionaire Charles Koch who, with his brother David, jointly owns a majority stake in Koch Industries, a large oil, gas and chemicals conglomerate based in Kansas.

...Some commentators believe that such convoluted arrangements are becoming increasingly common to shield the identity and backgrounds of the wealthy supporters of climate scepticism - some of whom have vested interests in the fossil-fuel industry.

...Robert Brulle, a sociologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, has estimated that over the past decade about $500m has been given to organisations devoted to undermining the science of climate change, with much of the money donated anonymously through third parties.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 03:03:55 PM EST
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Who Could Have Predicted?
by Bernard on Sat Jan 26th, 2013 at 12:21:31 PM EST
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