Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 06:29:41 AM EST
[Hoisted from the weekend's Newsroom]
Ever since the so-called Climategate scandal, the Denialosphere is awash with claims about lack of transparency on the part of climate scientists. The same level of transparency is not desired for the funding of denialist propaganda, however. In January, The Independent had a scoop about a pair of funds, the Donors Trust and the Donors Capital Fund, which collect funding anonymously and distribute it to various denialist think-tanks and PR firms. The Independent focused on the involvement of the infamous Koch brothers, the Texan gas industry billionaires who previously bankrolled denialists more openly.
Now The Guardian looked at the two funds, too. In a first exposé, they cautioned that the Koch brothers aren't the only story (via the 15 February Newsroom). Then they showed that the same two funds also supported a US propaganda platform against wind and solar power, and that a UK fund set up by top British denialist Lord Lawson has the same aims and the same anonymous funding structure (via the 16-17 February Newsroom).
The first piece includes this diagram to show the change in the relative weight of the anonymous funding, compared to the more open propaganda spending of two well-known climate science and renewables opponents: