James M. Taylor — Heartland.org — January 19, 2014
Global warming activists claim vast amounts of untraceable special-interest money fund global warming skeptics and give skeptics an unfair advantage in the global warming debate. The undeniable truth is global warming alarmists raise and spend far more money—including far more untraceable special-interest “dark money”—than global warming skeptics.
Misleading Funding Assertions
Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle published a paper in the December 2013 issue of Climatic Change identifying 91 conservative and libertarian think tanks Brulle claims play an influential role opposing global warming programs. Brulle claims the 91 groups receive approximately $900 million in cumulative funding each year, with approximately $64 million coming from foundations that distribute “dark money” that cannot be traced to a particular donor. Brulle contends the $900 million in funding—and especially the $64 million in dark money—tilts the playing field and gives global warming skeptics undue political and public relations influence.
Global warming alarmists and their media allies present Brulle’s paper as “proof” that money drives the global warming debate and is heavily skewed in favor of skeptics. Continue reading, here……