If you listen to Al Gore & Co., the reigning myth is that climate change “deniers” are generously funded by “industry” and that’s why the under-resourced forces of truth and justice have failed to convince the world to give up fossil fuels and live in yurts.
Those who actually know how hard it is for free market organizations to raise money from the industries they defend always laugh and/or groan at such assertions. The simple fact is that big business funds its enemies far more than it funds its friends. That has been the case for more than a generation.
Steve Hayward has a great post on this over at Powerline in the context of the latest ethics scandal plaguing the wildly over-funded global warming hype industry . An excerpt:
Second, it is beyond irony and parody to take in again the fixation with Heartland’s tiny $4.4 million budget last year next to the recent news that the Climate Works Foundation, one of the major climate campaign organizations, just got another $100 million fillip from the Hewlett Foundation. This brings the grand total of Hewlett grants to Climate Works to nearly $600 million. I believe this one grant history to just one organization rivals the total combined assets of all the main conservative foundations. And these folks get their knickers in a twist about Heartland and the Koch brothers? The paranoid climateers make the cliché Victorian woman standing on a chair afraid of a mouse look like a Spartan warrior by comparison. I repeat: what a bunch of losers.
Footnote: Climate Works was run until recently by Hal Harvey, who came to the organization from the Hewlett Foundation (how convenient). Our friends at the Philanthropy Roundtable have several times extended an invitation to Harvey to debate energy policy—not climate science, just energy policy—with me at the Roundtable’s annual meeting. He has always declined.