One of the ways environmental alarmists avoid debate about the science and economics of global warming is to suggest that their opponents only say what they say because they are in the pay of big oil, and in particular ExxonMobil. Not only is this a fallacious ad hominem argument, it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. For instance, my organization CEI has not received a penny from ExxonMobil since 2005, but we are no less vocal on the issue now than we were then.
But we need to put the funding issue into perspective. Greenpeace, for example, is indignant that ExxonMobil paid out $2 million in grants to organizations that oppose global warming alarmism last year. Yet, according to Gristmill,
U.S. environmentalists are spending between $100 and $150 million on climate, according to an unpublished foundation report…
Yes, the environmentalists’ budgets dwarf those of the anti-alarmists. A point that the National Center for Public Policy Research, one of the anti-alarmist groups Greenpeace seethes against, make in rather more pointed fashion:
Further, Greenpeace Executive Director John Passacantando’s compensation is three times – perhaps more – the total amount of corporate contributions The National Center for Public Policy Research received in 2006.
For some people, Earth Day is Pay Day.