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Should the Pew Charitable Trusts be funding a Climate Denial Group?

Why Has One of the World’s Biggest Funders of Environmental Conservation Also Given $4 Million to a Climate Denial Group? deSmog Blog By Graham Readfearn • Thursday, December 14, 2017 The Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the world’s biggest funders of environmental conservation groups, has given almost $5 million since 2011 to an organization that rejects the overwhelming evidence that human-caused climate change is dangerous, DeSmog has found.

Between 2011 and 2015, financial returns show the Pew Charitable Trusts gave $4.7 million to the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), while giving millions more to dozens of worthy conservation causes.

Kathleen Hartnett White, who is President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality, heads TPPF’s Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment.

Hartnett White, who hopes to chair the influential federal council, also rejects the science linking fossil fuel burning to dangerous climate change.

Some of the groups that have received major grants from Pew have been outspoken in their criticisms of Hartnett White, describing her as a “climate change denier” who was unfit for the role. The Pew Charitable Trusts confirmed the grants, but said they were unrelated to work on climate change.

Senate Democrats are accusing Hartnett White of plagiarizing her responses to questions from the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Hartnett White was unable to answer basic questions about climate change during her nomination hearing.

Backing Texas Public Policy Foundation

In December 2016, TPPF co-hosted an energy summit where it gave a platform to several well-known climate science deniers.

Among them was Professor William Happer, who has said the “demonization of CO2 … really differs little from the Nazi persecution of the Jews.”

The TPPF was one of many conservative think tanks to have advocated for President Trump to leave the United Nations Paris agreement on climate change.

Hartnett White is also a member of the CO2 Coalition — a climate science denial group that claims adding CO2 to the atmosphere will be beneficial. She wrote a “study” into the “moral case for fossil fuels.”……..


December 18, 2017 - Posted by | general

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