Reader Input: Follow money, find McClintock

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Kudos to Dr. Jon Candy for his perceptive letter regarding Tom McClintock’s lobbying receipts from “Black Energy” and his role as a climate change denier (“McClintock paid to deny truth,” Reader Input, Sept. 3).
Investigating the sources of the funding for the climate change denial campaign last year, Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert Brulle uncovered the various players behind a powerful global warming misinformation campaign.
Using IRS data from 2003-2010, Brulle identified 91 organizations including advocacy groups, think tanks and trade associations who accumulated over $7 billion in total income over the eight year period, with an annual average income exceeding $900 million.
Brulle found that “the amount of funding given to counter movement organizations through third party pass-through foundations, whose funders cannot be traced, has risen dramatically.”
Just last week, based on “a clear and overwhelming consensus among the world’s leading scientists”, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in its latest report that “failure to adequately acknowledge and act on previous warnings has put the planet on a path where severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” of human-caused climate change will surely be felt in the decades to come.
It is uncontested that glaciers are shrinking, the Arctic ice is melting, methane gas is being released into the atmosphere from the thawing Arctic tundra and the acidification of the oceans is a result of burning coal.
Concluding his letter, Dr. Candy asks, “Who could vote for a powerful congressman who could be so wrong for so long on a vital issue for us all?”
Charles Weidmer, Colfax