ALFORD: The Environmental Movement's 'Billionaires Club'
Harry C. Alford | 8/27/2014, 3 p.m.
I have often wondered about the zest and ambition of environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, Green Peace, Environmental Defense Fund, etc. In all, there are at least 60 entities that pound the federal government through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress who oversees the EPA.
They are equally aggressive with state and local governments. They hate industry as well as farmers, architects, engineers and construction. In fact, they despise anything that advances our economy and improves the quality of life for all of America. They have counterparts elsewhere in the world but they are rather mild when compared to American environmentalists. I think the rationale for these groups and some political figures has been detected. It is all about the money. I’m talking about big money. Many of the funders are billionaires.
The U.S. Senate’s minority staff for the Environmental and Public Works has recently issued a report: “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA.” This 92- page report breaks it all down. It shows how they filter billions of dollars into various environmental nonprofits. They also select their like-minded friends to work at key positions in the EPA and pursue their agendas. These “plants” will play a role in the funding of nonprofits through the granting of your tax dollars (EPA grants). Some would say that much of the funding can be considered money laundering.
The report said, “This report examines in detail the mechanisms and methods of a far-left environmental machine that has been erected around a small group of powerful and active millionaires and billionaires who exert tremendous sway over a colossal effort. Although startling in its findings, the report covers only a small fraction of the amount of money that is being secreted and moved around. It would be virtually impossible to examine this system completely given the enormity of this carefully coordinated effort and the lack of transparency surrounding it.
“The failure to openly acknowledge this force and the silence of the media with whom they coordinate further emphasize the fact that until today, the Billionaire’s Club operated in relative obscurity hidden under the guise of ‘philanthropy.’ The scheme to keep their efforts hidden and far removed from the political stage is deliberate, meticulous and intended to mislead the public. While it is uncertain why they operate in the shadows and what they are hiding, what is clear is that these individuals and foundations go to tremendous lengths to avoid public association with the far-left environmental movement they so generously fund.
“In order to understand how the Billionaire’s Club colludes with the far-left environmental activists and government officials, the report articulates the fundamental framework that governs these relationships. Essentially, the far-left environmental machine is comprised of hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Each entity is set up according to its designated purpose and is either a private foundation or a public charity, depending on where the cog fits in this well-designed wheel.”