Thursday, November 10, 2011

US climate study group gets big oil funds

Terra Daily has a discouraging story about fossil fuel money swallowing a valuable voice on climate issues: A reputable US think-tank that seeks solutions for climate change has lost most of its charitable donations and will now take funding from big oil and energy interests, it said Wednesday. Formerly known as the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions will be funded by Shell, General Electric, Bank of America and others.

The changes came after The Pew Charitable Trusts decided to stop giving $3.5 million per year to the group, which made up almost 80 percent of its $4.4 million annual budget, as part of structural changes in the philanthropic organization, a spokesman told AFP.

The climate group's president, Eileen Claussen, a former climate negotiator under president Bill Clinton, will carry on as head of the new group, self-described as an "independent, nonpartisan center." "As C2ES, we bring the same team and the same commitment to fact-based analysis and pragmatic solutions," Claussen said in a statement.....

An old oil drum that mars the huge dunes that make up the Sands of Forvie. Shot by Martyn Gorman, Wikimedia Commons via Geograph UK, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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