Inside Climate propaganda

InsideClimate News excels at propagating environmentalist and Obama thinking and policies

ICN Staff Photo 2016Have you ever wondered how the LA Times, the ted Press, the Weather Channel, and your local media always seem to present similar one-sided stories on climate change, fossil fuels, renewable energy, and other environmental issues? How their assertions become “common knowledge,” like the following?

Global temperatures are the hottest ever recorded. Melting ice caps are raising seas to dangerous levels. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts have never been more frequent or destructive. Planet Earth is at a tipping point because of carbon dioxide emissions. Fracking is poisoning our air, water and climate. 97% of scientists agree. A clean renewable energy future is just around the corner. 

It’s as if a chain of command, carefully coordinated process, or alliance of ideological compatriots was operating behind the scenes to propagate these fables. This time, conspiracy theorists have gotten it right.

A major player in this process and alliance is one that most citizens and even businessmen and politicians have never heard of. InsideClimate News (ICN) [see staff photo above] has been called “highly influential,” a “pioneer of nonprofit advocacy journalism,” and has been the recipient of “prestigious awards” for “high-impact investigative stories” on important environmental issues.

The Washington Free BeaconNational Review, and Energy in Depth offer detailed and far less charitable assessments. Less friendly observers, they note, call ICN a “mouthpiece” for extreme environmentalist groups, because it is run by and out of a deep-green public relations consultancy (Science First) and is funded almost exclusively by wealthy foundations that share its and the PR firm’s anti-fossil fuel, pro-renewable energy, Bigger Government agenda. ICN was founded by David Sassoon (see photo), a true believer in catastrophic man-made climate change who wants to do all he can “to usher in the clean energy economy.”

Even praise from its supporters underscores the dark side of this “influential” force in eco-journalism. David Sassoon Photo_0Its approach is “advocacy,” not fairness, accuracy, or balance. Its goal is to drive a monolithic, hard-line, environmentalist narrative and political agenda, with little suggestion that other perspectives even exist.

Some of its awards come from an organization that has itself become politicized and too closely allied with Big Green views and organizations: the Society of Environmental Journalists. They increasingly operate too much as mutual admiration societies and support groups, say outside observers.

ICN and its Science First alter ego received their 2007 startup grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, where Sasoon once served as a consultant. They now derive the bulk of their funding from the RBF, NEO Philanthropy (aka, Public Interest Projects), the Marlisa Foundation, and the Park Foundation. These and other sugar daddies are covered in a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staff report, which describes a “Billionaire’s Club” of “left-wing millionaires and billionaires [which] directs and controls the far-left [U.S.] environmental movement.”

The same foundations also give major tax-exempt donations to the Sierra Club, Earthworks, the NRDC, EarthJustice, the climate crisis coalition 350.org, and many other anti-coal, anti-drilling, anti-fracking, anti-Keystone pressure groups that together form the $10-billion-a-year U.S. environmentalist industry.

ICN has active partnerships with the LA Times,  the Associated Press, the Weather Channel, Bloomberg News, and other media organizations that help coordinate and disperse stories. The Times promotes the “dangerous man-made climate change” meme and refuses to print letters that reflect skeptical views.

The Associated Press has likewise become a reliable purveyor of man-made climate chaos stories. The Weather Channel and ICN teamed up in 2014 on a series of “investigative reports” that claimed hydraulic fracturing was causing serious environmental and human health problems in Texas.

Dan_Gainor_0The partners team up and coordinate to “have one group write on an issue, another quote them or link to them, and so on,” Media Research Center VP Dan Gainor explains. “It keeps going until they create this perception that there’s real concern over an issue, and it bubbles up to top liberal sites like the Huffington Post, and from there into the traditional media,” which itself is too predisposed to the Green narrative.

The foundations “have incorporated ostensibly dispassionate news outlets into their grant-making portfolios,” says the Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay, “creating what some describe as self-sustaining environmentalist echo chambers.”

They make it look like widespread public concern and spontaneous grassroots action – when in reality it is loud but small Astroturf activism, orchestrated by the ICN brigade and the foundations behind it.

InsideClimate News now brags about its involvement in the extensive collusion among the leftist foundations, environmental pressure groups, and state attorneys general that are devising, coordinating, and advancing Attorneys General prosecutions of ExxonMobil, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and other groups for alleged “racketeering” and “fraud,” to hold them “legally accountable for climate change denial.”

The efforts “stretch back at least to 2012,” the ICN notes, when a meeting was held in California to develop legal strategies. In late 2015, letters from several Democrat members of Congress called for investigating and prosecuting climate skeptics; the letters cited independent journalism “investigations by the Los Angeles Times and InsideClimate News” to back up their request.

However, the intrepid Times and ICN investigators had conducted no investigation. They simply parroted and amplified “research” from a group of activist professors and students at the Columbia School of Journalism – without disclosing who had funded the CSJ studies. Transparency for thee, but not for me.

It was George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, along with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, SorosRockefeller Family Foundation, Energy Foundation, Lorana Sullivan Foundation, and Tellus Mater Foundation – all of which virulently oppose hydrocarbon production and actively promote climate change alarmism.

Emails subpoenaed by the Energy & Environment Legal Institute later revealed that many of the same environmentalist groups and lawyers met again in January 2016 at a secret meeting in the Rockefeller Family Fund’s Manhattan offices. Yet another secret meeting was held in March 2016, between climate activists and state attorneys general – hours before the AGs announced that they were launching RICO and other prosecutions of “climate skeptic” companies and think tanks.

The success of this campaign thus far, says ICN, has persuaded the activists to “step up efforts to pressure more attorneys general to investigate [more climate crisis skeptics] and sway public opinion, using op-eds, social media and rope-line questioning of [Republican] presidential candidates at campaign stops.”

This collusion among activists, foundations, and attorneys general seeks to silence, bankrupt, and defund organizations that challenge their catechism of climate cataclysm. These conspirators want to deprive us of our constitutional rights to speak out on the exaggerated and fabricated science, the coordinated echo-chamber news stories, and the pressure group-driven policies that impair our livelihoods, living standards, health, welfare, and environmental quality. We will not be intimidated or silenced.

hustleAs CFACT’s new Climate Hustle film notes, man-made, plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide has not replaced the powerful natural forces that have always driven Earth’s temperature, climate, and weather.

The problem is not climate change. It is policies imposed in the name of preventing climate change. 

That’s why Climate Crisis, Inc., wants to silence and jail us. Just imagine how much more they’ll be foaming at the mouth after throngs go to ClimateHustle.com and buy tickets for its May 2 one-night-only showing in hundreds of theaters across the United States.

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About the Author: Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for CFACT and author of Cracking Big Green and Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death.

  • ScottDrysdale

    Anyone finding such material almost too weird to believe should read my notes here…. all traceable to solid info sources:

    See George Soros and “The Age of Fallibility” page 137 direct quote here:

    “The prevailing world order is based on the sovereignty of states and states are entitled to resist outside intervention.” My foundations do not hesitate to get involved with the internal affairs of other countries — after all, democracy is an internal affair — but they do it as citizens of the country concerned. The network consists of local foundations whose board and staff are preponderantly local citizens and they take responsibility for the actions of the foundations.”

    BTW – stop trusting Wikipedia as a reliable source of information – any user can enter data and overwrite other’s data….

    http://fairquestions.typepad.com/rethink_campaigns/2014/11/tides-tar-sands-tax-excerpts.html

  • Valewood

    The true science deniers are the faithful members of the Church of Global Warming. It follows the template of almost all organized religions throughout history. Built on fearmongering, apocalyptic forecasts, doom and gloom, sin, guilt, shame, penance, tithing (carbon taxes), blind faith and ridicule of non-believers. They even have their own version of the Great Flood (rising sea levels). It’s got it ALL.

    And its members are similar to those indoctrinated into cults like the Moonies, ISIS, Jim Jones and the Manson family, so rigid is their faith and devotion.