* Funding the Environmental Left

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Today’s environmental movement is fueled by a group of interconnected, left-leaning foundations that are seeking to disrupt the development of America’s energy resources. In order to understand how these groups work together and where the environmental movement’s funding originates, IER [the Institute for Energy Research] developed Big Green, Inc., a database that tracks environmental grants stemming from 14 foundations and directed to over 1,900 grassroots activists groups and totaling more than $4.2 billion…. [K]ey findings include:

  • The “David vs. Goliath” narrative surrounding environmental activism is false. Environmental organizations outpace conservative and free market groups in terms of funding and organizational capacity.
  • As evidenced by the emergence of the “Keep it in the Ground” Movement, this money plays a major role in shaping public opinion, which translates to economically destructive policy initiatives that emanate from all levels of government.
  • A key strategy of the environmental movement is to target key institutions that drive the ideas that animate our society.
  • Environmental funding has been tied to foreign actors, which raises concerns over the role geopolitics plays in environmental advocacy.

The text above is excerpted from “Big Green, Inc.: The Money Fueling the Environmental Left” (by The Institute for Energy Research, April 2019). To read the full document, click here.


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