This is the first in a four-part series examining the left-wing activists and wealthy organisations behind the climate change agenda.
AS THE eco-zealot group Just Stop Oil continue to break the law and cause mayhem, perhaps it is time to investigate who is pulling the strings of this and other fake grass roots movements. Even a cursory glance will make it clear that the people behind it are not everyday members of the public but a group of highly influential American billionaires.
The money behind the madness
According to the Just Stop Oil website, their main source of funding is the Climate Emergency Fund. The three founding members of this group, who also fund Extinction Rebellion, are Aileen Getty from the Getty oil family, Rory Kennedy, daughter of Senator Robert Kennedy and philanthropist Trevor Neilson. All three own houses on Malibu beach, which is odd as disciples of the climate cult claim that sea levels are rising dramatically and you would therefore assume that seafront real estate would be a bad investment.
Most of the focus has been on the Gettys but it is Neilson who has the most interesting background. After university he worked as an intern in the White House when Bill Clinton was president. Later he worked for the newly formed Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Director of Communications and also acted as the Gates’ personal spokesman.
In 2006 Neilson founded the Global Philanthropy Group, which was instrumental in forming Make It Right with Brad Pitt. This organisation was set up to provide environmentally friendly housing for New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina. The residents subsequently sued Make It Right for $20.5million because the new homes were substandard and suffered from numerous issues such as faulty heating, electrical malfunctions and plumbing problems. Make It Right agreed to the payout in August this year.
In 2015 Neilson formed i(x) investments (now called i(x) Net Zero) with Howard Warren Buffett, grandson of the billionaire Warren Buffett, who was on the board of the Gates Foundation and made substantial donations to the Obama presidential campaign. Howard Buffet previously worked in the US Department of Defence and served as policy advisor to President Obama. i(x) Net Zero is an investment company specialising in renewable energy.
In 2002 Neilson was a co-founder of DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) with Bill Gates, Bono and George Soros. DATA was allegedly created to help ease poverty in Africa, seek debt relief for African countries and help fight Aids. They also claimed to want to end hunger in Africa which is interesting since climate activists want to reduce carbon dioxide which is essential to all plant life and any reduction in it would clearly reduce the amount of food crops, causing more hunger rather than alleviating it. Neilson was also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council of Foreign Relations and one of the Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum. In other words, he is a friend to all the usual globalist suspects who are pushing the green agenda for their own ends.
Left wing extremist ideology permeates the climate cult
If we move on to current advisory board members of the Climate Emergency Fund we see more of the usual themes and ideologies that have nothing to do with the climate but are warmly embraced by the climate crisis zealots. Stephen Kretzmann founded Oil Change, an organisation pressing for the end of oil production. He is a supporter of the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement. On the Oil Change website an article which promotes BLM trots out left-wing extremist tropes such as ‘Far too many of us in climate movements have been complicit in white supremacy. As we support defunding fossil fuel companies, we must also support the defunding of white supremacist institutions – including the police and prison-industrial complex – to invest in healing and reparations for Black communities.’
Kretzmann wrote about the 2017 Charlottesville riots: ‘The white supremacist violence that terrorized Charlottesville isn’t a new phenomenon. But it’s been newly emboldened by Trump and his allies at the highest levels of government, who have given it space to flourish. Our response cannot only be to denounce this act of terror. We must also double-down on doing the hard work of confronting and dismantling the racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism that pervades our society at every level – in government policies, in our local communities, and in our own institutions and movements,’
Another on the advisory board of the Climate Emergency Fund is Bich Ngoc Cao. She is also on the board of leftwing news site Mother Jones. The site referred to Moms for Liberty, a group who have fought against their children being indoctrinated by gender and LGBTQ ideology in schools, as ‘Moms against libraries’ and ‘book-banning bathroom-police’ because they want to remove inappropriate sexual material from school libraries and keep single sex bathroom spaces. Bich Ngoc Cao is also on the Board of Library Commissioners for the city of Los Angeles.
Bill McKibben is another CEF advisory board member who compares climate issues to racism, and uses the death of George Floyd to make his point. The following is from a 2020 New Yorker article entitled ‘Racism, Police Violence, and the Climate Are Not Separate Issues’: ‘Having a racist and violent police force in your neighborhood is a lot like having a coal-fired power plant in your neighborhood. And having both? And maybe some smoke pouring in from a nearby wildfire? African-Americans are three times as likely to die from asthma as the rest of the population. “I Can’t Breathe” is the daily condition of too many people in this country. One way or another, there are a lot of knees on a lot of necks.’
Tomorrow we look at the Climate Emergency Fund’s chief, a clinical psychologist who appears to use her experience to frighten children and vulnerable people.