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Dave Appell at the Quark Soup blog has uncovered a year-old episode of “Climate Challenge” featuring Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, one of the world’s leading climate alarmist organizations. 350.org created a group called Forecast the Facts in January 2012 to attack TV meteorologists who refuse to toe the alarmist line and scare viewers about catastrophic man-made global warming.
Lately, however, the Forecast the Facts project has focused exclusively on attacking The Heartland Institute — pounding on us with fake indignation and harassing donors exposed by Peter Gleick’s admitted theft of our internal budget and fundraising documents. The irony here, of course, is that McKibben would never dream of revealing his donors because that might open his groups up to the same underhanded tactics. But as this video shows, McKibben says he has no idea who funds his organization, beyond a start-up gift from the Rockefeller Brothers years ago. Even the simpatico interviewer finds that hard to believe.
As Appell writes:
Would you believe that Bill McKibben doesn’t know who funds his organization, 350.org? No, I wouldn’t either. But here he is on video, about a year ago (jump to the 13:15 mark), saying — not very convincingly — that he doesn’t know, even though he says they have 7 full-time employees.
McKibben is President and Co-Founder of 350.org. He’s in charge. Presidents of nonprofits usually know who funds them. He doesn’t seem to want to say. To her credit, Karyn Strickler, the interviewer, presses him on it and expresses her incredulity, even though she is sympathetic to 350.org’s mission.
What is with these environmental organizations (Center for American Progress is another one) who expect transparency from their foes but won’t provide it themselves?
Good question. Watch the video below. The relevant clip starts at about the 13:13 mark.