The Copenhagen Tea Party

Wed, 2009-12-16 08:15Jim Hoggan
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The Copenhagen Tea Party

The American Tea Party phenomenon unfortunately has a long arm, reaching all the way to the international climate negotiations currently underway in Copenhagen, Denmark.

With their outrageous signs and over-the-top rhetoric, the Tea Party claims can be easily dismissed as fringe players, but they are nevertheless playing a role in blocking action in Washington on the issue of climate change.

This is something the fossil fuel industry and their think tank network are very aware of and are using to their full advantage. One need not look any further than the notorious Americans for Prosperity, one of the leading groups organizing Tea Party attacks on healthcare reform, and now climate solutions.

The AFP is an organization that has recieved millions of dollars in funding over the years from the Koch Family Foundations - Koch Industries Inc., is the largest private energy company in the United States and a major Big Oil force. When it comes to funding the right-wing think tanks and the climate denial industry, Koch makes ExxonMobil look like a minor player.

AFP is a non-profit organization that will not disclose its donors when asked. However, Media Transparency shows that Americans for Prosperity, and their previous incarnation “Citizens for a Sound Economy,” have received over $13 million from the Koch foundations. 

The AFP is the third largest recipient of funding from the Koch Family Foundations, behind the Cato Institute and the George Mason University Foundation.

AFP and their president, Tim Phillips, have been working hand-in-hand with the Tea Party movement to fight the Obama administration’s clean energy and climate change reforms. Take for example, a recent protest organized by local Tea Party activists against a presentation by former Vice President Al Gore. While the event was made to look like a local grassroots uprising of the local citizenry, it had the full backing of Phillips and the AFP, whose donors from polluting industries provide much of the Astroturf people power at its events. 

So how does this all effect the negotiations underway in Copenhagen?

Well, first of all, Tim Phillps and the AFP are here in Denmark to push their anti-climate solutions message. Unfortunately for the AFP, their efforts here on the ground have become a bit of a circus act after one of their leading “experts” called a group of young clean energy advocates “Nazis” and compared them repeatedly to “the Hitler youth.”

Where the AFP and their Tea Party army have been much more effective is back at home, where they have emboldened the Republican Party and Blue Dog Democrats to resist and delay the implementation of a domestic greenhouse gas reduction plan.

Here in Copenhagen, the key lynch pin for success in the treaty talks is a strong commitment by the United States on the issues of hard targets for greenhouse gas emissions and a financial commitment to assist developing countries adapt to the changing climate and foster clean energy economies. Both commitments will ultimately need the support of a majority of Congress to join an international action plan.

So while the AFP’s Tea Party campaigns might be happening thousands of miles away from Denmark, their impact is felt here at the COP15 talks. With just three days of negotiations left, optimism is waning with every hour that passes with no breakthroughs. But a faint hope remains that President Obama will do something significant when he attends the talks this Friday.

If Friday passes with no big news, we can thank the long arm of the fossil fuel industry and their Tea Party pals for once again successfully delaying action on the most important issue of our time.

Previous Comments

Who is paying for this blog Richard?

Who is paying for your Copenhagen vacation?

Who … really. I have asked before, but you do not reply.

Glenn Beck, Lord Monckton, Kate at SDA, Rush Limbaugh, countless others are to be thanked for exposing the communist hordes who pretend to be fighting the freaking weather patterns of a ball in space. How idiotic.

Those who leaked the Emails and ‘secret’ code from the clowns at East Anglia will one day be honored for their brilliant work.

You are losing this war Richard and it IS a war between those who want a Marxist World of poverty and suffering (you) and those who want freedom and prosperity (me) for all who choose to go after it. ‘Choice’ is the key word here because there are no guarantees in life, you must go and get what you want and you must be free to do so … by choice.

That is all that is required for happiness.

If our earth warms up … then we will live on a warmer earth. If its cools, we will live on a cooler earth. If the waters rise, new people will have waterfront property and the existing owners will have to move. It is all pretty simple.

AGW will go the way of the H1N1 pandemic. What to do with all that vaccine … what to do with all those giant wind mills.

All you ‘believers’ are going to look sooo stupid. You would be wise to look at he evidence and defect to denier/realist status before it’s too late to save what’s left of your reputations. And you cannot live on Suzuki’s or Gore’s coat tails forever. They both look pretty stupid now.

Have you ever heard of the “About Us” link? Such a link appears on many websites. There is one on this website. Check it out.

I read the ‘about us’ and there is no mention of financial sources.

Who pays for this blog and Richard’s Copenhagen vacation?

A simple question ….

Where does the money come from?

Why the silence on that?

And by the by, the farce in Copenhagen is very entertaining.

From “About Us”: Our Financial Supporters – The DeSmog Project would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support: The Lefebvre Foundation, The Roddick Foundation, The Endswell Foundation

just look at the top of the page. energyboom. they are an alternative energy company. stand to gain plenty with this nonsense. actually it seems they have a lot of good ideas.

… and what do ya get?

Prince Chuck is contributing 6.5 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere - 1 way - in one day - to give a speech at Copenhagen!

Worth it? What can he possibly say that hasn’t been said 1000 times already this week?

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