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The Guardian has a write up on findings that the majority of the climate change denier apparatus is being funded by a very small, shadowy ultra-wealthy group of billionaires. Try not to faint from surprise here:

Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, the Guardian has learned.

The funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of thinktanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarising "wedge issue" for hardcore conservatives.

The millions were routed through two trusts, Donors Trust and the Donors Capital Fund, operating out of a generic town house in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Donors Capital caters to those making donations of $1m or more.

Gosh, I wonder who this small, hyper secretive cabal of faceless billionaires who are almost single handedly funding the entire machinery behind the climate change denial movement could be?

Are they:

A) Concerned ultra-rich philanthropists who remain anonymous because they seek no glory yet are all that stand between the free peoples of Earth and a vast sinister, globe spanning conspiracy consisting of 95% of all climate experts on the entire planet earth and a huge number of publicly funded independent research firms and basically anyone in the world with a rudimentary grasp of science, all of whom have been plotting en masse to... deprive the world of the huge boon of fossil fuels because... they're evil and... oil is.... um, super awesome! And also freedom.


B) Concerned ultra-rich people who make all their money off of the sale of petroleum and its attendant industries and are lying to the world, paying other people to lie to the world, and pushing media outlets who are beholded to the same industries and political parties to lie to the world in the interest of staying super filthy rich forever and pretty much everyone else on Earth can go fuck themselves.

And no, there is no "C) all of the above"

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