As we reported in May 2008, it’s even less of a hill of beans when it is seen in contrast to the budgets of the big Green, NGOs. WWF, for example, took this much money in recent years:Year Income ($US)2003 370,245,0002004 468,889,0002005 499,629,0002006 549,827,0002007 663,193,000TOTAL 2,551,783,000
According to WWF’s latest financial report, 2008 was not quite such a good year for them. They’ve switched their accounting to Euros, rather than dollars, and say that in 2007, they took €508,137,000, and in 2008, they took €447,251,000. Poor WWF. Still, we make that to be roughly $584,000,000 – over half a billion dollars, bringing their total income since 2003 to just over $3.1 billion, not including 2009.
Of interest to some of our readers is the fact that WWF took €73,938,000 ($104,320,000) in 2007 and €76,930,000 ($108,856,000) in 2008 from ‘Governments and Aid Agencies’.
‘Why are you banging on about how much money WWF have, again?’ you may well be asking.
The point is first to demonstrate again that, in purely cash terms, the alarmist cause is considerably better funded. This must also be seen in the context of the rhetoric produced by the likes of Greenpeace, who, as we’ve pointed out before, don’t do so badly themselves. They say that ‘deniers’ have intended ‘to deny the urgency of the scientific consensus on global warming and delay action’, yet as the events that are unfolding reveal, it is much more organisations such as the WWF who have influenced the debate with misinformation.
We thought it might be time to tot up Greenpeace’s accounts to date…Year Income (US$) Income (Euros)1994 137,358,000 —————-1995 152,805,000 —————-1996 139,895,000 —————-1997 125,648,000 —————-1998 —————- 110,833,0001999 —————- 126,023,0002000 —————- 143,646,0002001 —————- 157,730,0002005 —————- 173,464,0002006 —————- 171,367,0002007 —————- 204,982,0002008 —————- 196,620,000TOTAL 555,706,000 1,284,665,000
To put these crudely into the same terms, we make that $2,373,506,970 ($2.37 billion) at today’s euro to US dollar exchange rate.
Most of this money comes from people who think that they are giving to save the rhino, panda, or the whale, because that’s how Greenpeace and the WWF sell themselves. They hire companies to accost people in the street on their behalf and to phone people, harassing them into signing agreements to pay monthly amounts, deducted automatically from their bank accounts. Yet these organisations don’t simply save whales and rhinos, they use their not inconsiderable financial clout to influence the political agenda throughout the world, in a way that the ‘deniers’ simply have not been able to. This obviously includes preparing ‘research’ that finds its way into IPCC Assessment Reports.
And to think climate skeptics are always accused of being paid hacks. More found at NOConsensus.