Anthony Watts allows his anti-science blog to be used to promote wacky conspiracy theories about climate science, One World Government, New World Order and other weird stuff. He also posts articles by CFACT and the Cornwall Alliance. These two organisations have linkages as described in an article at ThinkProgress back in 2010. There was an article at WUWT a while back in which CFACT was promoting the Cornwall Alliance.
I'm not suggesting that Anthony Watts is part of the Cornwall Alliance or CFACT. He claims to be Catholic and I doubt the Catholic Church would have a bar of the Cornwall Alliance. He is obviously sympathetic to the politics of CFACT and the Cornwall Alliance or he wouldn't be publishing their nonsense.
CFACT and the Cornwall Alliance
The Cornwall Alliance poses as a pseudo-religious group, targeting real religious organisations. It appears to promote a strange "belief" that humans can wreak havoc with the environment and their god will protect it, but if they upset the economy their god won't protect them.
CFACT is a right wing lobby group that operates from a PO Box in Washington DC. Its about page states it was founded by David Rothbard and Craig Rucker. David Rothbard has been described as "a driving force behind the Cornwall Declaration". On the Cornwall Alliance website, there is an article by David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, in which they state that CFACT actively participated in the development of the Cornwall Alliance Declaration on Environmental Stewardship. That "declaration" is a thinly disguised political statement arguing that government shouldn't regulate to protect the environment. For example:
...We aspire to a world in which liberty as a condition of moral action is preferred over government-initiated management of the environment as a means to common goals....
...We aspire to a world in which widespread economic freedom—which is integral to private, market economies— makes sound ecological stewardship available to ever greater numbers.
Contrary to its pretended aims, CFACT does not support protection of the environment. Its policy officer argues against environmental regulations.
Right wing lobby groups and front organisations
Today at WUWT, Paul Driessen, has another article protesting the requests for funding provided by various interests in relation to climate and climate science. So I thought it might be interesting to see how CFACT itself gets its money.
According to the US Secretary of State Charity Program page, CFACT contracts ClearWord Communications Group, Inc. as its fund-raiser. This fundraising organisation is listed on the SOS Charity Program website as raising funds for the following groups and right wing front organisations, many of which are connected in one way or another. (Check the links).
- America, Inc. - what looks to be an extremist (militant?) right wing organisation
- American Council On Science And Health, Inc.
- American Legislative Exchange Council -
- American Majority, Inc.
- Bill of Rights Institute
- Claremont Institute For The Study Of Statesmanship & Political Philosophy
- Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
- Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
- FreedomWorks, Inc.
- Illinois Policy Institute
- Institute For Energy Research
- James Partnership, The
- Lincoln Institute For Research And Education, The
- Mackinac Center, The
- Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute
- Pacific Legal Foundation
- Sam Adams Alliance, Inc.
- State Policy Network
- Susan B. Anthony List, Inc.
- Think Freely Media
You might argue that the fact this fundraising organisation predominately raises money for right wing lobby groups and front organisations is merely market specialisation. It was the commonalities between many of these organisations that I found illuminating.
CFACT cares for small government at the expense of the environment
The CFACT "about" page is full of contradictions:
In 1985, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) was founded to promote a positive voice on environment and development issues. Its co-founders, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, believed very strongly that the power of the market combined with the applications of safe technologies could offer humanity practical solutions to many of the world’s pressing concerns.It states some laudable aims:
At the heart of CFACT, our goal is to enhance the fruitfulness of the earth and all of its inhabitants. CFACT accomplishes this through four main strategies:
- Prospering Lives. CFACT works to help people find better ways to provide for food, water, energy and other essential human services.
- Promoting Progress. CFACT advocates the use of safe, affordable technologies and the pursuit of economic policies that reduce pollution and waste, and maximize the use of resources.
- Protecting the Earth. CFACT helps protect the earth through wise stewardship of the land and its wildlife.
- Providing Education. CFACT educates various sectors of the public about important facts and practical solutions regarding environmental concerns.
What are the pressing concerns and what does it "believe" about them. The "issues" are also listed on the CFACT "about" page, and range from air quality to waste management and from childhood obesity to "chlorine" and malaria.
Their concerns includes climate change and air quality and water quality. Yet if you read what their policy officer Paul Driessen has written, rather than have a concern to have clean air, CFACT advocates to bring back smog.
Rather than advocate to mitigate climate change, CFACT spreads disinformation.
It seems clear that the real agenda of CFACT is small government bordering on anarchy. Of all the "issues" it purports to have a position on, the one common element is anti-regulation. This is in keeping with the part of its "about" page where it talks about the "power of the market". It is in contradiction to its "about" page where it claims to "promote a positive voice on environment and development issues". Almost every article is negative, not positive.
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