Another money loop: government and ideological organization

Whether it’s labor unions in the public pocket or the environmentalist, the money flow is unseemly. Ben Pile lays bare the IPCC, Greenpeace, and the European Parliment in Ideological money laundering.

The EREC, and its eleven member organisations all share an address: Renewable Energy House, Rue d’Arlon, Brussels — a moment’s walk away from the European Parliament. But the EREC are much closer to the political institutions in Brussels than this.

The EU Financial Transparency system — which only lists accounts between 2007-9 — reveals that the EREC were the beneficiaries of €1.8million ($2.5million) from the EU.
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The question now is, what exactly is the EREC? It appears to be a council of trades associations, each representing a technology sector within the renewable energy industry. But it also seems to have been given a para-governmental role by the EU, to ‘map renewable energy pathways for EU member nations. Meanwhile — literally, at the same time — it produces seemingly independent research with Greenpeace. This report is taken by one of its authors to IPCC WGIII, where he is also a lead author on the renewable energy report. That report in turn seems to be intended as advice to policy-makers, including those within the EU.

what really grates is that to ask questions about this process is to identify oneself as a ‘denier’, in hock to fossil energy interests and ‘well-funded’ PR organisations. Pointing out the implications for democracy and the economy when self-interested NGOs and industry-associations enjoy such privilege from government is characterised as ‘denying scientific evidence’.

Tantrums and name calling and other childish behavior will only go so far. No matter how you hide the data, hide the bias, or try to pretend the product will start to smell after a while if it is note truthful.

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