Okay which song is the title of this post from. Can you sing it? Hint–it isn’t the title.
I remember the John D. and Catherine MacArthur foundation from the days that they were always sponsoring programs on PBS. (I told you I was a lefty–now do you believe me?) They’re also the folks who dole out the famous Genius Grants. I keep hoping…
They announced last week that they were narrowing their focus, henceforth to concentrate on climate change and the criminal justice system, two sectors that may in future be more closely related than you might expect, given what the Konsensus would like to do to skeptics.
They’re in the news today again. The headline in Crain’s Chicago Business reads “MacArthur Foundation Doles Out $50 Million Towards Climate Change.”
Finally! Someone putting their money where everybody else’s mouth is. Are they going to buy solar panels? Wind turbines? A salt cavern for compressed air storage? A couple of run of the river mini hydro set-ups? Yay! Real progress!
The Environmental Defense Fund and the Nature Conservancy: $20 million in general operating support, including for their efforts to engage a cross-section of political and other constituencies and form coalitions
ClimateWorks Foundation: $3 million in general operating support, including for its efforts to mobilize philanthropy to prevent global climate change
Energy Foundation: $3 million in general operating support, including for its efforts to help develop an energy-efficient future and open markets for clean energy technology
Natural Resources Defense Council: $3 million in general operating support
Environmental Law and Policy Center: $1.5 million in general operating support, including for its public interest advocacy in legal and regulatory proceedings
Sierra Club: $15 million for the Beyond Coal campaign, which works to move the U.S. toward low-carbon and clean energy sources
EcoAmerica: $3 million for the MomentUs campaign to grow public support for climate action
Carbon Disclosure Project: $340,000 to accelerate implementation of effective carbon pricing
So, out of $50 million, not a penny goes towards reducing emissions or increasing energy efficiency. Not a penny goes towards getting air pollution out of the lungs of Indian women. Not a penny towards cleaner coal or phasing coal out in favor of natural gas or nuclear power.
All of it goes to help other environmental organizations pay their administrative bills or on marketing campaigns to remind us of how devastatingly horrible climate change will be and how we must do something–anything–to ward it off.
So close and yet so far. (Got that song title yet?)
To be honest, this is probably a smart decision–if the MacArthur Foundation is just getting involved in climate change, offering support to other organizations with more chops and a clear strategy is not a bad idea.
It just smells bad.
There’s a lot of English TV programs that would do well on public television. Just sayin’.