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  • Monday, June 13, 2016

    Climate Change Denial Is No Accident

    Biggest US coal company funded dozens of groups questioning climate change; Analysis of Peabody Energy court documents show company backed trade groups, lobbyists and thinktanks dubbed ‘heart and soul of climate denial’

    Suzanne Goldenberg and Helena Bengsston, 13 June 2016 (UK Guardian)

    “Peabody Energy, America’s biggest coalmining company, has funded at least two dozen groups that cast doubt on manmade climate change and oppose environment regulations, analysis by the Guardian reveals…The funding spanned trade associations, corporate lobby groups, and industry front groups as well as conservative think-tanks and was exposed in court filings last month…The coal company also…[funded] twice as many Republican groups as Democratic ones…[The now bankrupt Peabody, the] world’s biggest private sector publicly traded coal company, was long known as an outlier even among fossil fuel companies for its public rejection of climate science and action…[Environmental groups say the breadth of the funding of denial] took them by surprise…[B]ankruptcy filings from the country’s second-biggest coal company, Arch Coal Inc, revealed funding to a group known mainly for its unsuccessful lawsuit against the climate scientist Michael Mann…” click here for more

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