Corry Westbrook was legislative director for National Wildlife Federation for nine years, federal policy director at Oceana for two years and previously worked for the Environmental Protection Agency. She has a MA from George Washington University in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and has worked on policy and legislation to slow climate change for over a decade; including leading efforts to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act in 2009.
“Climate change is the most important crisis facing America because it will negatively impact public health, agriculture, national security and our economy. We are already seeing the changes and it will only grow significantly worse over the next 25 years.
The most unfortunate part of this catastrophic problem is that the reason our politicians sit on their hands and do little to address it is because the main contributors to climate change – oil, gas and coal industries – are some of the wealthiest companies in the world. The individuals that own and run these companies pay scientists to undermine other scientists, politicians to block legislation and policies, and the media to fabricate debate.
Most of the funding came from Koch Industries and Exxon Mobile until around 2007. Since then, according to a study conducted at Drexel University and published in Scientific American, “the largest, most-consistent money fueling the climate denial movement are a number of well-funded conservative foundations built with so-called “dark money,” or concealed donations.”
The study, by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert Brulle, is the first academic effort to probe the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the climate denial movement. It is terrible that a few individuals will financially benefit while millions of Americans will suffer.
Americans must elect politicians, local, state and federal, with the morals to reject corrupt money, intelligence and confidence to thoroughly understand the science, and the courage to tackle this enormous problem.”