Enviro double-standard on funding: Exxon bad, Shell good

The demise of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change spotlights green hypocrisy.

We reported earlier today about how the demise of cap-and-trade has produced another casualty — i.e., the Pew Center.

Greenwire continued the story this afternoon:

The think tank formerly known as the Pew Center on Global Climate Change will remain independent despite drawing most of its funding from energy companies, the center’s president said today.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Entergy Corp. will be the principal founding sponsors for the new Center for Climate and Energy Solutions — C2ES for short — though center President Eileen Claussen said that list will expand.

The group does receive some funding from independent and foundation sponsors, she said. The three companies, which she called “strategic partners,” will have seats on the C2ES board.

But C2ES will retain as much independence as it did when it was 70 percent funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, she said.

“We have always been independent, and we intend to remain independent,” Claussen said. “We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

She added, “The companies themselves look to us for an independent view.”

Right-o. So let’s see. Exxon-supported skeptics are paid liars, while Royal Dutch Shell supported enviros are “independent.”

BTW, we just reported today about how the CEO of Entergy, one of C2ES’ strategic partners, is crazy green.

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