Who is 350.org?
- The environmentalist group 350.org launched a petition after the presidential election demanding world leaders “end all new fossil fuel development” and switch to “investing only in the 100% renewable technology that will power and end to energy poverty.” The petition was based on a report from Oil Change International, an extreme anti-fossil fuels group funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and others.
- The petition failed to identify which renewable technology would be capable of ending the energy poverty. Currently, 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity, and 2.7 billion lack clean cooking facilities, according to the International Energy Agency.
- 350.org calls itself a “grassroots climate change movement.” Eco-activist Bill McKibben, who claimed there would be “an onslaught of daily emergencies” during Trump’s presidency, co-founded it in 2008. The left-wing group backed climate-focused anti-Trump protests and the Women’s March in January 2017. McKibben has also endorsed the upcoming “People’s Climate March,” saying the march will “show the election didn’t cancel physics.”
- The group’s anti-fossil fuel petition cited a report from Oil Change International (OCI). OCI has a radical attitude towards fossil fuels, blaming them not only for global warming, but also for “human rights abuses, war, national security concerns, corporate globalization, and increased inequality.”
- The OCI report cited by 350.org claimed coal, oil and gas projects produce enough carbon pollution to raise global temperatures above the 2 degrees Celsius threshold considered essential at the U.N. December 2015, climate conference in Paris.
- In spite of those extreme views, major liberal foundations donated more than $1 million to OCI. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (which also funded the #ExxonKnew attacks) gave $925,000, Tides Foundation gave $285,170, and the Wallace Global Fund donated $140,000.
- Meanwhile, 350.org was funded by Tom Steyer’s TomKat Charitable Trust, George Soros and other liberal foundations. Steyer’s climate PAC NextGen Climate shared the goal of destroying coal powered energy in the U.S. by 2050 — a policy adopted by the Democratic Party in July 2016. A previous coal investor, Steyer fully divested from coal in 2014 and is now involved in a solar energy company which could financially benefit from crackdowns on the fossil fuel industry.