UN-Backed Climate Activists Plot to Circumvent US Congress in Run Up to Earth Day, Government Records Show

UN-Backed Climate Activists Plot to Circumvent US Congress in Run Up to Earth Day, Government Records Show
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Just in time for Earth Day, the Biden administration is poised to unleash a major transformation of the American economy under the guise of climate change.

But elected officials in Congress are not expected to have any say in the matter as the White House works in partnership with state officials to implement anti-industry regulations and other green initiatives aimed at achieving “net-zero emissions” by 2050, if not sooner.

That much is made clear by email records highlighting the correspondence among state government officials who are affiliated with the U.S. Climate Alliance, an informal “project” of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation being run out of Ted Turner’s UN Foundation.  Conceived by progressive governors’ offices, USCA effectively staffs and provides consultants and other resources to a coalition of state governors devoted to implementing the goals of the UN Paris Agreement, which Biden has rejoined after President Trump formally withdrew the U.S. last November.

Public-record emails show that Tim Profeta, the director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University in North Carolina organized a series of “roundtable discussions” with Alliance members committed to “finding potential existing funding streams” to implement climate change policies. For example, Former Gov. Bill Ritter of Colorado, a Democrat, shared his “lessons learned” from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) during a roundtable in January.

The U.S. Climate Alliance, which climate activist and former media mogul Ted Turner’s UN Foundation is paid to manage, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation based in Menlo Park, California as has the Nicholas Institute, which received $250,000 in 2020. The Hewlett Foundation has more than $9 billion in assets, according to Influence Watch, a project of the Capital Research Center in Washington D.C.

The Alliance’s antipathy toward the U.S. Constitution, the concept of checks and balances and the separation of powers comes across loud and clear in several FOIA documents that outline the “State-Federal Engagement Strategy” the group intends to deploy over the next few months.

One of these internal documents detailing the strategy calls for an “economy-wide, whole of government, and rapid yet organized approach to achieve the climate and clean energy goals of the Biden-Harris administration.” But the UN Foundation-backed climate activists burrowed inside state government understand that allowing the peoples’ elected representatives to debate and vote on the merits of their transformative policy proposals would only gum up the works as would any judicial review of new regulations. In fact, they explicitly acknowledge as much. The following statement appears in “draft talking points” and other strategy memos:

“Given the constraints on the Administration from a divided Congress and conservative Supreme Court, transformation at this scale can only be achieved through federal inter-agency collaboration coupled with shared strategies between federal, tribal, state and local governments. US governors and states will continue to play a critical role in policy innovation and cooperation especially where they can move markets, sharing experiences and proven policies with the new Administration to build on, collaborating to overcome implementation challenges, and enshrining rules and goals in state policy to protect against future changes in the federal government. With a multi-level climate strategy – vertically aligning federal, state and local climate strategies - U.S. climate policy has the best chance to move markets and transition to a more resilient and equitable economy.”

Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate, which is set to coincide with Earth Day on Thursday, will likely serve as a launch pad for the alliance’s climate change agenda. The first Earth Day held on April 22, 1970 also happened to be the 100th birthday of Vladimir Lenin, the former premier of the Soviet Union. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, explains in a blog post why the timing here may not be mere happenstance.

The emails and attachments were obtained under state public records laws by Energy Policy Advocates, a nonprofit entity based in Washington state devoted to government transparency. They build on the work of Chris Horner, an attorney in Washington D.C., who exposed how billionaire donors associated with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, and the UN Foundation among others work to insert climate change activists into state government agencies. Energy Policy Advocates received the documents from former Gov. Bill Ritter’s operation at Colorado State University, called the “Center for a New Energy Economy,” Colorado’s Office of Energy and New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. 

The earlier records Horner obtained on behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute detail separate, but related strategies that target governors’ offices and the offices of  state attorneys general. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg served as a conduit for privately funded staff members to be placed in public offices.

Dan Kish, a senior fellow with the Institute for Energy Research, a Washington-D.C. based nonprofit that favors free market energy policies, sees growing evidence of a “shadow government” at work “paid for by billionaire donors” like Hewlett, Rockefeller, and Bloomberg.

“They’ve discovered a way to advance their private interests in government agencies that are supposed to operate in the public interest,” he said. “Leftists know that control of energy gives them control of the economy.”

Kish added:

“They are designing the blueprint in conjunction with state and quasi state operations driven by the funding and special interests of these billionaires who operate on the whims of their own virtue signaling.”

What’s even more unnerving from a taxpayer point of view is that state government documents also include updated 2021 federal funding sources climate activists now have their eyes that draw hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time from the Commerce Department, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency to name just a few. They know where to go.

This coming Earth Day – hold on to your wallet!!


Kevin Mooney is an investigative journalist for the Daily Signal. 

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