Wherever you go, you find the same handful of wealthy families—captains of greed—funding environmental extremism at the expense of working families.
My last two posts here, one on the trial lawyer’s kid raising a ruckus in Coudersport and the other on the duplicitous Bill McKibben, both dealt with the very real special interests behind fractivism. Far too few people appreciate, let alone address, the role these special interests play in environmental extremism by funding it behind the scenes.
Instead, we tend to get trapped in arguing with the extremists or demonstrating how ridiculous their positions are, when the real villains are those who enable them for what are very selfish reasons. Yes, the real villains are a handful of families, captains of greed, super-wealthy families determined to control everything to advance their own interests.
Let’s go back to Coudersport for a moment to illustrate by looking a little deeper at boy wonder Josh Pribanic’s funding sources. We know his dad, the fractivist trial lawyer, is a major funder, but it’s more than that. He lists “Tarbell Members” who provided a minimum of $10,000 to his Public Herald operation here. Among these are something called the INNovation Fund, a joint project of the Investigative News Network and the James L. Knight Foundation.