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Top Conservation Groups Are Tied To BP

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Nature Conservancy faces potential backlash from ties with BP

By Joe Stephens
Monday, May 24, 2010; A01

In the days after the immensity of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico became clear, some Nature Conservancy supporters took to the organization’s Web site to vent their anger.

"The first thing I did was sell my shares in BP, not wanting anything to do with a company that is so careless," wrote one. Another added: "I would like to force all the BP executives, the secretaries and the shareholders out to the shore to mop up oil and wash the birds." Reagan De Leon of Hawaii called for a boycott of "everything BP has their hands in."

What De Leon didn’t know was that the Nature Conservancy lists BP as one of its business partners. The Conservancy also has given BP a seat on its International Leadership Council and has accepted nearly $10 million in cash and land contributions from BP and affiliated corporations over the years.

"Oh, wow," De Leon said when told of the depth of the relationship between the nonprofit group she loves and the company she hates. "That’s kind of disturbing."

The Conservancy, already scrambling to shield oyster beds from the spill, now faces a different problem: a potential backlash as its supporters learn that the giant oil company and the world’s largest environmental organization long ago forged a relationship that has lent BP an Earth-friendly image and helped the Conservancy pursue causes it holds dear

The Arlington County-based Conservancy has made no secret of its relationship with BP, just one of many it has forged with multinational corporations. The Conservancy’s Web site lists BP as a member of its International Leadership Council…

Until recently, the Conservancy and other environmental groups worked alongside BP in a coalition that lobbied Congress on climate-change issues. And an employee of BP Exploration serves as an unpaid Conservancy trustee in Alaska…

And the Conservancy is far from the only environmental nonprofit with ties to BP.

Conservation International has accepted $2 million in donations from BP over the years and partnered with the company on a number of projects, including one examining oil-extraction methods. From 2000 to 2006, John Browne, who was then BP’s chief executive, sat on the nonprofit’s board.

In response to the spill, the nonprofit plans to review its relationship with the company, said Justin Ward, a Conservation International vice president…

The Environmental Defense Fund, which has a policy of not accepting corporate donations, joined with BP, Shell International and other major corporations to form the Partnership for Climate Action, which promotes "market-based mechanisms" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

And about 20 energy and environmental groups, including the Conservancy, the Sierra Club and Audubon, joined with BP Wind Energy to form the American Wind and Wildlife Institute, which works to protect wildlife through "responsible" development of wind farms

Years ago, worried officials quietly assembled focus groups and found that most members saw a partnership with BP as "inappropriate."

The 2001 study, obtained by The Washington Post, found that many Conservancy members felt a relationship with an oil company was "inherently incompatible." And to a minority of members, accepting cash from these types of companies was viewed as "the equivalent of a payoff."

Isn’t irony ironic?

Of course all this article really reveals is how these ‘conservation’ groups shamelessly shakedown everyone in the energy business.

And we get to pay for it every time we fill our gas tanks.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Top Conservation Groups Are Tied To BP”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    What else would you expect from an evil, greedy corporation?

    • canary says:

      The Nature Conservancy appears to be a ghost charity that doesn’t do anything, but take donations. Their D.C. base figures.

  2. Clare says:

    Nature Conservancy is, indeed, a “ghost charity.” They are to the environment what Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is to animal welfare.

    HSUS “plans” to build its very FIRST and ONLY actual, real, shelter for dogs and cats “Sometime in 2015.” Don’t bother with those $19 a month donations they’re begging for on TV. That money just pays the cadre of lawyers they have harrassing state and country legislators to pass their laws which have as their ultimate goal (as does People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – PETA) the complete elimination of all companion animals, either by universal spay/neuter or euthanasia.

    Sorry, off topic sort of. But these outfits all seem inhabited by people who revere owls, marshlands, tiny fish, trees, weird insects, etc. etc. a great deal more than any human beings in the United States

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