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Deep pocketed billionaires are being urged to splash the cash on global warming campaigns rather than any other of the causes so dear to green activists.

The call to hike climate change spending is unprecedented in its scale, with the signatories – all winners of major environmental awards – taking out a full-page advert in today’s International New York Times.

They include former Green Party chairman Jonathon Porritt, Bianca Jagger and Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project of exotic ecosystem-domes in Cornwall and which hopes to prompt a “tipping point” in climate action.

I hear rumours that there is significant measure of climate fatigue among US philanthropists, so this may well represent a distress signal from our environmentalist friends, who have long enjoyed fabulous wealth.

Look out for attempts to make up the shortfall from taxpayers.

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WUWT has a story about Branson not doing his bit for the green cause:

Apparently the Green schemes he has invested in have turned in to money pits and the returns have been non existant.

Sep 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Cowper

Are we to take it that the problem that they are facing is that, despite wall to wall propaganda, nobody believes them any more? If that is indeed the case, I can't see how spending even more money on even more propaganda is going to convince anyone. Meanwhile, the climate carries on ignoring them just like the rest of us.

Sep 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterStonyground

I’m endlessly bemused how so many people could make such a mess of a potentially dangerous problem. Any chance that the issue could be taken seriously is drifting away because it has become the preserve of loonies and mouth frothing activists. Countless shallow people have used CAGW as a platform to promote their egos and now it’s turned out to be a wickedly complex issue they’re backing away so as not to be caught out being boring or, gods forbid, be asked to do their bit and actually reduce their footprint.

The consensus side are suffering from excluding the pragmatic people who say ‘hang on, let’s think this through’. I’ve reached the point where I don’t care if CAGW is real or not because I can see no possibility of substantial action while dreamers and idiots are building the upper floors of a building that doesn’t have a ground floor, let alone foundations. Might as well enjoy the high CO2 lifestyle like the celebs but without the hypocrisy of thinking I’m better than anyone else.

Sep 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

This video says it all.
All religions need money, lots and lots of money.

Sep 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

I once met the MD of Branson's green energy venture; jojoba and other silly biofuel projects, all producing more CO2 than fossil fuels.

Sep 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM | Unregistered Commenterturnedoutnice

I guess the "tipping points" they have in mind would be dumper-truck loads of cash. Contrasted with us wicked deniers who receive ours via pipelines and double-hulled supertankers, allegedly.

Sep 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Any chance that the issue could be taken seriously is drifting away because it has become the preserve of loonies and mouth frothing activists. (...)
Sep 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM TinyCO2

Not to forget that "climate science" has discredited itself.

Too bad because it would have been useful to understand an important aspect of our world, not to forget the interesting question of whether there actually is any danger.

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM | Registered CommenterMartin A

These vacuous, sanctimonious and hypocritical celebs can at least choose to waste their money on the latest cause celebre. Unlike the poor of this world who are forced to hand over what little they have to green obsessed governments. Let them fritter away as much cash as they like.

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Jones

"Deep pocketed billionaires are being urged to splash the cash on global warming campaigns rather than any other of the causes so dear to green activists"

This sad and depressing headline could have been so much better had it read as follows.

Deep pocketed billionaires are being urged to splash the cash on FIGHTING THE EBOLA VIRUS rather than any other of the causes so dear to green activists,

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

Hopefully they'll be a 18 year long "pause" in funding catastophism.

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM | Unregistered Commenterac1

Maybe the philantropists are all snowed under?
20" snow int us northeast

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterDrpjNoerssels

"Look out for attempts to make up the shortfall from taxpayers"

That of course is already happening, plus all the money skimmed off from public sector bodies such as the BBC and Met Office, plus from "charities" such as RSPB and FoE.

I suspect that money from philanthropists is but a drop in that ocean.

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterMikky

I particularly liked:

"as 160 eco-laureates seek help to “save civilisation”"

I think it should read - desparate plea to save eco-loons from poverty and having to get a real job!

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterCharmingQuark

Do any of the 160 eco-laureates (whatever an eco-laureate is) understand any of the "science" underpinning climate ChangeTM, or are they all true believers in what they have been told?

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Haven't they already had rather a lot? What did they do with it all? If I were a potential investor, I'd want to see some accounts...

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

I'm convinced - where do I send all my money?

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM | Unregistered Commenterjaffa

Philanthropists tend to want to a difference with their money, not pour it away. The money spent to date on climate research and propaganda has produced virtually nothing but lists of excuses for failure and denunciations of any critics.

Sep 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterKevin Marshall

As Kevin Marshall states, philanthropists are less gullible than politicians, because it's their own money.

Sep 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

"The group urges foundations and philanthropists to prioritise spending on climate change, warning that all other charitable goals and schemes could be rendered worthless unless global warming is properly addressed".

Good idea, lets properly address global warming......uuum, nope can't think of anything polite at the moment.

Sep 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Branson is finally no fool and his relative lack of action indeed speaks volumes.

Sep 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterFarleyR

There are many negative impacts of NGO parasitism. Wealthy benefactors who would have funded actual research into things like science or medicine are instead being pressured into funding publicitiy campaigns and political elections to promote climate agendas. The money is not going into research. The money is not giong into problem solving. The money is pouring into the coffers of non-productive people and groups who only want to control the public sqaure, not improve it.

Sep 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM | Unregistered Commenterhunter

A pig in a poke, the public squalor.

Sep 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Now, if it could just be shown that the subsonic vibrations of windmills also generate small tremors, thus preventing big shattering quakes.

Ah, how soothing, the local earthquake preventer is finally on the job, spinning away, away.

Sep 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Oops, that resonant effect was supposed to be on the broken green crockery thread.

Sep 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Agree these limousine humanitarians should be urged to fight ebola, and as hard and furious as they fought AIDS. Millions raised for ALS using buckets of ice water, and Nigeria can't treat ebola patients waiting outside the clinic doors. In hindsight the ALS effort seems trite given the current global threat. Where's Bono?

Sep 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM | Unregistered Commenterdp

Environmentalism is an inherently elitist thing. The one thing elitists hate more than anything is the consuming masses.

Sep 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

Deep pocketed billionaires are being urged to splash the cash on global warming campaigns

ffs - €£$billions frittered away on a chimera [man made warming], yet........................

As someone said above - and concerning - the Ebola epidemic, [in relative terms] just a small sum is all that is needed for, shelters and access to clean water and sanitary conditions, nothing other than regular and round the clock re-hydration and cleanliness but it gives people a fighting chance to survive a horrible viral infection.
Liberia, every week this awful contagion spreads - cases are doubling and infected people are having to be left out on the street because simply - there are no beds for them and the authorities cannot cope. 400 becomes 1600 at the months end and a human catastrophe looms - for plainly this Ebola outbreak is getting out of control.

Priorities? Damn it all - global warming is a boon, BUT Ebola is killing men, women and children now - whither Branson and Hollywood?

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

P. J. O'Rourke is right. All you need to know about climate change is that there is nothing we can do about it !

Sep 16, 2014 at 12:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterHerbert

Does Ebama or Obala work better?

Sep 16, 2014 at 3:43 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Greens wanting money? I can't believe that. Wanting to control large amounts of money is such a sordid, Capitalist idea. Green groups would obviously just give away any surplus that they had over their essential expenditure.

Sep 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterPaul - Nottingham

"Priorities? Damn it all - global warming is a boon, BUT Ebola is killing men, women and children now - whither Branson and Hollywood?"

I can't help you there but the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given $10 million so far and has pledged another $50 million. And I congratulate the Gates for making such a response.

Sep 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterPaul - Nottingham

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