Conservative Foundations and Climate Skepticism Spreading


Podcast "Philanthropy in question(s)" - Episode 26

Conservative Foundations and Climate Skepticism Spreading - Natalie Rauscher

What role do foundations play in American politics, and how have they contributed to its polarization? On the issue of climate change, how has this influence contributed to the spread of climate skepticism, and how is this phenomenon now reaching Europe?

In this 26th episode, Anne Monier presents an article by Natalie Rauscher published in 2023 in the German political science journal Politische Vierteljahrenschrift, entitled "American Philanthropy in the Age of Political Polarization : Conservative Megadonors and Foundations, and Their Role in Spreading Climate Skepticism".

The researcher shows how some American foundations have gradually moved away from their charitable purpose to support the political and social ambitions of wealthy donors, while benefiting from tax deductions and an image of political neutrality. This gives some groups and individuals a powerful influence on American society and political processes, prevents transparent public debate on crucial issues - such as climate change - and allows the dissemination of ideas that defy scientific evidence.

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