by Michael Bastasch
August 17, 2016
George Soros gave former Vice
Al Gore's environmental group
millions of dollars over three years to create a "political space
for aggressive U.S. action" on
global warming, according to leaked
A document published by DC Leaks shows Soros, a Hungarian-born
liberal financier, wanted his nonprofit Open Society Institute (OSI)
to do more to support global warming policies in the U.S.
That included budgeting $10 million in
annual support to Gore's climate group over three years.
"U.S. Programs Global Warming Grants
U.S. Programs became engaged on the global warming issue about
four years ago, at George Soros's suggestion," reads a leaked
"There has been a budget of $11 million for global warming
grants in the U.S. Programs budget for the last several years,"
the memo reads.
"This budget item captures George
Soros's commitment of $10 million per year for three years to Al
Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, which conducts public
education on the climate issue in pursuit of creating political
space for aggressive U.S. action in line with what scientists
say is necessary to put our nation on a path to reducing its
outsize carbon dioxide emissions."
It's unclear what year the memo was
sent, but the Gore co-founded Alliance for Climate Protection
(ACP) was established in 2006 and lasted until
it became The Climate Reality Project
in July 2011.
LE BOURGET near
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 7, 2015:
and environmentalist Al Gore at the Paris COP21,
conference on climate change.
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In 2008, the Alliance launched a $300
million campaign to encourage,
"Americans to push for aggressive
reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,"
The Washington Post reported.
ACP got $10 million from the Open
Society Institute (OSI) in 2008, according to the nonprofit's
tax filings. OSI handed over another $5 million to ACP in 2009,
according to tax filings.
The investigative reporting group
keeps a database that has OSI tax returns
from 2000 to 2013. TheDCNF could not find other years where OSI gave
money to ACP.
OSI is primarily a grant-making
nonprofit that hands out millions of dollars every year to mostly
left-wing causes. Now called the Open Society Foundations, Soros's
handed out more than $13 billion
over the last three decades.
OSI didn't only plan to fund Gore's
climate group to promote global warming policies in the U.S., OSI
also planned on giving millions of dollars to spur the "youth
"This budget item also allows for
the renewal of U.S. Programs' long-standing support of the
Energy Action Coalition, which is the lead organizer of the
youth climate movement in the U.S., the memo reads.
"We are also including a placeholder
for an additional $2 million, pending discussion about and
development of OSI's global warming agenda," the memo reads.
"There is a memo from Nancy Youman
in the strategic plans binder that recommends pathways forward
for OSI on the climate issue - in the U.S., as well as in other
parts of the Open Society Network."