A new legal effort to attack Big Oil over global warming is raising concerns from the usual critics – and from some on the Left, too.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is suing BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell, seeking billions of dollars to recoup money spent by the city for efforts related to climate change.
Left-wing claims that Big Oil knows about global warming but is putting profits ahead of saving manking are not new.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneidermanhas said as much, not to mention left-wing environmentalist groups and news outlets such as Inside Climate News (ICN) and The Los Angeles Times, in partnership with Columbia University.
What's important to know about all of those groups is that they often share left-wing donors, says Julia Seymour of Media Research Center.
"For example," she further explains, "Inside Climate News and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism both get funding from the Rockefeller Family Fund and Rockefeller Brothers Fund."
Inside Climate News, meanwhile, she says, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman both get funding from far-left billionaire George Soros.
Asked why those connections aren't reported more often, Seymour surmises people aren't digging for it.
If the typical journalist is learning about that but won't dig for the facts, she says, "what we're saying at the Media Research Center is that you need to, because in this case, you can't just assume that everything coming from a source like Inside Climate News is without an agenda…"
As a non-profit organization, MRC also relies on donors but doesn't hide that it is a conservative organization.
"That doesn't make these things that I've written in these stories any less factual," she continues. "In the case of the Columbia School of Journalism fellows and the stories they did with The Los Angeles Times, this is something that even the Columbia Journalism Review criticized as unethical..."
When even the CJR is warning about "shady dealings," she says, that lends credibility to the warnings coming from MRC.