Usual Suspects and a Common Thread: ANWR

The sudden interest in Alaska politics on the part of San Francisco foundations and environmentalist billionaires may seem out of place or surprising at first glance given the nature of their current project. Why do a bunch of Outside green elites care about salmon, after all? It’s fair to question these Outside groups’ and billionaires’ devotion to salmon. But that’s missing the bigger picture – and the core, shared cause driving these activists’ desire to airdrop millions of Outside dollars into our state. That common thread is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. An old debate enters a new era ANWR represents a now decades-long debate over resource development in Alaska. Since the late 1970s, Outside eco-activists have adopted...

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Investing Millions in Climate Activism Globally – and in Alaska

The story of the Outside money behind the Yes campaign for Ballot Measure 1 starts with Outside foundations.  In our last post, we covered the role of the New Venture Fund.  In this update, we’re looking at the Hewlett Foundation.  If the New Venture Fund is the operative, the Hewlett Foundation is the money man. Of the money that New Venture Fund used to establish Salmon State, the California-based Hewlett Foundation contributed at least $400,000 between2016 and 2017. Known for its extreme eco-activism such as promoting population control as a means of curbing carbon output, the Hewlett Foundation also sent $100,000 in 2017 to the Wild Salmon Center, which is one of the largest out-of-state supporters of the ballot initiative. The Foundation has also...

Who’s Pulling the Strings? Outside Foundations Lead the Way

Ballot Measure 1 may have seemed like a relatively narrow measure when it was first introduced to Alaskans. But in the months since the Yes for Salmon campaign first began to circulate ballot language, it has become increasingly clear that Ballot Measure 1 is anything but narrow. If enacted, it would devastate Alaska’s economy and upset the balance between conservation and growth. And there’s been no evidence presented that it would improve the state’s permitting process. One of most telling things about Ballot Measure 1 is that the decision makers pulling the strings on the Yes for Salmon campaign aren’t from Alaska. In fact, they’re about as far from Alaskan as it gets – both geographically and ideologically. The story...
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