Exposed: Sea Change – The Shadowy One-Percenter Foundation Waging War on Affordable Energy

by James Delingpole 30 Jul 2014, 8:01 AM PDT

A shadowy Californian-based foundation called Sea Change – part-funded by Democrat hedge-fund billionaires and a mysterious Bermuda-based company called Klein Ltd – has been funneling millions of dollars into hard-left environmental causes including the campaign against the affordable energy on which the health of the US economy depends.

Sea Change’s machinations are exposed in a shock new report by the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works into the ‘Billionaires Club’ of US rich liberals who are secretly funding the green movement’s war on Western industrial civilisation – and benefiting financially in the process.

Though Sea Change was listed in 2011 as the sixth-largest donor to environmental causes – giving $43,149,911 in grants to green activist groups – remarkably little has been known until now about its make-up or the extent of its influence.

Its website consists solely of a page revealing this somewhat limited information:

Sea Change Foundation is dedicated to achieving meaningful social impact through leveraged philanthropy that addresses the most pressing problems facing the world today. The Foundation’s initial focus is addressing the serious threats posed by global climate change. The Foundation is in the process of determining how its grantmaking can have maximum impact, and is not able to accept unsolicited proposals.

However, the Senate report reveals that Sea Change is run by one of America’s richest Democrat families, whose wealth derives from a wildly successful hedge fund – Renaissance – with more than $23 billion in assets under management.

Sea Change’s president is Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Simons, son of Renaissance’s founder James Simons (currently ranked 34th on Forbes’s Richest People In America; also – with his wife Marilyn Simons, the no. 5 contributor in the 2014 mid-term election cycle, donating 100% to Democrats – totaling $3,289,200). Nat’s wife Laura Baxter-Simons is Sea Change’s secretary.

Nat Simons is also involved in businesses which stand to benefit financially from the advancement of the green agenda and the Obama administration’s war on fossil fuels.

He is the CEO of Elan Management where he manages the early stages of clean tech companies with a focus on solar and wind energy sources. Elan also created Prelude Ventures in 2009, an investment firm dedicated to clean energy.

As the report notes, Sea Change’s war on fossil fuels is felicitously aligned with Simons’s business interests:

In 2010, Sea Change contributed $10,933,332 in grants to environmental organizations to “reduce reliance on high carbon energy.” The next year, 2011, Sea Change allocated nearly $10 million in grants for the same purpose. Thus, in 2010-2011, this one private foundation, which receives over 30% of its funding from a foreign overseas company, actively seeking to hide the source of its funding, contributed over $20 million dollars to fight domestic fossil energy production.

What remains a mystery, however, is its other main backer – an offshore company called Klein Ltd.

According to the Senate report:

Sea Change’s IRS Form 990 also shows that in addition to funding by the Simons, the only other source of its contributions derives from a Bermuda-based company called Klein Ltd. It appears that Klein exists on paper only, as it does not have an internet presence, and was set up for the sole purpose of funneling anonymous donations to Sea Change

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US Senate damning report: United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: The Chain of Environmental Command – How a Club of Billionaires and their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA

Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

Martha Stewart attends the “Get On Up” premiere at The Apollo Theater on July 21, 2014 in New York City. Jemal Countess—Getty Images

Collect More Than $7,000 Per Month for ‘Fostering’ Adult Illegal Aliens

HOUSTON, Texas–The federal government is in dire need of U.S. citizens willing to house the thousands of illegal immigrants who enter the country each week, and they are willing to pay them to do so.

The Texas-based nonprofit Catholic Charities is currently seeking out foster families for the migrants, most of whom come from Central America. Ruth Braiser, a spokeswoman for the organization, told Breitbart Texas that foster families can receive monthly payments for housing adult immigrants who are under 23-years-old.

“Most of our children are 15 to 17-years-old,” she said. “But some stay in our program until they are 22-years-old; if they’re still working on getting their high school diploma, they can stay until they’re that age.”

The revelation that some of the migrants receiving foster care are adults will likely come as a surprise to many; the mainstream media has largely portrayed the border crisis as involving only children and family units.

Braiser mentioned that foster families will be paid $40 per day for each migrant they take in from Catholic Charities. The payments are funded by the federal government, as Breitbart Texas previously reported.

Foster parents have the ability to collect more than $7,400 per month, considering that they can house six immigrants at any given time.

In addition to daily payments, Braiser said that the illegal immigrants are provided with taxpayer subsidized education, health care, transportation, and an “allowance.” She was not specific about the amount of such an allowance or how often it is administered.

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Civilian Drone Interferes with Sands Firefighting Efforts

After three days of battling the furious flames known as the Sand Fire of El Dorado and Amador County, firefighters made significant headway in containing it. This came despite a troublesome drone equipped with a camera flying in the area, which could have caused the firefighters problems.

About 500 homes in the line of fire have been evacuated, Fox40 reported. Moreover, some 1500 firefighters were on hand to get the fire contained. Helicopters and small planes were also crucial assets in controlling the fire’s spread, which now appears to be 50% contained, according to fire officials.

The one unwelcome object flying in the air was a civilian drone shooting video from above the fire. Although laws governing the use of the drones are unclear, and no planes were diverted, officials said that it was a situation that had to be addressed. A Cal Fire spokesman said, “You bring in something like that, you are dealing with our aircraft’s safety. I identified the individual and his craft. El Dorado Sheriffs took care of the situation.”

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Should Rural Police Have Grenade Launchers?

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 10:23 AM By John Stossel

I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today?

Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, body armor and grenade launchers.

The equipment is surplus from the long wars we fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To a hammer, everything resembles a nail. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were once used only in emergencies such as riots or robberies where hostages were taken.

But today there are more than 50,000 no-knock raids a year.

It’s not because crime got worse. There is less crime today.

Crime peaked around 1990 and is now at a 40-year low. But as politicians keep passing new criminal laws, police find new reasons to deploy their heavy equipment.

Washington Post reporter Radley Balko points out that they’ve used SWAT teams to raid such threatening haunts as truck stops with video poker machines, unlicensed barber shops and a frat house where underage drinking was reported.

In New York City, these men in black raided standup comedian Joe Lipari’s apartment.
“I had bad customer service at the Apple Store,” Lipari told me in an interview for my upcoming TV special “Policing America.” “So I bitched about it on Facebook. I thought I was funny. I quoted ‘Fight Club,'” the 1999 movie about bored yuppies who attack parts of consumer culture they hate.

“People (on Facebook) were immediately responding that it was obviously from ‘Fight Club,'” says Lipari. “It was a good time, until 90 minutes later, a SWAT team knocked on my door. Everyone’s got their guns drawn.”

It took only that long for authorities to deem Lipari a threat and authorize a raid by a dozen armed men. Yet, says Lipari, “if they took 90 seconds to Google me, they would have seen I’m teaching a yoga class in an hour, that I had a comedy show.”

Lipari has no police record. If he is a threat, so are you.

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