Meaningful climate progress will require breaking through the resistance of the fossil fuel industry and its allies. To accomplish this we support programs designed to: engage and motivate citizens demanding change; deepen public recognition of the climate disruption now unfolding; unmask forces working to prevent climate progress, and policies, and require polluters to pay their fair share of the climate damages they caused to help the public meet enormous climate adaptation expenses we now face. Among numerous milestones, this work has led to: a ground-breaking report issued by senior U.S. military advisors that climate change is a national security risk; an active and thriving grassroots movement demanding climate progress; reporting by investigative journalists about what fossil companies knew about climate change (and when) and how some companies worked to deceive public the “catastrophic” damage climate change would cause; and authoritative analyses of how advocates can best advance climate policies in the current political environment.
The Rockefeller Family Fund has played a leadership role on fights against investment in dirty energy projects for many years. When the coal industry announced plans to build more than 150 plants across the country, RFF recognized that the construction of even one new plant would commit the U.S. to long-term high levels of carbon dioxide emissions, effectively preventing the national from making climate progress. Over the past decade, RFF has continued to work in opposition to the coal industry while increasingly playing a leadership role in helping groups that are fighting the development of oil, gas, plastics, and petrochemicals infrastructure. Initially our work on oil and gas focused on efforts to prevent billions of dollars in investment in pipelines and has now broadened to a concentration on the entire range of infrastructure projects, including extraction, transport, processing, and export.