Blog Funder Guilty of Money-Laundering

Blog Funder Guilty of Money-Laundering
February 1, 2008

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)

John Lefebvre, the top financial benefactor of the DeSmog Blog, is facing substantial prison time after pleading guilty to federal money-laundering charges.

The DeSmog Blog is operated by a small group of public relations people who specialize in attempting to discredit respected scientists and policy analysts who disagree with alarmist global warming theory.

Ironically, DeSmog Blog's favorite tactic is to claim scientists and policy analysts who disagree with alarmist global warming theory are funded by "dirty money."

The revelation of the blog's major source of funding as a convicted money launderer may undermine DeSmog's attempts to smear the integrity of respected, law-abiding scientists who disagree with them.

Apparently unashamed by their criminal connections, the DeSmog Blog Web site proclaims, "The DeSmogBlog team is especially grateful to our benefactor John Lefebvre. ... John has been outspoken, uncompromising, and courageous in challenging those who would muddy the climate change debate, and he has enabled and inspired the same standard on the blog."

Lefebvre, who pleaded guilty in June 2007, faces up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary.


James M. Taylor (taylor@heartland.org) is a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)