Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) : In Their Own Words

What They Tell You About:


Funding NRDCs stated mission is to safeguard the Earth and create a new way of life for humankind. That approach might sound a little messianic but NRDC has the zeal to match, calling their work the central ethical imperative of human society. Even as their annual revenue now approaches $100 million, NRDC has consistently opposed free-market solutions to environmental stewardship, especially proven methods to sustain international fisheries. Perhaps inspired by their own financial success, NRDC recently unveiled a plan to lift ourselves out of economic crisis and rebuild our economy through government regulation of all emissions.


What They're Not Telling You

NRDC is a tax-exempt activist group that frequently employs litigation and lobbying to achieve its anti-business political agenda. The NRDC is primarily funded by well-heeled foundations including the Pew Charitable Trusts, MacArthur, Packard and Energy Foundations, and the Marisla Foundation, which previously provided NRDC with a $600,000 grant for a "mercury initiative." The Councils revenue in 2006 totaled $70,139,209. In 2006 the NRDC paid its founding president, John Adams, $757,464 in combined income.

The Tough Questions:
Why does the news media treat NRDC like an underdog consumer group when it spends more on its political agenda than big corporations and pays its leadership six figure incomes?