Extreme Opposition Group to Line 3

Honor the Earth

Winona LaDuke is the executive director and co-founder of Honor the Earth. (“Meet the Team,” HonortheEarth.org, Accessed 3/16/21)

LaDuke compared Line 3 workers to Auschwitz executioners. “Winona LaDuke, an environmental activist and former Green Party vice-presidential candidate, has apologized for comparing the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota to the Holocaust. On the Twin Cities Public Television show Almanac last week, LaDuke, an outspoken critic of the pipeline project, said: ‘So, you know, there’s some people that are up there trying to get some money because it’s a really difficult time in the north. But you know what? It’s kind of like getting a job in the gas chamber. That’s a great job to have, but it’s really not the job you want to have for the long term and that’s what this pipeline is like. It’s like the ecological equivalent to Auschwitz. That’s what this pipeline is. So I don’t want to work in the gas chamber and I don’t want an Auschwitz,’ she said.” (Lonny Goldsmith, “LaDuke Apologizes for Pipeline, Auschwitz Comparison,” TCJewFolk.com, 11/18/20)

LaDuke: “Minnesota did not want Standing Rock, but this is their Standing Rock.”  “Those words were echoed by Winona LaDuke, executive director of the group Honor the Earth. ‘Minnesota did not want Standing Rock, but this is their Standing Rock. They will have it,’ she said. ‘They could have done the right thing, and they would not have this conflict. But be prepared, because we are preparing.’” (Dan Kraker, “Line 3 opponents girding for fight over approved pipeline,” MPR.org, 6/29/18)

LaDuke: “We’ve been very clear with the state representatives, and the governor of Minnesota, that if they approve this line, there will be tens of thousands of people in Minnesota.” (Dan Kraker, “Minn. oil pipeline fight stokes threats, fears of Standing Rock,” MPR.org, 7/5/17)

Billionaire Buffett Bankrolls Opposition to Line 3 Through Honor The Earth

The Buffett family-controlled NoVo Foundation has donated at least $1.1 million to Honor the Earth

The NoVo Foundation was co-founded by Peter Buffett, the son of billionaire Warren Buffett, and his wife, Jennifer. (Marc Gunther, “The NoVo Foundation, Peter Buffett and the city that wants to fix capitalism,” Medium.com, 5/26/20)

Since 2006, Warren Buffett has donated nearly $1.7 billion to the Novo Foundation. “Warren Buffett originally promised about 17,500,000 shares each of Berkshire Hathaway stock to the foundations of his three children and doubled the original pledge in 2012. To date, he has given the three foundations almost $1.7 billion each.” (Maria Di Mento, “How Chronicle of Philanthropy compiled list of top 50 donors,” Associated Press, 2/10/21; “Home,” NovoFoundation.org, Accessed 4/13/21)

2017: The Novo Foundation donated $450,000 to Honor the Earth. Grants were made for $150,000 and $300,000. (Novo Foundation, 2017 Form 990 PF, p. 66 and 166)

2018: The Novo Foundation donated $150,000 to Honor the Earth. (Novo Foundation, 2018 Form 990 PF, p. 89)

2020: Honor the Earth noted that the Novo Foundation was one of its top donors, having donated $500,000 or more. (Honor the Earth, 202o Honor the Earth Annual Report, p. 32)

Buffett-Backed Tides Foundation has donated at least $442,337 to Honor the Earth

As of 2018, the Buffet-family controlled Novo Foundation has donated at least $702,721,386 to the Tides Foundation. (Tides Foundation Grant Search, InfluenceWatch.org, Accessed 4/15/21)

2014: The Tides Foundation donated $89,337 to Honor the Earth. Grants were made for $50,000 and $39,337. (Tides Foundation, 2014 990, p. 91 and 116)

2015: The Tides Foundation donated $20,000 to Honor the Earth. (Tides Foundation, 2015 990, p. 114)

2016: The Tides Foundation donated $63,000 to Honor the Earth. (Tides Foundation, 2016 990, p.69)

2017: The Tides Foundation donated $95,000 to Honor the Earth. Grants were made for $10,000, $10,000 and $75,000. (Tides Foundation, 2017 990 PF, p.63)

2018: The Tides Foundation donated $155,000 to Honor the Earth. Grants were made for $75,000, $30,000, $40,000 and $10,000. (Tides Foundation, 2018 990 PF, p. 897)

2020: The Tides Foundation donated $20,000 to Honor the Earth. (Honor the Earth, 202o Honor the Earth Annual Report, p. 32)