Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in Washington on July 18. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

The Sept. 6 front-page article "How charities' long fight fueled climate-pact exit" helped to shed light on the questionable use of nonprofit groups to further the agenda of the fossil fuel industry. However, the characterization of these groups as "charities" is concerning. Not all nonprofit groups are charities, and only by a huge stretch do groups such as Myron Ebell's Competitive Enterprise Institute and Cooler Heads Coalition achieve nonprofit status. Let's not give credence to this by characterizing them as "charities," even if they managed to misconstrue their mission to achieve nonprofit status. These groups are funded by oil and coal companies and are clearly driven by the perceived impact of climate mitigation measures on their bottom-line profits.

Sadly, it is the most underprivileged people across the globe who will experience the greatest harm as climate change worsens. The years of propaganda by these groups that helped pave the way for President Trump's rejection of the Paris accord was anything but charitable.

Lori Stewart, McLean