Exxon Mobil-Funded Denier Groups Push Email Hacker Scandal

December 08, 2009 11:33 am ET

Over the past decade, oil giant Exxon Mobil has paid millions to organizations and "think tanks" in an attempt to deceive the public about the science behind global climate change.  It's no surprise that those very same organizations are now doing everything in their power to please their benefactor by drawing attention to the so-called "Climategate" scandal involving hacked emails from the University of East Anglia in England.

American Enterprise Institute

Exxon Mobil Has Given The American Enterprise Institute Nearly $2 Million Since 2001. Since 2001, Exxon Mobil has donated $1,910,000 to the American Enterprise Institute. [Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms via Conservative Transparency, accessed 12/7/09]

  • American Enterprise Institute Fellow Wrote Weekly Standard Cover Story On Hacked CRU Emails.  The American Enterprise Institute F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow Steven F. Hayward wrote a Weekly Standard cover story on the hacked emails from the University of East Anglia:

Slowly and mostly unnoticed by the major news media, the air has been going out of the global warming balloon. Global temperatures stopped rising a few years ago, much to the dismay of the climate campaigners... Climate change is a genuine phenomenon, and there is a nontrivial risk of major consequences in the future. Yet the hysteria of the global warming campaigners and their monomaniacal advocacy of absurdly expensive curbs on fossil fuel use have led to a political dead end that will become more apparent with the imminent collapse of the Kyoto-Copenhagen process. I have long expected that 20 or so years from now we will look back on the turn-of-the-millennium climate hysteria in the same way we look back now on the population bomb hysteria of the late 1960s and early 1970s--as a phenomenon whose magnitude and effects were vastly overestimated, and whose proposed solutions were wrongheaded and often genuinely evil (such as the forced sterilizations of thousands of Indian men in the 1970s, much of it funded by the Ford Foundation). Today the climate campaigners want to forcibly sterilize the world's energy supply, and until recently they looked to be within an ace of doing so. But even before Climategate, the campaign was beginning to resemble a Broadway musical that had run too long, with sagging box office and declining enthusiasm from a dwindling audience. Someone needs to break the bad news to the players that it's closing time for the climate horror show. [Weekly Standard, 12/14/09]

Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

Exxon Mobil Has Given The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow Over $465,000 Since 2001.  Since 2001, Exxon Mobil has donated $467,000 to the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. [Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms via Conservative Transparency, accessed 12/7/09]

  • Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow's "Climate Depot" Has Been A Leading Promoter Of Hacked Email Scandal. The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow's Climate Depot blog, managed by former Sen. Jim Inhofe aide Marc Morano, featured the word "climategate" 120 times on December 8, 2009. [Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, Climate Depot, accessed 12/8/09]

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Exxon Mobil Has Given The Competitive Enterprise Institute Over $1.6 Million Since 2001.  Between 2001 and 2005, Exxon Mobil donated $1,690,000 to the Competitive Enterprise Institute. [Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms via Conservative Transparency, accessed 12/7/09]

  • The Competitive Enterprise Institute Promoted The "Explosive Information Associated With The Climategate E-Mails." On December 2, 2009, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a statement saying:

In the wake of the burgeoning Climategate fraud scandal, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) on December 2 filed an emergency petition demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency stop its plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, pending a complete investigation.

The purpose of the filing is to "put EPA on notice that new information has very recently been released, whose content is so grave that it may well destroy EPA's scientific basis for an Endangerment Finding."  The petition urges EPA to reopen its proceeding and engage in a full examination of this information, accompanied by public comment.

"The petition points out that if the explosive information associated with the Climategate e-mails was serious enough to cause the departure of the director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), then it also justifies EPA's reopening its proceeding," said Sam Kazman, CEI General Counsel, who filed the emergency petition. [Competitive Enterprise Institute, 12/2/09]

FreedomWorks

Exxon Mobil Gave FreedomWorks Over $275,000 In 2001.  In 2001, Exxon Mobil donated $275,250 to FreedomWorks, then known as Citizens for a Sound Economy. [Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms via Conservative Transparency, accessed 12/7/09]

  • FreedomWorks On Hacked Emails: "Has The Global Warming Lie And Conspiracy Been Truly Exposed?" On November 20, 2009, FreedomWorks posted a blog reaction to the hacked emails from the University of East Anglia. It stated, "In a potentially game-changing turn of events regarding 'global warming' alarmism and its cap-and-trade policy implications, a hacker got into the computer system of the British University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit ('CRU'), one of the leading sources of the climate change hoax, and has made public a large amount of data and e-mail among the usual alarmist suspects... The main thing is that this would appear to be a black day for the cult of Algore [sic]and the self-serving "scientists" who, whether in search of greater funding or leftist politics, seem to be part of a large conspiracy of lies. Maybe one of these guys will turn state's evidence and explain what's going on. In the meantime, if further investigation proves this apparent pattern of lies true, someone should sue each of these men for abuse of public resources since many of them are on a government payroll. This news needs to be spread far and wide, especially to politicians and regulators who have the desire and authority to tax and regulate us in the name of 'global warming'." [FreedomWorks, 11/20/09]

Heartland Institute

Exxon Mobil Has Given The Heartland Institute Over $530,000 Since 2001.  Since 2001, Exxon Mobil has donated $531,500 to the Heartland Institute. [Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms via Conservative Transparency, accessed 12/7/09]

  • Heartland Institute Said Global Warming Claims Were "Discredited" By Hacked Emails. According to the Heartland Institute, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today formally determined that human emissions of carbon dioxide pose a threat to human health and the environment. That finding runs counter to scientific evidence and inappropriately defers to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has been discredited by the "Climategate" scandal and numerous scientific critiques." [Heartland Institute, 12/7/09]

Heritage Foundation

Exxon Mobil Has Given The Heritage Foundation $385,000 Since 2001.  Since 2001, Exxon Mobil has donated $385,000 to the Heritage Foundation. [Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms via Conservative Transparency, accessed 12/7/09]

  • The Heritage Foundation Has Attempted To Draw Attention To Hacked Emails.  In numerous blog posts, the Heritage Foundation has done its part to draw attention to the hacked emails.  The conservative think tank's blog wrote:

1,000 emails and more than 3,000 other documents from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University in the United Kingdom publicly revealed by a hacker, or allegedly an inside whistleblower, are rekindling the flame to the global warming debate just weeks before the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference where the United States will propose an emissions reduction target. [Heritage Foundation, 11/23/09]

For those who thought the exposed emails from Britain's University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit would come and go without much play, think again. Surely the skeptics and even the agnostics wouldn't miss an opportunity to jump on such devastating revelations, but the fact is ClimateGate is having immediate and possibly long-lasting effects all over the world. [Heritage Foundation, 12/1/09]

[T]he always-witty Mark Steyn calls it, Warmergate. Skepticism is only bound to grow and here comes that funny little word transparency again. Reason senior analyst Shikha Dalmia writes, "A complete airing of the science of global warming, which is looking less and less avoidable by the day, might eventually vindicate the claims of climate warriors. Or it might not. The only thing Obama can control in this matter is which side he will support: The truth, or-what he accused his predecessor of-ideology." [Heritage Foundation, 12/3/09]

Maybe the scandal won't be everything the skeptics hope for but Heritage Senior Policy Analyst David Kreutzer reminds us that "Few policy questions, and none with as big a price tag, are based so fundamentally on there being a scientific consensus." The least we can do is a little prying and poking. [Heritage Foundation, 12/2/09]

National Center For Policy Analysis

Exxon Mobil Has Given The National Center For Policy Analysis $520,000 Since 2001.  Since 2001, Exxon Mobil has donated $520,000 to the National Center for Policy Analysis. [Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms via Conservative Transparency, accessed 12/7/09]

  • NCPA: Hacked Emails "Should Serve As A Major Red Flag To The Obama Administration And Other Government Delegations." On December 7, 2009, the National Center for Policy analysis wrote:

The Climate-gate scandal, which revealed that scientists attempted to suppress inconvenient data, used tricks to change reported outcomes, suppress dissent, and undermine the peer review process, should serve as a major red flag to the Obama administration and other government delegations, according to NCPA Senior Fellow H. Sterling Burnett.

"Even though the science used to justify the need for a costly climate treaty is unraveling, the Obama administration is shrugging off the emails, parroting the claim that the science is settled and it's time to act, which couldn't be further from the truth," Dr. Burnett said. "Instead of the administration choosing to slow down and make sure the science is solid, it feels the need to push harder for an agreement to set new greenhouse gas emissions targets." [NCPA, 12/7/09]

National Center For Public Policy Research

Exxon Mobil Has Given The National Center For Public Policy Research $390,000 Since 2001.  Since 2001, Exxon Mobil has donated $390,000 to the National Center for Public Policy Research. [Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms via Conservative Transparency, accessed 12/7/09]

  • National Center For Public Policy Research Hypes Hacked Emails. On December 3, 2009 the National Center for Public Policy Research published a statement saying:

In a scandal now known as "Climategate," released documents and emails from a climate research branch of a British university reveal what appear to be efforts to manipulate data to support the preexisting views of leading climate researchers. 

Raw data on which IPCC conclusions were based also has been destroyed.   

IPCC reports on global warming are frequently relied upon by corporations and governments to develop their policy on climate change.

"For the sake of his company, shareholders and customers, Rogers must stop lobbying for a law whose scientific foundation could be made of sand.  Given the questions surrounding the integrity of scientists that contributed to the IPCC report, Rogers must conduct an internal review to independently evaluate the impact of manipulated and destroyed data on Duke Energy's climate change policy," said Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the Free Enterprise Project. [National Center for Public Policy Research, 12/3/09]

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