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FACTSHEET: Fraser Institute,

DETAILS

4th Floor, 1770 Burrard Street Vancouver BC Canada V6J 3G7
Phone: (604) 688-0221
Fax: (604) 688-8539

The Fraser Institute is a "free market" oriented Canadian think tank. Climate change is one of the primary focuses of its environment-related research.

KEY QUOTES

21 July, 2003
"Climate change activists are exaggerating the certainty in the linkage between human action and climate change and advocating policies that offer no environmental gain, but a lot of economic pain. These prescriptions are likely to deprive society of the economic productivity it needs to protect environmental quality."
Source: Fraser Institute Press Release, 7/21/03

10 March, 2004
"A worst-case scenario report, long-buried in the bowels of the Pentagon, has been dusted off by global warming enthusiasts in a last-ditch effort to persuade the United States to repent and sign the costly Kyoto Treaty. ...The Schwartz-Randall climate report, indeed, is a purely speculative exercise in readiness planning for extreme climate changes of the sort seen in reconstructions of ancient temperatures. Many scientists saw the hyping of the Pentagon report as an eleventh-hour gesture by die-hard environmentalists to salvage the sinking Kyoto Treaty on climate change, which already has been rejected by the United States and Australia and is about to suffer the same fate in Russia."
Source: "Climate Alarmists Misrepresent Pentagon Report" 3/10/04

8 January, 2007
"...there will remain an unavoidable element of uncertainty as to the extent that humans are contributing to future climate change, and indeed whether or not such change is a good or bad thing." (Independent Summary for Policymakers draft)
Source: DeSmogBlog.com (2007)

KEY DEEDS

1 January, 2003
Published an issue of the "Fraser Forum" devoted to "The Politics, Science, and Economics of Kyoto". The forum's various writers promoted climate change skepticism and the belief that the Kyoto Protocol would be disastrous for the Canadian economy.
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

25 February, 2004
Hosted speaker Andrei Illarionov, Russian President Putin's Senior Economic Advisor. Illarionov's presentation, entitled "The Kyoto Protocol: To Ratify or Not to Ratify" "debunked" climate change science and concluded that Russia should not ratify Kyoto.
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

5 February, 2007
Released an "Independent Summary for Policy Makers" outlining the skeptic response to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report.
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

FUNDING

Fraser Institute has received $120,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

2003
$60,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Climate Change
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$60,000 Exxon Corporation
Climate Change
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

Ross McKitrick
Senior Fellow
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Andrei Illarionov
Speaker
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Willie Soon
"Fraser Forum" contributing writer
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

PEOPLE

Kenneth Green
Chief Scientist & Director of the Risk and Environment Policy Centre (2002-2005)
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Alejandro Chafuen
Trustee
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Michael Walker
Executive Director
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Barry Cooper
Director of the Alberta Policy Research Centre & Senior Fellow
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Fred McMahon
Director, Centre for Globalization Studies
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Mark Mullins
Director of Ontario Policy Studies
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Niels Veldhuis
Senior Research Economist
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Herbert Grubel
Senior Fellow
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Preston Manning
Senior Fellow
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Jean-Luc Migue
Senior Fellow
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Alexander Moens
Senior Fellow
Source: Fraser Institute website 4/04

Gerry Angevine
Senior Economist, Energy Centre
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

Joe D'Aleo
Contributing Author
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

Madhav Khandekar
Contributing Author
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

William Kininmonth
Contributing Author
Source: DeSmogBlog.com (2007)

David Henderson
Affiliate
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

Christopher Essex
Contributing Author
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

Ian Clark
Contributing Author
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

David Bellamy
Press conference speaker
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

Wibjorn Karlen
Contributing Author
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

Tad Murty
Contributing Author
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

James J. O'Brien
Contributing Author
Source: Fraser Institute website (2007)

Bjorn Lomborg
Featured Speaker
Source: Fraser Institute website 2007

SOURCES

ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4389

Fraser Institute website 4/04
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca

Fraser Institute Press Release, 7/21/03
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/shared/readmore.asp?sNav=nr&id=539

"Climate Alarmists Misrepresent Pentagon Report" 3/10/04
Op-Ed by Dr. Kenneth Green of the Fraser Institute, published in multiple US newspapers
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/shared/readmore1.asp?sNav=ed&id=252

ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report
2004 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4380

Fraser Institute website (2007)
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/shared/readmore.asp?sNav=nr&id=781

DeSmogBlog.com (2007)
DeSmog Leaks Advance Copy of Think Tank's IPCC Attack
http://www.desmogblog.com/fraser-institute-ipcc-london-report

Fraser Institute website (2007)
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/

Fraser Institute website 2007
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/shared/readmore.asp?sNav=ev&id=311