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FACTSHEET: International Policy Network - North America, IPN

DETAILS

1001 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1032 (formerly1250) Washington DC 20036 USA
Phone: 202-331-1010
Fax: 202-331-0640

Established in 2001, the North American branch of the UK-based International Policy Network works closely with groups such as the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and Competitive Enterprise Institute.

IPN maintains a network of free-market think tanks around the world and supports the development of new organizations. Roger Bate and Julian Morris, IPN's directors, both work for the Institute for Economic Affairs in London. Bate is also a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), where another IPN staff member, Kendra Okonski used to work. Disinfopedia reports that in 2003 the address and phone number for CEI and the US office of the IPN were identical. IPN has apparently moved down the hall to Suite 1032 and acquired its own phone number. (http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=International_Policy_Network)

KEY QUOTES

9 March, 2004
"True leadership entails admitting mistakes. If the European Union were to abandon its desperate pursuit of Kyoto, it could lead the global community into new discussions to develop cost-effective policies to deal with climate change. A plethora of schemes could work: investments in flood controls, incentives to invest in new agricultural technologies and technology transfer to countries such as India and China, where populaces rely on dirty wood and dung and industry relies on dirty coal, meaning that their future emissions will far outweigh Europe's reductions."
Source: "Kyoto: Costly and regressive," Financial Times, 3/9/04

23 April, 2004
"According to the IPN report, the IPCC, which meets next week in Geneva (28-30 May 2004), appears to have intentionally exaggerated its estimates of temperature increases by using highly implausible scenarios of future growth in emissions of greenhouse gases. The IPCC uses sloppy assumptions for its estimates of economic growth and the technologies that are likely to be available in years to come. Worse, the IPCC's reports are used as justification for taking actions, such as the Kyoto Protocol, that will have little or no effect on our climate, but will deeply affect our economic, social and environmental development."
Source: IPN Press Release 4/23/04

KEY DEEDS

23 April, 2004
Published a paper entitled "Climate change predictions: bad economics, bad science," by Martin Agerup. The paper criticized the scientific methodology used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

1 December, 2003
Published the book "Adapt or Die: The science, politics and economics of climate change". Edited by IPN's Kendra Okonski, the book argues that humans should adapt to climate change, rather than trying to prevent or stop it.
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

FUNDING

International Policy Network - North America has received $390,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

2003
$50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Climate Change Outreach
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$115,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Climate Change
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$130,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$95,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

Julian Morris
Director
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Roger Bate
Fellow & former Director
Source: P.R. Watch's Disinfopedia

Robert C. Balling Jr.
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Kendra Okonski
Environment Programme Director
Source: Kendra Okonski - Sourcewatch

Joanne  Nova
Adjunct Scholar
Source: UNFCCC list of particpants Bali

David  Evans
adjunct scholar
Source: UNFCCC list of particpants Bali

PEOPLE

Stephanie Drnasin
Coordinator
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Linda Whetstone
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Martin Agerup
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Zafar H. Anjum
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Richard Tren
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Indur M. Goklany
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Stuart Buck
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Andrew Kenny
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Martin Livermore
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Barun S. Mitra
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Benny Peiser
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Paul Reiter
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Dominic Standish
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Carlo Stagnaro
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

Bruce Yandle
Contributing Writer
Source: International Policy Network website 4/04

SOURCES

P.R. Watch's Disinfopedia
"a collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests." Run by P.R. Watch (John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton).
http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Disinfopedia

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

International Policy Network website 4/04
http://www.policynetwork.net

"Kyoto: Costly and regressive," Financial Times, 3/9/04
Letter to the Editor by Kendra Olonski of IPN
http://www.policynetwork.net/article.php?ID=590

IPN Press Release 4/23/04
"Climate Change Body Faces Criticism for Bad Economics, Bad Science"
http://www.policynetwork.net/article.php?ID=597

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

ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4387

ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research downloaded from Exxon website
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4381

Kendra Okonski - Sourcewatch
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Kendra_Okonski

UNFCCC list of particpants Bali
UNFCCC list of participants, Bali climate conference 2007
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2007/cop13/eng/inf01p02.pdf