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FACTSHEET: Tech Central Science Foundation or Tech Central Station, TCS

DETAILS

1133 21st St NW Suite M100 c/o Ralph R Brown Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-546-4242
Tech Central Science Foundation was formed in late November 2002 (Form 990). The Foundation appears to be a funding arm of the free-market news site, TechCentralStation.com.

ExxonMobil gave the Foundation $95,000 in 2003 for "Climate Change Support." According to Guidestar.org, a nonprofit research tool, the Foundation had 2003 income of $150,000 and $110,903 in assets. The Foundation commissioned a study by Charles River Associates alleging that the costs of the McCain-Lieberman bill of 2003 would be a minimum of $350 annually per household through 2010, rising to $530 per household by 2020, and could rise to as high as $1,300 per year per household. Related information: Tech Central Station was launched in 1999 as "a cross between a journal of Internet opinion and a cyber think tank open to the public" (TCS news release). According to Washington Monthly, TCS is published by the DCI Group, "a prominent Washington public affairs firm specializing in P.R., lobbying, and so-called 'Astroturf' organizing, generally on behalf of corporations, GOP politicians, and the occasional Third-World despot." TCS shares office space, staff and ownership with DCI Group. ("Meet the Press" Washington Monthly, December 2003. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0312.confessore.html) Corporate funders of Tech Central Station include AT&T, Avue Technologies, The Coca-Cola Company, General Motors Corporation, Intel, McDonalds, Merck, Microsoft, Nasdaq, PhRMA, and Qualcomm (Tech Central Station website).

KEY QUOTES

27 April, 2004
"The core issue underlying all climate policy debates is whether politicians and bureaucrats should have the power to regulate America into a condition of energy poverty. The Edison Electric Institute surely believes government should not have such power, which is why it opposes Kyoto and other carbon cap-and-trade schemes. Yet EEI, beguiled by the prospect of turning "voluntary" reductions into easy cash, is leading the charge for transferable credits -- a political force multiplier for the Kyoto agenda of climate alarmism and energy suppression. This is about as sensible as selling the rope by which one will be hanged. The nation's premier electric industry lobby can and should do better."
Source: "Et Tu, Edison?" TCS 4/27/04

29 April, 2004
"There is also enough scientific doubt about the nature and pace of climate change to avoid committing to blueprints like Kyoto that have little effect, except to reduce economic growth. The practicable approach to climate change is research and development of technologies which will contribute positively to reduction of greenhouse gases. They will not have the dramatic effect hoped for by the designers of the Kyoto blueprint. Just as well. But they will be more effective. Poor countries can't afford fancy research and development, but wealthier countries can. Making Asia prosperous is a surer bet."
Source: "Prosperity First," TCS 4/29/04

KEY DEEDS

16 November, 2004
Letter to Sen. McCain November 16, 2004 on Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment Press Release Source: Tech Central Station Climate Experts Respond to Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Tuesday November 16, 10:41 am ET Recent Warming Trend is Unexceptional Compared to Natural Variability in Centuries Past WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today 11 climate experts sent a letter (please see below) to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) who is the Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee and is holding a full committee hearing this morning to hear testimony on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). In the letter, the climate experts respond to statements made in the ACIA that temperature changes in the Arctic provide an early indication of global warming. The signers of the letter point out that sediment and ice core samples show that the arctic has experienced past warming that can not be attributed to greenhouse gas concentrations. There is also a history of strong year-to-year variability of Arctic temperatures. The letter also calls for the need for advances in Arctic climate science in both models and measurements in order to assess a more complete picture of Arctic climate understanding. The following climate experts signed the letter: R. Tim Patterson, PhD, Professor of Geology at Carleton University; Tim Ball, PhD, Retired - Professor of Climatology at University of Winnipeg; Anthony Lupo, PhD, Professor of Atmospheric Science at University of Missouri - Columbia; David Legates, PhD, Associate Professor in Climatology at University of Delaware; Pat Michaels, PhD, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia; George Taylor, M.S. Meteorology; Gary D. Sharp, PhD Scientific Director, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study; Roy W. Spencer, PhD Principal Research Scientists, The University of Alabama in Huntsville; Jon Reisman, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy; University of Maine at Machias/ Maine Public Policy Institute Scholar, Willie Soon, PhD, Science Director, Tech Central Station and Sallie Baliunas, PhD, Enviro- Science Editor, Tech Central Station.
Source: Tech Central Station Press release on ACIA

FUNDING

Tech Central Science Foundation or Tech Central Station has received $95,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

2003
$95,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Climate Change Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

James K. Glassman
Host of Tech Central Station
Source: TCS website 5/06

Iain Murray
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Murray

Sallie Baliunas
Enviro-Sci Host, Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Baliunas

Robert C. Balling Jr.
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Balling

David R. Legates
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Legates

Paul Reiter
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Reiter

Willie Soon
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Soon

Patrick J. Michaels
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Michaels

George H. Taylor
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Taylor

Roy W. Spencer
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Spencer

Marlo Lewis Jr.
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Lewis

Bob Carter
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Article - Carter

Alan Oxley
Host, Asia/Pacific; Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Oxley

Carlo Stagnaro
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Stagnaro

Vincent Gray
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Article - Gray

C.C. Kraemer
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Article - Kraemer

Robert E. Davis
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Article - Davis

Charles C. Francis
President/Director
Source: Tech Central Science Foundation 990

Steven F. Hayward
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Article - Hayward

Roger Bate
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Bate

Sandy Liddy Bourne
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Bourne

Paul Driessen
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Dreissen

Michael Fumento
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Fumento

Pete Geddes
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Geddes

Paul Georgia
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Georgia

James S. Gilmore III
"Big Shot" Interviewee
Source: Tech Central Station Big Shot - Gilmore

Dick Armey
"Big Shot" Interviewee
Source: Tech Central Station Big Shot - Armey

Ronald Bailey
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Bailey

Newt Gingrich
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Gingrich

Kenneth Green
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Green

Christopher C. Horner
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Horner

Richard Lindzen
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Bio Lindzen

Steven Milloy
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Milloy

Richard Perle
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Perle

Donald Rumsfeld
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station

Patricia "Lynn" Scarlett
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Scarlett

Malcolm Wallop
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Wallop

Sen. James Inhofe
favorite
Source: Tech Central- Glassman 12/03

Tim Patterson, PhD
Signed letter to Sen.McCain Nov 2004 on Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment
Source: Tech Central Station Press release on ACIA

Anthony Lupo, PhD

Source: Tech Central Station Press release on ACIA

Tim Ball, PhD
signed TCS letter to McCain 10-16-04
Source: Tech Central Station Press release on ACIA

James N. Schulz
Vice President, Tech Central Science Foundation
Source: Tech Central Science Foundation 990

Ralph R. Brown
Secretary, Tech Central Science Foundation
Source: Tech Central Science Foundation 990

Douglas M. Goodyear
Director, Tech Central Science Foundation
Source: Tech Central Science Foundation 990

Justin M. Peterson
Vice President, Tech Central Science Foundation
Source: Tech Central Science Foundation 990

Steven P. Greiner
Treasurer/Director, Tech Central Science Foundation
Source: Tech Central Science Foundation 990

Laurie A. Pieper
Assistant Treasurer, Tech Central Science Foundation
Source: Tech Central Science Foundation 990

Charles Francis
Co-Founder
Source: TCS Website (2006)

PEOPLE

Kendra Okonski
Writer
Source: Kendra Okonski - Sourcewatch

Henry Miller
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Miller

Walter Cunningham
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Cunningham

Gary D. Sharp
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station - Science Roundtable

James J. O'Brien
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station - Science Roundtable

Jon Reisman
Science Roundtable Member
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Reisman

Duane D. Freese
Columnist
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Freese

James Pinkerton
Columnist
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Pinkerton

Michael De Alessi
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Alessi

Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Crews

James V. DeLong
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - DeLong

Ben Lieberman
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Lieberman

Sally Satel MD
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Satel

Joel Schwartz
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Schwartz

Benjamin Zycher
Contributing Writer
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Zycher

Nick Schulz
Editor-in-Chief
Source: TCS website 5/06

SOURCES

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

Tech Central Station
Murray's description and links to articles on Tech Central Station
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biomurrayiain.html

"Et Tu, Edison?" TCS 4/27/04
Article by Marlo Lewis
http://www.techcentralstation.org/042704G.html

"Prosperity First," TCS 4/29/04
Article by Alan Oxley
http://www.techcentralstation.org/042904A.html

Tech Central Bio Lindzen
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biolindzenrichard.html

Tech Central- Glassman 12/03
Glassman describes Inhofe's work at COP-9 - breakfast interview
http://www.techcentralstation.com/121103F.html

Tech Central Station Press release on ACIA
vWASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today 11 climate experts sent a letter (please see below) to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) who is the Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee and is holding a full committee hearing this morning to hear testimony on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). In the letter, the climate experts respond to statements made in the ACIA that temperature changes in the Arctic provide an early indication of global warming. The signers of the letter point out that sediment and ice core samples show that the arctic has experienced past warming that can not be attributed to greenhouse gas concentrations. There is also a history of strong year-to-year variability of Arctic temperatures. The letter also calls for the need for advances in Arctic climate science in both models and measurements in order to assess a more complete picture of Arctic climate understanding. The following climate experts signed the letter: R. Tim Patterson, PhD, Professor of Geology at Carleton University; Tim Ball, PhD, Retired - Professor of Climatology at University of Winnipeg; Anthony Lupo, PhD, Professor of Atmospheric Science at University of Missouri - Columbia; David Legates, PhD, Associate Professor in Climatology at University of Delaware; Pat Michaels, PhD, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia; George Taylor, M.S. Meteorology; Gary D. Sharp, PhD Scientific Director, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study; Roy W. Spencer, PhD Principal Research Scientists, The University of Alabama in Huntsville; Jon Reisman, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy; University of Maine at Machias/ Maine Public Policy Institute Scholar, Willie Soon, PhD, Science Director, Tech Central Station and Sallie Baliunas, PhD, Enviro- Science Editor, Tech Central Station.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news/index_mail.shtml?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-16-2004/0002459044&EDATE=

Tech Central Station Bio - Baliunas
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biobaliunassallie.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Murray
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biomurrayiain.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Balling
http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioballingrobert.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Legates
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biolegatesdavid.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Miller
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biomillerhenry.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Reiter
http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioreiterpaul.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Soon
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biosoonwillie.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Michaels
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biomichaelspatrick.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Cunningham
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biocunninghamwalter.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Taylor
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biotaylorgeorge.html

Tech Central Station - Science Roundtable
http://www.techcentralstation.com/scienceroundtable.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Spencer
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biospencerroy.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Reisman
http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioreismanjon.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Lewis
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biolewismarlo.html

Tech Central Station Article - Carter
http://www.techcentralstation.com/050504A.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Oxley
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biooxleyalan.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Freese
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biofreeseduane.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Pinkerton
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biopinkertonjames.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Stagnaro
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biostagnarocarlo.html

Tech Central Station Article - Gray
http://www.techcentralstation.com/040804E.html

Tech Central Station Article - Kraemer
http://www.techcentralstation.com/022504D.html

Tech Central Station Article - Davis
http://techcentralstation.com/051205D.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Alessi
http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioalessimichael.html

Tech Central Station Article - Hayward
Don't Worry, Be Happy article 04/22/04
http://www.techcentralstation.com/042204B.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Bate
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biobateroger.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Bourne
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biobournealexandra.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Crews
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biocrewsclyde.html

Tech Central Station Bio - DeLong
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biodelongjames.html

Tech Central Science Foundation 990
http://www.guidestar.org/Documents/2002/412/066/2002-412066654-1-Z.pdf

Tech Central Station Bio - Dreissen
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biodreissenpaul.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Fumento
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biofumentomichael.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Geddes
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biogeddespete.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Georgia
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biogeorgiapaul.html

Tech Central Station Big Shot - Gilmore
http://www.techcentralstation.com/021600D.html

Tech Central Station Big Shot - Armey
http://www.techcentralstation.com/030100D.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Bailey
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biobaileyron.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Gingrich
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biogingrichnewt.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Green
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biogreenkenneth.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Horner
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biohornerchristopher.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Lieberman
http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioliebermanben.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Milloy
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biomilloysteven.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Perle
http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioperlerichard.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Satel
http://techcentralstation.com/biosatelsally.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Scarlett
http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioscarlettlynn.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Schwartz
http://www.techcentralstation.com/bioschwartzjoel.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Wallop
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biowallop.html

Tech Central Station Bio - Zycher
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biozycherbenjamin.html

TCS website 5/06
http://www.techcentralstation.com

TCS Website (2006)
http://www.tcsdaily.com/Article.aspx?id=120905I

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