Documenting Exxon-Mobil's funding of climate change skeptics.

List Organizations

Launch Flash Application

Search Exxon Secrets using Google Search:

A

project.

FACTSHEET: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, CDFE

DETAILS

12500 NE 10th Place.Liberty Park.Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: 425-455-5038
Fax: 425-451-3959

Since the late 1980's, CDFE has been at the center of the "wise use" movement.

Alan Gottlieb, a former tax felon, founded CDFE in 1974 along with two gun groups: Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the Second Amendment Foundation. Other Gottlieb ventures include the Free Enterprise Press (book publisher), American Press Syndicate, and American Broadcasting Network. CDFE's Free Enterprise Press has published several books by CDFE executive vice president Ron Arnold, including Ecology Wars (1987) which includes a chapter "Defeating Environmentalism" and Ecoterror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature, the World of the Unabomber (1997). Ron Arnold is considered originator of the term "Wise Use," and Arnold has credited himself with starting the back-lash campaign against environmentalists. In 1991 Arnold told the New York Times, "We [CDFE] created a sector of public opinion that didn't used to exist. No one was aware that environmentalism was a problem until we came along." Arnold, a former Dow Chemical consultant, was also head of Washington State chapter of the American Freedom Coalition, the political arm of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church from 1989-91 (Western States Center fact sheet). CDFE organized the first Multiple Use Strategy Conference (now Wise Use Leadership Conference) in Reno, NV in 1988 which led to the twenty-five point "Wise Use Agenda." Included in the agenda was "Immediate wise development of the petroleum resources of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" and "Passage of the Global Warming Prevention Act to convert in a systematic manner all decaying and oxygen using forest growth on the National Forests into young stands of oxygen producing, carbon dioxide-absorbing trees to help ameliorate the rate of global warming." CDFE executive veep Ron Arnold has since been quoted saying "There isn't any such thing" as global warming (CLEAR fact sheet). The CDFE website features categories such as "EPA-probe" and "co-imperialism" and the latest headlines from the bastion of right-wing journalism, Fox News. CDFE runs two other websites: Undue Influence - "racking the environmental movement, money, power, and harm" (http://www.undueinfluence.com/), and the anti-Rainforest Action Network site "RANamuck" where they talk about Rainforest Action Network's ties to other radical groups and "their anti-capitalist ideology, and their lawless and dangerous activities." Among other things, the site features a link to send email to the Turner Foundation asking it to stop funding RAN. Known funders have included the Coors Foundation, Georgia Pacific, Louisiana-Pacific, MacMillan Bloedel, Pacific Lumber, ExxonMobil Education Foundation, DuPont, Agricultural Products Division, Boise Cascade, Seneca Sawmills, Sun Studs, Burkland Lumber and the F.M. Kirby Foundation. (From http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Center_for_the_Defense_of_Free_Enterprise)

KEY QUOTES

"We are sick to death of environmentalism and so we will destroy it. We will not allow our right to own property and use nature's resources for the benefit of mankind to be stripped from us by a bunch of eco-facists."--Ron Arnold
Source: "New, militant antienvironmentalists fight to return nature to a back seat." Boston Globe, January 13, 1992

"Facts don't really matter. In politics, perception is reality." -- Ron Arnold
Source: Outside Magazine, December 1991

QUOTES

19 December, 1991
"We want to destroy environmentalists by taking away their money and their members." --Ron Arnold
Source: "Fund Raisers Tap Anti- Environmentalism." The New York Times, December 19, 1991.

KEY DEEDS

7 June, 2002
Senior Fellow Paul Driessen signed a letter to President Bush, asking him to withdraw the "Climate Action Report 2002" and demand that it be rewritten based on "sound science". The letter also recommends that Bush "dismiss or re-assign all administration employees who are not pursuing your agenda, just as you have done in several similar instances."
Source: Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report 6/7/02

DEEDS

4 February, 2004
Paul Driessen, CDFE Senior Fellow, testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources, along with representatives of the Congress of Racial Equality. Driessen argued that environmentalists' opposition to fossil fuels were contributing to poverty in third world countries.
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

9 June, 1998
Ron Arnold, who has being trying to make coterrorist and environmentalist synonymous since the mid1990s, testified before a congressional committee in 1998 on the subject of "eco-terrorism." He defined "eco-terror" explicitly to include civil disobedience. In his testimony, Arnold argued: "For the past five years, our members have routinely contacted our headquarters to report crimes committed against them of a type we've come to call eco-terrorism, that is a crime committed to save nature. These crimes generally take the form of equipment vandalism, but may include package bombs, blockades using physical force to obstruct workers from going where they have a right to go, and invasions of private or government offices to commit the crime of civil disobedience"
Source: House Crime Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, June 9, 1998

FUNDING

Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise has received $230,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

2003
$40,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Global Climate Change Issues
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$130000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Global Climate Change Issues
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$60,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
DISCREPANCY: Corporate Giving Report: no description. IRS 990 form 2005: Global Climate Change Issues.
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

late 80s, early 90s?
$unknown Exxon Corporation
Source: Greenpeace Guide

KEY PEOPLE

Alan M. Gottlieb
President
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Ron Arnold
Executive Vice President
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Paul Driessen
Senior Fellow
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

PEOPLE

Robert J. Bidinotto
Senior Fellow
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Jon Reisman
Senior Scholar
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Diana White Horse Capp
Adjunct Fellow
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Alan Caruba
Adjunct Scholar
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Merrill R. Jacobs
Secretary, Board of Directors
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Julianne Versnel
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Nick Nichols
Senior Fellow
Source: CDFE website 2007

SOURCES

Greenpeace Guide
Greenpeace Guide

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

Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04
http://www.cdfe.org

Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report 6/7/02
http://www.cei.org/gencon/027,03051.cfm

"Fund Raisers Tap Anti- Environmentalism." The New York Times, December 19, 1991.

"New, militant antienvironmentalists fight to return nature to a back seat." Boston Globe, January 13, 1992
Boston Globe interview

Outside Magazine, December 1991

House Crime Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, June 9, 1998
ecoterror hearings

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

CDFE website 2007
http://www.cdfe.org/staff.htm