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FACTSHEET: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Center for the Study of CO2 and Climate Change

DETAILS

P.O Box 25697 Tempe, AZ 85285-5697
Phone: 480-966-3719
Fax: 480-966-0758

The Center's current mission is to "disseminate factual reports and sound commentary on new developments in the world-wide scientific quest to determine the climatic and biological consequences of the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content."

The Center means of disseminating information, their magazine and website CO2 Science, includes articles both questioning the existence of climate change as well as touting the benefits to the biosphere from carbon dioxide enrichment. All aspects of climate change and its predicted effects - from melting ice caps to species extinction, to more severe weather - are criticized by the Center and either refuted or presented as beneficial. Fred Palmer, head of Western Fuels, said about the center: "The Center's viewpoint is a needed antidote to the misleading and usually erroneous scientific claims emanating from the Federal scientific establishment and adopted by leading politicians, such as Vice President Al Gore." The Center has since tried to distance itself from the Western Fuels Association, however, the Center is run by Keith and Craig Idso, along with their father, Sherwood. Both Idso brothers have been on the Western Fuels payroll at one time or another. Keith Idso, then a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, was a paid expert witness for Western Fuels Association at a 1995 Minnesota Public Utilities commission hearing in St. Paul, MN, along with MIT's Richard Lindzen, Patrick Michaels, and Robert Balling (The Heat is On). According to news from Basin Electr ic, a Western Fuels Association member, Craig Idso produced a report, "The Greening of Planet Earth." Its Progression from Hypothesis to Theory," in January 1998 for the Western Fuels Association (Basin Electric Latest News no date given).

KEY QUOTES

25 July, 2001
"Suffice it to say for now, there is no compelling reason to believe there will necessarily be any global warming as a result of the activities of man, especially those activities that result in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere."
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

KEY DEEDS

3 November, 2003
Issued a report, entitled "Enhanced or Impaired? Human Health in a CO2-Enriched Warmer World," arguing that global warming would be beneficial to humans.
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

29 July, 2003
Issued a report entitled "Study Debunks Claims of Warming-Induced Extinctions" arguing that global warming will be beneficial to biodiversity, rather than decreasing it as is generally accepted.
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change Report 7/29/03

FUNDING

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change has received $100,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$10,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
project support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

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

2005
$25,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$10,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
DISCREPANCY: 2005 Corporate Giving Report: no description. IRS 990 form 2005: Climate Change Activities.
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

Sherwood Idso
President
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

Craig Idso
Chairman, Founder & former President
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

Keith Idso
Vice President
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

A. Alan Moghissi
Science and Policy Advisor Board Member
Source: www.co2science.org/center.htm

PEOPLE

Donald G. Baker
Science and Policy Advisory Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

W. Dennis Clark
Science and Policy Advisory Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

Donald Paul Hodel
Science and Policy Advisory Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

Kirill Ya. Kondratyev
Science and Policy Advisory Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

Irakli Lodladze
Science and Policy Advisory Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

M. Mihkel Mathiesen
Science and Policy Advisory Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

William E. Reifsnyder
Scientific and Policy Advisor Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

Clinton H. Sheehan
Scientific and Policy Advisor Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

George H. Taylor
Science and Policy Advisory Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

Kenneth E.F. Watt
Scientific and Policy Advisor Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

Sylvan H. Wittwer
Scientific and Policy Advisor Board Member
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

SOURCES

ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4390

Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report
Exxon Dimensions report 1998- Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4385

www.co2science.org/center.htm
http://www.co2science.org/center.htm

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04
http://www.co2science.org/center.htm

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

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change Report 7/29/03
"Study Debunks Claims of Warming-Induced Extinctions"
http:///www.co2science.org/scripts/Template/0_CO2ScienceB2C/pdf/extinctpr.pdf

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