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FACTSHEET: CFACT - Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, CFACT

DETAILS

P.O. Box 65722 Washington, DC 20035
Phone: 202-429-2737
The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), a free-market policy organization, was created to offer a "new voice" on consumer and environmental issues.

CFACT, established in 1985, is a member and organizer of the Cooler Heads Coalition and the National Consumer Coalition. According to its website "CFACT is...working to promote free-market and safe technological solutions to such growing concerns as energy production, waste-management, food production and processing, air and water quality, wildlife protection and much more." The free market think tank focuses on campus organizing and getting their message to the public through research, media exposure, and a national radio commentary called "Just the Facts" that is broadcast on 300 stations daily. CFACT's Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors is a who's who of climate skeptics and industry-funded scientists. Their semi-monthly newsletter, "Citizen Outlook," includes an update on news from the environmental movement called "From the Dark Side," a title indicative of the contempt CFACT's members have for all facets of environmentalism. CFACT's President and Executive Director, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker "are two of the primary voices seeking to provide a positive alternative to major environmental groups like Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and Friends of the Earth." according to the CFACT website. CFACT received $710, 000 between 1991 and 2002 from Richard Mellon Scaife controlled foundations, the Carthage Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation. (http://www.mediatransparency.org/search_results/info_on_any_recipient.php?recipientID=1379)

KEY QUOTES

12 November, 2001
"In short, as science becomes more advanced it seems that the one thing is clear: While ice caps may be growing, and coral reefs are remaining resilient, the one thing that is dwindling for sure is the case for global warming."
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03

7 April, 2004
"President Bush, of course, deserves even more credit for showing leadership in putting the breaks on this misguided treaty. When he first refused to go along with the Kyoto Protocol, howls of protest went up from those decrying his insensitivity to addressing this 'pressing' problem. Since then, however, nations such as Japan, Australia, Russia, and now Germany have likewise backpeddled on Kyoto compliance. One can't help but think, now in this baseball season, that maybe this President, a former owner of the Texas Rangers, knows when, and when not, to play ball."
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03

KEY DEEDS

7 June, 2002
President David Rothbard 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

2 August, 2002
Wrote to President Bush, discouraging him from attending the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. Bush did not attend.
Source: "Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit," Africa News, 8/19/2002

27 September, 2000
In 2000, The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and the National Center for Public Policy Research awarded Congressman Helen Chenoweth- Hage (R-ID) the new "Friend of American Freedom Award" for her support of private property rights.
Source: U.S. Newswire, September 27, 2000

FUNDING

CFACT - Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow has received $582,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$110,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
project support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$35,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$35,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$25,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Climate Change Issues
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$47,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$35,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Climate Change Issues
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$40,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Grassroots Efforts on Climate Change Issues
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$90,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
DISCREPANCY: 2005 Corporate Giving Report: no description. IRS 990 Form 2005: Climate Change Activities.
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$70,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$40,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

Sallie Baliunas
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Michael Fumento
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Craig Rucker
Executive Director
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

David Rothbard
President
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Patrick J. Michaels
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03

A. Alan Moghissi
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Bruce Ames
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Roger Bate
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Hugh Ellsaesser
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Robert W. Poole
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Elizabeth Whelan
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Paul Driessen
Senior Fellow
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Robert C. Balling Jr.
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

James Bovard
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Patrick J. Michaels
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Dennis T. Avery
Advisor
Source: CFACT "Should we believe the latest UN Climate Report?" April 2, 2007

Bryan Leyland
Led CFACT delegation at UNFCCC conference in Bali, December 2007
Source: CFACT bali report

Christopher Monckton
registered delegate, Bali UNFCCC meeting, 2007
Source: Bali UNFCC list of participants

PEOPLE

Sherwood Idso
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Craig Idso
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03

Frederick Seitz
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Marcelo Alonso
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

E. Calvin Beisner
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

James Bennett
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Ben Bloch
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Gilbert Brown
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Bernard Cohen
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Joseph D. DeLuca
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Thomas diLorenzo
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Jaap C. Hanekamp
Former member of the Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03

Howard Hayden
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Andrew P. Hull
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Edward S. Josephson
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Jacqueline Kasun
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Kelvin Kemm
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Berit Kjos
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Gerald R. Kleinfeld PhD
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Manfred Kroger, PhD
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

William H. Lash
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Tung-Ching Lee
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Leon Louw
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

David Maillie
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Eric Mood
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Kenneth L. Mossman
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Harry N.A. Priem PhD
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Michael Sanera
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Fr. Robert A. Sirico
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

James H. Steele
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Ruthann Swanson
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

I.W. (Irwin) Tucker
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

Gerd-Ranier Weber
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

John Zarling
Former Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03

Owen Mcshane
on CFACT delegation to UNFCCC bali conference Dec 07
Source: CFACT bali report

Vincent Gray
On CFACT delegation at UNFCCC conference in Bali, December 07
Source: CFACT bali report

David  Evans
part of "Team Bali" lobby team 2007 at UNFCCC meeting
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow Bali report

Joanne  Nova
on "Team Bali" lobby team, 2007
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow Bali report

Owen Mcshane
member of "team bali" 2007 unfccc lobby team
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow Bali report

Marc Morano

Source: CFACT - Marc Morano

SOURCES

ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4388

ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4386

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

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT
http://www.cfact.org

"Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit," Africa News, 8/19/2002

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

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

U.S. Newswire, September 27, 2000
Press releasce from NCPPR and CFACT

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

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06
www.CFACT.org

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

CFACT "Should we believe the latest UN Climate Report?" April 2, 2007
http://www.cfact.org/site/view_article.asp?idCategory=10&idarticle=1221

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

CFACT bali report
Report on CFACT delegation's activities at the UNFCCC conference in Bali, December 2007.
http://www.cfact.org/site/view_article.asp?idCategory=21&idarticle=1355

ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=download&d=4586

Bali UNFCC list of participants
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2007/cop13/eng/inf01p02.pdf

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow Bali report
http://www.cfact.org/a/1194/Special-report-from-UN-climate-conference-in-Bali

CFACT - Marc Morano
http://www.cfact.org/a/1698/CFACTs-Marc-Morano-recognized-for-outstanding-journalism