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FACTSHEET: Hudson Institute,

DETAILS

Hernan Kahn Center 5395 Emerson Way Indianapolis, IN 46226
Phone: 317-545-1000
Fax: 317-545-9639

Hudson Institute is a conservative think tank that runs a number of research centers including the Center for Global Food Issues, which promotes pesticides and biotechnology. The institute also opposes organic agriculture.

In its value statement, Hudson declares, "We demonstrate commitment to free markets and individual responsibility, confidence in the power of technology to assist progress, respect for the importance of culture and religion in human affairs, and determination to preserve America's national security." (hudson.org) Dennis Avery, Hudson's primary critic of organic produce, also serves as the resident global warming skeptic. Recent articles by Avery include, "Does Carbon Dioxide Really Affect Temperatures?" and "New Science Says Global Warming Will Be Moderate."

KEY QUOTES

4 September, 2003
"For a decade, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has pushed the theory of fierce man-made global warming, supposedly caused by burning fossil fuels. It would theoretically drive temperatures up as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The IPCC wants American to join the Kyoto Protocol, quickly doubling U.S. energy prices, without making much impact on the warming. However, most of the earth's recent warming occurred before 1940, and thus before much greenhouse gas was released by human factories and cars. The headlines scream that recent temperatures are 'the highest ever recorded' but the records go back only to 1860, during the world's recovery from the Little Ice Age."
Source: Hudson Institute website 4/04

4 November, 2003
"Critical to the Marshall analysis is the reality that higher CO2 levels act as fertilizer for trees and plants, and that higher CO2 levels also reduce the amount of energy 'wasted' by virtually all plant species on a process called photorespiration. As long as temperatures and CO2 are both rising, trees and plants will be vigorous enough to exploit warming's opportunities to expand their range, rather than getting death notices from Greenpeace."
Source: "Global Warming and the Fortune of Species," American Outlook Today, 11/4/03

FUNDING

Hudson Institute has received $25,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1995
$unknown Exxon Corporation
Source: Hudson Institute Literature 1995

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

2005
$10,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

Michael Fumento
Senior Fellow
Source: Hudson Institute website 4/04

Dennis T. Avery
Senior Fellow, Director of Center for Global Food Issues
Source: Hudson Institute website 4/04

Roy Innis
Board Member
Source: Hudson Institute website 4/04

Alex T. Avery
Director of Research and Education, Center for Global Food Issues
Source: Hudson Institute - Alex Avery bio

PEOPLE

Robert H. Bork
Distinguished Fellow
Source: Hudson Institute website 4/04

Richard Perle
Trustee
Source: Hudson Institute website 4/04

SOURCES

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

Hudson Institute Literature 1995
Hudson Institute Literature 1995

Hudson Institute website 4/04
http://www.hudson.org

"Global Warming and the Fortune of Species," American Outlook Today, 11/4/03
publication of the Hudson Institute article by Dennis Avery
http://www.hudson.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=publication_details&id=3092

Hudson Institute - Alex Avery bio
http://www.hudson.org/learn/index.cfm?fuseaction=staff_bio&eid=AverAlex

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