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

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FACTSHEET: Independent Institute,

DETAILS

100 Swan Way Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: 510-632-1366
Fax: 510-568-6040

Founded in 1985, The conservative Independent Institute is "a non-profit, non-politicized, scholarly research and educational organization which sponsors comprehensive studies of major economic, social and environmental problems."

The Institute has sponsored climate skeptic Fred Singer and has been a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition. The Institute's Web site quotes praise from many luminaries, including Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese, and William Niskanen of the Cato Institute. In 1999, the Independent Institute came under fire for being not so independent. A 18 September New York Times piece outlined how the Independent Institute put out full paged newspaper ads bank-rolled by Microsoft. The ads supported Microsoft's claim of innocence in the face of federal anti-trust charges. According to The New York Times, Microsoft paid for the ads and was also the largest individual donor to the organization that year (David Callahan, "The Think Tank as Flack," Washington Monthly, November 1999).

QUOTES

10 November, 2003
"Thus, human-induced climate warming, although expected from greenhouse theory, is difficult to demonstrate and likely to remain insignificant in comparison to natural climate variations."
Source: S. Fred Singer Article 11/10/03

KEY DEEDS

28 July, 2003
Released a report entitled "New Changes in Climate Science: What the EPA Isn't Telling Us". Written by a panel of climate change skeptics, the report argued that scientific models that predict global warming are based on faulty science and that if warming occurred, it would not adversely impact humans.
Source: Independent Institute Press Release 7/28/03

FUNDING

Independent Institute has received $85,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

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

2000
$5,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$5,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$10,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$10,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$30,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

Thomas Gale Moore
board of advisors
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

David R. Legates
former Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Frederick Seitz
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

S. Fred Singer
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

John Christy
Panel on Global Warming
Source: Independent Institute Press Release 7/28/03

Robert E. Davis
Panel on Global Warming
Source: Independent Institute Press Release 7/28/03

PEOPLE

Martin Anderson
Board of Advisors
Source: Independent Institute Website 3/04

Charles Murray
Board of Advisors member
Source: Independent Institute Website 3/04

William A. Niskanen
Board of Advisors member
Source: Independent Institute Website 3/04

Michael Novak
Board of Advisors member
Source: Independent Institute Website 3/04

Gordon Tullock
Board of Advisors member
Source: Independent Institute Website 3/04

Walter Williams
Board of Advisors member
Source: Independent Institute Website 3/04

David J. Theroux
Founder, President & CEO
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Robert Higgs
Senior Fellow in Political Economy
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Richard Vedder
Senior Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Daniel K. Benjamin
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Donald J. Boudreaux
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Thomas diLorenzo
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Richard A. Epstein
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Peter Huber
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Roger E. Meiners
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Paul Craig Roberts
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Richard L. Stroup
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Bruce Yandle
Research Fellow
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Martin Anderson
Advisor
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Wendy M. Novicoff
Panel on Global Warming
Source: Independent Institute Press Release 7/28/03

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

Independent Institute Website 3/04
http://www.independent.org

Independent Institute website 4/04
http://www.independent.org/

Independent Institute Press Release 7/28/03
http://www.independent.org/tii/content/press_rel/press_030728.html

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

S. Fred Singer Article 11/10/03
http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1234

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

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