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FACTSHEET: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty,

DETAILS

161 Ottawa NW. #301 Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-454-3080
The Acton Institute is a conservative, religious-based public policy organization. The environment, which includes energy policy and global warming, is one of seven areas of organizational focus.

The Acton Institute is named after Lord Acton, a nineteenth century British historian and philosopher. The Acton Institute's mission is "to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles." The organization carries out its mission through publications, seminars, and its center for academic research. Environment is one area of research for the Acton Institute, and is divided into sub-categories that include "Economics & Environmentalism" and "Science & Ecology". The organization subscribes to market-based environmental theories, and believes God has given humans dominion over the natural world. Publications readily available on the group's web site include: "Thou Shalt Not Burn Fossil Fuels: Global Warming and Religious Faith," an anti-Kyoto Protocol article by Michael Barkey, and "Global Warming or Global Baloney? The Forgotten Case for Global Cooling," by Phil Brennan, which promotes the idea that the idea of global warming is a socialist attempt to take over the United States. The Acton Insittute's Environmental Stewardship web page (http://www.acton.org/ppolicy/environment/) links to the Cato Institute,Competitive Enterprise Institute, theFree-Market Environmental network, Green-Watch, the Heartland Institute and the Heritage Foundation, among others.

FUNDING

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty has received $315,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

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

2000
$40,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$35,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
20K Environmental Outreach Initiative 15K General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$30,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$50,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$50,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$50,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

Fr. Robert A. Sirico
President and Co-Founder
Source: Acton Institute website 4/04

Steve Goreham

Source: DeSmogBlog profile Anthony Watts

Kris Alan Mauren
executive director and founder
Source: Acton - Kris Mauren

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

Acton Institute website 4/04
http://www.acton.org

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

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

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

DeSmogBlog profile Anthony Watts
http://www.desmogblog.com/anthony-watts

Acton - Kris Mauren
http://www.acton.org/about/staff/kris-alan-mauren