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FACTSHEET: National Environmental Policy Institute, NEPI

DETAILS

1401 K Street NW, M-103 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-857-4784
Fax: 202-833-5977

The National Environmental Policy Institute is an anti-regulatory Washington, D.C think tank that specifically promotes abolishing environmental regulations on business. Supporting companies have included Bethlehem Steel, Exxon, and Shell Oil.

According to NEPI's website, NEPI critiques environmental regulation through " incorporation of sound science, consideration of risks, costs, and benefits of proposed regulation or statute" and its goal is "to foster common-sense approaches to environmental policymaking" (http://www.nepi.org/aboutnepi.htm). In addition to its Congressional Advisory Board, NEPI has a State Advisory Board consisting of State legislators.

QUOTES

"In view of the considerable economic consequence of reducing greenhouse gases, the science supporting global climate policy must be sound. Significant societal impacts will result if mitigation strategies are not well conceived...If the fundamental science upon which a mitigation strategy is based is questionable, the efficacy of the mitigation may have greater unintended environmental and economic consequences than perceived benefits. In short, policymakers might create more problems than they have solved. Therefore, by enhancing our understanding of the science, our responses and investments become more effective."
Source: NEPI website 4/04

KEY DEEDS

31 March, 1999
Held a conference for scientists entitled "Global Environmental Change: Research Pathways for the Next Decade." Organizers and speakers included several noted climate change skeptics. NEPI later released a report, based on the conference, advocating greater research on climate change itself, but not on mitigation strategies.
Source: NEPI Global Environmental Change Conference Report, 7/99

FUNDING

National Environmental Policy Institute has received $75,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$25,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$25,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$25,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

KEY PEOPLE

Robert W. Hahn
Advisor
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Patricia "Lynn" Scarlett
Advisor
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Kenneth Green
former Project Writer
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Marlo Lewis Jr.
Workshop Attendee
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

PEOPLE

Don Ritter
Chairman and President
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Al Swift
Vice Chairman
Source: NEPI website 4/04

J. Gregory Planicka
Director of Programs
Source: NEPI website 4/04

E. Don Elliot
Advisor
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Mary A. Gade
Advisor
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Ben Henneke
Advisor
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Kathy Prosser
Advisor
Source: NEPI website 4/04

James D. "Jim" Wilson
Advisor
Source: NEPI website 4/04

John Breaux
Senate Co-Chairman, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Robert G. Torricelli
Senate Co-Chairman, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Arlen Specter
Senate Co-Chairman, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Mike Oxley
House Co-Chairman, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

John Spratt
House Co-Chairman, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

George Brown
Member, Congressional Advisory Board Member
Source: NEPI website 4/04

John Conyers Jr.
Member, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Bart Gordon
Member, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Pete Hoekstra
Member, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Nancy Johnson
Member, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Pete Visclosky
Member, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Brian Bilbray
Member, Congressional Advisory Board
Source: NEPI website 4/04

Mary Beatty
former Executive Director
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

F. Scott Bush
former Senior Advisor
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

Fred Ellerbusch
former Senior Fellow
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

Peter H. Stone
former Workshop Speaker
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

Martin Wahlen
former Workshop Speaker
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

Rattan Lal
former Workshop Speaker
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

Stephen E. Schwartz
former Workshop Speaker
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

Judith L. Lean
former Workshop Speaker
Source: "Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99

SOURCES

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

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

NEPI website 4/04
http://www.nepi.org

"Global Environmental Change," NEPI 3/31/99
Report from workshop held by National Environmental Policy Institute
http://www.nepi.org/pubs/gcsreport.PDF

NEPI Global Environmental Change Conference Report, 7/99
http://www.nepi.org/pubs/gcsreport.PDF