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FACTSHEET: American Council on Science and Health, ACSH

DETAILS

1995 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-362-7044
Fax: 212-362-4919

ACSH's stated goal is to "bring common sense back into the public health debate." ACSH has more than 300 sicence and public policy experts on its advisory boards.

ACSH is interested in wide ranging issues, from tobacco to pesticides to climate change. With the exception of tobacco, ACSH usually takes the position that the environmental or health threat in question is not a serious risk. One of ACSH's early funding appeals was made directly to the Manufacturing Chemists Association (later called the Chemical Manufacturers Association and currently the American Chemistry Council). The March 16, 1978 board minutes show MCA director William J. Driver noting that ACSH founder and president Elizabeth Whelan had founded "a tax-exempt organization composed of scientists whose viewpoints are more similar to those of business than dissimilar... Dr. Whelan would be happy to hear from [MCA members who] are interested in the work of the council and know of possible sources of funds." (Dr. Whelan has a PhD in public health from Harvard). ACSH no longer routinely publishes the names of its funders, but over the years, corporate funders have included American Cyanamid, American Meat Institute, Amoco, Anheuser-Busch, Archer Daniels Midland, Boise Cascade, Chevron, Ciba-Geigy, Coors, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Exxon, Ford Motor Co., General Mills, General Motors, Kraft General Foods, National Agricultural Chemicals Association, NutraSweet Co. (Monsanto), Shell Oil, Union Carbide Corp., Uniroyal Chemical Co., and USX Corp. ACSH denies that its funders influence its policy positions. (ACSH website 3/18/04).

KEY QUOTES

14 October, 1997
"[I]f global climate change occurs as gradually as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted, policymakers can safely take several decades to plan a response, and scientists will have enough time to develp cost-effective and anti-climate-change strategies. Implementation of current proposals for mitigation measures--measures to stabilize the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere--would be both costly and ineffective."
Source: "Global Climate Change and Human Health," ACSH 10/97

KEY DEEDS

14 October, 1997
Published a position paper entitled "Global Climate Change and Human Health." The paper presents the argument that the possible public health threats posed by climate change are problems that already exist. ACSH advocates treating these health threats worldwide, rather than taking steps to prevent climate change. They argue that emissions regulations would have negative effects on developing countries' economies, which would therefore prevent public health improvements.
Source: "Global Climate Change and Human Health," ACSH 10/97

FUNDING

American Council on Science and Health has received $165,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

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

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

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

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

2004
$15,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Climate Change
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$25,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$25,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

2008
$15,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: EXXON FOUNDATION AND CORPORATE GIVING 2008

around 1990
$unknown Exxon Corporation
Source: Jan/Feb/March 1991 Greenpeace Mag.

around 1994, 1996
$unknown Mobil Foundation
something about a $15,000 grant in 1997 Right Guide, but donŐt know what year it was given.
Source: 1997 Right Guide, 'Masks of Deception'

KEY PEOPLE

S. Fred Singer
Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Patrick J. Michaels
Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

A. Alan Moghissi
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Kenneth Green
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Sallie Baliunas
Position Paper Reviewer
Source: "Global Climate Change and Human Health," ACSH 10/97

Thomas Gale Moore
Position Paper Reviewer
Source: "Global Climate Change and Human Health," ACSH 10/97

PEOPLE

Elizabeth Whelan
President
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

Todd Seavey
Director of Publications & Editor in Chief, HealthFactsAndFears.com
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Jeff Stier
Associate Director
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Henry Miller
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

John H. Moore
Chairman, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Dennis T. Avery
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Robert Helms
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Jay H. Lehr
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Henry G. Manne
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

C.S. Prakash
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Sally Satel MD
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Joel Schwartz
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Mark J. Utell
Advisor
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Elissa P. Benedek
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Norman E. Borlaug
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Michael B. Bracken
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Christine M. Bruhn
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Taiwo K. Danmola
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Thomas R. DeGregori
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Albert G. Nickel
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Kenneth M. Prager
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Steven S. Sternberg
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Mark C. Taylor
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Lorraine Thelian
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Kimberly M. Thompson
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Robert J. White
Member, Board of Directors
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Ruth Kava
Director of Nutrition
Source: ACSH website 4/04

Gilbert L. Ross
Medical Director
Source: ACSH website 4/04

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

1997 Right Guide, 'Masks of Deception'
1997 Right Guide, 'Masks of Deception'

Jan/Feb/March 1991 Greenpeace Mag.
Jan/Feb/March 1991 Greenpeace Mag.

ACSH website 4/04
http://www.acsh.org/

"Global Climate Change and Human Health," ACSH 10/97
A position paper by the American Council on Science an Health
http://www.acsh.org/publications/reports/global.pdf

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 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

EXXON FOUNDATION AND CORPORATE GIVING 2008
http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/community_contributions_report.aspx