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FACTSHEET: William OKeefe

DETAILS

CEO, George C. Marshall Institute.
President and Founder, Solutions Consulting, Inc. Member, Board of Directors, Competitive Enterprise Institute. Registered lobbyist, ExxonMobil Corporation. President Emeritus, Global Climate Coalition. Former Senior Vice President, Jellinek, Schwartz and Conolly, Inc. Former Chief Administrative Officer, Center for Naval Analyses. Bio: http://www.marshall.org/experts.php?id=83 and http://www.cei.org/pages/wokeefe.cfm

According to federal lobbying records, O'Keefe was a paid lobbyist for ExxonMobil, 2001-2005 on the issues of environment and climate change, with contacts with the White House and the Office of Management and Budget. He writes frequently about climate change in his role at the George C. Marshall Institute.

O'Keefe has a long history of involvement with the fossil fuel industry. O'Keefe served as Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, a position he held until 2000.

KEY DEEDS

4 April, 2002
O'Keefe was a guest on NPR's "Morning Edition," contributing to a discussion about IPCC Chairman Robert Watson, who called for regulations of the fossil fuel industries. O'Keefe argued that Watson's conclusions were not scientifically justified. The same program mentioned that ExxonMobil had written to the White House, criticizing Watson and requesting that he be replaced.
Source: Transcript, "US government decides not to back current head of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change," Morning Edition, 4/4/02

9 June, 2000
Appeared on an NBC Nightly News report on the Clinton Administration's "National Analysis of the Long Term Consequences of Global Warming." O'Keefe said of the report "Everybody who has read the full document comes to the same conclusion. That it is a document that is designed to scare, not to enlighten, to mislead, not inform. And that's unfortunate."
Source: Transcript, NBC Nightly News 6/9/00

ORGANIZATIONS

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Source: CEI website, 3/04

George C. Marshall Institute
Source: George Marshall Institute website 5/06

American Petroleum Institute
Source: "Earth Last," The American Prospect, 5/7/04

Global Climate Coalition
Source: George Marshall Institute website 4/04

United for Jobs
Source: United for Jobs June 30, 2004

ExxonMobil Corporation
Source: House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, Lobbying Disclosure Registration

SOURCES

CEI website, 3/04
http://www.cei.org

George Marshall Institute website 4/04
http://www.marshall.org

"Earth Last," The American Prospect, 5/7/04
article by Chris Mooney
http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewPrint&articleId=7603

Transcript, "US government decides not to back current head of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change," Morning Edition, 4/4/02

Transcript, NBC Nightly News 6/9/00

United for Jobs June 30, 2004
essay "Climate Change Trojan Horse" attacking McCain Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act
http://www.unitedforjobs2004.org/ufj/wrapper.jsp?PID=8040-5&CID=8040-063004A

House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, Lobbying Disclosure Registration
2005 Lobbying registration for O'Keefe lobbying for Exxon
http://clerk.house.gov/pd/houseID.html?reg_id=34946

George Marshall Institute website 5/06
http://www.marshall.org