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1150 17th Street NW.Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-862-5800 Fax: 202-862-7177 website: www.aei.org

With funding from conservative foundations and large corporations, AEI is one of the richest and most influential think tanks in the U.S. Areas of concern include both foreign and domestic policy, including global warming.

AEI promotes neo-conservative ideals and has close ties to the current Bush Administration. On February 26, 2003 President Bush was the key-note speaker at the American Enterprise Institute.

He enthused that, at AEI, "Some of the finest minds of our nation are at work on some of the greatest challenges to our nation. You do such good work that my administration has borrowed twenty such minds. I want to thank them for their service" (Quoted by J. Pilger (2004) the Case for Civil Disobedience in Tell Me Lies Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq, ed. D. Miller, Pluto Press, p25) AEI has been an avid opponent of the Kyoto protocol, as well as most other environmental regulations.

AEI climate science skeptics include James K. Glassman, also of ExxonMobil-funded Tech Central Station. ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond is on the AEI board of trustees. ExxonMobil gave AEI approximately $925,000 between 1998 and 2003. 

Key Quotes

29 April, 2004


"Take global climate policy, long a favorite bludgeon for the enviro-lobby. Environmental activists and foreign leaders have metaphorically all but shot, buried, exhumed, drawn, quartered, and cast to the four winds the Bush administration for 'abandoning' the Kyoto global warming treaty. Last year, however, proved to be a watershed in global climate policy and science that may vindicate the President's decision. For starters, the Kyoto treaty was politically doomed when Russia finally rejected it. Their reason? Putin's economic minister Andrei Illarionov told reporters the treaty would place 'significant limitations on the economic growth of Russia.' This was an especially serious setback for Kyoto backers, as the treaty's emissions-trading provisions already granted Russia a sweetheart economic deal." Source: "Where Are the Weapons of Mass Environmental Destruction?" AEOnline 4/29/04

1 September, 2001


"The key features of the climate change debate are large degrees of uncertainty and a long time horizon. Although it is fairly well-established that the Earth's atmosphere has warmed somewhat (one degree Fahrenheit) during the past century, it's not clear why this happened. The warming may have been due to human impositions (the burning of fossil fuels and other incidents of industrial growth), or to natural solar or climate variations, or to some of each. Whatever the causes, we don't know if future warming trends will be large or small, or whether the net environmental and economic consequences (including both beneficial and harmful effects) may be large or small."
Source: "The Kyoto Treaty Deserved to Die" AEOnline, 9/1/01


Deeds

2 August, 2002


Wrote to President Bush discouraging him from attending the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. Bush did not attend.
Source: "Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit," Africa News, 8/19/2002


Funding

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research has received $1,870,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$200,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 1998 Grants List

2000
$240,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$225,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Annual Report

2001
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
annual dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Annual Report

2002
$250,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
225K for general support, 25 K for project support
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Annual Report


2002
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
annual dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Annual Report


2002
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual Dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Annual Report

2003
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual Dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Corporate Giving Report

2003
$225,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Corporate Giving Report

2004
$5,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Annual Dinner
Source: Exxon Giving Report 2004

2004
$225,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Support
Source: Exxon Giving Report 2004

2005
$240,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Annual Dinner ($5,000) and General Operating Support ($235,000)
Source:ExxonMobil 2005 DIMENSIONS Report (Corporate Giving)

2006
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual dinner
Source: ExxonMobil Corporate Giving Report 2006

2006
$235,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
General operating support
Source: ExxonMobil Corporate Giving Report 2006


Key People

Michael Fumento
former resident fellow
Source: CLEAR d-base

Christopher DeMuth
President, Scholar
Source: www.aei.org

Newt Gingrich
Senior Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

James K. Glassman
Senior Fellow and Editor-In-Chief, The American
Source: AEI Glassman bio May 2007

Robert W. Hahn
Resident Scholar
Source: www.aei.org

Steven F. Hayward
F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Richard Perle
Resident Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Lee R. Raymond
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Murray L. Weidenbaum
Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

Roger Bate
Visiting Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Samuel Thernstrom
Managing Editor, AEI Press, and Director, W. H. Brady Program on Culture and Freedom
Source: www.aei.org

Jeremy Rabkin
Council of Academic Advisors member
Source: www.aei.org

Dick Cheney
former Senior Fellow, former Trustee, AEI Speaker
Source: www.aei.org

Kenneth Green
Resident Scholar
Source: www.aei.org

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