American Legislative Exchange Council

American Legislative Exchange Council

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has long attacked climate science and climate policy. Climate Investigations Center monitors and investigates ALEC’s efforts to eliminate public policy advances related to climate change and obscure climate science.

“ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through the secretive meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on ‘model bills’ to change our rights that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line at public expense. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers.”- EXPOSEDbyCMD.org

Funding

ALEC has received over $1,700,000 in grants from ExxonMobil since 1997. Of that total, more then 400,000 were grants earmarked specifically for climate change programs.

2005 ExxonMobil Climate Grants to ALEC

Exxon reported two grants for climate change related work totaling $101,500 that were not reported as such on their public Worldwide Giving Report

2004 ExxonMobil Climate Grants to ALEC

2003 ExxonMobil Climate Grants to ALEC

For more information on funding please contact us directly.

Climate Denial

ALEC has been a member of Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC), an informal group of climate denying organizations, since 2000. In 2006, their website stated that the coalition “pools together information from experts both inside and outside of the coalition and serves as a clearinghouse for information on global warming science and policy proposals”. An investigation by CIC as shown that from 1997-2015 the combined grants from ExxonMobil to CHC members top 11 million dollars. Since its inception, the organization has used a variety of tactics to distort public opinion on climate change and influence decision making in Washington. For decades the coalition has authored bias reports, held briefings on Capital Hill, and release weekly newsletters attacking “climate change alarmists”. Originally founded by Consumer Alert, the coalition and its website is now funded by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Myron Ebell, former head of Trump’s EPA transition team and CEI’s director of the Center for Energy and Environment, is the chair of the CHC.

ALEC Updates

ALEC Hates the Climate

ALEC’s Long War on Climate Science and Climate Policy American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has long attacked climate science and climate policy.  The most recent skirmish surrounds greenhouse gas rules being drafted by the EPA.  ALEC’s 2011 submission to the EPA docket on proposed greenhouse gas regulations from new sources contains the following gems: “Carbon dioxide

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