During the peak of Exxon’s campaign to deny climate change science, Citizens for a Sound Economy received over $400,000 in grants from the corporation between 1994-2001. Of that total, over $250,000 of grants were earmarked specifically for climate change related programs.
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Citizens for a Sound Economy was a member of Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC), an informal group of climate denying organizations, from 1998-2008. In 2006, the coalition’s 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 released 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.
Citizens for a Sound Economy Updates
This week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute ran a full page ad in the New York Times complaining that the undersigned groups were being attacked in the course of several state investigations into Exxon’s campaign of climate denial. Not wanting to give the CEI broadcast any oxygen, but what really caught our eye is the list …