Competitive Enterprise Institute

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Myron Ebell, chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition and an outspoken man-made climate change denier, serves as Director of the CEI‘s Center for Energy and Environment. In March 2010, the Financial Times called Ebell “one of America’s most prominent climate-change skeptics.”

According to the CEI‘s website, “CEI‘s largest program takes on all the hard energy and climate issues. CEI questions global warming alarmism, makes the case for access to affordable energy, and opposes energy-rationing policies, including the Kyoto Protocol, cap-and-trade legislation, and EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. CEI also opposes all government mandates and subsidies for conventional and alternative energy technologies.”

The following video is from a CEI ad campaign in 2006 “on the alleged global warming crisis and the calls by some environmental groups and politicians for reduced energy use”. It aired in 14 American cities.

Over ten years later, CEI pushed another ad campaign in 2017 urging the Trump Administration to pull out of the Paris Agreement, which it did.


The Competitive Enterprise Institute has received at least $2,100,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. Of that total, ExxonMobil gave $275,000 worth of grants earmarked for climate change programs specifically to CEI.

2004 Exxon Climate Grants to CEI

1997 Exxon Climate Grants to CEI

These grants came the same year as Cooler Heads Coalition was formed by CEI at Consumer Alert

For more information on funding please contact us directly.

Climate Denial

Competitive Enterprise Institute has been a member and sponsor of Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC), an informal group of climate denying organizations, since its inception in 1997. In 2006, the coalition’s website stated that it, “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 Capitol 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.

“The fuels that produce CO2 have freed us from a world of backbreaking labor, lighting up our lives, allowing us to create and move the things we need; the people we love. [Ominous Music] Now, some politicians want to label carbon dioxide a pollutant.  Imagine if they succeed. What would our lives be like then? Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution. We call it life.”-Competitive Enterprise Institute

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Exxon and Koch Funded Deniers Who Pushed Trump to Exit Paris Climate Agreement

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Spiders defend their Web Of Denial – to the tune of at least $92m

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Competitive Enterprise Institute NYT Ad Signatories Got $10 Million from Exxon

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


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2014 CPAC Climate Panel Stacked with Serial Deniers

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