Consumer Alert received $80,000 of grants from Exxon between 1992-2004. Of that total, $25,000 of grant money was earmarked specifically for climate change related programs.
2004 Exxon Climate Grants
The Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC), an informal group of climate denying organizations, was founded under the direction of the National Consumer Coalition—a project of the now-defunct Consumer Alert. 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.