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Climate Denial

In 1998, the Reason Foundation was a member of Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC), an informal group of climate denying organizations.  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.

Exxon Funding to Reason Foundation

The Reason Foundation received $356,000 from Exxon between 1992-2007. Of that total $35,000 of grants were earmarked specifically for climate change related programs.

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