1998 American Petroleum Institute Global Climate Science Communications Team Action Plan

April 3, 1998, American Petroleum Institute’s secret plan was launched – the Global Climate Science Communications Team. The plan was created the year after the Kyoto Protocol was signed. It was developed by representatives from Exxon, specifically Randy Randol. The plan includes a multimillion dollar, multi-year budget to install “uncertainty” in the public policy arena.  Target audiences are detailed including media, policy makers and science teachers. “Victory will be achieved when average citizens understand uncertainties in climate science…”

The other companies and front groups involved with the plan included:

  • Southern Company
  • Chevron
  • John Adams Associates
  • Science and Environmental Policy Project
  • Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
  • The George C. Marshall Institute
  • Environmental Issues Council
  • Frontiers of Freedom
  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition

Funding sources were identified as American Petroleum Institute (API) and its members; Business Round Table (BRT) and its members; Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and its members; Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and its members; and the National Mining Association (NMA) and its members.

Potential fund allocators were identified as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), Competitive Enterprise Institute, Frontiers of Freedom and The George C. Marshall Institute.

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