2010 Michaels CNN Interview Admitting Funding from Oil

This is an excerpt of a 2010 CNN interview with Cato Institute’s Director of Center for the Study of Science, Patrick Michaels. The interview reflects his admission  that roughly 40% of his research funding came from the oil industry. Zakaria: Let me ask you what people wonder about you, about advocates like you. you know, […]

2009 forged letters from coal industry to Congress

This document contains a compilation of several 2009 letters opposing the House climate change bill that were forged by, or on behalf of, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. The letters were part of a fraudulent correspondence scheme, led by the coal industry advocacy group, in which the industry’s lobbying arm pretended to be representatives from at […]

2009 Patrick Michaels’ Inconsistent Curriculum Vitae Presented to Congress

In February 2009, Patrick Michaels appeared before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment to testify on “The Climate Crisis: National Security, Public Health, and Economic Threats.” He submitted a CV to the subcommittee which came under scrutiny for its omissions regarding Michaels’ financial and professional history with the fossil fuel industry. It also omits experience […]

2008 Patrick Michaels Interview in Cato Institute Newsletter

An interview with climatologist Patrick Michaels, the current Director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute and past president of the American Association of State Climatologists. In the interview, Michaels diminishes carbon’s effect on global warming, dismisses rising global temperatures, and advocates for a “do nothing” public policy approach to […]

2008 financial contributions from Exxon to Dr. Willie Soon

This compilation of documents contains contracts and correspondence related to scientist Wei Hock “Willie” Soon, his climate change research and his relationship with the corporate oil industry. Willie Soon’s climate change research has been consistently cited by parties seeking to doubt the human effect on climate change. Coincidentally, documents reveal that Soon received massive funding from the oil industry, especially Exxon, in relation to […]

2007 Affidavit of Patrick Michaels in Case of Green Mountain Chrysler v. Crombie

This affidavit from Patrick Michaels, a known climate skeptic with deep ties to fossil fuel interests, reflects his participation in a 2007 lawsuit over Vermont’s changes to fuel emissions standards for new automobiles. Michaels is the Director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, a conservative think-tank created and funded […]

2007 Transcript of Glenn Beck’s “Exposed: The Climate of Fear” on CNN

This is the transcript of an hour-long “special report” edition of Glenn Beck’s Headline News show on CNN, aired May 2, 2007 and titled “Exposed: The Climate of Fear.” The show, which Beck proclaimed would present “the other side of the climate debate,” features many prominent industry-funded climate skeptics such as Patrick Michaels, John Christy, […]

2007 Speech by ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to CERAweek

This document contains a 2007 speech by Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson. His speech titled, “The State of the Energy Industry: Strengths, Realities, and Solutions” opened CERAWeek 2007, an annual international gathering of energy industry leaders, officials and policymakers. Tillerson begins by detailing the oil industry’s achievements, which includes “a record of accomplishment in ongoing improvements […]

2006 report on ExxonMobil’s Worldwide Giving

This 2006 document contains a list of all of ExxonMobil’s financial contributions related to public information and policy research for the year. Overall, ExxonMobil contributed approximately $6.5 million. Notable contributions include: American Enterprise Institute ($240,000), American Legislative Exchange Council ($86,000), Cato Institute ($20,000) and the Frontiers of Freedom Institute ($180,000).