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Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

Page - March 24, 2012
$278,750 received from Koch foundations 2005-2011 [Total Koch foundation grants 1997-2011: $423,750]

The Acton Institute, which has received at least $315,000 from ExxonMobil since 1997, is an institution that claims to be guided by “Judeo-Christian truths.” Acton operates out of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Rome, Italy. Acton Institute is intended to counter evangelical Christians who have publicly expressed the need to address climate change with urgency.

The Acton Institute is a member of the State Policy Network.

Acton cited the fabricated “Oregon Petition” and citing Bjorn Lomborg, a widely known pseudo-scholar who mainly tours among organizations promoting climate skepticism.

Acton’s media director Jay W. Richards states, “climate is changing all the time, the real question is if humans are causing it.” Richards also has ties to the Cato Institute and sits on the Board of Advisors for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), one of the most vocal anti-environmental fronts for the petrochemical and biotechnology industries.  Acton’s governing boards reveals other Koch connections through Dr. Alejandro A. Chafuen of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute, as well as affiliates of Amoco (BP) and Wolverine Gas and Oil.

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