Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT Campus)
Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group
$16,097 from Koch foundations, 1997-2014
Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, or CFACT Campus, is the university arm of the Committee for A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT). CFACT students purport to be pro-environment, operating under the slogan “a smarter future for people…and nature too!” CFACT students paradoxically run small-scale environmentally themed events, such as beach clean ups, while disrupting international climate negotiations, repeatedly attacking clean energy development and promoting the continued burning of fossil fuels.
Aligned with the views of Paul Driessen, a CFACT senior fellow and industry consultant who claims environmentalists are subjecting low-income Americans and the Global South to perpetual poverty, a CFACT Campus blog falsely proclaims, “there is no scientific consensus though that global warming is man-caused or that more affordable energy methods such as nuclear, coal, and natural gas play a significant role in climate change.” CFACT offered up a total $6,000 in prizes to students willing to make YouTube videos denying the conclusions of climate science for AllPainNoGain.org, a CFACT website hyping economic doom and government restrictions of personal freedom. There is no evidence of more than 4 videos submitted to the contest, the top three of which were awarded $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.
At CPAC 2011, CFACT Campus students set up a booth allowing passersby to throw eggs at pictures of former vice-president Al Gore and Michael Mann, both Nobel Peace Prize laureates for their work around climate science.
CFACT has promoted the widely-discredited work of career skeptics like Christopher Monckton and Dr. S. Fred Singer, posting his speeches on YouTube and bringing him to speak at campus events. Alex Epstein of the Ayn Rand Institute is a frequent CFACT Campus collaborator who continually writes opinion pieces promoting fossil fuel use–see Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group: Ayn Rand Institute.