Independent Institute

Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group

$200,000 from Koch foundations, 1997-2017.

The Independent Institute (not to be confused with the Koch-funded Independence Institute) has provided a platform to career climate denier and industry consultant S. Fred Singer, who as of 2010 still claimed that there is “No Proof Man Causes Global Warming.” In a 2003 report published by the Independent Institute and co-authored by Singer and several other scientists with known industry ties, the authors claimed that recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports were “misleading, inaccurate, unreliable, or simply wrong.” Singer’s self-contradictory positions on climate change have beenthoroughly documented–Singer’s claims have ranged from full denial of global warming evidence to claims that the crisis exists but isn’t caused by humans. Singer lambasts “deniers” for making “skeptics” look bad.

The Independent Institute has promoted work by another career climate science denier, Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute.

The Institute received $85,000 from ExxonMobil from 1998-2007 and is a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a consortium of front groups with significant funding from ExxonMobil, Koch Brother foundations and other fossil fuel, industrial and ideological interests.

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


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