Who is Cfact? Several examples will make this clear.
“Recently we have all learned of the emails that emerged from the University of East Anglia, a scandal that has come to be known as Climategate. To me, it seems abundantly clear that the proponents of global warming have been cooking the science to produce the results they wanted. They’ve supressed data, colluded, stifled debate, threatened scientific journals that published opposing viewpoints and placed climate propaganda ahead of climate science. We’re talking about such names as James Hansen, Kevin Trenbirth, Ben Santer, Phil Jones, Michael Mann, Tom Karl, Gavin Schmidt, Keith Briffa among others. These are not a small, isolated band of insignificant scientists, as our friends at the BBC, Washington Post, Guardian and other media sources would like to assert. These are literally the founding fathers of global warming.” – CFACT founder Craig Rucker
Perhaps Mr. Rucker is unaware of the fact that “climategate” was debunked despite it’s overwhelming promotion among the conservative news media. The truth is that an investigation by the British government cleared the CRU of any wrongdoing. Claims of a “global warming conspiracy” were greatly exagerated (duh).
CFACT is a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition, the goal of which is
dispelling the myths of global warming through sound science and analysis.
The truth is that an overwhelimg of concensus exists in the scientific comunity regarding the facts of climate change.
Most telling is their statement of purpose:
In 1985, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) was founded to promote a positive voice on environment and development issues. Its co-founders, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, believed very strongly that the power of the market combined with the applications of safe technologies could offer humanity practical solutions to many of the world’s pressing concerns. A number of leading scientists, academics, and policy leaders would also agree with them and soon joined their effort, along with thousands of citizens from around the country.
Today, this Washington DC-based group is a highly respected organization and its voice can be heard relentlessly infusing the environmental debate with a balanced perspective on environmental stewardship. With an influential and impressive scientific advisory board, aggressive collegiate program, CFACT Europe, United Nations representation, Adopt-A-Village project, Global Social Responsibility program, and “Just the Facts” national radio commentary, CFACT has and continues to offer genuine positive solutions to today’s global challenges.
The organization has been termed “invaluable” by the Arizona Republic, it has been lauded for its “effort to bring sound science to the environmental debate” by a former president of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been praised by a respected Boston Globe columnist for “a record of supplying absolutely solid information.”
CFACT is the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, a conservative Washington D.C. non-profit whose purpose is to denounce environmental activism and awareness in order to promote free-market programs to the goal of economic colonialism in developing countries. Do not be fooled.
Media Transparency calculates that between 1991 and 2006 CFACT gained $1,280,000 from 18 grants from only two foundations — the Carthage Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation. The Carthage Foundation granted $1,105,000 to CFACT between 1991 – 2006, while the Sarah Scaife Foundation sent $175,000 to the group between 1996 – 2001.
On its website tracking grants to groups, the conservative Capital Research Center listed CFACT as having received grants of $60,500 from Chevron between 1994 and 1998. (The CRC lists the grants comprising $16,000 in each of 1994, 1995 and 1996 and $12,500 in 1998). The CRC also listed CFACT from having received $25,000 from DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund $25,000 and a token $500 from the Ford Motor Company Fund.
In other words, an Scaife astroturf outfit.