Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) is a conservative Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, founded in 1985. Its stated mission is "to promote a positive voice on environment and development issues". CFACT President David Rothbard and Executive Director Craig Rucker believe strongly that "the power of the free market, combined with the applications of safe technologies, can offer humanity practical solutions to many of the world’s pressing concerns."
Craig Rucker stated that mankind faces a threat "not from man-made global warming, but from man-made hysteria." In 1993, CFACT began a daily radio program, "Just the Facts," which in 2012 reached the milestone of 5,000 daily broadcasts.
In 1994, CFACT began attending United Nations conferences and World Trade Organization meetings that addressed environment and development issues. It was given recognition as an official non-governmental organization for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. CFACT's perspective has always been that people are the ultimate resource, in the tradition of the economist Julian Simon, and that free and prosperous people are best equipped to address environmental concerns. CFACT claims that "History has shown that the environment is best protected when humans prosper. Nature suffers when people suffer. Any environmentalist policy that would drive up the cost of energy, food, or other essential needs in the name of protecting nature must be rejected. Instead, we must pursue constructive policies of political and economic freedom and wise ecological stewardship that will enhance the future of the world’s people."
CFACT produces online articles and radio segments on environmental and consumer subjects. In 2004, CFACT Europe was founded and provides public policy research, analysis, publications and conferences. CFACT also coordinates the work of affiliate chapters, called Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, on U.S. college campuses.
On its official website, CFACT defines its mission as the following:
At the heart of CFACT, our goal is to enhance the fruitfulness of the earth and all of its inhabitants. CFACT accomplishes this through four main strategies:
- Prospering Lives. CFACT works to help people find better ways to provide for food, water, energy and other essential human services.
- Promoting Progress. CFACT advocates the use of safe, affordable technologies and the pursuit of economic policies that reduce pollution and waste, and maximize the use of resources.
- Protecting the Earth. CFACT helps protect the earth through wise stewardship of the land and its wildlife.
- Providing Education. CFACT educates various sectors of the public about important facts and practical solutions regarding environmental concerns.—Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
CFACT is governed by a Board of Directors that includes founding President David Rothbard and founding Executive Director Craig Rucker. Prominent staffers include Communications Director Marc Morano, whose primary job is maintenance of the ClimateDepot.com news service; Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen, whose book, Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death, discusses ways environmentalist organizations perpetuate poverty and disease in developing countries; Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow founder and national director Bill Gilles; and environmental journalist Duggan Flanakin.
CFACT also has a from a 50-member Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors whose membership spans the globe. Among the key advisors are South African nuclear engineer Dr. Kelvin Kemm; Dr. Craig Idso and Dr. Sherwood Idso of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change; Alex Avery and Dennis T. Avery of the Hudson Institute; Roger Bate, director of Africa Fighting Malaria; hurricane expert Dr. William M. Gray of Colorado State University; Peter Holle, founding president of Canada's Frontier Institute for Public Policy Research; Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Dr. Vincent Gray, founder of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition; and Dr. Howard Hayden, publisher of "The Energy Advocate."
Total revenues over the past three years have averaged around $3 million, as reported on the organization's IRS Form 990 and its most recent annual audited financial statement. According to CFACT, it is mainly funded by private citizens and has never sought or received money from federal, state, or local governments. CFACT currently has a three-star (out of four) rating from Charity Navigator and a four-star (out of five) rating from GuideStar.
Some of its larger donors have been ExxonMobil (which donated $542,000 from 1998-2006) and the Scaife Foundations — specifically the Carthage Foundation and Sarah Scaife Foundation — (which donated $1,280,000 from 1991-2006).
CFACT is a member organization of the Cooler Heads Coalition, which aims at "dispelling the myths of global warming through science and analysis." CFACT chapters have protested in defense of oil exploration and in opposition to the Kyoto Protocol. CFACT supports drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
CFACT director Rucker said that it is "abundantly clear that the proponents of global warming have been cooking the science to produce the results they wanted", and that any agreement crafted to lower carbon dioxide emissions would be "all pain, no gain". CFACT started an online petition to this end at AllPainNoGain.org.
Copenhagen Climate Challenge 2009
During the COP15 conference in Copenhagen, CFACT hosted an outside side event in Copenhagen called the Copenhagen Climate Challenge. COP15 attracted 33,200 delegates, the side event was attended by 60 people (15 journalists, 18 speakers, 27 audience) making it one of the better attended side events at the conference. According to Lenore Taylor of The Australian, Professor Ian Plimer, "a star attraction of the two-day event", attracted an audience of 45.
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- "Just the Facts". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
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- "Environmentalist says humans are plague on Earth". CFACT.org. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
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- "CFACT Staff". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- "CFACT Board of Advisors". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- "CFACT's 2011 IRS Form 990". Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "CFACT 2011 Audit". Retrieved 25 February 2013.
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- About GlobalWarming.org and the Cooler Heads Coalition
- CFACT – Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow – Out protesting the protestors in Dallas
- CFACT – Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow – CFACT Leads Anti-Kyoto Student Crusade
- CFACT: Drilling for the facts on Alaskan oil
- Gray, Louise (2009-12-09). "Copenhagen climate summit: Behind the scenes at the sceptics' conference - Telegraph". London: telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
- Giles Parkinson. "COPENHAGEN CALLING: Greening Australia". www.businessspectator.com.au. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
- "Plimer the toast of Copenhagen sceptics meeting". The Australian. www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2009-12-10.