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Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Logo Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.png
MottoProspering Lives. Promoting Progress. Protecting the Earth.
TypeNonprofit organization think tank
HeadquartersWashington, DC, United States
David Rothbard
Key people
  • Craig Rucker
  • Marc Morano
  • Duggan Flanakin
  • Christina Wilson Norman
  • Paul Driessen
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$1,751,468[1]

The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1985 that advocates for free-market solutions to environmental issues. According to its mission statement, CFACT also seeks to protect private property rights, promote economic policies that reduce pollution and protect wildlife, and provide an alternative voice on issues of environment and development.[2]

The organization rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.[3][4]

Personnel and funding[edit]

CFACT is governed by a Board of Directors that includes founding president David Rothbard. Staffers include communications director Marc Morano and policy analyst Paul Driessen, the author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death.[5][6]

Total revenues over the years 2009 through 2011 have averaged around $3 million, as reported on the organization's IRS Form 990[7] and its 2011 annual audited financial statement.[8] In 2010, nearly half of CFACT's funding came from Donors Trust, a nonprofit donor-advised fund.[9] In 2011, CFACT received a $1.2 million grant from Donors Trust, 40% of CFACT's revenue that year.[10] Peabody Energy funded CFACT before its bankruptcy.[11]

Advocacy activities[edit]

CFACT is a member organization of the Cooler Heads Coalition.[citation needed] CFACT chapters have protested in defense of oil exploration[12][failed verification] and in opposition to the Kyoto Protocol.[13][failed verification] CFACT supports drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as well as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in natural gas and oil-rich regions of the country.[14][15]

Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow[edit]

Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow is a student-led branch of CFACT led by National Director Bill Gilles. According to the group’s website, it was created with the aim of “offering college students an opportunity to acquire knowledge, gain experience and get involved in making a difference on important environmental policy matters both on and off campus.”[16] Outreach activities include educational hikes and nature walks, anti-litter and cleanup programs, field trips, lectures from scientists, public policy experts, and free-market advocates, annual Earth Day events, and government meetings at the local, state, national, and international levels.[17] Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow currently operates in more than 20 colleges and universities across the country including the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, Colorado State University, Florida State University, George Mason University, and University of Wisconsin.[18]

Climate Hustle documentary[edit]

The 2016 documentary film Climate Hustle, co-written and presented by ClimateDepot's Marc Morano, was produced by "CFACT Presents", with the organization's president and executive director, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, receiving executive producer credits.[19][20] Aired in around 400 theaters across the country on May 2, 2016, the film challenges the scientific consensus on climate change through a series of interviews with over 30 scientists as well as commentary by Morano.

Copenhagen Climate Challenge 2009[edit]

During the COP15 conference in Copenhagen, CFACT hosted a rival event in Copenhagen called the Copenhagen Climate Challenge, which was attended by about 50 people.[21] According to Lenore Taylor of The Australian, Professor Ian Plimer, "a star attraction of the two-day event", attracted an audience of 45.[22]

Greenhouse de-regulation[edit]

In December 2013 CFACT served as amicus curiae for the Southeastern Legal Foundation in the review of the Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency case. Their main argument presented was: "The EPA's attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources without authority from congress in order to accomplish its preferred policy objectives violates the separation of powers.[23]

The challenges were unanimously rejected by a three-judge panel at the D.C. circuit court, some on the merits and some over issues of standing.[24] The Supreme Court accepted review of the case and heard oral arguments on February 24, 2014.[25] On June 23, 2014, the Court reaffirmed the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow" (PDF). Foundation Center. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  2. ^ Nadal, Josh. "About". CFACT. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  3. ^ Rucker, Craig (December 9, 2009). "'Man-Made Hysteria'". National Journal. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "The myth of the 97% climate change consensus". CFACT. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  5. ^ "CFACT Staff". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  6. ^ "About". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  7. ^ "CFACT's 2011 IRS Form 990" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  8. ^ "CFACT 2011 Audit" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  9. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (February 14, 2013). "How Donors Trust distributed millions to anti-climate groups". The Guardian. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  10. ^ Hickley, Walter (February 12, 2013). "Inside The Secretive Dark-Money Organization That's Keeping The Lights On For Conservative Groups". Business Insider. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  11. ^ Goldman, Gretchen (2016-06-30). "Peabody Energy Discloses Extensive Payments to Climate Denial Groups". Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  12. ^ "CFACT". Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  13. ^ "CFACT". Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  14. ^ "Drilling for straight facts on ANWR development".
  15. ^ Driessen, Paul (2016-08-22). "Fracturing common sense". CFACT. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  16. ^ Houser, Adam. "CFACT Campus". CFACT. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  17. ^ "Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  18. ^ Climate change. Gillard, Arthur,. Detroit, Mich.: Greenhaven Press. 2011. ISBN 9780737759259. OCLC 698166994.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  19. ^ Hinckley, Story (2 May 2016). "'Climate Hustle' mocks climate change concerns with a movie". Christian Science Monitor.
  20. ^ McNary, Dave (11 April 2016). "Sarah Palin Endorses Anti-Climate Change Film (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  21. ^ Gray, Louise (2009-12-09). "Copenhagen climate summit: Behind the scenes at the sceptics' conference – Telegraph". London: Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  22. ^ "Plimer the toast of Copenhagen sceptics meeting". The Australian. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  23. ^ "Brief of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners" (PDF). American Bar Association. December 16, 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  24. ^ "Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to E.P.A. Rules on Gas Emissions". The New York Times. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  25. ^ Cline, Regina (2014-08-20). "Top Five Bloomberg BNA 'Energy and Climate Report' Stories for the Week Ending March 7". Bloomberg BNA. Archived from the original on 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  26. ^ "Supreme Court Says EPA Can Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions". July 3, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.

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