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 co-founders David Rothbard and Craig Rucker believed 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 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 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.
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 Climate Depot 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; and environmental journalist Duggan Flanakin.
CFACT has a 50-member board of advisors. Among the advisors are South African nuclear engineer Kelvin Kemm; Craig Idso and Sherwood Idso of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change; Alex Avery and Dennis T. Avery of the Hudson Institute; Patrick J. Michaels, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute; Roger Bate, director of Africa Fighting Malaria; professor William M. Gray of Colorado State University; Peter Holle, founding president of Canada's Frontier Institute for Public Policy Research; Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Vincent Gray, founder of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition; and 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. In 2010, nearly half of CFACT's funding came from Donors Trust, a nonprofit donor-advised fund. In 2011, CFACT received a $1.2 million grant from Donors Trust, 40% of CFACT's revenue that year.
CFACT does not disclose its funding sources. According to CFACT, it is mainly funded by private citizens and has never sought or received money from federal, state, or local governments. As of 2013, it had a three-star (out of four) rating from Charity Navigator and a four-star (out of five) rating from GuideStar.
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. In 2009, Mother Jones magazine identified CFACT as among the most vocal organizations involved in climate disinformation.
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)[not in citation given] According to Lenore Taylor of The Australian, Professor Ian Plimer, "a star attraction of the two-day event", attracted an audience of 45.
Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency
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.
On the issue, CFACT policy adviser Paul Driessen commented that:
The real threat to public health and welfare is not climate change. It is EPA and what this rogue agency is doing in the name of preventing climate change. If the Supreme Court allows this, by giving carte blanche authority to EPA, the battle will rage on countless other fronts, because voters are sick and tired of being lied to, manipulated, defrauded, and forced to pay outrageous prices for oppressive regulations.
Democrats say they plan to use climate change to attack Republicans in 2014. I say, Bring it on!
On June 23, 2014, the Court reaffirmed EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Justice Antonin Scalia commented “... EPA is getting almost everything it wanted in this case, ... It sought to regulate sources that it said were responsible for 86 percent of all the greenhouse gases emitted from stationary sources nationwide. Under our holdings, EPA will be able to regulate sources responsible for 83 percent of those emissions.”
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