Paul Driesssen will be speaking at the America First Energy Conference
Paul Driessen is a senior fellow with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), a climate denying think tank that has taken funding from the fossil fuel industry. CFACT has been a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC), a group of climate denying non-governmental organizations, since 1998. From 1997-2015, the members of the Cooler Heads Coalition received upwards of $98 million dollars in donations from Exxon Mobil, conservative foundations, and dark money organizations. CFACT got traceable grants from ExxonMobil totaling $587,000 including climate specific grants totaling $180,000 from 1997-2007.
On May 8th, 2017, CFACT was one of forty four climate denying “free market” anti-government organizations who signed a letter to President Trump urging him to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.
Paul Driessen is listed as a “Founding Member” of group named Climate Exit (Clexit) led by climate change denier Christopher Monckton. According to Clexit’s founding statement (PDF), “The world must abandon this suicidal Global Warming crusade. Man does not and cannot control the climate.”
Driessen’s recent climate denial statements include these made in 2016:
“No Real-World evidence supports a ‘dangerous manmade climate change’ thesis. In fact, a moderately warmer planet with more atmospheric carbon dioxide would hugely benefit crop, forest and other plant growth, wildlife and humans – with no or minimal climate effect. A colder planet with less CO2 would punish them. And a chillier CO2-deprived planet with less reliable, less affordable energy (from massive wind, solar and biofuel projects) would threaten habitats, species, nutrition and the poorest among us” (archive).
“As to climate change, numerous studies demonstrate that there is no credible evidence that manmade carbon dioxide is causing dangerous global warming. Moreover, rising CO2 emissions from China, India and other rapidly developing nations vastly exceed any imaginable US reductions” (archive).
Driessen previously worked with the United States Senate, Department of the Interior and an energy trade association.
Driessen has been nominated for the Science Advisory Board, an entity created in 1978 to provide, “independent advice and peer review on the scientific and technical aspects of environmental issues to the EPA’s Administrator.” According to reports, it is very likely that the Heartland Institute recommended Driessen for nomination.