Roger Bezdek will be speaking at the America First Energy Conference.
Roger Bezdek is an economist by training and the president and founder of the Virginia-based consulting firm Management Information Services, Inc. (MISI). Bezdek is a contributing writer for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), a climate denying think tank historically backed by the fossil fuel industry. Bezdek often co-authors his work with Paul Dreissen. CFACT has been a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC), a 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 ExxonMobil, 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.
For a presentation on the social benefits of carbon dioxide in 2014, Bezdek used a MISI. study paid for by the the coal and utility pressure group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
On June 1, 2015, Bezdek testified on behalf of the coal mining company Peabody Energy at a Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hearing, where he went on the record stating that:
“CO2 is not harmful and is actually good for the planet.”
”The federal SCC [social costs of carbon] estimates do not adequately consider the benefits of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions.”
“In reality, the scientific consensus’ is a manufactured myth… there is no convincing evidence that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) will produce catastrophic climate changes.”