Alternate Solutions Institute

Alternate Solutions Institute

 Background

The Alternate Solutions Institute describes itself as the “first free market think tank of Pakistan, is a registered, non-profit, non-political, non-governmental, educational and research organization.” It was established in April, 2003 in Lahore.

Its mission is to “promote a limited responsible government in Pakistan under the rule of law protecting life, liberty, and property of all of its individual citizens without any discrimination.” [1]

Stance on Climate Change

“The earth's climate has always been susceptible to changes caused by natural factors over which human beings have no control. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change uses its monopoly power in the dissemination of its own politically edited version of climate science to advance the hypothesis that climate change is caused by fossil-fuel use.” [2]

 Funding

The Alternate Solutions Institute does not describe their funding in detail. In 2008 they received a $100,000 grant from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a group that SourceWatch describes as the “Johnny Appleseed” of anti-regulation groups.

Key People

 Staff

  • Dr. Khalil Ahmad — President.
  • Javed Baluch — Office Assistant.

Advisory Council

  • Dr. Sajid Ali
  • Zaffarullah Khan
  • Pervaiz Akhtar

Source:  [3]

 Actions

May 21 - 23, 2012

The Alternate Solutions Institute is listed as a “silver sponsor” of the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7).

September 1, 2010

The Alternate Solutions Institute was one of a group of think-tanks that published “Seven Myths About Green Jobs,” which “concludes that Green Jobs are not that Green as is being claimed by the Green politicians and advocates.” [4]

March, 2009

The Alternate Solutions Institute was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. [5]

DeSmogBlog researched the funding behind Heartland's Second International Conference on Climate Change, and found that sponsor organizations had received over $47 million in funding from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from Scaife Family foundations.

Related Organizations

  • Hum-Azad.org — the Urdu website of Alternate Solutions Institute.

 Resources

  1. Homepage, asinstitute.org. Accessed May 8, 2012.

  2. Graham Dawson. “Privatizing Climate Policy,” Alternate Solutions Institute, April 28, 2010.   Archived May 8, 2012 with WebCite.

  3. About Alternate Solutions Institute,” asinstitute.org. Accessed May 8, 2012.

  4. Media Release: 'Green' Subsidies Are Costly for Taxpayers and the Environment – New Study,” Alternate Solutions Institute, September 1, 2010. Archived May 8, 2012 with WebCite.

  5. Co-Sponsors,” The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change, February 10, 2009. Archived February 27, 2009.

  6. Alternate Solutions Institute,” SourceWatch.