Cascade Policy Institute (CPI)
The Cascade Policy Institute (CPI), also known as the Cascade Policy Center, was founded in 1991 as a “nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research and educational organization” based in Oregon. Its mission to “develop and promote public policy alternatives that foster individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity.”
According to their website, “Cascade promotes property rights, incentives, markets and decentralized decision-making.” It releases policy reports, quarterly newsletters, commentaries, and weekly news reviews. The Institute also hosts regular conference programs, lectures and “educational programs for students” including a Summer Internship Program for undergraduate and graduate students. 
John A. Charles Jr. has been the president of the Cascade Policy Institute since 2005. John Charles once described Oregon's Climate Trust, which had imposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, as a “extortion scheme,” and other carbon-reduction strategies as “coercive taxation income redistribution schemes.” 
Stance on Climate Change
“Climate change is one of the hottest topics, literally, in state and national public policy. Alarmism over human-induced climate change is one of many examples of the extreme environmental movement. Because astonishing news sells, media coverage on climate change is focused entirely on exaggerated claims of future catastrophe caused by carbon dioxide emitted from human activities. Unfortunately, misleading media reporting is making it difficult for citizens to discern fact from fiction.”[…] The truth is that the science of climate change is far from settled and there exists no consensus on the causes, effects, or future of climate change. 
The Cascade Policy Institute presents the following statement on its funding sources:
“Cascade Policy Institute is supported by the generous, voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses and foundations. Cascade does not solicit or accept any government funding. Cascade is a 501(c)(3)(h) nonprofit educational organization. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by state and federal law.” 
The following is based on data the Conservative Transparency project has gathered from publicly-available 990 forms from 1995 to 2013 (view attached .xls spreadsheet for details on funding by year): 
|Donors Capital Fund||$1,283,600|
|Jaquelin Hume Foundation||$380,000|
|The Roe Foundation||$350,000|
|The Challenge Foundation||$219,368|
|State Policy Network||$184,822|
|Castle Rock Foundation||$170,000|
|Ruth & Lovett Peters Foundation||$125,000|
|Chase Foundation of Virginia||$104,500|
|Searle Freedom Trust||$30,000|
|The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation||$25,000|
|Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice||$1,000|
The Cascade Policy Institute's single largest contributor is the Donors Capital Fund (DCF), a group that Mother Jones magazine has described as the “dark money ATM of the conservative movement,” along with its sister organization DonorsTrust. Donors Capital Fund creates “donor-advised funds” for conservative donors, allowing them to anonymously donate large amounts of funds to specific projects or groups without revealing their identities. 
Board of Directors
- Michael L. Barton — Cascade research associate since 2002.
- William B. Conerly — Chairman of the board. Senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.
- Lawrence “Larry” W. Dennis, Sr.
- Gilion C. Dumas
- Jon Egge
- David Gore — Co-founder of Cascade Policy Institute.
- William Udy — Board member and finance director of Cascade Policy Institute since it was founded in 1991.
- Steve Buckstein — Senior Policy Analyst. Co-Founder, CPI. Past president (until 2004).
- John A. Charles, Jr. — President and CEO
- Kathryn Hickok — Director, Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland, Publications Director, and Development Coordinator.
- Tina Pisenti — Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
- Michael L. Barton
- Matthew Michael Bliziotes
- Chana B. Cox
- Gordon J. Fulks
- James L. Huffman
- Richard Meinhard
- Gerard C. S. Mildner
- Randall J. Pozdena
- Anthony M. Rufolo
- Fred Thompson
- Zenon X. Zygmont
- Steve Buckstein — Senior Policy Analyst
- John A. Charles, Jr. — President and CEO
- Chana B. Cox — Academic Advisor to Cascade Policy Institute
- Gordon J. Fulks — Academic Advisor to Cascade Policy Institute (Expertise in “Scientific scares and scams, especially Anthropogenic Global Warming”)
- Kathryn Hickok — Director, Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland
- Gerard C.S. Mildner — Academic Advisor to Cascade Policy Institute
- Anthony M. Rufolo — Academic Advisor to Cascade Policy Institute
- Fred Thompson — Academic Advisor to Cascade Policy Institute
Koch Fellowship Program (Ongoing)
The Cascade Policy Institute offers a summer internship program through the “Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program,” and administered by the Institute for Humane Studies and the State Policy Network. 
Carbon Cartel Education Project (Ongoing)
The Cascade Policy Institute is hosting a “Carbon Cartel Education Project” that operates on the premise that “One of the greatest threats to freedom and economic prosperity in America today is climate change legislation.” 
The goal of the Carbon Cartel Education Project is “to raise awareness of the costs and implications of policies based on global warming alarmism by conducting a multi-faceted campaign to peel away grassroots political support for carbon restrictions, while simultaneously promoting market-based policies that preserve individual liberty, economic opportunity, and environmental quality.”
September 14, 2014
An a New York Post article, climate change skeptics Tom Harris and Bob Carter quotes the Cascade Policy Institute's Gordon Fulks (not mentioning his connection to CPI) as saying ”CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea ice melt that is not occurring … and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.” 
December 19, 2013
The Cascade Policy Institute's Todd Myers published a piece on CPI's website titled, “How the Environmental Left Became the New Climate Deniers.” 
“The left has abandoned the IPCC, after years of touting the agency’s unshakable standard of excellence. What changed were not the IPCC’s standards but its conclusions. New science has sparked the left’s new denial.“ 
June 30 - July 1, 2011
DeSmogBlog found that 17 of the 43 sponsors of the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, including the Heartland Institute itself, had collectively received over $46 million from either Scaife Foundations, Koch Foundations, or ExxonMobil. 
June 8, 2010
The Cascade Policy Institute released a report titled “Think Twice Why Wind Power Mandates Are Wrong for the Northwest” by Todd Wynn and Eric Lowe. According to the CPI description, the report “highlights the problem with the legislature picking winners and losers in the energy market.” 
April 16, 2010
Todd Wynn, Vice President of the Cascade Policy Institute, spoke at a 2010 Tea Party Rally in Salem on the subject of Cap and Trade (video below).
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. 
The Cascade Policy Institute funded and developed the video “Climate Chains.” They describe the video as “22-minute documentary that exposes extreme environmentalism and the misguided pursuit of cap-and-trade legislation. Climate Chains not only explains the dangers of this legislation but offers an alternative to top-down regulation in the form of free market environmentalism.” 
Climate Chains supposes that “One of the greatest threats to freedom and prosperity in America is climate change legislation.”
The Cascade Policy Institute is listed as the contact for the project, and Todd Wynn of CPI is listed as the “Director and Producer.” 
- John Charles (President of CPI)
- Myron Ebell
- Robert Ferguson
- Kenneth P. Green
- Chris Horner
- Drew Johnson
- David Kreutzer
- Marlo Lewis
- Ben Lieberman
- Ann McElhinney
- Patrick Michaels
- Todd Myers
- Floyd Brown
- Cascade Policy Center — Another name for the Cascade Policy Institute.
“John A Charles ICCC1,” YouTube Video. Uploaded by User “HeartlandTube,” July 17, 2013.
“Cascade Policy Institute,” Consevative Transparency. Accessed November 4, 2015.
“Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement,” Mother Jones, February 5, 2013. Archived July 23, 2015.
Tom Harris and Bob Carter. “Leo vs. science: vanishing evidence for climate change,” New York Post, September 14, 2014. Archived November 5, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cop8nvq9
Todd Myers. ”How the Environmental Left Became the New Climate Deniers,” Cascade Policy Institute, December 19, 2013. Archived October 21, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6comIu8gb
Sixth International Conference on Climate Change Conference Program (PDF), the Heartland Institute. Archived July 25, 2015.
Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-Palooza 6: Heartland's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, Courtesy of Koch, Scaife & Exxon,” DeSmogBlog, June 30, 2011.
“Milton Friedman Tribute Dinner with Cascade Policy Institute July 30,” Americans For Prosperity Oregon. Archived Novembe 1, 2010.
Todd Wynn. “Cascade Report: Think Twice Why Wind Power Mandates Are Wrong for the Northwest,” Cascade Policy Institute, June 8, 2010. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cooGyGVx
4th International Conference on Climate Change Conference Program (PDF), The Heartland Institute.
Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-palooza Round 4: 'International Conference on Climate Change' Groups Funded by Exxon, Koch Industries,” DeSmogBlog, May 13, 2010.
“Co-Sponsors,” The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. Archived April 28, 2011.
“About Climate Chains,” Archived October 20, 2009.
“Contact,” Climate Chains. Archived Oct 20, 2009.
“About the Experts,” Climate Chains. Archived October 21, 2009.
“Sponsorships,” The 2008 International Conference on climate Change. Archived June 10, 2011.
“Cascade Policy Institute,” SourceWatch Profile.
“Cascade Policy Center,” SourceWatch Profile.