Center for Industrial Progress

Center for Industrial Progress (CIP)


The Central for Industrial Progress was founded by Alex Epstein, also a blogger at Master Resource the “Free Market Energy Blog,” and a past fellow of the Ayn Rand Institute.

The CIP's mission is to “inspire Americans to embrace industrial progress as a cultural ideal.” CIP summarizes their philosophy on their website: [1]

“At the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), we celebrate man’s impact on nature, just as our ancestors celebrated Americans' ability to 'tame a continent.' We celebrate the never-ending project of the industrial revolution: to harness more and more energy to feed machines that do more and more work to make our lives better and better.”

“… As for pollution, so long as we embrace policies that protect property rights, including air and water rights, we protect industrial development and protect individuals from pollution. By contrast, 'green' policies do not improve the human environment, but sacrifice it to the non-human–just ask anyone trying to build an industrial project today.”

The CIP regularly publishes articles “debunking” environmentalism, and promoting the oil and coal industries, as well as some of their common talking points. For example, Alex Epstein has said that “we should think of coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear, as clean energy.” [2]

Stance on Climate Change

“The movement to convince the public of catastrophic global warming is fundamentally unscientific. Its leaders do not, as true scientists would, objectively study and relay the full evidence about what drives the climate, they fixate obsessively on CO2. They do not share how poorly understood climate drivers are; they act as if they can predict the climate with certainty. Through manipulation of government agencies, a credulous media, and many of their cloistered colleagues in academia, they have managed to take over much of the field of climatology and the vast majority of its public relations.” [3]


According to their webiste, the CIP is not a 501c-3 organization, because “with 501c-3 status comes an enormous amount of government invasiveness, including limitations on involvement in policy debates we want to participate in.” (emphasis added)

CIP contends that “we and our supporters are best-served by a model in which we maintain the flexibility, agility, and lack of red tape to make maximum use of donors' gifts.” [4]

Key People

Updated, as of August 2012: [7]

  • Alex Epstein — President and Founder.
  • Eric Dennis — Senior Fellow.
  • Derick Bellamy — Contributing Editor.
  • David Biederman — Researcher.
  • Amy Chou — Lead Designer.
  • Thomas Eiden — Researcher.
  • Steffen Henne — Researcher.
  • Alexander Hrin — Researcher.
  • Daniel Rathbone — Software Developer.
  • Michele Reilly — Development Specialist.
  • Brittney Rivera — Speaking Coordinator.
  • Deborah Sloan — Researcher.
  • Mary Anne Weninger — Executive Assistant.

As of May 2012: [5]

  • Alex Epstein — Founder and Director.
  • Eric Dennis — Senior Fellow.
  • Daniel Rathbone — Software Developer.


May 21 - 23, 2012

CIP is listed as a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). [6]

Related Organizations


  1. Our Philosphy,” Center for Industrial Progress. Accessed May, 2012.

  2. Alex Epstein. “Coal is Clean,” Center for Industrial Progress, March 12, 2012.

  3. Eric Dennis. “The Global Warming Campaign Takes a Blow,” Center for Industrial Progress, April 27, 2012.

  4. Donate” Center for Industrial Progress. Accessed May, 2012.

  5. About,” Center for Industrial Progress. Accessed May 18, 2012.

  6. Cosponsors,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Accessed May, 2012.

  7. About,” Center for Industrial Progress. Accessed August 25, 2012.