Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy

Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE)


The Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE) is a 501(c)(3) public charity with a Section H Election allowing it to lobby legislators.

Sourcewatch describes CARE as a fossil fuel advocacy organization that opposes sustainable energy and that claims solar and wind power “will end the America we know and love.” CARE describes sustainable energy advocates as “Gang Green.”

CARE compares environmentalists to watermelons, describing them as “Green on the outside like environmentalism, red on the inside like neo-communism or neo-socialism.” They feature the following quote from Fred L. Smith Jr., President of the Competitive Enterprise Institute:

“We can say this for environmental activists– they are persistent, constantly developing collectivist schemes to increase the size and scope of government. And they are becoming more ambitious. Not content with giving more power to Uncle Sam, they now seek to give greater power to the United Nations, a move that would seriously undermine American sovereignty and pave the way for top-down global wealth transfer schemes that would make the Great Society look small.” [1]

CARE was founded by Mark E. Mathis, a former TV anchor, current radio talk show host, and consultant with the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico.

According to CARE's website, “Anti-development and anti-energy activist groups are attempting to deceive the public into believing that we can wean ourselves off of oil in the near future… . The United States cannot lose its ability to produce a significant percentage of oil for itself. Without enough petroleum, freedom itself could be in jeopardy.” [2]

CARE offers their position on the following energy sources:

Oil — “Oil is the greatest energy source ever discovered.”

Natural Gas — “Natural gas is as close to an ideal energy source as can be found on the planet.”

Coal — “CARE supports coal as a responsible energy source. The United States possesses coal in great abundance, and there is no viable replacement for coal over the next several decades, if not longer.”

Nuclear — “Nuclear Power is an environmentally responsible pathway to achieve global economic sustainability, environmental quality, and energy security.”

Renewables — “Proponents of these so-called 'alternatives' tout the benefits stating that they are green and free. Neither is true… . backing up a wind farm with a coal-fired power plant actually creates more CO2 than if the energy came from the coal plant alone… . renewables are heralded as clean, green, pure, fresh, and free—are anything but.” 

Stance on Climate Change

“… fossil fuel use in total is estimated to be responsible for less than 1% of the emissions deemed to contribute to global warming. Global conditions and interactions are so complex, there is little chance of reasonably modeling the impact of any particular component. Scientists cannot even agree whether there IS a global warming trend at this time, much less agree to its cause.” [3]


According to a 2005 article by past executive director Mark Mathis, “Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy is funded by more than 250 members including New Mexico oil and gas producers.” [4]

A CARE blog post lists Ron Arnold, Executive Vice President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise as a “integral part of CARE's founding.”

Sourcewatch reports that CARE had a total revenue of $184,815 in 2005.

Key People

According to CARE's website, as of March, 2012: [5]

  • Marita Noon — Executive Director.
  • James K. Chilton Jr. — Board Director.
  • Mike Hightower — Board Director.
  • Gavin Longmuir — Board Director.
  • Paul Gessing — Board Director.

CARE's blog lists their “Energy Council”:


June 29, 2015

The Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy's Executive Director, Marita Noon, released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency to “limit mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants” via a Heartland Institute press release titled, “Heartland Institute Experts React to Supreme Court Decision on EPA Mercury Rule.” [10]

CARE's Marita Noon stated:

“…today’s decision on mercury and air toxics standards for power plants serves as a severe smack down and has the potential to impact future regulations like the Clean Power Plan … The big lesson for the Obama administration should be read between the lines. It can introduce all kinds of controversial and unreasonable rules and regulations that crush growth, kill jobs, and favor its friends and ideology — and even if it ultimately gets shot down, it will be too late; the impact will already be felt.” [10]

March 10, 2015

The Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy released an anti-solar energy white paper titled, “Solar Power in the U.S.: Lessons Learned and Guidance for Policymakers.” [11] CARE's goal in creating the report was to “educate both consumers and lawmakers about the various consequences of using solar energy.” [11] According to the Energy & Policy Institute's updated post, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) featured CARE's report with its members in an e-mail newsletter and on its website. [11]

May 21 - 23, 2012

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

March 2 - 4, 2008

CARE was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's First International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC1). [7]

RealClimate reported how ICCC1 “is not aimed at understanding, it is a PR event aimed at generating media reports.”

March, 2006

Past Executive Director Mark E. Mathis was a co-signatory on a letter, initiated by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in support of an expansion of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. [8]

Related Organizations


  1. Smash the Watermelons,” Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy. Accessed May, 2012.

  2. Welcome to CARE,” Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy. Accessed May, 2012.

  3. Misconceptions and Myths,” Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy. Accessed May, 2012.

  4. Mark Mathis. “Richardson Should Do a 180 on Energy Plan,” Albuquerque Journal, October 19, 2005.

  5. About Us,” Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy. Accessed May, 2012.

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

  7. sponsorships,” The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change. Archived May 14, 2008.

  8. National Organizations Rally for ANWR,”

  9. Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy,” SourceWatch.

  10. Heartland Institute Experts React to Supreme Court Decision on EPA Mercury Rule,” Heartland Institute, June 29, 2015. Archived November 1, 2015.

  11. Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy Releases Anti-Solar Report,” Energy & Policy Institute, March 18, 2015.