Cooler Heads Coalition

Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC)


The Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC) runs the website, and was originally a sub-group of the National Consumer Coalition, which in turn was a project of Consumer's Alert.  It is now run as an “informal and ad-hoc group focused on dispelling the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis,” according to their website[1]

Consumer Alert and the National Consumer Coalition, both now-defunct, have historically opposed regulations on industry and advocated “free market” consumer solutions. The National Consumer Coalition initially formed CHC in late 1996 as “an on-going coalition of market-oriented national and state-level policy and activist groups, which focus on consumer issues in the policy arena. ” Their initial mission was to  “to dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific and risk analysis.” [1], [2]

The Cooler Heads Coalition describes as “one of the Coalition’s principal educational outreach activities.” The website posts regular blog posts questioning man-made climate change. [3]


Members of the Cooler Heads Coalition listed on, as of October, 2015, include: [1]

Stance on Climate Change

The Cooler Heads Coalition formed with the mission to “dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis.”  [2]


The Cooler Heads Coalition website, is paid for and maintained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)The majority of Coalition Members (see above) have received significant funding from the oil industry and right-wing think tanks. CEI itself has received over $1.6 million from ExxonMobil, and hudreds of thousands from Koch foundations. [1]

Key People

According to SourceWatch, former Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) director Marlo Lewis was the original Chair of the Cooler Heads Coaltion while Myron Ebell, CEI's Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy, directed it. [4] lists the following “contributors,” as of October, 2015: [5]

Past Contributors

According to this Greenpeace Research document (PDF), representatives for the CHC Organizations have also included the following: [6]

  • Frances B. Smith
  • Jim Lucier
  • Damon Ansell
  • Jan Faiks
  • Craig Rucker
  • Renee Stykes
  • Angella Antonelli
  • Joel Bucher
  • Steve Milloy
  • Don Senese
  • Nancy Marzulla
  • John Shanahan
  • David Ridenour
  • Nona Wegner


August 7, 2015

Myron Ebell, Chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition, spoke with H. Sterling Burnett of the Heartland Institute on the “extreme costs and minimal benefits [of] President Obama’s clean power plan.” [7]

June 19, 2015

Myron Ebell, Cooler Heads Coalition Chair, denounced Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment as “scientifically ill-informed, economically illiterate, intellectually incoherent, and morally obtuse.  It is also theologically suspect, and large parts of it are leftist drivel, albeit couched in the vocabulary of Catholic social teaching.” He also describes it as a “diatribe against modern industrial civilization.” [8]

March 4, 2015 

The Cooler Heads Coalition's showcased two charts that reported to “[expose] the unsustainability of the European Union’s proposal” to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. [9], [10]
According to Marlo Lewis, “millions of people could still get hurt along the way before the wretched thing falls apart.”

June, 2009

Cooler Heads Coalition members lobbied for the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009,” also known as the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill. [11]

Critics have said the bill “lines the pockets of polluters with little to show for it.  [12]

May 14, 2002

CHC held a briefing at the National Press Club, in conjunction with Frontiers of Freedom and the Science and Environmental Policy Project, entitled “Experts Discuss Why U.S. Should Withdraw From Kyoto Treaty.” [13]

May 3, 2004

CHC held a congressional and media briefing entitled “Impacts of Global Warming: Why the Alarmist View is Wrong” on Capitol Hill.

Speakers included well known global warming deniers such as Madhav L. Khandekar, Nils-Axel Morner, Paul Reiter, and Patrick Michaels. They presented arguments against claims that global warming will cause increases in extreme weather events, sea level rise, vector-borne diseases, and species extinction. [14]


  1. About,” Cooler Heads Coalition. Archived October 18, 2015. WebCite URL

  2. Global Warming Web Site Offers News and Information,” P.R. Newswire, April 5, 2004. Published by the Boston Globe. Archived April 8, 2004.

  3. Contributors,” Archived October 18, 2015. WebCite URL

  4. Cooler Heads Coalition,” SourceWatch Profile.

  5. Contributors,” Archived October 18, 2015. WebCite URL

  6. “The Cooler Heads Coalition” (PDF), Greenpeace. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  7. H. Sterling Burnett. “Heartland Daily Podcast – Myron Ebell: Breaking Down Obama’s Clean Power Plan,” Somewhat Reasonable (Heartland Institute Blog), August 7, 2015.

  8. Myron Ebell. “Pope Francis’s Climate Encyclical: Help Poor People by Dismantling Industrial Civilization,”, June 19, 2015. Archived October 18, 2015. WebCite URL

  9. Marlo Lewis. “EU Climate Policy: Unsustainability Update,”, May 22, 2015. Archived October 18, 2015. WebCite URL

  10. Marlo Lewis. “Is Climate Policy Sustainable? Sobering Slides on the EU’s 60-by-50 Climate Treaty Proposal,”, March 4, 2015. WebCite URL

  11. Darren Samuelsohn. “Lobbying Frenzy Begins as House Climate Bill Heads for Floor,” New York Times, June 23, 2009. Archived October 18, 2015. WebCite URL

  12. The Waxman-Markey Crisis,” PR Watch, June 24, 2009.

  13. Experts Discuss Why U.S. Should Withdraw From Kyoto Treaty,” U.S. Newswire, May 14, 2002. Archived October 18, 2002.

  14. Adverse impacts of warming have been exaggerated,”, May 11, 2004. Archived October 18, 2015.

Other Resources

  1. Cooler Heads Coalition,” Wikipedia entry.

  2. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Cooler Heads Coalition, CHC.

  3. Competitive Enterprise Institute Director Admits Funding Tied to Denial of Global Warming,” 350 or bust, March 29, 2010.