Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

 Background

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, originally known as the International Center for Economic Policy Studies, was founded in 1978 by Anthony Fisher and William Casey and in recent years has promoted climate science contrarianism while defending policies supporting the development of fossil fuels.

Fisher was behind several other large think tanks, including the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Fraser Institute, and the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs. [1] Casey later became President Ronald Reagan's CIA director.

The mission of the New York-based Manhattan Institute “is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.” The Manhattan Institute's Center for Energy Policy and the Environment (CEPE“seeks to influence today’s energy policy debate by developing and advancing ideas rooted in free-market economic principles.” [3]

According to the Manhattan Institute's website, the think tank “produces ideas that are both literally and figuratively outside the Beltway. We have cultivated a staff of senior fellows and writers whose provocative books, essays, reviews, interviews, speeches, and op-ed pieces communicate our message and influence the debate.” [2]

Institute fellows regularly write columns published in outlets including the Wall Street Journal, National Review and Forbes.

Stance on Climate Change

“No-one doubts that carbon dioxide has increased in the earth's atmosphere profoundly over the last hundred years. Almost everything else, however, is in doubt. Do greenhouse gasses make the earth warmer? It's hard to say because eighty percent of the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere followed, but did not precede the increase in the surface temperature that has been measured over the last hundred years. If it caused the increase in temperature, it's an odd pattern of causality, where the cause follows the effect.” [4]

The United States is not running out of energy. It is time to appreciate the staggering economic and geopolitical benefits that the development of our vast hydrocarbon resources can bring. It is no overstatement to say that jobs related to extraction, transport, and export of hydrocarbons can awaken the United States from its economic doldrums and produce revenue such that key national needs can be met—including renewal of infrastructure and investment in scientific research.” [5]

“To what degree are human-induced greenhouse gases responsible for warming the atmosphere? The answer is unclear. Despite the certitude with which the media and politicians treat the issue, the science remains muddled. Temperatures fluctuate: they go up in some regions, down in others, and may be affected by naturally occurring phenomena, such as El Niño.” [6]

 Funding

According to the Conservative Transparency project, the Manhattan Institute's funders include the John M. Olin Foundation (contributed $6,774,500 since 1985), the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation ($5,781,560 since 1986), the Sarah Scaife Foundation ($4,615,000 since 1985), the Searle Freedom Trust ($3,486,000 since 2001), and the Smith Richardson Foundation ($2,797,977 since 1999). [7]
The Conservative Transparency database includes grants totalling $40,937,087 to the Manhattan Institute. View the original data on funding for the Manhattan Institute (.xls) here. Note that not all contribution data has been verified by DeSmogBlog for accuracy. 
Abstraction Fund $76,000  
Armstrong Foundation $79,500  
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation $48,400  
Brady Education Foundation $1,620,000 *
Castle Rock Foundation $165,000  
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation $298,000  
Chase Foundation of Virginia $88,200  
CIGNA Foundation $50,000  
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation $2,100,000  
David H. Koch Charitable Foundation $50,000  
Diana Davis Spencer Foundation $25,000  
Donors Capital Fund $841,770  
DonorsTrust $670,500  
Earhart Foundation $600,000  
Exxon Mobil $495,000 **
F.M. Kirby Foundation $857,500  
Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice $108,000  
Gilder Foundation $1,180,300  
Hickory Foundation $241,200  
Jaquelin Hume Foundation $1,000,000  
JM Foundation $240,000  
John M. Olin Foundation $6,779,500  
John Templeton Foundation $459,000  
John William Pope Foundation $50,000  
Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation $130,000  
Lowndes Foundation $5,000  
Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation $1,000  
Mercer Family Foundation $434,225  
Paul E. Singer Foundation $925,000  
PhRMA $155,000  
Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation $40,000  
Ravenel And Elizabeth Curry Foundation $1,146,000  
Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $120,000  
Ruth & Lovett Peters Foundation $15,000  
Sarah Scaife Foundation $4,615,000  
Scaife Family Foundation $25,000  
Searle Freedom Trust $3,486,000  
Sidney A. Swensrud Foundation $5,000  
Smith Richardson Foundation $2,797,977  
State Policy Network $30,000  
Stiles-Nicholson Foundation $5,000  
Stuart Family Foundation $168,957  
Tepper Family Foundation $1,000  
The Carthage Foundation $693,000 ***
The Challenge Foundation $25,000  
The Galbraith Foundation $365,855  
The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation $2,000  
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $5,781,560  
The Randolph Foundation $327,375  
The Robertson-Finley Foundation $24,000  
The Rodney Fund $10,000  
The Roe Foundation $18,500  
The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation $475,000  
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation $2,500  
The Weiler Foundation $57,500  
Walton Family Foundation $546,525  
William E. Simon Foundation $2,511,200  
William H. Donner Foundation $747,500  
Grand Total $43,955,544  

* Updated with current 990 data. 

** Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets reports that the Institute has received $635,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. [8]

*** Includes original Media Matters data with records going back earlier than available in Conservative Transparency database. [9]

According to Greenpeace's Polluter Watch project (as of 2011), The Manhattan Institute received $1,200,000 from Koch foundations between 2005 and 2010, with total grants of $1,725,000 between 1997 and 2010. [10]

SourceWatch found that the Manhattan Institute has sought funding from tobacco companies including Brown & Williamson. The Institute received funding from R.J. Reynolds and in 1991, Lorillard, Inc. budgeted a $4,000 contribution to the Manhattan Institute and contributed the same amount in 1996. Philip Morris budgeted $25,000 for the Institute in 1995. [11]

Exxon Funding

In February, 2012, Gabe Elsner at the Checks and Balances Project asked Robert Bryce about his funding from fossil fuel interests, Bryce refused to answer the question. DeSmogBlog reported here[12][13]
 
Gabe Elsner explains: 
“I asked Bryce if he had financial ties to the fossil fuel industry after his debate appearance before the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners conference on Monday. Not only did Bryce refuse to answer the question, he also launched into an angry, finger-pointing tirade saying that I’d 'made up' the amount of fossil fuel support documented by Manhattan Institute records.”
Video below: 
 
Gabe Elsner has also launched  TrueTies.org (designed by Checks and Balances Project) and a petition by 50 journalists echoing the call for The New York Times to lead the industry by creating a disclosure policy for op-ed contributors. Media Matters additionally compiled a comprehensive page on Bryce's ties to the fossil fuel industry

Key People

Board of Trustees

According to the Manattan Institute website, as of September, 2015: [14]
 
(* denotes Former Trustee)
Recently passed trustees:

Manhattan Institute Staff

As of September, 2015, the Manhattan Institute listed the following staff members on their website[15]

  • Lawrence J. Mone —  President
  • Nichole Adrian — Development Officer
  • Brian Anderson — Editor, City Journal
  • Alex Armlovich — Research Associate
  • Dean Ball — Policy Manager, Center for State and Local Leadership
  • Michael Barreiro — Vice President of Operations
  • Judah Bellin — Associate Editor
  • Paul Beston — Managing Editor, City Journal
  • Ben Boychuk — Associate Editor, City Journal
  • Taisha Camacho — Event Director
  • James Copland — Director, Center for Legal Policy
  • Marilou David — Controller
  • Michael Dotsikas — Director, IT
  • Stephen Eide — Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership
  • Debbie Ezzard — Events Coordinator
  • Joanna Faranda — Manager, Development
  • Alan Fenster — Research Assistant
  • Yevgeniy Feyman — Fellow and Deputy Director, Center for Medical Progress
  • Dan Geary — Senior Development Officer
  • Leslie Gonzales — Receptionist
  • Isaac Gorodetski — Interim Director, Center for State and Local Leadership
  • Leigh Harrington — Vice President, Communications & Marketing
  • Molly M. Harsh — Director, Programs, Adam Smith Society
  • Matthew Hennessey — Associate Editor, City Journal
  • Paul Howard — Director, Center for Medical Progress
  • Howard Husock — Vice President, Policy Research
  • Michele Jacob — Director of Media Relations
  • David Kimble — Managing Editor, Publications
  • Tatyana Kustas — Web Services
  • Katherine Lazarski — Press Officer
  • Alison S. Mangiero — Director, Outreach, Adam Smith Society; Consultant, Veritas Fund
  • Vanessa Mendoza — Executive Vice President
  • Jared Meyer — Fellow
  • Natalie Nakamura — Communication Associate
  • Peter Pappas — Associate Director, IT
  • Jessica Perry — Director of Development
  • Elaine Ren — Senior Graphic Designer
  • Antonio Rivera
  • Patricia Rondinelli — Assistant to the President
  • Charles Sahm — Director, Education Policy
  • Robert Sherwood — Media Relations Manager
  • Michael Toscano — Development Officer
  • Matt Toyer — Senior Development Officer; Manager, Donor Relations
  • Alissa Yi — Program Officer, Adam Smith Society

Manhattan Institute Experts

The Manhattan Institute listed the following “Experts” on their website as of September, 2015: [16]

  • Brian C. Anderson —  Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Rick Baker —  Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (St. Petersburg
  • Michael Knox Beran —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Claire Berlinski —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (Paris
  • Ben Boychuk —  Associate Editor, City Journal (California)
  • Lester Brickman —  Visiting Scholar, Center for Legal Policy (New York City)
  • Robert Bryce —  Senior Fellow, Center for Energy Policy and the Environment (New York City)
  • Charles W. Calomiris —  Adjunct Fellow, Manhattan Institute (New York City)
  • Oren Cass —  Senior Fellow, Center for Energy Policy and the Environment
  • James R. Copland —  Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Legal Policy (New York City)
  • Theodore Dalrymple —  Contributing Editor, City Journal
  • Daniel DiSalvo —  Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (New York City)
  • Richard C. Dreyfuss —  Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (Pennsylvania)
  • Stephen D. Eide —  Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (New York City)
  • Richard A. Epstein —  Visiting Scholar, Manhattan Institute (New York City)
  • Andrew C. von Eschenbach —  Chairman, Project FDA (New York City)
  • Yevgeniy Feyman —  Fellow, Center for Medical Progress (New York City)
  • Ted Frank —  Adjunct Fellow, Center for Legal Policy (New York City)
  • Diana Furchtgott-Roth —  Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (Washington
  • Nicole Gelinas —  Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Edward Glaeser  —  Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal (Boston)
  • Richard Greenwald —  Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (Newark
  • Victor Davis Hanson —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (California)
  • Stephanie Hessler —  Adjunct Fellow, Manhattan Institute (New York City)
  • Paul Howard —  Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Medical Progress (New York City)
  • Peter W. Huber —  Senior Fellow, Center for Medical Progress 
  • Howard Husock —  Vice President, Policy Research
  • Kay S. Hymowitz —  Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Stefan Kanfer —  Contributing Editor, City Journal
  • George L. Kelling —  Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (New York City)
  • Andrew Klavan —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (Los Angeles
  • Joel Kotkin —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (California)
  • John Leo —  Senior Fellow, Center for the American University (New York City)
  • Herbert London —  Senior Fellow, Center for the American University (New York City)
  • Heather Mac Donald —  Thomas W. Smith fellow, City Journal (New York City)
  • Myron Magnet —  Editor-at-large, City Journal (New York City)
  • Steven Malanga —  Senior Fellow and Senior Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • James Manzi —  Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (Boston
  • Josh B. McGee —  Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • Edmund J. McMahon —  Senior Fellow, President
  • John H. McWhorter —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Jared Meyer —  Fellow, Manhattan Institute (Washington
  • Judith Miller —  Adjunct Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Mark Mills —  Senior Fellow, (New York City)
  • James Piereson —  Senior Fellow, Director
  • Aaron Renn —  Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Peter Reinharz —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Jason Riley —  Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (New York City)
  • Avik Roy —  Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (New York City)
  • Charles Sahm —  Director, Education Policy (New York City)
  • Peter D. Salins —  Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (New York City)
  • Fred Siegel —  Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership and Contributing Editor
  • Guy Sorman —  Contributing Editor, City Journal
  • Harry Stein —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Sol Stern —  Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • William J. Stern —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
  • Jacob Vigdor —  Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (North Carolina)
  • Adam White —  Adjunct Fellow, Manhattan Institute and Contributing Editor
  • Scott Winship —  Senior Fellow, e21 (Washington
  • Marcus Winters —  Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (New York City)
  • Luigi Zingales —  Contributing Editor, City Journal (Chicago)

Board of Trustees (2012)

According to the an archived version of the Manhattan Institute website, as of May, 2012: [17]

Staff (2012)

As of May, 2012, according to an archived version of the Manhattan Institute website: [18]

  • Lawrence J. Mone — President
  • Michael Allegretti — Director, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Brian Anderson — Editor, City Journal.
  • Michael Barreiro — Vice President of Operations.
  • Paul Beston — Associate Editor, City Journal.
  • Taisha Camacho — Event Director.
  • Bridget Carroll — Press Officer.
  • Chantilly Cobb — Editorial Assistant.
  • James Copland — Director, Center for Legal Policy.
  • Lindsay Young Craig — Vice President, Communications & Marketing.
  • Marilou David — Controller.
  • Michael Dotsikas — Director, IT.
  • Debbie Ezzard — Events Coordinator.
  • Alan Fenster — Research Assistant.
  • Dan Geary — Development Officer.
  • Matthew Hennessey — Deputy Director, Policy Research.
  • Timothy Hoefer — Director, Empire Center for New York State Policy.
  • Paul Howard — Director, Center for Medical Progress.
  • Howard Husock — Vice President, Policy Research.
  • Jaclyn Kiely — Development Officer.
  • Tatyana Kustas — Senior Web Designer/Developer.
  • Vanessa Mendoza — Vice President, Development.
  • Mary Ellen Millett — Office Manager, Empire Center.
  • Raymond Niemiec — Press Officer.
  • Matthew Olsen — Press Officer.
  • Peter Pappas — Associate Director, IT.
  • Jessica Perry — Senior Manager, Development.
  • Ben Plotinsky — Managing Editor, City Journal.
  • Elaine Ren — Graphic Designer.
  • Antonio Rivera
  • Patricia Rondinelli — Assistant to the President.
  • Charles Sahm — Deputy Director, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Alison Smith — Director, Center for the American University.
  • Clarice Smith — Director, Media Relations.
  • Kasia Zabawa — Deputy Director, Communications.

Experts (2012)

Listed as of May, 2012: [19]

  • Brian C. Anderson — Editor, City Journal.
  • Rick Baker — Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Michael Knox Beran — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Claire Berlinski — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Ben Boychuk — Associate Editor, City Journal.
  • Lester Brickman — Visiting Scholar, Center for Legal Policy.
  • Robert Bryce — Senior Fellow, Center for Energy Policy and the Environment.
  • James R. Copland — Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Legal Policy.
  • Theodore Dalrymple — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Daniel DiSalvo — Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Richard A. Epstein — Visiting Scholar.
  • Ted Frank — Adjunct Fellow, Center for Legal Policy.
  • Diana Furchtgott-Roth — Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute.
  • Nicole Gelinas — Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Edward Glaeser — Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Richard Greenwald — Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Victor Davis Hanson — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Stephanie Hessler — Adjunct Fellow, Manhattan Institute.
  • Paul Howard — Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Medical Progress.
  • Peter W. Huber — Senior Fellow, Center for Medical Progress , Center for Energy Policy and the Environment, Center for Legal Policy.
  • Howard Husock — Vice President, Policy Research.
  • Kay S. Hymowitz — Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Stefan Kanfer — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • George L. Kelling —  Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Andrew Klavan — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Joel Kotkin — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • John Leo — Senior Fellow, Center for the American University.
  • Herbert London — Senior Fellow, Center for the American University.
  • Heather Mac Donald — Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Myron Magnet — Editor-at-large, City Journal.
  • Steven Malanga — Senior Fellow and Senior Editor, City Journal.
  • James Manzi — Senior Fellow.
  • Edmund J. McMahon — Senior Fellow and Director, Empire Center for New York State Policy.
  • John H. McWhorter — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Judith Miller — Adjunct Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Christopher Papagianis — Managing Director, e21.
  • James Piereson — Senior Fellow, Director, Center for the American University.
  • Peter Reinharz — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Avik Roy — Senior Fellow.
  • Peter D. Salins — Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Fred Siegel — Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership and Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Guy Sorman — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Harry Stein — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Sol Stern — Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • William J. Stern — Contributing Editor, City Journal.
  • Russel Sykes — Senior Fellow, Empire Center for New York State Policy.
  • Jacob Vigdor — Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Marcus Winters — Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership.
  • Luigi Zingales — Contributing Editor, City Journal.

 Address

According to their website, the Manhattan Institute is located at the following address: [28]

MAILING ADDRESS:
52 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017

212-599-7000 main phone number
212-599-3494 main fax number

 Actions

August, 2015

The Manhattan Institute has strongly opposed President Obama's Clean Power Plan. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, senior fellow and director of Economics at the Manhattan Institute writes in the National Review that the Clean Power Plan as “a way of punishing the states that did not vote for Obama.” [20]
 
In the same article, Furchtgott-Roth questions whether carbon dioxide should be mitigated:
“The question to ask is why any of this is necessary. […] Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Everyone breathes it out every day. It even helps the growth of trees and other greenery.” [20]
Oren Cass, another senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute (who also served as Mitt Romney's domestic policy adviser during the 2012 presidential campaign), describes the Clean Power plan in a statement republished at Politico New York:
“It is an illegal overreach that claims power never given to the E.P.A. and bullies both states and private businesses. […] Its primary effects will be to disrupt markets and drive up costs, handing victories to politically-favored 'green' industries and sending the bill to consumers.” [21]
Cass also went on the On Point radio show in  Boston to discuss the Clean Power Plan. Audio below.

July, 2015

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research released a report titled “Less Carbon, Higher Prices:  How California’s Climate Policies Affect Lower-Income Residents” (PDF).  [22]
 
The report suggests that renewable energy sources have caused electric prices to rise, leading to “energy poverty” in low income households. They suggest that California should do a cost-benefit analysis of renewable energy sources, and poses the question:
“Do the benefits of California’s proposed GHG reductions—which, even if realized, will negligibly affect global emissions and climate—outweigh their considerable and rising cost to local businesses and households, particularly low-income Californians?”
Report authors Robert Bryce and Jonathan Lesser discussed their report in The Orange County Register:
“In short, California's renewable energy mandates and climate change policies may make wealthy coastal residents feel virtuous, but those policies are having a disproportionate economic impact on the poor,” they write. [23]
The Manhattan Institute Report was heavily promoted in Conservative media, and has appeared in numerous papers and other sources including Investors Business DailyFox & Hounds, and the Breitbart

June 22, 2015

The Manhattan Institute's Robert Bryce wrote a column in the National Review titled “The Poor Need More Energy: What BP Knows and Pope Francis Doesn’t,” where he  maintained that the best, low-cost energy source for developing countries is coal. [24]
 
According to Bryce, “[Pope Francis's] new encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’ (Be praised), shows a shallow understanding of global energy use and, in particular, of how energy consumption is soaring among the people he claims to care most about: the poor.” 
“But if developing countries are going to prepare for possible changes in the climate, they will have to get richer so they can afford to deal with any calamities that may occur. And how will they get richer? The answer is obvious: by consuming more energy. And for countries throughout the developing world, the lowest-cost energy is still coal,” Bryce writes. [24]

September 18, 2014

DeSmogBlog reports how Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Tim Scott (SC) worked with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research to fashion a white paper opposing the EPA's new power plant emissions standards. [25]
 
According to The Hill, a representative from Murkowski’s office said that the Senators will be speaking about “the economic, political, and social consequences of allowing energy insecurity to rise in America.” [26] 
 
The paper put forward the theory that government regulations and environmental safeguards are costing American consumers too much money and destroying jobs. Murkowski and Scott introduced the paper at a September 18 Manhattan Institute event titled “Is Energy Insecurity on the Rise in America?” [27]
 
 

July 7, 2013

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Diana Furchtgott-Roth published an article in The Globe and Mail titled “Quebec tragedy reminds us pipelines are safest way to transport oil” that pushing to speed up the Keystone XL pipeline after an oil train explosion. [29]
“After Saturday’s tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Que., it is time to speed up the approval of new pipeline construction in North America. Pipelines are the safest way of transporting oil and natural gas, and we need more of them, without delay,” she wrote.
DeSmogBlog reports that Furchgott-Roth has been advocating on behalf of the oil industry in one form or another for more than 25 years. She has also worked as an economist at the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the industry-funded American Enterprise Institute (AEI). [30]

August, 2011

According to records on file at the Center for Media and Democracy's (CMD) SourceWatch, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Paul Howard, spoke at the 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Annual Conference in a Workshop titled “Rationing By Any Other Name: Medicare's Independent Payment Advisory Board.” [11]

CMD offers the following description of the American Legislative Exchange Council:

ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve 'model' bills.”

More information is available at ALECexposed.org

June 7, 2011
 
Robert Bryce, the Manhattan Institute's Senior Fellow for their “Center for Energy Policy and the Environment” ran an Op-Ed in The New York Times titled “The Gas Is Greener.” [31]
 
DeSmogBlog reports how Bryce suggests that fracked shale gas and nuclear are more environmentally preferable energy options to solar and wind power. Bryce had published a similar article in the Wall Street Journal earlier that week. DeSmog also notes how the New York Times failed to state the “clear conflict of interest” of the fossil-fuel funded Manhattan Institute. [32], [33]
 
Bryce's argument was debunked by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which points out a number of factual errors and omissions in the Manhattan Institute representative's piece. Climate Progress also debunked Bryce's claims in detail. [34]
, [35]
 
After DeSmogBlog initially contacted The New York Times regarding these conflicts of interest, the Checks and Balances Project picked up the issue, using Bryce as an example of the “disturbing trend of special interests surreptitiously funding 'experts' to push industry talking points in the nation's major media outlets.” DeSmogBlog further reported on this issue here. [36]

April, 2009

The Manhattan Institute has released multiple editions of its report “Energy and the Environment: Myths and Facts” by Drew Thornley. Its second edition was released in April, 2009. 

The report includes a list of “myths” including how “Humans are the main drivers of the greenhouse effect which is likely to cuase global warming.” [37]

According to the Institute's press release (PDF), “Thornley concludes that policymakers should focus on energy policies based on facts that meet our needs today without creating liabilities for us tomorrow.” [38]

The executive summary for the report describes it as a “primer for educators, journalists, and public officials—for concerned citizens generally.” [39]

April 10, 2008

The Manhattan Institute hosted “the skeptical environmentalist,” Bjorn Lomborg, for a speech in New York City, DeSmogBlog reported. [40]

2005

Sponsored THE BOTTOMLESS WELL: The Twilight Of Fuel, The Virtue Of Waste, And Why We Will Never Run Out Of Energy by Manhattan Institute senior fellow Peter W. Huber and by Mark P. Mills. [41]

The book argues that the “quantity of raw fuel matters less to energy security than our ability (both technological and political) to extract the fuel. In this passage, they make the counter-intuitive point (one of many in this book) that energy consumption, rather than limit our supply of energy, actually increases it.” [42]

Related Organizations

 Resources

  1. The Manhattan Institute,” Spectrum Policy: Property or Commons? Accessed May 13, 2012.

  2. About the Manhattan Institute,” Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Archived September 3, 2015.

  3. About the Center for Energy Policy and the Environment,” Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Archived September 3, 2015.

  4. “Public Policy and the Media: Do We Get the Whole Story?” (Transcript), Manhattan Institute Annual James Q. Wilson Lecture, September 6, 2000. Archived September 3, 2015.

  5. Manhattan Institute's Power & Growth Initiative,” Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Archived September 5, 2015. 

  6. Max Schulz. “MYTH 9: GLOBAL WARMING HAS ACCELERATED IN THE PAST FIFTY YEARS,” Energy & The Environment: Myths & Facts (manhattan-institute.org). Archived September 5, 2015.  

  7. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,” Conservative Transparency. Accessed September 3, 2015.

  8. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Manhattan Institute. Accessed September, 2015.

  9. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,” Media Matters. Archived June, 2012.

  10. Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group: The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,” Greenpeace. Archived August, 2011.

  11. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,” SourceWatch profile.

  12. Gabe Elsner. “Anti-Clean Energy ‘Pundit’ Unhinged By Basic Question: Are You Bankrolled By Fossil Fuels?” The Checks and Balances Project, February 9, 2012. Archived September 4, 2015. 

  13. Brendan DeMelle. “Accountability Moment: Manhattan Institute's Robert Bryce Squirms And Evades Question on Fossil Fuel Funding,” DeSmogBlog, February 9, 2012. 

  14. Manhattan Institute Board of Trustees,” Manhattan Institute. Archived September 4, 2015. 

  15. Manhattan Institute Staff Directory,” Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Archived September 4, 2015.

  16. Manhattan Institute Experts,” Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Archived September 4, 2015. 

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