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.

Anthony Fisher was influencial in the formation of several other think tanks, including the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Fraser Institute, and the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs. William Casey later became President Ronald Reagan's CIA director. [1] The stated mission of the New York-based Manhattan Institute “is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.” [2]

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]

The Manhattan Institute has contended that it is “unclear” whether human activity is causing global climate change: “Despite the certitude with which the media and politicians treat the issue, the science remains muddled.” [6]

Robert Bryce & the Manhattan Institute

Media Matters reports that Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce regularly authors op-eds for mainstream and conservative publications advocating against renewable energy while promoting fossil fuel use.  [47]  With reference to climate change, Bryce has said: “I don't know who's right. And I don't really care.” [50] In a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Five Truths About Climate Change”, Bryce claimed that the “science is not settled, not by a long shot.” [51]

Center for Energy Policy and the Environment (CEPE)

The Manhattan Institute previously maintained a section of their website titled the Center for Energy Policy and the Environment (CEPEwhich “seeks to influence today’s energy policy debate by developing and advancing ideas rooted in free-market economic principles.” The Center no longer appears to be in operation. [3]
 

The Manhattan Instituted listed the following “experts” at CEPE
[3]

Stance on Climate Change

2015

“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]

2007

“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]

September 6, 2000

“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]

Funding

The following funding data is based on data collected from the Conservative Transparency Project and Media Matters. [7][9]

 

View the attached spreadsheet for additional information on Manhattan Institute funding by year (.xlsx).  Note that not all contribution data has been verified by DeSmogBlog for accuracy. [45]

Organization Total
John M. Olin Foundation $6,779,500
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $6,076,560
Sarah Scaife Foundation $4,615,000
Searle Freedom Trust $3,486,000
Smith Richardson Foundation $2,797,977
William E. Simon Foundation $2,511,200
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation $2,100,000
Gilder Foundation $1,180,300
Ravenel and Elizabeth Curry Foundation $1,146,000
Jaquelin Hume Foundation $1,000,000
Paul E. Singer Foundation $925,000
F.M. Kirby Foundation $857,500
Donors Capital Fund $841,770
DonorsTrust $748,500
William H. Donner Foundation $747,500
Earhart Foundation $600,000
Walton Family Foundation $546,525
The Carthage Foundation $693,000
Exxon Mobil $495,000
The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation $475,000
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation $464,300
John Templeton Foundation $459,000
Mercer Family Foundation $434,225
The Galbraith Foundation $365,855
The Randolph Foundation $327,375
Hickory Foundation $241,200
JM Foundation $240,000
Stuart Family Foundation $168,957
Castle Rock Foundation $165,000
PhRMA $155,000
Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation $130,000
Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $120,000
Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice $108,000
Chase Foundation of Virginia $88,200
Armstrong Foundation $79,500
Abstraction Fund $76,000
The Weiler Foundation $57,500
CIGNA Foundation $50,000
David H. Koch Charitable Foundation $50,000
John William Pope Foundation $50,000
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation $48,400
Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation $40,000
State Policy Network $30,000
Diana Davis Spencer Foundation $25,000
Scaife Family Foundation $25,000
The Challenge Foundation $25,000
The Robertson-Finley Foundation $24,000
The Roe Foundation $18,500
Holman Foundation $15,000
Ruth & Lovett Peters Foundation $15,000
The Rodney Fund $10,000
Cato Institute $7,000
Lowndes Foundation $5,000
Sidney A. Swensrud Foundation $5,000
Stiles-Nicholson Foundation $5,000
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation $2,500
The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation $2,000
Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation $1,000
Tepper Family Foundation $1,000
Grand Total $42,756,844

Exxon Funding

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

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. [47]

Koch Funding

According to Greenpeace's Polluter Watch project, The Manhattan Institute  received $1,400,000 from Koch foundations between 2005 and 2011 with a grand total of $1,925,000 in Koch foundation grants between 1997 and 2011[10]

Tobacco Industry Funding

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]

990 IRS Tax Forms

 

Key People

Board of Trustees

(* denotes Former Trustee)

Name 2012[17] 2015 [14] 2016[48]
Andrew Cader     Y
Ann J. Charters     Y
Anthony P. Coles     Y
Bruce G. Wilcox     Y
Charles H. Brunie Y Y Y
Clifford S. Asness   Y  
Daniel Loeb     Y
David Malpass     Y
Dietrich Weismann Y Y  
Donald G. Tober     Y
Fleur Harlan     Y
Harvey Golub     Y
Jay H. Newman     Y
Kathryn S. Wylde     Y
Kenneth B. Gilman     Y
Kenneth M. Garschina     Y
Lawrence J. Mone Y Y Y
Maurice R. Greenberg     Y
Michael J. Fedak Y Y Y
Nathan E. Saint-Amand   Y Y
Nick Ohnell     Y
Paul E. Singer Y Y Y
Ravenel Curry     Y
Rebekah Mercer     Y
Richard Gilder* Y Y Y
Robert Rosenkranz     Y
Rodney Nichols     Y
Roger Hertog* Y Y Y
Roger Kimball Y   Y
Sean M. Fieler     Y
Thomas W. Smith Y   Y
Timothy G. Dalton, Jr.     Y
William Kristol     Y
Andrew Cader Y Y  
Ann J. Charters Y Y  
Ravenel Curry Y Y  
Timothy G. Dalton, Jr. Y Y  
Sean M. Fieler Y Y  
Kenneth M. Garschina Y Y  
Kenneth B. Gilman Y Y  
Harvey Golub   Y  
Maurice R. Greenberg Y Y  
Fleur Harlan Y Y  
Roger Kimball   Y  
William Kristol Y Y  
Daniel Loeb   Y  
Rebekah Mercer   Y  
Jay H. Newman Y Y  
Rodney Nichols Y Y  
Nick Ohnell   Y  
Robert Rosenkranz Y Y  
Thomas W. Smith   Y  
Donald G. Tober   Y  
Bruce G. Wilcox   Y  
Kathryn S. Wylde Y Y  
Peter M. Flanigan Y    
Frank J. Macchiarola Y    
Clifford S. Asness Y    
Daniel Loeb Y    
Thomas F. Mcwilliams Y    
Nathan E. Saint-Amand Y    
Donald G. Tober Y    
Bruce G. Wilcox  Y    

Recently-Deceased Trustees

Name 2015[14] 2016[48]
Dietrich Weismann   Y
Frank J. Macchiarola Y Y
Peter M. Flanigan Y Y
William Tell,  Jr. Y Y

Manhattan Institute Staff

Name 2012[18] 2015[15] 2016[52] Description
Aaron Ricks     Y Online Content Editor
Abigail Salvatore     Y Communications Associate
Alan Fenster Y Y Y Research Assistant
Alex Armlovich   Y Y Policy Analyst
Alison S. Mangiero   Y Y Senior Director, Adam Smith Society
Alissa Yi   Y Y Manager, Operations & Conferences, Adam Smith Society
Antonio Rivera     Y Equipment Manager
Ben Boychuk   Y Y Associate Editor, City Journal
Brian Anderson Y Y Y Editor, City Journal
Carolyn Gorman     Y Project Manager
Casimer Crane     Y Development Associate
Charles Sahm Y Y Y Director, Education Policy
Charlyce Bozzello     Y Program Officer, Adam Smith Society
Dan Geary Y Y Y Senior Development Officer
David Kimble   Y Y Managing Editor, Publications
Dean Ball   Y Y Policy Manager, State & Local Policy - Strategic Manager
Debbie Ezzard Y Y Y Events Coordinator
Diana Furchtgott-Roth     Y Senior Fellow & Director, Economics21
Howard Dickman     Y Executive Managing Editor
Howard Husock Y Y Y Vice President, Research & Publications
Isaac Gorodetski   Y Y Director, State & Local Policy
Jack Solowey     Y Project Manager, Health Policy
James Copland Y Y Y Senior Fellow & Director, Legal Policy
James Velasquez     Y Editorial Manager
Jamie Meggas     Y Senior Graphic Designer
Jared Meyer   Y   Fellow
Jennifer Tanner     Y Web Designer
Jessica Perry Y Y Y Director, Development
Joanna Faranda   Y Y Office Manager, Development
Katherine Lazarski   Y Y Senior Media Manager
Lawrence J. Mone Y Y Y President
Leigh Harrington   Y Y Vice President, Communications & Marketing
Leonard Sadosky     Y Communications Manager, Adam Smith Society
Margaret O'Keefe     Y Project Manager, Proxy Monitor
Marilou David Y Y Y Controller
Marin Schlossberg     Y Development Officer, Membership & Events
Matt Toyer   Y Y Deputy Director, Development
Matthew Hennessey Y Y Y Associate Editor, City Journal
Michael Barreiro Y Y Y Vice President, Operations
Michael Dotsikas Y Y Y Director, IT
Michael Toscano   Y Y Development Officer, Policy Initiatives
Michele Jacob   Y Y Director, Media Relations
Molly M. Harsh   Y Y Director, Programs, Adam Smith Society
Patricia Rondinelli Y Y Y Assistant to the President
Paul Beston Y Y Y Managing Editor, City Journal
Paul Howard Y Y Y Senior Fellow & Director, Health Policy
Peter Pappas Y Y Y Associate Director, IT
Preston Cooper     Y Policy Analyst, Economics21
Rafael Mangual     Y Project Manager, Legal Policy
Rebecca Calhoun     Y Project Coordinator, NYC Initiative
Rebecca Sidial     Y Receptionist
Robert Sherwood   Y Y Broadcast Outreach Manager
Sarai Mason     Y Assistant to the Controller
Seth Barron     Y Project Director, NYC Initiative
Taisha Camacho Y Y Y Event Director
Tatyana Kustas Y Y Y Director, Web Services
Troy Senik     Y Vice President, Policy & Programs
Vanessa Mendoza Y Y Y Executive Vice President
Yevgeniy Feyman   Y   Fellow and Deputy Director, Center for Medical Progress
Nichole Adrian   Y   Development Officer
Judah Bellin   Y   Associate Editor
Stephen Eide   Y   Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership
Leslie Gonzales   Y    Receptionist
Natalie Nakamura   Y   Communication Associate
Elaine Ren Y Y   Senior Graphic Designer
AntonioRivera Y Y    
Michael Allegretti Y     Director, Center for State and Local Leadership.
Bridget Carroll Y     Press Officer.
Chantilly Cobb Y     Editorial Assistant.
Lindsay Young Craig Y     Vice President, Communications & Marketing.
Timothy Hoefer Y     Director, Empire Center for New York State Policy.
Jaclyn Kiely Y     Development Officer.
Mary Ellen Millett Y     Office Manager, Empire Center.
Raymond Niemiec Y     Press Officer.
Matthew Olsen Y     Press Officer.
Ben Plotinsky Y     Managing Editor, City Journal.
Alison Smith Y     Director, Center for the American University.
Clarice Smith Y     Director, Media Relations.
Kasia Zabawa Y     Deputy Director, Communications.

Manhattan Institute Experts

Name 2012[19] 2015[16] 2016[49] Description
Aaron M. Renn     Y Senior Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Adam White   Y Y Adjunct Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Andrew von Eschenbach     Y Chairman, Project FDA.
Ben Boychuk Y Y Y Associate Editor, City Journal.
Brian C. Anderson Y Y Y Editor, City Journal.
Charles Sahm   Y Y Director, Education Policy.
Diana Furchtgott-Roth Y Y Y Senior Fellow. Director, Economics21.
E. J. McMahon     Y Senior Fellow
Edward L. Glaeser Y Y Y Senior Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Fred Siegel Y Y Y Senior Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
George L. Kelling Y Y Y Senior Fellow
Guy Sorman Y Y Y Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Heather Mac Donald Y Y Y Thomas W. Smith Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Howard Husock Y Y Y Vice President, Research & Publications. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Isaac Gorodetski     Y Director, State and Local Policy.
Jacob L. Vigdor     Y Adjunct Fellow.
James R. Copland Y Y Y Senior Fellow. Director, Legal Policy.
Jared Meyer   Y Y Fellow
Jason L. Riley     Y Senior Fellow.
Jim Manzi     Y Senior Fellow
John Tierney     Y Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Josh B. Mcgee   Y Y Senior Fellow
Judith Miller Y Y Y Adjunct Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Kay S. Hymowitz Y Y Y Senior Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Lawrence J. Mone     Y President.
Mark P. Mills   Y Y Senior Fellow
Max Eden     Y Senior Fellow
Michael Knox Beran Y Y Y Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Myron Magnet Y Y Y Editor-at-Large, City Journal
Nicole Gelinas Y Y Y Senior Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Oren Cass   Y Y Senior Fellow
Paul Howard Y Y Y Senior Fellow. Director, Health Policy.
Peter D. Salins Y Y Y Senior Fellow.
Richard A. Epstein Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Robert Bryce Y Y Y Senior Fellow
Scott Winship   Y Y Walter B. Wriston Fellow
Sol Stern Y Y Y Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Stephanie Hessler Y Y Y Adjunct Fellow
Steven Malanga Y Y Y Senior Fellow. Senior Editor, City Journal.
Ted Frank Y Y Y Adjunct Fellow
Theodore Dalrymple Y Y Y Dietrich Weismann Fellow. Contributing Editor, City Journal
Tom Coburn     Y Advisor, Project FDA.
Victor Davis Hanson Y Y Y Contributing Editor, City Journal.
Yevgeniy Feyman   Y Y Fellow. Deputy Director, Health Policy.
Rick Baker Y Y   Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (St. Petersburg
Claire Berlinski Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal (Paris
Lester Brickman Y Y   Visiting Scholar, Center for Legal Policy (New York City)
Charles W. Calomiris   Y   Adjunct Fellow, Manhattan Institute (New York City)
Daniel Disalvo Y Y   Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (New York City)
Richard C. Dreyfuss   Y   Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (Pennsylvania)
Stephen D. Eide   Y   Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (New York City)
Andrew C. Von Eschenbach   Y   Chairman, Project FDA (New York City)
Richard Greenwald Y Y   Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (Newark
Peter W. Huber Y Y   Senior Fellow, Center for Medical Progress 
Stefan Kanfer Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal
Andrew Klavan Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal (Los Angeles
Joel Kotkin Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal (California)
John Leo Y Y   Senior Fellow, Center for the American University (New York City)
Herbert London Y Y   Senior Fellow, Center for the American University (New York City)
James Manzi Y Y   Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (Boston
Edmund J. Mcmahon Y Y   Senior Fellow, President
John H. Mcwhorter Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
James Piereson Y Y   Senior Fellow, Director
Aaron Renn   Y   Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
Peter Reinharz Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
Jason Riley   Y   Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (New York City)
Avik Roy Y Y   Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (New York City)
Harry Stein Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
William J. Stern Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal (New York City)
Jacob Vigdor Y Y   Adjunct Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (North Carolina)
Marcus Winters Y Y   Senior Fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership (New York City)
Luigi Zingales Y Y   Contributing Editor, City Journal (Chicago)
Christopher Papagianis Y     Managing Director, e21.
Russel Sykes Y     Senior Fellow, Empire Center for New York State Policy.

Actions

June, 2016

The Manhattan Institute (MI) released a report titled “Missing Benefits, Hidden Costs: The Cloudy Numbers in the EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan” (PDF). [57]

There are few benefits, which have been massively overestimated, and huge costs, which have been massively underestimated […] from a cost benefit perspective, there’s simply no justification for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan,” reads the report. [57]

The MI contends that the Clean Power Plan will have “will have no measurable impact on world climate. And if those emissions reductions have no measurable impact on world climate, they will not have any measurable impact on world GDP, either.” [57]

The report's author, Jonathan A. Lesser, is president of Continental Economics and “has over 30 years of experience working for regulated utilities, government, and as an economic consultant.”  [57]

May 4, 2016

The Manhattan Institute released a report titled “What Happens to an Economy When Forced to Use Renewable Energy?” (PDF) written by Robert Bryce. [58]

Bonner R. Cohen promoted the new study at the Heartland Institute. He writes that policies to combat climate change in Europe “have led to soaring electricity costs for residential and commercial customers, leading the authors to recommend the United States reject similar policies.” [59]

“To avoid the kinds of results seen in Europe, U.S. policymakers at the federal and state levels should be required to do rigorous cost-benefit analyses before imposing renewable-energy mandates,” Robert Bryce said. “U.S. policymakers must also consider the impact higher energy costs will have on overall employment and industrial competitiveness.” [59]

April, 2016

Oren Cass authored a Manhattan Institute report titled
Who Pays the Bill for the Obama Climate Agenda?” (PDFclaiming that “President Obama’s climate agenda represents an enormous tax increase on low- and middle income Americans, nearly tripling the federal tax burden on the poorest households.” [55]

“[T]he policy pays only lip service to 'action' on climate change and will not affect the trajectory of global greenhouse-gas emissions or temperatures,” Cass claims.  [55]

October 16, 2015

The Manhattan Institute's Center for Energy Policy and the Environment released a report titled “Leading Nowhere: The Futility and Farce of Global Climate Negotiations” (PDF) on the Paris COP21 Climate Change negotiations. [53] Oren Cass, MI senior fellow, suggests that “The U.S. Congress should pass a resolution preemptively rejecting any agreement that omits enforceable developing-nation commitments to emissions reductions or that transfers substantial wealth to the developing world.” [54]

“Whatever ineffectual 'deal' may emerge from the Paris talks will only underscore what has been true all along: no negotiated agreement will significantly reduce global emissions of CO2. The U.S. Congress should pass a resolution preemptively rejecting any agreement that omits enforceable developing-nation commitments to emissions reductions or that transfers substantial wealth to the developing world. Constraining the options in Paris to either a genuine and enforceable agreement, or no agreement, will have a valuable, clarifying effect on the future of international climate policy,” Cass writes. [53]

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 Furchtgott-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]
 
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 cause 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]

Manhattan Institute Contact & Location

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research listed the following contact information in its website as of May, 2016: [56]

Manhattan Institute
52 Vanderbilt Ave.
New York, NY 10017
(212) 599-7000

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.

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