Myron Ebell


Myron Ebell


  • M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
  • B.A. from Colorado College.

Source: [1]


Myron Ebell is the director of energy and global warming policy at CEI and director of Freedom Action, a “web-based grassroots activist organization loosely affiliated with CEI.” He is also the chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition.

According to an article in Vanity Fair, “Though he likes to bash scientists for working outside their degreed fields, Ebell, it turns out, isn't a scientist at all. He majored in philosophy at the University of California in San Diego, then studied political theory at the London School of Economics and history at Cambridge.” [2]

In March 2010, the Financial Times called Mr. Ebell “one of America's most prominent climate-change skeptics.” In July 2009, the Business Insider's Green Sheet named him third in its list of the Ten Most-Respected Global Warming Skeptics and commented that “Myron Ebell may be enemy #1 to the current climate change community.” [1]

In March 2001, the nonprofit Clean Air Trust named Ebell its “clean air villain of the month,” citing his “ferocious lobbying charge to persuade President Bush to reverse his campaign pledge to control electric utility emissions of carbon dioxide.” [3]

Stance on Climate Change

“True, the climate is always changing. The fact is, however, that a very moderate amount of warming that we've seen in the last century is not a very sound basis to believe that we're going to have a new ice age.” [4]

Key Quotes

The policies being promoted are insane… If you believe energy poverty is a good thing, you should support controls on carbon emissions. But most of the world disagrees with that.” [21]

“Every interview I do, when I'm asked about scientific issues, I say I'm not a climate scientist. I'm just giving you the informed layman's perspective… .” [2]

“[A]s previous studies have concluded, the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are probably thickening rather than melting.” [5]

“Kyoto is dead and has been dead, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't done some real damage and won't continue to do some real damage,” “If global warming turns out to be a problem, which I doubt, it won't be solved by making ourselves poorer through energy rationing.” “It will be solved through building resiliency and capability into society and through long-term technological innovation and transformation.” [6]

In an October 2006 BBC interview, Ebell pointed out that ExxonMobil  would probably not fund the CEI if it changed its stance on global warming.


BBC: Myron Ebell why do you imagine that Exxon gives you money?

Ebbel: You know, I think that the attempt here to claim that only the purest of the pure can engage in the public policy debate…

BBC: Please answer the question Mr. Ebell, why do you imagine they give you money?

Ebell: Because we send them letters asking them to support our general programs which… our general program is simply this: we believe in free markets and we support policies that promote less regulation of people's daily lives.

BBC: And they would presumably not be giving you that money if they felt you for taking a different view on, say for example climate change.

Ebell: I suppose that's right. We develop our policies and then we try to find funding.

“I think he's [the Pope] very ill-informed and he is ill-judged in doing this [climate change encyclical].” [28]

Key Deeds

August 5, 2015

Myron Ebell, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, was interviewed alongside of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Jeremy Symons on the August 5 edition of CSPAN's Washington Journal. During the interview, EDF’s Symons “confronted” Ebell about his sources of funding, asking, “Isn't Murray Energy your biggest funder of your dinner? They're the biggest coal company in the United States for underground mining.” [31]

Ebell responded:

“I'd like to see a lot more funding from all of those companies, but unfortunately many of the coal companies are now going bankrupt … I would like to have more funding so that I can combat the nonsense put out by the environmental movement.” [31]

Watch Myron Ebell’s interview on CSPAN, below:

June 11-12, 2015

Myron Ebell was a speaker on Panel 14: “Action Items for Policymakers,” at the Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC10) in Washington, D.C., with Marc Morano and Bette Grande. [29]

View Myron Ebell’s Panel 14 presentation at the Heartland Institute’s ICCC10, below: [30]

June 18, 2015

Myron Ebell released a statement on Pope Francis's Encyclical on Climate Change at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. [27]

“Global warming is a moral issue, but a proper moral evaluation must include comparing the impacts of global warming, which may be bad, with the impacts of global warming policies, which will almost certainly be catastrophic.  The Pope’s encyclical misses that significant matter,” Ebell Writes.

February, 2015

Ebell spoke up to defend Willie Soon after pieces were published in The Guardian and the New York Times that accuse Soon of failing to disclose a conflict of interest in recent scientific papers. The New York Times writes ”[Soon] has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers.” These articles were written in light of documents obtained by Greenpeace through freedom of information filings. [24], [25]

“Soon's integrity in the scientific community shines out,” says Ebell. “He has foregone his own career advancement to advance scientific truth. If he had only mouthed establishment platitudes, he could've been named to head a big university [research center] like Michael Mann.” [26]

July 7 - 9, 2014

Myron Ebell was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada. [22]

DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here.

December, 2014

As a relatively new line of criticism coming from climate change skeptics, Myron Ebell argued that delegates from Third World counries largely appear at events such as talks in Lima just to collect a per diem payment and “shop in glamouris cities,” as phrased by the Republic Report in their article “Deniers' Latest Attack on UN Summit: Poor Countries' Delegates Show Up Just for the Per Diem.”

“It's very desirable for them to go to international conferences in nice locales, and bring their wives and you know, have extra payments,” Ebell said. “The United Nations pays these delegates from poor countries to attend and so it's very attractive to keep it going.” [23]

May 21 - 23, 2012

Myron Ebell was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 7th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7).

DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland's ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.

March 8-10, 2009

Ebell was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. [7]


Participated in the “Climate Chains” video along with deniers Chris Horner, Marlo Lewis, Patrick Michaels, and Todd Wynn.

The video claims that “One of the greatest threats to freedom and prosperity in America is climate change legislation.” The video was organized by the Cascade Policy Institute. [8]

March 20, 2004

Speaker at “NCPA Earth Day Briefing on Global Warming: 'What Do We Really Know vs. What We Are Told'.” [9]

November, 2004

In 2004 The British House of Commons censured Ebell “in the strongest possible terms” for his “unfounded and insulting criticism of Sir David King, The Government's Chief Scientist.” King has notably argued that “climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today.” [10], [11]

June 3, 2002

Ebell collaborated with Phil Cooney, chief of staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, to cover up the findings of an EPA report on climate change. President Bush's staff insisted on several major alterations to the report. [12]


Freedom Action is a “grassroots movement” founded in 2009 by the CEI.

Freedom Action believes in “individual rights,” “free markets” “and limited governments.” Links to three of Ebell's articles appear on the site including one that describes Al Gore as “the leader of the forces of darkness.” All three of the articles were published by Fox News. [14]


Myron Ebell has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate change.

He has published many articles skeptical of climate change in newspapers, blogs, and magazines.

A list of Ebell's publications is available at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Notable Publications


  1. Myron Ebell: Director, Center for Energy and Environment,” Competitive Enterprise Institute. Archived December 29, 2011.

  2. Michael Shnayerson. “A Convenient Unruth,” Vanity Fair, May 2007.

  3. Clean Air Villain of the Month,”, March 15, 2001.

  4. Myron Ebell on Fox Hannity and Colmes,” The Competitive Enterprise Institute, May 25, 2004.

  5. Cooler Heads Digest, Vol. VIII, No 14 (July 7, 2004).

  6. Into Thin Air,” New York Times, December 4, 2003.

  7. Heartland Institute/International Conference on Climate Change (2009),” SourceWatch.

  8. About the Experts,” Archived April 1, 2010.

  9. NCPA Earth Day Briefing on Global Warming: 'What Do We Really Know vs. What We Are Told',” U.S. Newswire, March 20, 2004. Archived January 30, 2006.

  10. Chris Mooney. “Some Like It Hot” (PDF), Mother Jones, May/June 2005 Issue.

  11. Motion to Censure Myron Ebell,” Competitive Enterprise Institute, November 16, 2004.

  12. Bush covers up climate research,” The Observer, September 21, 2003.

  13. Myron Ebell,” profile at Freedom Action. Accessed December 7, 2011.

  14. Myron Ebell. “Al Gore Returns,”, March 2, 2010.

  15. Greenpeace obtains smoking-gun memo: White House/Exxon link,” Greenpeace, September 9, 2003.

  16. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Myron Ebell.

  17. Deniers: Myron Ebell,” ExxonSecrets Wiki.

  18. Myron Ebell,” SourceWatch Profile.

  19. Myron Ebell,”

  20. The Myron Ebell Climate.

  21. Associated Press on Climate Hearing: Warmists Clash With Skeptics in 3-Hour Congressional Global Warming Debate: AGW Called 'Sub-prime science' - Carbon-based energy like coal is 'one of the greatest liberators in the history of mankind,'” Climate Depot, May 30, 2013.

  22. Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.

  23. Lee Fang. “Deniers' Latest Attack on UN Summit: Poor Countries’ Delegates Show Up Just for the Per Diem,” Republic Report, December 11, 2014.

  24. Suzanne Goldenberg. “Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry,” The Guardian. February 21, 2015.

  25. Justin Gillis and John Schwarts. “Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher,” The New York Times. February 21, 2015.

  26. Henry Payne. “Global Warming: Follow the Money,” National Review, February 25, 2015.

  27. Myron Ebell. “Statement on Pope's Encyclical on Climate Change,” Competitive Enterprise Institute, June 18, 2015. Archived June 24, 2015. 

  28. Suzanne Goldenberg. “Republicans' leading climate denier tells the pope to butt out of climate debate,” The Guardian, June 11, 2015. 

  29. Speakers,” Heartland Institute. Archived June 30, 2015.

  30. Panel 14: Action Items for Policymakers with Marc Morano, Bette Grande, and Myron Ebell,” Heartland Institute, June 11, 2015. Archived July 15, 2015.

  31. Competitive Enterprise Institute's Myron Ebell: ‘I’d Like To See A Lot More Funding’ From Big Coal,” Media Matters For America, August 5, 2015. Archived August 11, 2015.