National Center for Policy Analysis

National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)

 Background

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank founded by John C. Goodman in 1983 to “promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.” [1]

According to NCPA's profile (PDF), their core belief is “that ideas have enormous power to change the course of human events. We seek to unleash the power of ideas for positive change by identifying, encouraging and aggressively marketing the best scholarly research.” [2]

The NCPA describes itself as a source of “'outside the Beltway' thinking for Capitol Hill deliberations.” Headquartered in Dallas, the NCPA also maintains a Washington, D.C., office that sponsors Capitol Hill briefings, conferences, and testimony before congressional committees. [2]

The National Center for Policy Analysis is a member of the State Policy Network (SPN), a “web of right-wing 'think tanks' in every state across the country.” [3], [4]

Stance on Climate Change

2014

According to a 2014 publication by the NCPA, “Given the uncertainty in climate science, adaptation appears to be a more cost-effective approach than mitigation.” [5]

The National Center for Policy Analysis quotes climate change skeptic Matt Ridley, who originally wrote in The Spectator that “Climate change has done more good than harm so far and is likely to continue doing so for most of this century. This is not a right-wing fantasy; it is the consensus of expert opinion.” [6]

1991

The following is from the summary of a 1991 “task force report” by the Political Economy Research Center/National Center for Policy Analysis (see full report here)

“Currently, scientists disagree on whether global warming has already occurred, whether significant global warming will occur in the future, whether warming would be harmful or somewhat beneficial to humans and whether, if harmful, it is better to adjust to the warming or try to prevent it. At least two of the world's leading climate scientists — Arizona State physicist Sherwood Idso and Soviet climatologist Mikhail Budyko — argue that we should welcome a CO2 buildup with open arms. In general, those scientists who welcome global warming, or at least do not worry about it, take the longer view — considering the historical variations in the earth's temperature and cycles in carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration).” [7]

Note: It is unclear why the authors consider Sherwood Idso, with a PhD in soil science (and the president of the climate skeptic group, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change), one of the world's “leading climate scientists.”

 Funding

According to their website, the National Center for Policy Analysis received 61% of their funding from foundations, 22% from corporations, and 17% from individuals in 2014. [8]

The following is based on date the Conservative Transparency project compiled from publicly-available tax records. View the attached spreadsheet for additional information on the National Center for Policy Analysis's funding by year (.xls).  Note that not all individual values have been verified by DeSmogBlog for accuracy. [9]

Donor Contributions
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $2,547,500
Sarah Scaife Foundation $2,285,000
John M. Olin Foundation $1,069,000
The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation $1,000,000
Hickory Foundation $684,350
Armstrong Foundation $600,000
*Exxon Mobil $620,000
Donors Capital Fund $500,000
The Carthage Foundation $470,000
Chase Foundation of Virginia $467,820
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation $460,000
Gilder Foundation $265,000
David H. Koch Charitable Foundation $260,000
Dunn's Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking $247,000
Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust $230,000
William H. Donner Foundation $225,000
Castle Rock Foundation $185,000
JM Foundation $160,000
Jaquelin Hume Foundation $150,000
Holman Foundation $130,384
Searle Freedom Trust $130,000
Earhart Foundation $100,000
Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation $100,000
Scaife Family Foundation $100,000
DonorsTrust $87,150
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation $80,000
Philip M. McKenna Foundation $70,000
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation $61,000
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation $51,674
Ruth & Lovett Peters Foundation $50,000
Walton Family Foundation $25,000
John William Pope Foundation $20,000
Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation $20,000
The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation $20,000
Windway Foundation $20,000
Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Foundation $16,000
Atlas Economic Research Foundation $15,000
Diana Davis Spencer Foundation $14,000
The Roe Foundation $13,500
True Foundation $11,000
Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation $4,500
Robert P. Rotella Foundation $2,500
Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation $1,000
Grand Total $13,568,378

* Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets found that NCPA has received a total of $620,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. [10]

Greenpeace's PolluterWatch totals NCPA's funding from Koch Industries and related foundations at $595,000 from between 1997 and 2009. [11]

Key People

Board of Directors

As of November, 2015, the following members of the NCPA's Board of Directors were listed on their website: [12]

  • Allen West — President & CEO
  • Steve Ivy — Chairman of the Board
  • Dennis McCuistion — Served as interim President and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) from June to December 2014
  • William “Tex” Gross
  • John Strauss
  • Larry Wedekind
  • Michael Whalen
  • John J. Carona, Sr.

Emeritus Board of Directors

Listed, as of November, 2015: [13]

NCPA Experts

As of November, 2015, the NCPA listed the following “Experts” on their website: [14]
 
Contributing Fellows
  • Cherylyn LeBon
  • E. Gaylon McCollough
  • Lawrence Pivnick
  • Senthil Thambidorai
Senior Economist
  • Barry Asmus
Senior Fellows
  • Pamela Villarreal
  • John R. Graham
  • Devon M. Herrick
  • David A. Grantham
  • Michael Bond
  • Roy G. Boyd
  • Bill Caruth
  • William B. Conerly
  • Michael L. Davis
  • Brooks Hamilton
  • N. Michael Helvacian
  • Thomas A. Hemphill
  • Estelle James
  • Roger Koppl
  • Laurence Kotlikoff
  • Richard McKenzie
  • John D. Merrifield
  • Gerald Musgrave
  • Phillip K. Porter
  • R. David Ranson
  • Andrew J. Rettenmaier
  • Thomas R. Saving
  • Greg Scandlen
  • Barry J. Seldon
  • David G. Tuerck
  • Linus Wright
Research Fellows
  • Lloyd M. Bentsen IV

NCPA Staff

As of November, 2015: [15]

  • Allen West — President & CEO
  • Jacki Pick — Executive Vice President & COO
  • Eileen Curry Resnik — Executive VP of Development
  • Joe Barnett — Sr. Director of Policy Research
  • Brian Williams — Legislative Director
  • Catherine Daniell — Sr. Director of Communications
  • Julian Gil — Sr. Manager of Multimedia
  • Rachel Stevens — Director of Youth Programs
  • Josh Galloway — Director of Finance
  • Chris Betts IT Director

Past Board of Directors (2012)

As of 2012, these additional Board Members were listed: [16]

  • John C. Goodman — President and Founder.
  • W. Mike Baggett, Esq.
  • Brent Beesley
  • Gen. Tommy Franks
  • John Victor Lattimore
  • Fred Meyer
  • Jerry M. Mills
  • Henry J. “Bud” Smith
  • Greg Wilkinson
  • Raymond E. Wooldridge
  • Robert J. Wright

Past Senior Fellows (2012)

Additional Senior Fellows listed on the National Center for Policy Analysis's website in March, 2012, included: [17]

 Actions

August 27, 2014

The National Center for Policy Analysis released a “brief analysis” titled “Calming Fears of Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia” where they claim that, in the case of South and Southeast Asia, “climate change has had no discernible effect on these regions, and recent analyses indicate adaptation is the preferable strategy to deal with any effects that may occur in the future.” [5]

According to NCPA“Given the uncertainty in climate science, adaptation appears to be a more cost-effective approach than mitigation.” [5]

The NCPA also suggests that “climate change has had beneficial effects on these economies so far and will continue to help over the long term.” A Google Scholar Search for the article's author, Tanner Davis, does return any published work in peer-reviewed journals. According to his LinkedIn profile, Davis is currently working as a Marketing Intern at AT&T, and was a research associate at NCPA until June, 2014.  [18], [19]

2013

The National Center for Policy Analysis released the second edition of its “Global Warming Primer.” According to the NCPA's document, the primer's purpose “is to explore some of the main scientific, economic and political issues surrounding the topic of global warming.” [20]

May 17, 2006

The National Center for Policy Analysis published a “Brief Analysis” titled “Polar Bears on Thin Ice, Not Really!” written by H. Sterling Burnett[21]

The article points to a paper by fellow climate change skeptic David Legates who “examines the claim that global warming threatens to cause polar bear extinction and finds little basis for fear. By and large, the study finds that polar bear populations are in good shape.”

Burnett concludes that “There may be threats to the future survival of the polar bear, but global warming is not primary among them.” [21]

April 1991

The NCPA's “Environmental Task Force” published a report titled “Progressive Environmentalism: A Pro-Human, Pro-Science, Pro-Free Enterprise Agenda for Change.” [22]

The report refers to a group of “reactionary environmentalists” who “do not believe in human progress,” who “idealiz[e] the life of the American Indian or life in medieval communities.” According to the authors, this group is “united by a distaste for modern industrial society and what borders on worship of the peasant way of life.”

The NCPA report classifies this group as “Anti-Human,” “Anti-Technology,” “Anti-Science,” “Anti-Growth,” “Anti-Free Enterprise,” and as “The Disaster Lobby” by “thriv[ing]” on crisis.

The report includes a section on climate change, that implies global warming would be beneficial. Some representative quotes from the report follow:

“… evidence suggests that warmth is life-enhancing and life-sustaining, whereas cold is life-threatening…”

“… atmospheric CO2 levels have varied radically as life on earth has evolved. Moreover, just as warmth has always been unambiguously good for life, so has CO2…”

“Although CO2 levels in the atmosphere have fluctuated over time, a secular decline in CO2 has been going on throughout the 4.5 billion-year history of the Earth. If this trend continues…eventually our planet will become as lifeless as Mars.”

Members of NCPA's “Environmental Task Force” included: [23]

According to NCPA, “Not all task force members agreed with every recommendation,” and the members served as individuals, not as representatives of institutions.

Related Organizations

 Resources

  1. About the NCPA,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived Novemeber 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6czt3DJyC

  2. National Center for Policy Analysis Profile (PDF). Document created February 20, 2012. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog. 

  3. National Center for Policy Analysis,” State Policy Network. Archived November 12, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cztQTgDf

  4. State Policy Network,” SourceWatch. Accessed November, 2015.

  5. Tanner Davis. “Calming Fears of Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia,” August 27, 2014. Archived November 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6czuxqarS

  6. The Benefits of Climate Change,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived November 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6czuVUiSf

  7. VI. Finding Progressive Solutions to Environmental Problems,” April 16, 1991. Republished by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Archived November 13, 2015. 

  8. Financials,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived November 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cztYJYEV

  9. National Center for Policy Analysis,” Conservative Transparency. Accessed November 12, 2015.

  10. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: National Center for Policy Analysis, NCPA. Accessed November 12, 2015.

  11. National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA: Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group,” GreenPeace.org. Archived November 12, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6czq5nJwj

  12. NCPA Board of Directors,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived November 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6czxpcSPk

  13. NCPA Emeritus Board of Directors,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived November 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6czxyGeGm

  14. NCPA Experts,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived November 12, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6czxMK156

  15. NCPA Staff,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived November 12, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6czxV9pWE

  16. NCPA Board of Directors,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived April 1, 2012. 

  17. NCPA Experts,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived March 11, 2012. 

  18. Google Scholar Search for Author: “Tanner Davis.” Performed November 12, 2015.

  19. Tanner Davis,” LinkedIn. Accessed November 12, 2015. 

  20. A Global Warming Primer,” National Center for Policy Analysis, 2013. 

  21. H. Sterling Burnett. “Brief Analysis” titled “Polar Bears on Thin Ice, Not Really!NCPA Brief Analysis No. 551, May 17, 2006.

  22. Progressive Environmentalism: A Pro-Human, Pro-Science, Pro-Free Enterprise Agenda For Change,” National Center for Policy Analysis, Study No. 162, April 1, 1991. Archived June 7, 2011.

  23. Environmental Task Force,” National Center for Policy Analysis. Archived February 6, 2007.

  24. About Us,” Center for European Policy Analysis. Archived February 3, 2007. 

  25. Homepage - GlobalWarming.org. Archived November 13, 2015.

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