The Reason Foundation is a libertarian 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1978 that describes itself as advancing “free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law.” 
The Reason Foundation currently runs the monthly print publication Reason magazine, its online counterpart Reason.com, and also Reason.tv. The Reason Foundation's past projects have included projects include the now-defunct NewEnvironmentalism.org and previously Privatization.org. 
Julian Morris, past Executive Director of the International Policy Network (UK), and a prominent climate change skeptic, is the Vice President of Research for the Reason Foundation. 
The Reason Public Policy Institute (RPPI) once described itself as a “division of the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation,” although RPPI's website now redirects to the Reason Foundation's homepage and the two groups appear to have merged. 
Stance on Climate Change
While the Reason Foundation does not appear to have released an official statement on climate change, they have released a variety of articles questioning the existence of man-made climate change or its severity (examples below):
“So, to sum up: (1) estimates of climate sensitivity suggest that global warming is likely to be milder than even the lowest forecast made by the Interagency Working Group; (2) humanity’s ability to adapt to climate change will almost certainly be greater than even the most optimistic forecasts of the Interagency Working Group; (3) while there will undoubtedly be losers from global warming, there will also be winners and it is quite possible that additional carbon dioxide emissions will generate net benefits for humanity, at least until the end of this century.” 
“What we can say is that climate change has been a natural phenomena throughout the course of time. What impact do man's activities have on the Earth's natural climate cycles? That is still open to debate. Some would say none at all while others will say that it is dramatic.” 
According to their website, the “Reason Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization completely supported by voluntary contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the sale of our publications.” 
The following funding is based on data the Conservative Transparency project has gathered from from publicly-available 990 tax forms. Note that not all individual donations have been verified by DeSmogBlog for accuracy. View attached .xls spreadsheet for information on funding by year. 
“The Reason Foundation received at least $10,000 from Philip Morris in 1993. He [Sullum] wrote an article for Forbes Media Critic which was later used in a week-long advertising series by Philip Morris; the report argued that the EPA findings on secondhand smoke were one-sided and represented the “corruption of science by the political crusade against smoking.” He also wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal criticizing the EPA, claiming that the agency based its findings on ETS on “several controversial assumptions;” this op-ed was later featured in an RJR advertisement. Both of these articles cited the work of Dr.Gary Huber, a scientist funded by various tobacco companies, who had found the risks of ETS to be only minimal. The Media Critic article also cited the work of Alvan Feinstein, who received at least $700,000 from Brown &Williamson between 1985 and 1990.” 
- Thomas E. Beach — Chairman of the Board
- Robert W. Poole, Jr. — Founder
- David Nott — President
- Jon Graff — Secretary and Treasurer
- Mike Alissi — Vice President, Operations
- Nick Gillespie — Vice President, Online
- Adrian Moore* — Vice President, Policy
- Julian Morris — Vice President, Research
- Matt Welch — Vice President, Magazine
- Thomas E. Beach — Chairman
- Baron Bond — Foundation Group, Timonium, MD.
- Drew Carey
- Derwood S. Chase, Jr. — Chase Investment Counsel Corporation.
- James R. Curley
- Richard. J. Dennis
- William Dunn
- David Fleming
- Hon. C. Boyden Gray
- James D. Jameson
- Manuel S. Klausner
- David H. Koch — Koch Industries.
- James Lintott
- Stephen Modzelewski
- David Nott
- George F. Ohrstrom
- Robert W. Poole, Jr.
- Carol Sanders
- Richard A. Wallace
- Kerry Welsh (retired)
- Fred Young
- Frank Bond — Trustee Emeritus
- Vernon L. Smith — Trustee Emeritus
- Harry E. Teasley, Jr. — Chairman Emeritus
- Walter E. Williams — Trustee Emeritus
Reason Public Policy Institute (RPPI) Staff — 2004
- Adrian T. Moore — Executive Director, Reason Public Policy Institute.
- Robert W. Poole, Jr. — Director of Transportation Studies, Founder, Reason Foundation.
- Geoffrey F. Segal — Director of Privatization and Government Reform Policy.
- George Passantino — Director of Government Affairs.
- Lisa Snell — Director of Education and Child Welfare.
- Ted Balaker — Jacobs Fellow, Transportation Studies, Privatization Watch editor.
- Michael De Alessi — Director of Natural Resource Policy.
- Lynne Kiesling — Senior Fellow, Reason Public Policy Institute.
- Leonard Gilroy — Research Fellow, Urban Futures Program.
- Kenneth Green, D.Env. — Adjunct Scholar, Reason Public Policy Institute, Chief Scientist, Fraser Institute.
- Robin Johnson — Senior Fellow, Privatization Center.
- Joel Schwartz — Senior Fellow, Environmental Program. Also listed as Director of the “Air Quality Project.” 
- Sam Staley — Senior Fellow, Urban Futures Program.
- Chris Fiscelli — Research Fellow, Urban Futures Program.
- Owen Courrèges — Research Fellow, Urban Futures Program.
Since Pope Francis released the Encyclical on the Environment, the Reason Foundation has released a number of articles critical of him. Reason magazine has said Pope Francis “doesn't really understand capitalism,” and “hates free markets.” , , 
Reason magazine released an overall positive review of Alex Epstein's book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. Epstein is the founder of the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), a group that regularly publishes articles “debunking” environmentalism, and promoting the oil and coal industries. 
According to Ronald Bailey, Alex Epstein “makes a persuasive case that cheap and abundant fossil fuels are critical to enabling billions to escape conditions of Malthusian privation.”
August 6, 2015
The Reason Foundation released a study, titled “Assessing the Social Costs and Benefits of Regulating Carbon Emissions,” by Julian Morris (the Foundation's Vice President of Research.) 
According to the Reason Foundation, the study “shows that estimates of the 'social cost of carbon” have been falling' — and would fall further if new scientific evidence were incorporated. The study calls into question the analyses used to underpin the Obama administration’s new Clean Power Plan and other federal regulations targeting emissions of greenhouse gases.” 
August 29, 2014
“In other words, doing nothing about climate change will cost future generations roughly the same as doing something,” Bailey writes. 
May 21 - 23, 2012
June 7, 2002
Kenneth Green of the Reason Foundation signed a joint letter to President Bush on the EPA's Climate Action Report. 
Those who sign the letter describe themselves as “opponents of the Kyoto Protocol and similar domestic proposals to ration energy,” and applaud Bush for his “resolution in the face of continuing environmental alarmism.”
The letter describes the 2002 Climate Action Report as “a compilation and summary of junk science produced by the Clinton-Gore Administration in order to support their Kyoto agenda,” and urge the report to be withdrawn and “re-written on the basis of sound science.”
- Reason Public Policy Institute (RPPI) — Division, and now possibly merged with the Reason Foundation.
“About Reason,” Reason.com. Accessed October 19, 2015.
“About Reason Public Policy Institute,” Reason Public Policy Institute. Archived December 11, 2004.
Julian Morris. “The Social Cost of Carbon Underestimates Human Ingenuity, Overestimates Climate Sensitivity,” Reason Foundation, August 14, 2015. Archived October 19, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cP4KyIKz
ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Reason Foundation, Reason. Accessed October 19, 2015.
“Reason Foundation,” Conservative Transparency. Accessed October 19, 2015.
“The Reason Foundation: Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group,” Greenpeace USA. Archived October 19, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cP6oFajK
“PUBLIC POLICY GRANTS PROPOSED 2001 BUDGET,” 2001. Philip Morris.
“Reason Foundation,” SourceWatch. Archived October 19, 2015.
“Reason Public Policy Institute Staff,” Reason Public Policy Institute. Archived August 18, 2004.
Joel Schwartz. “New Study Distorts Health Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Reduction,” Reason Public Policy Institute Rapid Response No. 105 (August 21, 2001). Archived September 13, 2002.
Nick Gillespie. “Maybe Pope Francis Doesn't Understand Capitalism Because He Confuses It with Argentine Corporatism,” Reason.com, September 24, 2015.
Stephanie Slade. “If Pope Francis Wants to Help the Poor, He Should Embrace Capitalism,” Reason.com, September 21, 2015.
Ronald Bailey. “Pope Francis and Naomi Klein Both Hate Free Markets, Technological Progress, and Economic Growth,” Reason.com (blog), June 29, 2015.
Ronald Bailey. “Fight Poverty—Use Fossil Fuels,” Reason.com, January 16, 2015.
Julian Morris. “Assessing the Social Costs and Benefits of Regulating Carbon Emissions,” Reason Foundation, August 6, 2015. Archived October 19, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cPDklNwo
“Study: Social Cost of Carbon Likely Much Lower Than Previous Estimates,” Reason Foundation, August 6, 2015. Archived October 19, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cPDuDFYF
Ronald Bailey. “Obama's Clean Power Plan Would Reduce Global Warming by -0.015 Degree By 2100,” August 10, 2015. Reason.com, August 10, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cPBCQ1lO
Ronald Bailey. “Climate Change Costs By 2100: Doing Nothing Has the Same Price Tag as Doing Something,” Reason.com, August 29, 2014. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cPDTNkil
“Seventh International Conference on Climate Change: Sponsored by the Heartland Institute” (PDF), the Heartland Institute. Archived August 15, 2015.
Fred L. Smith, Jr. “Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report,” Competitive Enterprise Institute, June 7, 2002. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cPAI3kfC