Texas Public Policy Foundation

Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF)

Background

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is a conservative think tank based in Austin, Texas, founded by James R. Leininger in 1989. [1]

According to their website, “The Foundation's mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach.” [2]

The TPPF organizes its website into “Centers” based around issue areas including the following: [3]

  • Center for the American Future
  • Economic Freedom
  • Education Freedom
  • Effective Justice
  • Energy & Environment
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education 
  • Local Governance
  • Tenth Amendment

Critics have said that the Texas Public Policy Foundation takes financial contributions from a small subgroup of corporations, and this may influence TPPF's research and advocacy. For example, Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, told the Texas Observer, “TPPF's donors are a Who's Who of Texas polluters, giant utilities and big insurance companies. TPPF is thinking the way its donors want it to think.”  [4]

While TPPF claims that it is a non-partisan research institute, and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit it isn't legally required to reveal its donors, a 2010 list of funders surfaced that revealed significant contributions from Koch Industries, Koch family Foundations, the Tobacco Industry, ExxonMobil, and many others. [4]

Stance on Climate Change

November, 2015

Bud Brigham, a “longtime energy-sector entrepreneur” is Senior Advisor to the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He wrote about what he describes as “six indisputable facts about the Earth’s history” in Townhall, which were republished by TPPF: [5]

  1. The climate always has and will continue to change. It’s been a lot hotter in the past, in fact we’ve had warming and cooling spells roughly every 1500 years, and today’s temperatures are easily within historical ranges.
  2. Species do better in warmer climates, they struggle more in cooler periods.
  3. Sea level has fluctuated dramatically over the Earth’s history. Central Texas has flooded many times throughout earth’s history.
  4. CO2 levels also historically fluctuate, they’ve been much higher than they are today, and 100 years from now CO2 levels will still be lower than prior periods.
  5. CO2 is not pollution, it’s necessary for survival. It greens the earth. Green is good, and species have prospered with much higher CO2 levels than today.
  6. And last, the most recent warming spell, which I’m personally very grateful for, began well before the industrial revolution. So it obviously was not initiated by the burning of fossil fuels. Based on the last 18 years of satellite readings, Earth’s temperatures have flattened, despite the fact that CO2 levels continued to rise.”

January, 2009

“No link between man-made CO2 emissions and accelerated warming has been demonstrated with observational evidence.” [6]

Funding

According to their website, TPPF is “Funded by thousands of individuals, foundations, and corporations, the Foundation does not accept government funds or contributions to influence the outcomes of its research.” [2]

The following funding information is based on data the Conservative Transparency Project has compiled from publicly-available 990 tax forms. Note that not all individual funding values have been verified by DeSmog.

View the attached spreadsheet for more details on the Texas Public Policy Foundation's funding by year (.xlsx). [7]

Donor Total
Donors Capital Fund $2,965,348
DonorsTrust $789,600
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation $548,500
Jaquelin Hume Foundation $460,001
State Policy Network $366,900
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation $349,999
Searle Freedom Trust $295,000
The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation $275,000
The Roe Foundation $262,000
Castle Rock Foundation $125,000
JM Foundation $105,000
Cato Institute $100,000
Exxon Mobil $100,000
Heartland Institute $100,000
Armstrong Foundation $95,000
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $90,000
Ruth & Lovett Peters Foundation $76,125
Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice $62,000
The Robertson-Finley Foundation $42,500
Americans for Tax Reform Foundation $25,000
Walton Family Foundation $25,000
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation $11,000
William H. Donner Foundation $10,000
Atlas Economic Research Foundation $9,500
National Christian Charitable Foundation $1,000
Grand Total $7,289,473

Koch Funding

According to the most recent data from Greenpeace, TPPF has recieved at least $911,499 from Koch-related foundatons between 1998 and 2014. [36]

990 Forms

 

Key People

Board of Directors

As of November, 2015, the following board members were listed on the Texas Public Policy Foundation's website:  [8]

Staff Members

As of November, 2015, the following staff members were listed on the Texas Public Policy Foundation's website:  [9]

  • Brooke L. Rollins — President and CEO
  • The Honorable Chuck DeVore — Vice President of National Initiatives
  • The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth — Executive Director (ties to ALEC)
  • Sarah French — Vice President of Development
  • Greg Sindelar — Chief Operating Officer
  • Bill Peacock — Vice President of Research; Director, Center for Economic Freedom
  • Joshua Treviño — Vice President of Strategy
  • Jaimie Ailshire — Office Manager
  • Fernando Ardila — Development Programs Administrator
  • CJ Bankhead — Digital Campaigns & Analytics Manager
  • Michael Barba — Policy Analyst, Center for Education Freedom
  • Annie Casteel — Director of Major Gifts
  • Derek M. Cohen — Deputy Director, Center for Effective Justice
  • The Honorable Susan Combs — Visiting Senior Fellow
  • John Davidson — Director, Center for Health Care Policy
  • The Honorable Doug Domenech — Director, Fueling Freedom Project
  • Cara Dublin — Grants & Donor Communications Manager
  • Caroline Espinosa — Director of Communications
  • Jody Gibson — Publications & Marketing Manager
  • Vance Ginn — Economist, Center for Fiscal Policy
  • Greg Glod — Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime
  • Tracie Groh — Center for the American Future, Paralegal
  • The Honorable Kent Grusendorf — Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Education Freedom
  • David Guenthner — Senior Director for Public Affairs
  • Olivia Gustin — Events Manager
  • Michael Haugen — Web Writer & Social Media Associate, Right on Crime
  • The Honorable Talmadge Heflin — Director, Center for Fiscal Policy
  • The Honorable Robert Henneke — Director, Center for the American Future
  • Kathleen Hunker — Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Economic Freedom and Managing Editor
  • Dan Isett — Communications Director, Right on Crime
  • Marc Levin — Director, Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime
  • Allegra Hill — Policy Analyst, Center for Local Governance
  • Elizabeth Lincicome — Energy-And-Environment Media-Relations Manager
  • Thomas Lindsay — Director, Center for Higher Education & Director, Center for Tenth Am…
  • Mario Loyola — On temporary leave
  • Adam Luck — Right on Crime State Director, Oklahoma
  • Joe Luppino-Esposito — Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime
  • Trevor McGuire — Policy Analyst, Center for Higher Education & Center for Tenth Amendm…
  • Dianna Muldrow — Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime
  • Kate E. Murphy — Mental Health Policy Fellow
  • Clint Nesmith — Director of Events
  • Tarah Nypaver — Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • James Quintero — Director, Center for Local Governance
  • Rikki Risinger — Controller
  • Stephen Robinson — Audio-Video Production Manager
  • Joel Stonedale — Attorney, Center for the American Future
  • Leigh Thompson — Policy Analyst, Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Shannon Tracy — Communications Associate, Right on Crime
  • Gina Van Dyke — Operations Coordinator
  • Chance Weldon — Center for the American Future, Attorney
  • The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White — Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence & Director, Armstrong Center…

Scholars

  • Brooke L. Rollins — President and CEO
  • The Honorable Chuck DeVore — Vice President of National Initiatives
  • The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth — Executive Director
  • Bill Peacock — Vice President of Research; Director, Center for Economic Freedom
  • Joshua Treviño — Vice President of Strategy
  • Michael Barba — Policy Analyst, Center for Education Freedom
  • Derek M. Cohen — Deputy Director, Center for Effective Justice
  • The Honorable Susan Combs — Visiting Senior Fellow
  • John Davidson — Director, Center for Health Care Policy
  • The Honorable Doug Domenech — Director, Fueling Freedom Project
  • Vance Ginn — Economist, Center for Fiscal Policy
  • Greg Glod — Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime
  • The Honorable Kent Grusendorf — Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Education Freedom
  • The Honorable Talmadge Heflin — Director, Center for Fiscal Policy
  • The Honorable Robert Henneke — Director, Center for the American Future
  • Allegra Hill — Policy Analyst, Center for Local Governance
  • Kathleen Hunker — Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Economic Freedom and Managing Editor
  • Marc Levin — Director, Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime
  • Thomas Lindsay — Director, Center for Higher Education & Director, Center for Tenth Am…
  • Mario Loyola — On temporary leave
  • Adam Luck — Right on Crime State Director, Oklahoma
  • Joe Luppino-Esposito — Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime
  • Trevor McGuire — Policy Analyst, Center for Higher Education & Center for Tenth Amendm…
  • Dianna Muldrow — Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime
  • Kate E. Murphy — Mental Health Policy Fellow
  • James Quintero — Director, Center for Local Governance
  • Joel Stonedale — Attorney, Center for the American Future
  • Leigh Thompson — Policy Analyst, Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Chance Weldon — Center for the American Future, Attorney
  • The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White — Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence & Director, Armstrong Center…

Fellows

  • The Honorable Susan Combs — Visiting Senior Fellow
  • The Honorable Kent Grusendorf — Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Education Freedom
  • Mario Loyola — On temporary leave
  • Kate E. Murphy — Mental Health Policy Fellow
  • The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White — Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence & Director, Armstrong Center…

Past Directors (2012)

As of March, 2012, TPPF listed the following additional members of their Board of Directors[10]

Past Staff (2012)

As of March, 2012, TPPF listed the following additional staff members:  [10]

  • Shari Hanrahan, Vice President of Outreach.
  • Jordan Brownwood, Communications Manager, Texas Budget Source.
  • Nancy Druart, Publications Manager.
  • Cindy Floyd, Donor Relations Manager.
  • James Golsan, Policy Analyst, Center for Education Policy.
  • Spencer Harris, Policy Analyst, Center for Health Care Policy.
  • Kristen Indriago, Deputy Communications Director.
  • Michael Joyce, Director of Events.
  • Jeanette Moll, Juvenile Justice Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice.
  • Josiah Neeley, Policy Analyst, Center for Tenth Amendment Studies & Center for Energy & the Environment.
  • Vikrant Reddy, Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice.
  • Nina Sidoryanskaya, Capital Campaign Manager.

Actions

June 17, 2016

Kathleen Hartnett-White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, authored an article in The Hill calling for restraint of the “imperial EPA.” [31]

Hartnett White promotes bill H.R. 3880, “The Stopping the EPA Overreach Act.” The bill would prevent the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide, methane and three other greenhouse gases. According to Hartnett White, the EPA's treatment of carbon dioxide as a pollutant is an example of “regulatory overreach.” [31]

“The truth is that our bodies, blood and bones are built of carbon! Carbon dioxide is a necessary nutrient for plant life, acting as the catalyst for the most essential energy conversion process on planet earth: photosynthesis,” she writes. “[…] How do our national leaders square their public vilification of carbon dioxide with fundamental scientific and economic realities? Such political propaganda has now educated at least two generations of Americans who think carbon is a killer instead of the stuff of life on the earth.” [31]

June 13, 2016

The Texas Public Policy Foundation was listed as a creditor in Peabody Energy's 2016 bankruptcy filings, reports the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD/PRWatch). [27]

While the available bankruptcy documents do not list the scale or dates of funding, they outline Peabody Energy's financial ties to a large network of groups promoting climate change denial. [28]

Prominent individuals appearing in the documents include climate deniers Willie SoonRichard LindzenRoy Spencer and Richard Berman. The long list of organizations also includes groups such as Americans for ProsperityAmerican Legislative Exchange CouncilCFACTInstitute for Energy ResearchState Policy Network, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens more. [29]

The Guardian also analysed and reported on the Peabody bankruptcy findings: [30]

These groups collectively are the heart and soul of climate denial,” said Kert Davies, founder of the Climate Investigation Center, who has spent 20 years tracking funding for climate denial. “It’s the broadest list I have seen of one company funding so many nodes in the denial machine.”

The company’s filings reveal funding for a range of organisations which have fought Barack Obama’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and denied the very existence of climate change. […]

Among Peabody’s beneficiaries, the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change has insisted – wrongly – that carbon emissions are not a threat but “the elixir of life” while the American Legislative Exchange Council is trying to overturn Environmental Protection Agency rules cutting emissions from power plants. Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity campaigns against carbon pricing. The Oklahoma chapter was on the list. […]

The breadth of the groups with financial ties to Peabody is extraordinary. Thinktanks, litigation groups, climate scientists, political organisations, dozens of organisations blocking action on climate all receiving funding from the coal industry,” said Nick Surgey, director of research for the Center for Media and Democracy.

We expected to see some denial money, but it looks like Peabody is the treasury for a very substantial part of the climate denial movement.”

Notable organizations listed in the initial documents include:

Notable individuals named in the initial documents include the following:

May 26, 2016

Kathleen Hartnett-White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the TPPF, went on the One American News Network's Tipping Point to discuss Hillary Clinton's energy policies. [32]

“A significant part of [Hillary's] party is at a predominately extreme position on energy,” Hartnett-White says.  [32]

See video below. 

December 13, 2015

Writing as a guest blogger on Watts Up With That, CFACT's executive director Craig Rucker denounced the latest UN climate change agreement: [39]

“This agreement will not meaningfully alter the temperature of the Earth, even under the U.N.’s own computer models.

“The bad news is that it plants the seeds of a new UN climate regime that left unchecked will swell into a bureaucratic behemoth.”

November 19, 2015

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) arranged a “climate summitahead of the UN climate summit in Paris (COP21). [11]

Let’s celebrate CO2!” Patrick Moore declared at the event. “We know for absolute certain that carbon dioxide is the stuff of life, the foundation for life on earth,” he continued. [11]

According to Richard Lindzen, “Demonization of CO2 is irrational at best and even modest warming is mostly beneficial.” William Happer's focus was on the previously-debunked theory that that global warming would be beneficial to plant growth without any negative effects. [12]

The event, titled “At The CrossRoads Energy & Climate Policy Summit,” featured many well-known climate change deniers and politicians. Speakers included: [35]

Robert E. Murray Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, the nation’s largest underground coal mining commpany.
H. Leighton Steward Member, TheRightClimateStuff.com
Dr. Don Easterbrook Professor Emeritus of Geology at Western Washington University
Dr. Will Happer Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Princeton University
Dr. Richard Lindzen Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Dr. Patrick Moore Author and founding member of Greenpeace
Dr. E. Calvin Beisner Spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Horace Cooper Adjunct Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research
Dr. Caleb Rossiter Adjunct Professor, School of International Service and Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences at American University
Mark P. Mills Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute and founder and CEO, Digital Power Group
Dr. Hal Doiron Former NASA Engineer and Chairman, The Right Climate Stuff Research Team
Walter Cunningham Fighter Pilot, Col. USMCR-Ret.; Physicist; Apollo 7 Astronaut
Dr. George L. Stegemeier President, GLS Engineering, Inc.
Stephen Moore Distinguished Visiting Fellow on the Project for Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation
Robert L. Bradley Jr. CEO, Institute for Energy Research
Mike Nas Partner, Environmental and Legislative Affairs Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Marc Morano Founder, ClimateDepot.com
Ray Gifford Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Brian Lloyd Executive Director, Public Utility Commission of Texas
John Cornyn U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn

November 18, 2015

Shortly before the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Kathleen Hartnett White was interviewed by The Daily Signal where she “outlines important climate questions.” [13]

According to Hartnett White, there hasn't been significant warming in 18 years: 

“Temperatures have not warmed as predicted by the models over the last 18 years. And extreme weather events have not been more frequent or more intense than in the 20th century.” [13]

She argues coal, natural gas, and nuclear power are superior to wind and solar given they have a smaller “physical footprint” and that the EPA's clean power plan would “disfigure millions of acres of open space” with wind turbines. 

“The kind of energy available in fossil fuels – abundant, affordable, concentrated, versatile, reliable, controllable, storable – was and remains a necessary condition of monumental improvements in human welfare and economic growth that emerged around 1800,” she said. “Policies to supplant fossil fuels – without a fully comparable substitute proven at scale – are immoral.” [13]

With reference to the UN COP21 climate conference, she writes that “We don’t need to supplant fossil fuels at this point in time. We need to help developing countries increase energy availability for their people and use emission control technologies to manage real pollutants.” She concludes that the U.S. Congress should recognize that “CO2 is not a pollutant within the regulatory jurisdiction of the Clean Air Act.” [13]

November 18, 2015
 
The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s President and CEO Brooke Rollins was a guest on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” where he discussed “the prosecution of Exxon-Mobil, how energy issues affect foreign policy, and TPPF’s At the Crossroads Energy & Climate Policy Summit.” [14]
 
October 23, 2015
 
The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following statement on a lawsuit filed by a coalition challenging the Clean Power Plan: [15]
“Many states have once again united in opposition to oppressive tyranny,” said Robert Henneke, director of the Center for the American Future. “Unfortunately, the abuse comes not from without, but directly from our federal government. The multi-state lawsuit proceeding forward today has nothing to do with the environment as the Clean Power Plan has little impact upon worldwide temperatures. Rather, the lawsuits launched today represent an assertion of Tenth Amendment sovereignty against an oppressive regime aimed at harming middle class families through higher energy costs.”
 
“Today, a shocking 24 states have joined together to sue the EPA over the Plan which only impacts 47 states,” said Doug Domenech, director of the Fueling Freedom Project. “When more than half of the states affected say a rule is unconstitutional, it is clear something is wrong.  We applaud the actions of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in recognizing the flawed rule and its impact on Texas families and businesses.”

August 31, 2015

The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued a statement supporting a federal court injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency's redefinition of “waters of the United States.” The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment Director Kathleen Hartnett White and Center for the American Future Robert Henneke issued the following statement: [16]

WOTUS is not about clean water, as the EPA claimed during its expensive and pervasive advertising campaign,” said White. “WOTUS is about amending the definitions of well understood words into tortured versions of themselves so that the EPA can seize control of dry land where water may flow after heavy rains. This means that if common drainage ditches or the channels between planted rows of crops contribute water flow, regardless of frequency or volume, to a downstream water it would categorically be within EPA’s purview. The average person will be forced to obtain a permit, potentially costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, from the U.S. Corps of Engineers just to erect a fence or put in a driveway.” [16]
 
 “Respect for private property rights is tantamount to protection of individual liberty,” said Henneke. “This preliminary ruling is only the first step towards reversal of the EPA's unconstitutional regulatory policies.”
August 19, 2015
 
The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued a statement in opposition to a rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which would cut methane emissions from oil and natural gas drilling including hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  [17]
 
Without citing any scientific sources, Leigh Thompson, policy analyst with the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, writes that “the warming potential of methane has been overstated by a factor of as much as 100 according to some scientists. This new regulation is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on one of the most successful industries in the nation.” [17]
 
July 21, 2015
 
The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) launched an initiative titled the “Interstate Power Compact” designed as an agreement between participating states to “prevent the federal overreach of the Clean Power Plan.” [18]
 
The TPPF's Power Compact would be working directly against the EPA's attempts to reduce emissions from existing power plants, which TPPF argues would be hurtful to consumers. [18]
 
March 4, 2015
 
The Texas Public Policy Foundation's Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment released a pro-hydraulic fracturing report titled “Fracking Facts: The Science, Economics, and Legal Realities.” The report (PDF) claims to look at the science, debates, and impact of local fracking bans. [19], [20]
“The scientific evidence used to support fracking bans looks weak when viewed in context,” said The TPPF“s Environment Policy Analyst Leigh Thompson. “When light is shed on the economic and legal facts surrounding fracking bans, the justification for continuing or pursuing them erodes entirely. This is why it’s important to delve deeper than media talking points that push policy based science.”
DeSmogBlog has conducted its own research into the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) controversy in the report Fracking the Future (PDF).

September 25-26, 2014

The Texas Public Policy Foundation hosted “At the Crossroads: Energy & Climate Policy Summit.” According to the event description, Sessions will explore the latest in climate science; current federal regulations and litigation; the history, politics, and economics behind man-made global warming; energy alternatives to fossil fuels; and how energy factors into prosperity and poverty. [34]

Speakers included:

Videos of Frank Clemente and Mark P. Mills below:

June, 2014

The Texas Public Policy Foundation's Kathleen Hartnett-White authored a TPPF study titled “Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case.” White says that her research was inspired by a “comprehensively researched monograph” written by fellow climate change denier Indur Goklany titled “Humanity Unbound.” [33]

White describes the thesis of her paper as that “fossil fuels, as a necessary condition of the Industrial Revolution, made modern living standards possible and vastly improved living conditions across the world.”  [33]

”[…] the greatest beneficiaries of this energy revolution known as the Industrial Revolution were average workers and the most impoverished. Increasing emission of man-made CO2 is tightly correlated with this monumental achievement.” [33] 

According to White, ”[fossil ]fuels are superior on many levels to the current alternatives.” With reference to climate change, she claims that evidence for dangerous climate change “weakens” over time.  [33]

Mandates to force an abrupt energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources are naïve and fraught with peril for highly industrialized economies. As this paper detailed, energy sources are not necessarily interchangeable. In energy density, abundance, reliability, versatility, and other advantages, fossil fuels are far superior to wind, solar, and biomass. […]” [33]

IPCC science claims of 95 percent certainty that human activity is causing climate calamity are more like the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics than scientific conclusions. “ she writes.  [33]

Hartnett-White spoke about the study at an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation. See video below:

June 16, 2014

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) released “Extreme Weather and Climate Change: What the Science Really Says,” a “policy brief” (PDF) that claims there is not a link between extreme weather events and climate change. [21], [22]

“In evaluating the different potential policy responses regarding climate change, it is important to look at the facts, and not to be swayed by extreme claims regarding extreme weather,” the document concludes.

The report is written by the TPPF's policy analyst, Josiah Neeley. Neeley's previous experience was working for the law firm of “Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom” where he specialized in the area of Constitutional Litigation. His past publications for the Texas Public Policy Foundation have included pieces on “Free-Market Environmentalism,” and articles critical of the EPA. [23]

September 13, 2010

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) released a report (PDF) designed as a “Legislator's Guide to The Issues” on Climate Science which asserts that “The IPCC's modeled science of human-induced global warming is far too uncertain to justify a legislated transformation of U.S. energy systems evolved over a century.” [6]

The report lists the following as “Facts” (note that these arguments have been debunked by SkepticalScience):

  • “… There is no proven causal link between increased man-made CO2 emissions and increased global temperatures.” (See SkepticalScience Myth #47)
  • “The slight global warming observed over the last century (0.7C/1.3F) is not unprecedented.” (See SkepticalScience Myth #1)
  • “…increased CO2 in the upper atmosphere does not have the 'temperature forcing' strength assumed by IPCC science.” (See SkepticalScience Myth #13)
  • CO2 is not a pollutant but is necessary for human life. Photosynthesis by plants would be impossible without CO2. CO2 concentrations in the ambient atmosphere have no adverse effects on human health.” (See SkepticalScience Myth #41, #45)
  • CO2 is naturally present in the atmosphere at a level of approximately 270 parts per million (ppm). Over the last century, fossil fuel emissions (CO2) have increased the current ambient level to approximately 390 ppm.” (See SkepticalScience Myth #33)
  • “Water vapor and clouds constitute 90 percent of the earth’s greenhouse gases. CO2 contributes 3.5 percent.” (See SkepticalScience Myth #34)

Recommendations given by TPPF include to “Suspend state programs that require or incentivize GHG reduction pending a rigorous review of IPCC science,” and to “Avoid state and federal mandates to reduce CO2.” Resources cited by the report include studies by prominent climate change skeptics S. Fred Singer, Craig Idso, Dennis T. Avery, Bjorn Lomborg, and Roy Spencer.

February, 2010

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPFReleased a “Fact Sheet” titled “The Texas Economy: How Would Climate Change Legislation Impact Economic Growth and Jobs?”  [24]

The report discussed the Markey-Waxman bill's impact on the Texas economy, concluding that if the bill is implemented, “the Texas economy will significantly decline and thousands of valuable jobs will be lost. Energy intensive industries with foreign competition may close operations in Texas and relocate in countries without similar GHG mandates.” 

Texas Public Policy Foundation Contact & Address 

As of June 2016, the Texas Public Policy Foundation listed the following contact information on its website: [26]

Texas Public Policy Foundation 
901 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 472-2700 (phone)
(512) 472-2728 (fax)
[email protected]

Related Organizations

According to the Center for Media and Democracy's PRWatch, Progress Texas executive director Matt Glazer has said that TPPF is central to ALEC in Texas, helping to shape “model legislation” in areas such as higher education, healthcare, civil and criminal justice.

“The foundation develops legislation that then goes through the ALEC process,” Glazer said during a January 11 news conference to draw attention to Walker's appearance in Texas. He also said that the TPPF helps staff some ALEC task forces and helps to develop and distribute their “model legislation.” [25]

Resources

  1. “A Night to Remember… Gala Pays Tribute to Founders and Supporters of Liberty” (PDF), Veritas (publication of Texas Public Policy Institute, Issue No. 3 (2009). Archived .pdf on  file at DeSmogBlog. 

  2. About,” Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived December 1, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dSYgqkC3

  3. CENTERS,” Texas Public Policy Foundation. Accessed December 1, 2015.

  4. Forrest Wilder. “Revealed: The Corporations and Billionaires that Fund the Texas Public Policy Foundation,” Texas Observer, August 24, 2012. Archived December 1, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dSaKUYXS

  5. Bud Brigham. “Clean Power Plan Allows Government to Control Our Lives,” Townhall.com, November 30, 2015. Republished by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived December 1, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dSfJ4B8Z

  6. Kathleen Hartnett White. CLIMATE CHANGE & CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) REGULATION” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Institute 2009-2010 Legislator's Guide to the Issues, January 2009. Archived May 10, 2012. Archived .pdf on file at DesmogBlog.

  7. Texas Public Policy Foundation,” Conservative Transparency. Data retrieved July 6, 2016.

  8. Board of Directors,” Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived December 2, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dSwP04qx

  9. Staff,” Texas Public Policy Foundation. Accessed December 2, 2015. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  10. About TPPF,” Archived March 17, 2012. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  11. Marc Morano. “Prominent Scientists Declare Climate Claims Ahead of UN Summit 'Irrational' – 'Based On Nonsense' – 'Leading us down a false path',” Climate Depot, November 19, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dRDNqepY

  12. CO2 is plant food,” SkepticalScience. Accessed November 30, 2015.

  13. “Here's What Will Not Be Discussed at the Upcoming U.N. Climate Confernece in Paris,” The Daily Signal, November 18, 2015. Republished by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived December 1, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dShEpvHO

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