Todd Myers


Todd Myers


  • M.A., Russian/International Studies, University of Washington.
  • B.A., Politics, Whitman College.

Source: [1]


Todd Myers a public relations professional and the director for a small think-tank located in Seattle, Washington called the Washington Policy Center (WPC).

According to their website, the WPC's mission is to “promote free-market solutions through research and education.” Former Republican politician Jack Kemp describes the Washington Policy Center as the “The Heritage Foundation of the Northwest.”

Myers runs the WPC's Center for Environmental Policy. Prior to the WPC, Myers worked as a Communications Director for the Department of Natural Resources. [2]

Myers also runs his own public relations business, Todd Myers Communications. According to his profile, Myers has “more than a decade [of experience] in public relations. His experience “combines planning and implementing public relations strategies for sports franchises, producing award-winning public events, managing successful statewide political campaigns, building strong grassroots coalitions, and creating innovative Internet marketing solutions” (emphasis added).

Myer's past clients include Pfizer, PhRMa, and the Washington Policy Center. [3]

In 2000, Myers ran Doug Sutherland’s campaign for Commissioner of Public Lands and served as his Communications Director until 2004. [1]

Stance on Climate Change

“[C]limate models indicate that the impact of current CO2 concentrations on the climate is slight, within the 'noise level' in the data. In other words, according to the climate models, we are at levels in which it is hard to distinguish the CO2 impacts from natural forces.” [4]

Key Quotes


“If the Paris accords are just another catalyst to temperamental environmentalism, they will reinforce these counterproductive trends, we will lose more time, waste more money and squander more opportunity to help the environment.” [22]

“Put simply, corn production is not correlated with honeybee death, beekeepers who expose their hives to the highest level of pesticides have the lowest rates of hive death and hive loss related to pesticides is a small percentage of total hive loss.” [23]


“[W]e challenge Sightline to find one climate scientist at the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences who says recent weather patterns (unusually hot in 2009 or unusually cold in 2011), are the result of anthropogenic climate change. I'll give you until the end of the day on Tuesday to find someone.

If I lose, I'll send $50 to the charity of their choice. If I win, they send $50 to KIVA.ORG, to fund entrepreneurs in developing countries.” [5]

Key Deeds

May, 2016

In a “Policy Note” from the Washington Policy Foundation, Todd Myers criticized “green” building standards proposed in Spokane, WA, claiming that buildings made to LEEDcertification standards are “costing more to build and actually increasing energy use.” [16]

“Spokane can join the club of cities that chose trendy environmentalism over environmental results, or it can do the hard work of finding real ways to do more with less; that is at the heart of true environmentalism,” Myers writes. [16]
Myers and the Washington Policy Center have consistently criticized green building plans. Earlier in the year, Myers published a report on the supposed failure of LEED-certified schools in North Carolina with the John Locke Foundation. [17][18]
“Many advocates who promote LEED or similar rating systems point to the supposed carbon dioxide emission reductions achieved by green schools. The failure to save energy, or even slow the increase in energy use, wastes resources on efforts that do nothing for climate change or the environment. Instead misguided green  building rules divert scarce funding from efforts that could have a positive environmental impact, or which could be used to fulfill other public needs,” Myers claims. [18]
In 2015, Todd Myers also wrote an article at the Wall Street Journal titled ”The Environmental Failure of 'Green' Schools,” saying that “In every state, green schools fall short of promises. Not a single school we’ve found will save more in energy costs than it spent to achieve the 'green' rating.” [19]
On march 9, 2016, Todd Myers was featured on the Heartland Institute's Daily Podcast, where he talked with host H. Sterling Burnett about his paper. Audio below. [20]

April 29, 2016

The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) released a study on the environmental impacts of building a coal-export terminal in Longview along the Lower Columbia River, highlighting a large potential increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The project would be undertaken by Millennium Bulk Terminals, a partnership of two coal companies, and proposes to export up to 44 million metric tons a year to Asia. [13]
One of the DOE's primary concerns was the potential for increasing global carbon output. It requested Millenial submit a plan to cut the net increase by 50 percent, a mandate it describes as “'reasonable and appropriate' based on state laws regarding emission standards for new power plants and overall carbon-reduction goals.” [13]
“A regulator is supposed to be clear and objective. In this case, the regulation is far from clear and far from being an objective standard and has become an arbitrary tool,” Todd Myers said. “Ecology’s suggestions are probably the most expensive things that you can do and do almost nothing for the environment,” Myers said. [13]

January 20, 2016

Todd Myers, Director of the Washington Policy Center's “Center for the Environment,” wrote a Legislative Memo opposing HB 2346, a bill which would introduce solar energy subsidies in Washington. [14]

“Despite Western Washington’s status as one of the worst places in the United States for solar energy production, legislators continue to subsidize a technology that costs more and delivers less environmental benefit than virtually all other strategies,” Myers writes. “Shifting to solar energy only reduces CO2 emissions by a very small amount.” [14]
Andrew Follett quoted Myers in The Daily Caller in an article titled “Washington’s Solar Subsidies Cost 13.5 Times The Price Of Power Generated.” [15]

November, 2015

A group of young people, the oldest in their teens, known as “Climate 8” submitted a lawsuit arguing that the Department of Ecology has a mandatory duty to protect natural resources for future generations and come up with tough new standards for cutting carbon emissions. [21]
Todd Myers commented that the lawsuit is “unscientific and ill-informed” and added “more politics when we really need less.” He said the children “are being used by activists.”

March 27, 2015

Todd Myers released a March, 2015 Policy Brief titled “Five myths of Cap-and-Trade” critical of the cap and trade system recommended by Governor Inslee in Washington State. [12]

The Policy Brief concludes:

Cap-and-trade continues to be the preferred climate policy of the environmental left. The arguments they make to support it, however, are often incorrect or contradicted by experience. A serious approach to environmental policy and funding education should be built on more than the hope that it will work out better this time.” [12]

October, 2014

Todd Myers has been consistently critical of Governor Inslee's actions on climate change policy. For example,  In October, 2014, Todd Myers criticizes Inslee for his use of a “flawed University of Oregon study that used outdated projections.” [11]

Much of the discussion about climate policy in Washington state involves raising the specter of catastrophic economic impacts as a way of justifying expensive and harmful policies. This Executive Order makes use of this approach, warning that unless we take action, the costs to Washington’s economy will be significant,” Myers concludes.

September, 2011

Todd Myers released a book (published by the Washington Policy Center) titled ”Eco-Fads: How The Rise Of Trendy Environmentalism Is Harming The Environment.” 

According to the WPC's description, “Eco-Fads exposes the pressures that cause politicians, businesses, the media and even scientists to fall for trendy environmental fads. It examines why we fall for such fads, even when we should know better. The desire to “be green” can cloud our judgment, causing us to place things that make us appear green ahead of actions that may be socially invisible yet environmentally responsible.” [9]

Myers promoted his book in an article in the Opinion section of The Seattle Times, titled “How the rise of trendy environmentalism is harming the planet.” [10]

Eco Facts received praise from climate change skeptics in the media including Patrick Michaels in Forbes, (10/13/2011) and Sterling Burnett in National Review, (9/21/2011). [9]

March 2 - 4, 2008

Myers was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's First International Conference on Climate Change

The Heartland Institute has received significant funding from ExxonMobil, Phillip Morris and numerous other corporations and right-wing foundations with vested interest in the global warming debate.

The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change introduced the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change, which was created by the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) in 2008.

The declaration states that “global warming is not a global crisis” and that “there is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity has in the past, is now, or will in the future cause catastrophic climate change.”

The conference was co-sponsored by numerous prominent climate change denier groups, think tanks and lobby groups, almost all of which have received money from the oil industry, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the Frontiers of Freedom Institute, the George C. Marshal Institute and many others.



Myer's books include Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment, Five Years of Environmental Policy: Are We Making a Difference; Promoting Personal Choice, Incentives and Investment to Cut Greenhouse Gases, among others.

Myers does not have a scientific background, and a search for his name on Google Scholar does not return any articles published in peer-reviewed journals.


  1. About: Tod Myers,” Todd Myers Communications. Accessed February, 2012. Archived February 3, 2012 with WebCite.

  2. Our Staff,” Washington Policy Center. Accessed February, 2012. Archived February 3, 2012 with WebCite.

  3. “Current and past clients,” Todd Myers Communications. Accessed January, 2012.

  4. Climate Data That Sounds Meaningful…But Isn't,” Washington Policy Center, June 9, 2011.

  5. Greens vs. Science: Is Climate Change Already Here? I'll Take That Bet!” Washington Policy Center, July 8, 2011. Archived August 13, 2014. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  6. Heartland Experts: Todd Myers,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed February 3, 2012.

  7. Inside Alec, January/February 2020 (PDF, Page 9). Archived April 7, 2011.

  8. Todd Myers. “Left-Wing Group Exposes Its Environmental Ignorance,” National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), August 17, 2011.

  9. Eco-Fads,” Washington Policy Centre. Archived September 23, 2015. WebCite URL 

  10. Todd Myers. “How the rise of trendy environmentalism is harming the planet,” The Seattle Times, September 5, 2011. WebCite URL

  11. Todd Myers. “Inaccurate and misleading University of Oregon study used in Governor Inslee’s climate Executive Order,” Washington Policy Centre, October, 2014. Archived September 23, 2015. WebCite URL

  12. Todd Myers. “Policy Brief: Five myths of Cap-and-Trade,” Washington Policy Centre, March, 2015. Archived September 23, 2015. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog. WebCite URL

  13. Don Jenkins. “Washington demands coal exporter cut carbon footprint in half,” Capital Press, May 1, 2016. Archived May 9, 2016. WebCiteURL

  14. Todd Myers. HB 2346: Solar subsidy bill would spend $100 to get $1 of environmental benefit” (PDF), Washington Policy Center, January, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  15. Andrew Follett. “Washington’s Solar Subsidies Cost 13.5 Times The Price Of Power Generated,” The Daily Caller, April 14, 2016. Archived May 9, 2016. WebCiteURL

  16. Todd Myers. “Proposed Spokane ‘green building’ ordinance would increase costs and increase energy use” (PDF), Washington Policy Foundation, May 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  17. Todd Myers. “Certified ‘Green’ Schools: Savings & Benefits Fail To Materialize In North Carolina,” Washington Policy Center, March 1, 2016. Archived May 9, 2016. WebCiteURL:

  18. Certified 'Green' Schools: Savings & Benefits Fail to Materialize in North Carolina” (PDF), John Locke Foundation. Retrieved from Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  19. Todd Myers. “The Environmental Failure of Green Schools,” Wall Street Journal, November 17, 2015. Archived May 9, 2016. WebCiteURL:

  20. H. Sterling Burnett. “Todd Myers: Green Schools Shown to Use More Energy,” The Heartland Institute. Archived May 9, 2016. WebCiteURL:

  21. Kids in court: The climate’s best hope?”, November 16, 2015. Archived May 9, 2016. WebCite URL

  22. Paris deal won't lead to results,” HeraldNet, December 15, 2015. Archived May 9, 2016. WebCite URL

  23. Todd Myers. “Yet Another Unscientific Claim About Honeybees and Pesticides,” Washington Policy Center, December 6, 2015. Archived May 9, 2016. WebCite URL

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