Marlo Lewis, Jr.
- Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Claremont McKenna College. 
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When polluters needs someone to write an industry-friendly article, or make an appearance in the media to argue against the science of climate change, they often turn to a man named Marlo Lewis. A senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Marlo has been on the front lines of the energy industry’s war on science, as well as the fight against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the battle over the Keystone XL tar sans pipeline.
What makes Marlo a valuable asset is that he actually has a great resume. He received a Ph.D. in government from Harvard – a daunting and admirable task that commands respect. He’s also served in various governmental positions, including a brief stint in the Reagan administration, bolstering his credentials among elected officials in Washington, D.C. His position at the CEI also allows him a great deal of influence over our elected officials (it also happens to pay him a $100,000 a year salary for his work.) These credentials allowed him access to Congress a few years ago, when he was permitted to give a rebuttal to Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” to the assembly. Marlo was also allowed to tout the “dangers” of the Kyoto Protocol to Congress in 1998.
But Marlo’s resume does not qualify him as an expert on anything climate or science related. In fact, if you look just below the surface, it becomes starkly apparent that he is just another energy industry crony who is paid to deny that fossil fuel pollution causes problems.
So this is what the climate change “debate” has come to.
Forget debating the economic underpinnings of cap and trade or the best way to implement new vehicle emissions standards.
Instead the fine folks at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) are spending their days playing the public victim over an email they received and subsequently posted on their site.
Most likely it is such petty shenanigans that are one of the reasons behind ExxonMobil ending their longtime funding to the CEI for their climate change misinformation campaign.