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Scott Pruitt's Secret Science Plan Was Developed to Defend Tobacco and It Could Be Coming for Clean Air Rules

Powell Tate Secret Science action plan

In early 1998, lobbying and PR company Powell Tate was busy with a strategy to protect its tobacco industry clients from health and safety regulations.

Costing roughly $200,000, the plan was called “Secret Science” and would be a public affairs campaign “mounted in three phases” to influence the public, scientists, corporations, and policymakers. 

After “laying the groundwork,” the plan was to build “a critical mass of outrage” and then offer a solution to all the outrage and division the campaign had whipped up.

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The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition

The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC)

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A. Alan Moghissi

A. Alan Moghissi

Credentials

  • PhD, Physical Chemistry, Technical University of Karlsruhe in Germany. [1]

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Steve Milloy

Steven J. Milloy

Credentials

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Baltimore. [1]
  • Master of Laws (Securities regulation), Georgetown University Law Center. [1]
  • Master of Health Sciences (Biostatistics), Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. [1]
  • B.A., Natural Sciences, Johns Hopkins University. [1]

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Institute for Energy Research Admits It Was Behind Anti-Wind Study

Danish journalists have confirmed that The Institute for Energy Research commissioned and paid for the anti-wind energy study released last year by a Danish think tank that claimed Denmark exaggerates the amount of wind energy it produces (it doesn’t), questioned whether wind energy reduces carbon emissions (it does), and asserted that the U.S. should choose coal over wind because it’s cheaper (it’s not when you count the true costs of coal).

The Copenhagen Post reports:
“A controversial report critical of the wind energy industry from conservative think tank CEPOS was commissioned and paid for by an American think tank with close ties to the coal and oil industries.”

That American think tank is the Institute for Energy Research, which has received $307,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998 and unknown additional sums from other oil and coal industry sources.  The Guardian reported last year that the Institute for Energy Research has received recent funding from KBR and trusts set up by Koch Industries, which has multiple ties to IER and its sister organization American Energy Alliance.

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Memo on the Plan for the Public Launching of TASSC

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Asmunn Moene

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Asmunn Moene

Credentials

  • PhD.
  • M.Sc., Meteorology.

Source: [1]

Harry N.A. Priem

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Harry N.A. Priem

Credentials

  • Ph.D.
  • Emeritus Professor of Planetary Geology and Isotope Geophysics, Utrecht University.

Source: [1]

Peter Dietze

Peter Dietze

Credentials

  • Civil Engineer (Studied electrical and control engineering). [1]

Background

Peter Dietze is an independent energy advisor from Bavaria, Germany. He is an electrical engineer.  According to one profile, Dietze studied electrical and control engineering and his professional work was in “software development for power system control.”

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Richard S. Courtney

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Richard S. Courtney

Credentials

  • BA, Open.
  • DipPhil, Cambridge.
  • Diploma (Bath).

Source: [1]

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