PragerU

PragerU (Prager University)

Background

Prager University, branded PragerU, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservative media organization founded in 2011 by radio talk show host and author Dennis Prager and his business partner Allen Estrin. As noted on its website, “Prager University is not an accredited academic institution and does not offer certifications or diplomas.” [1]

According to a Rewire profile, “Dennis Prager, has historically fought against what he describes as 'liberal' evils—marriage equality, feminism, and multiculturalism.” The profile suggests that PragerU targets middle school and high school children.  According to PragerU's 2014 annual report, a priority is to develop relationships with educators in “in college, high school, middle school and homeschools.” [2], [3]

In 2015, PragerU had hit “more than 50 million views as confirmed by YouTube and Facebook,” as Prager told The Daily Signal, a conservative news website. Prager noted that the largest demographic was people under 35 years of age. “With the birth of the Internet, the ability to influence even more people—especially young people—opened up,” Prager wrote. The swell in popularity followed a complete website redesign. PragerU began exclusively using animation in its videos following a 2013 lawsuit where it allegedly used a photograph without consent. [1]

In 2017, speaking with The Times of Israel, Prager said that the group had accumulated 250 million views in the past year, and “are on schedule to have half a billion views this year” with the primary demographic continuing to be viewers under 35 years old. Some single videos netted over 150 million views in 2016, and the group boasts more than 2 million fans as well as a “student force” from universities around the world. The group's 2017 impact report projects over 500 million views in 201. It describes their student group, “PragerFORCE,” as a “young digital army” of students “who spread the ideas and values of PragerU” on campuses. [4], [5]

According to their website, PragerU's mission is to “spread what we call 'Americanism' through the power of the Internet.” It does this through five-minute video segments, which it describes as “conservative sound bites that clarify profoundly significant and uniquely American concepts for more than 100 million people each year.”  Dennis Prager has described the group's mission as combatting “liberal bias” at American universities. “The mission of Prager University is to arm people who are on our side with the intellectual ammunition they need to respond to these arguments, and to make the arguments really, really simple, so you don’t have to be a genius to understand them,” Prager has said. [6][1]

“We take the best ideas from the best minds and distill them down to five focused minutes. We then add graphics and animation to create the most persuasive, entertaining, and educational case possible for the values that have made America and the West the source of so much liberty and wealth. These values are Judeo-Christian at their core and include the concepts of freedom of speech, a free press, free markets and a strong military to protect and project those values,” PragerU explains. [6]

The conservative Daily Signal also noted that PragerU videos generally don't cite statistics or sources. Prager co-founder Allen Estrin said the reasoning for this is that the videos are narrated by “experts” who know the subject matter, and that viewers are expected to do their own research. After viewing the videos, “the individual does the rest,” Dennis Prager told The Daily Signal.  [1]

PragerU boasts that thousands of teachers and professors use their videos as teaching supplements, and advertises the “PragerU Educators Network” as a resource designed to “bring truth back to the classroom.” According to the Prager U Educators page, “Students no longer learn that America is a land of opportunity, a defender of freedom around the world, and a source of pride. Instead, they are taught that America is a land of inequality, racism, imperialism, and, ultimately, shame that can only be redeemed through the adoption of leftist ideals.” It offers an alternative to “show both sides of the argument” and a call to action to “ensure that this generation of American students passes on the mantle of freedom to next generation, and doesn’t allow it to go extinct.” As of 2015, PragerU's chief operating officer Marissa Streit said that this network included at least 3,000 educators. [7][1]

PragerU also lists a number of petitions on its website, including one claiming that YouTube is censoring their content from younger viewers by putting total of 34 videos “under 'restricted mode' making it impossible for many young people to access our videos.” According to PragerU, this is a sign that “conservative ideas are under attack.” Among the 34 videos PragerU requests be un-restricted for younger audiences is one on college rape, (the video claims that there is “no evidence of a national campus rape epidemic”), and another criticizing anti-tobacco activists' opposition of e-cigarettes. [8], [9], [10]

PragerU also promotes religious materials and courses, including videos about Genesis, the Ten Commandments, and other Bible passages. Nearly all of the videos in the “Religion/Philosophy” category are narrated by Dennis Prager. [11]

According to Conservative Transparency, Prager University and the Prager University Foundation have collectively received $215,000 from the conservative Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Their largest known funders have been the Wilks family, who are significant donors for the Christian Right. [12][2]

Prager University & the Religious Right

Two of Prager University's largest supporters are the fracking industry billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks, who have gained a reputation as “the Koch brothers of the Christian Right.” The brothers previously owned Frac Tech, and still manage Interstate Explorations, an oil and gas service company. They were each worth an estimated $1.4 billion, according to a 2015 Rewire profile. As of 2015, Prager University had received an estimated $6,550,000 from the Wilks family as well as $50,000 from the Heavenly Father’s Foundation, run by Dan Wilks and his wife. [2], [13]

One of Farris Wilks' goals is to inject religion into public education. Speaking at a 2013 Pastors and Pews Event, he said: [2]

“I just think we have to make people aware, you know, and bring the Bible back into the school, and start teaching our kids at a younger age, and, uh, you know, and focus on the younger generation.”

Farris Wilks added: “They’re being taught the other ideas, the gay agenda, every day out in the world so we have to stand up and explain to them that that’s not real, that’s not proper, it’s not right.” [2]

Farris Wilks is also acting trustee for The Thirteen Foundation, described as “one of the biggest and quietest anti-abortion donors in the United States.” The Thirteen Foundation also donated $250,000 to PragerU in 2013 and promised $6,250,000 in future payments. [14], [2]

The Wilks family donated $15 million to the Super PAC backing Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz in 2016, citing Cruz's vies on the free market and abortion among their reasons for support: [15]

We support (Cruz) because he believes in the morality of the free market, in keeping our country safe, and in the right of the unborn not to be killed in their mother’s womb,” Farris Wilks said in an email to Reuters, speaking on behalf of the Wilks family.

On December 1, 2014, PragerU released “The Ten Commandments” video series, as taught by Dennis Prager. According to the group's annual report, “only Prager University has – in about an hour – clarified the greatest moral code known to humanity. There has never been anything like this since, well, since Sinai.” The Ten Commandments series featured “two major initiatives: an essay contest for students, and a DVD program aimed at clergy, educators, and youth leaders.” The essay contest encouraged “students under 23 years of age” to watch the series, and write an essay on their choice of commandments. [3]

Prager himself has voiced fears over a “secular America.” Writing in a 2013 column in National Review, Prager said: [16]

“So it is sad when a parent who believes, for example, in the American trinity of 'Liberty,' 'In God We Trust,' and 'E Pluribus Unum' has a child who believes that equality trumps liberty, that a secular America is preferable to a God-centered one, and that multiculturalism should replace the unifying American identity.” [16]

In a follow-up column, titled “If You Want a Conservative Child,” Prager outlined a guide on how to “ensure your child won’t cross over to the left.” [17]

“American parents who hold traditional American values — such as belief in small government as the basis of liberty, or a God-based moral code, or American military strength as the greatest contributor to world peace and stability, or American exceptionalism, not to mention the man-woman definition of marriage or the worth of a human fetus — are at war with almost every influence on their children’s lives. This includes, most important, the media and the schools,” Prager wrote. [17]

Among his suggestions, Prager says “don’t be preoccupied with instilling high self-esteem in your child. It is the Left that believes that self-esteem is a child’s right, something that parents and society owe children.” [17]

“It is not all that hard to produce a son or daughter able to withstand left-wing indoctrination,” Prager concludes. “You just have to understand that it doesn’t happen automatically.” [17]

Dennis Prager & Feminism

Prager has called the campus rape culture a “gargantuan lie to get votes” and “nonsense” promoted by the “feminist left.” Hear audio below of Prager talking about feminism, via Media Matters, from an October 28 “Restore America” rally: [18]

According to Prager, “feminism […] is the most mislabeled movement. It is actually masculinism.” [18]

Prager has been criticized by feminists and even accused by one Daily KOS author for endorsing “marital rape.” The accusation arose from a December 23, 2008 column written by Prager titled ”When a Woman Isn't In the Mood, Part I,” which contained the following paragraph: [19], [20], [21], [22]

“It is an axiom of contemporary marital life that if a wife is not in the mood, she need not have sex with her husband. Here are some arguments why a woman who loves her husband might want to rethink this axiom.” [22]

A second Daily KOS author reviewed Prager's full column and concluded he was ”NOT advocating marital rape,” and that the first accusation was not justified. “What I see Prager saying is that a loving wife will CONSENT to a man's request for sex even if she doesn't feel like it,” the author writes. [23]

PragerU also posts videos on feminism. For example, one video features conservative radio commentator Tammy Bruce in a course titled “Feminism 2.0” According to the video, women have men to thank for feminist progress: [24]

“It is easy for feminists to forget this, but it was men who gave up their monopoly on political power and gave women the right to vote,” Bruce says in the video. “Men who invented birth control, the refrigerator, the washing machine, and so many other devices that liberated women.” [24]

PragerU features a number of videos by Christina Hoff Sommers of the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) including a video claiming “There is No Gender Wage Gap,” a similarly titled video on “The Myth of the Gender Wage Gap“ (AKA “Feminism vs. Truth”), and another video about the so-called “War on Boys.” [25], [26], [27]

In another PragerU video, Dennis Prager argues that it is justified for men in monogamous relationships to look at other women because it is in their nature. “The power of the visual to excite men has no analogue in women,” Prager claims in the video, pointing to another of his videos titled “Men and the Power of the Visual“ [28], [29]

Stance on Climate Change

PragerU's “Environmental Science” course is dominated by videos of prominent climate change deniers including Alex Epstein, Bjorn Lomborg, Patrick Moore, and Richard Lindzen.

In one example, titled “What they Haven't Told You About Climate Change,” Patrick Moore claims that climate change is “far from being a recent human-caused disaster” and is “for a myriad of complex reasons, a fact of life on Planet Earth,” according to the PragerU video description. [30]

“The science is not 'settled.' The debate is not over. The climate is always changing. It always has. And it always will,” Moore concludes. [30]

View a full list of PragerU's climate change denial videos, by presenter.

Other Issues

Anti-Abortion

Prager has previously described conservatism as based on “what is right” as opposed to “how do I feel?” He wrote: [31]

“That is why a religious woman who is pregnant but does not wish to be is far less likely to have an abortion than a secular woman in the same circumstances. Her values are higher than her feelings. And that, in a nutshell, is what our culture war is about—Judeo-Christian values versus liberal/leftist feelings.” [31]

Criticism of the Left

Modern Art Is “Silly, Pointless, and Purely Offensive”

Funding

In addition to an estimated $6,550,000 in funding from the Wilks family, other significant donors of Prager University have included The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Robert and Nina Rosenthal Foundation, and the Millstein Family Foundation. Below is a summary of donations, based on available information from the Conservative Transparency project and from publicly available 990 forms. [2]

Donor 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Grand Total
The Thirteen Foundation $250,000 $1,000,000 $1,250,000
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $75,000 $40,000 $25,000 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 $365,000
The Milstein Family Foundation $22,000 $5,000 $10,000 $14,000 $10,000 $10,000 $71,000
Heavenly Fathers Foundation $70,000 $70,000
Robert and Nina Rosenthal Foundation $21,000 $1,000 $25,000 $47,000
Deramus Foundation $5,000 $5,000
Grand Total $75,000 $62,000 $35,000 $356,000 $90,000 $1,180,000 $10,000 $1,808,000

990 Forms

Key People

Board Members

The following is via publicly available 990 forms:

Name 2011 2012 2013 2015 Description Total Reported Compensation
Allen Estrin Y Y Y Y Executive Director $439,753
Barak Lurie Y Y Y
Marissa Streit Y Y Y Chief Executive Officer $372,083
Richard Lederer Y Y
Greg Cassileth Y
John Francis Y
Josh Wilks Y
Ladd Wilks Y
William Herreid III Y
Roger Silk Y Y Y
Barry Wolfe Y Y
Michael Noble Y

Staff/Leadership

Name 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Description
Allen Estrin Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Executive Director
Dennis Prager Y Y Y Y Y Y Y President
Marissa Streit Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Powell Y Y Y Y Director of Video Design
Chris Powell Y Y Y Y Director of Technology
Laurie Dorr Y Y Y Y Director of Administration and Programs
Rachel Ochoa Y Y Y Y Communications Coordinator
Aryeh Leifert Y Y Communications
Craig Strazzeri Y Y Chief Marketing Officer  
Jared Sichel Y Y Y Y Communications Director
Allison Weisenberger Y Development Officer
Dan Banas Y Social Media Manager
David Prager Y Director of Development
Devon Mirsky Y PragerForce National Director
Lucy Werner Y Vice President of Development
Tim Lollis Y Regional Development Director, Texas
Tyler Goldstein Y Digital Marketing Coordinator
Christine Silk Y Y Y Y Communications
Jonathan Hay Y Y Y Director of Video Design
Elisha Krauss Y Director of Development
Tiffany Hasart Y Accounting Consultant
Eva Vayntraub Y Students Affairs Coordinator
David Weinberger Y Director of Programs
Noah Yaffe Y Project Manager
Robby Moeller Y Dean of Students

Advisory Board

Name 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bradbury Anderson Y Y Y Y Y Y
Michael Leven Y Y Y Y Y Y
David Wehrly Y Y
Gregory L. Geiser Y Y
Aaron Ginn Y
Charlie Kirk Y
Ginni Thomas Y
Oren Kwiatek Y
Tommy Swanson Y
Ronald Lee Y Y Y Y
Lee Ohanian Y Y
B. Wayne Hughes, Jr. Y Y Y Y
David Zucker Y Y Y
Michael Fourticq Sr. Y Y Y

Course Presenters/”Faculty”

Name 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Alison Armstrong Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Bruce Herschensohn Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Frank Pastore Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Joseph Telushkin Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Paul Johnson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Adam Carolla Y Y Y Y Y
Jonah Goldberg Y Y Y Y Y
Peter Kreeft Y Y Y Y Y
Terry Moe Y Y Y Y Y
Tim Groseclose Y Y Y Y Y
Walter Williams Y Y Y Y Y
Wilson Miscamble Y Y Y Y Y
Amity Shlaes Y Y Y Y
Andrew Roberts Y Y Y Y
Anne Bayefsky Y Y Y Y
Anthony Esolen Y Y Y Y
Arthur Brooks Y Y Y Y
David Henderson Y Y Y Y
George Gilder Y Y Y Y
Greg Lukianoff Y Y Y Y
Kenneth Meshoe Y Y Y Y
Lee Ohanian Y Y Y Y
Michael Tanner Y Y Y Y
Nicholas Eberstadt Y Y Y Y
Nicole Gelinas Y Y Y Y
Stephen Marmer Y Y Y Y
Tammy Bruce Y Y Y Y
Alan Dershowitz Y Y Y
Derryck Green Y Y Y
Eric Metaxas Y Y Y
George Will Y Y Y
Haroon Ullah Y Y Y
Kip Hagopian Y Y Y
Matthew Woessner Y Y Y
Raymond Ibrahim Y Y Y
Richard McMillan Y Y Y
Robert Florczak Y Y Y
Christina Sommers Y Y Y Y
Alex Epstein Y Y
Bjorn Lomborg Y Y
Bret Stephens Y Y
Burt Folsom Y Y
Charlie Kirk Y Y
Chloe Valdary Y Y
Daniel DiSalvo Y Y
Dennis Prager Y Y
Heather Mac Donald Y Y
Jay Cost Y Y
Judith Miller Y Y
Larry Elder Y Y
Larry Schweikart Y Y
Nick Adams Y Y
Patrick Moore Y Y
Richard Kemp Y Y
Robert George Y Y
Tara Ross Y Y
Tom Shillue Y Y
William Voegeli Y Y
Anders Fogh Rasmussen Y
Andrew Klavan Y
Andy Puzder Y
Antonia Okafor Y
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Y
Ben Shapiro Y
Bob McEwen Y
Brad Wilcox Y
Carol Swain Y
Caroline Kitchens Y
Charles Krauthammer Y
Charles Leerhsen Y
Dana Perino Y
Dave Rubin Y
David Brog Y
David French Y
Debbie D'Souza Y
Denisha Merriweather Y
Dumisani Washington Y
Elisha Krauss Y
Eugene Volokh Y
Felipe Moura Brasil Y
Gloria Alvarez Y
Hussein Aboubakr Y
Information Station Y
Jake Olson Y
Jared Meyer Y
Jay Stephens Y
Jim Geraghty Y
Job Creators Network Y
John Rosemond Y
John Tamny Y
Joshua Charles Y
Kasim Hafeez Y
Khurram Dara Y
Kimberley Strassel Y
Lauren Fix Y
Mike Rowe Y
Naomi Schaefer Riley Y
Nicholas Johnson Y
Olivia Legaspi Y
Pete Hegseth Y
Rebecca Friedrichs Y
Richard Lindzen Y
Seth Siegel Y
Steve Forbes Y
Steven Crowder Y
Taleeb Starkes Y
Tom Joscelyn Y
Victor Davis Hanson Y
Yakov Smirnoff Y
Jose Maria Aznar Y Y Y Y
Harry Crocker III Y Y Y
Daniel Gordis Y Y
John Eastman Y Y
Philip Howard Y Y
Stephen Moore Y Y
Arthur C. Brooks Y

Climate Change Denial Videos

Alex Epstein

Alex Epstein is the President and Founder of the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), a for-profit think tank he founded in 2011 with the mission of inspiring Americans to “embrace industrial progress as a cultural ideal.”  Epstein is also a blogger at Master Resource, a “Free Market Energy Blog,” and a past fellow of the Ayn Rand Institute, an organization that has received funding from the Koch Foundations amounting to $100,000 between 2005 and 2011. [32], [33]

View Epstein's DeSmog profile here.

July 11, 2016 — “Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree?

Epstein attempts to debunk the 97% consensus of climate scientists that climate change is real and man-made, and argues that the benefits of fossil fuels outweigh any risks to climate change. He compares those who believe in the consensus to anti-vaccine activists. [34]

Fossil fuel opponents don't want you to know the precise magnitude of climate change,” Epstein claims. “Because if you did, you wouldn't be scared of climate change, you would be scared of losing the benefits of fossil fuels.” [34]

Epstein's PragerU video was also reposted at Capitalism Magazine in April of 2017. [35]

Notable “Facts and Sources”:

Under the “Facts and Sources” tab, Epstein points articles by the National Association of Scholars (NAS), a group that seeks to counter “liberal bias” in academia. He links to two NAS articles centered on 2011 interviews with prominent climate change denier Fred Singer, “The Father of Global Warming Skepticism.” He also links to another PragerU video by Lindzen for evidence. Epstein's other citations include “further reading” in the Wall Street Journalincluding an opinion article by Joseph Bast of the notorious Heartland Institute and Roy Spencer, as well as another WSJ piece by Richard Lindzen. He also links to a Forbes article he wrote himself[36], [37], [38], [39], [40], [41]

April 21, 2016 —  Fossil Fuels: The Greenest Energy

According to Epstein, “fossil fuels don’t take a naturally safe environment and make it dangerous; they empower us to take a naturally dangerous environment and make it cleaner and safer.” Apart from citing his own book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Epstein notably cited a group that has long promoted the benefits of carbon dioxide while enjoying funding from the fossil fuel industry: [42]

Organization Cited Scaife Funding ExxonMobil Funding DonorsTrust/DCF Funding
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (CO2 Science)
$100,000
$75,000 $283,800

October 19, 2015 — “Can We Rely on Wind and Solar Energy

Epstein argues that “solar and wind power are very expensive,” as well as intermittent. “There is no free lunch. And there is no free energy. And that very much includes the very expensive energy from the sun and the wind.” [43]

Organization Cited Scaife Funding ExxonMobil Funding DonorsTrust/DCF Funding Koch Funding
Brookings Institution $2,425,000  $40,450 $1,179,400
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) $10,401,000 $3,075,000 $2,557,999
National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) $2,855,000 $597,150 $771,674

April 20, 2015 — “Why You Should Love Fossil Fuel” 

Notable “Facts and Sources”: Apart from a range of sources citing overall environmental improvement since the industrial revolution, Epstein's notable citations include:

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore, who has repeatedly been mischaracterized as the founder of Greenpeace, is a Canadian environmentalist who believes that humans are not to blame for climate change. In 2008, Greenpeace issued a statement on Moore, noting that he “exploits long gone ties with Greenpeace to sell himself as a speaker and pro-corporate spokesperson, usually taking positions that Greenpeace opposes.” [47], [48]

July 26, 2016 — “Why I Left Greenpeace

Notable “Facts and Sources”:

Citations include a book titled Environmentalism Gone Mad by Alan CarlinTrees Are the Answer by Moore, and Moore's own lecture at the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). The GWPF has long defended its funding secrecy, claiming that “the soil we till is highly controversial, and anyone who puts their head above the parapet has to be prepared to endure a degree of public vilification. For that reason we offer all our donors the protection of anonymity.” [49], [50]

Organization Cited Funding
Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) $ Unknown

July 26, 2015 — “What They Haven't Told You About Climate Change

Notable “Facts and Sources”:

Moore cites the same GWPF lectur, as evidence that “Today we are in the midst of a major cooling period.” He also cites an opinion article that he wrote at The Heartland Institute[49]

Organization Cited Scaife Funding ExxonMobil Funding DonorsTrust/DCF Funding Koch Funding
Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)
$ Unknown
$ Unknown $ Unknown
Heartland Institute $335,000 $531,500 $19,942,544 $102,578

July 26, 2015 — “Are GMOs Good or Bad?

Organization Cited Scaife Funding ExxonMobil Funding DonorsTrust/DCF Funding Koch Funding
American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) $205,000
 
$315,000 $639,074 $6,000

July 26, 2015 — “The Truth About CO2

Organization Cited Scaife Funding ExxonMobil Funding DonorsTrust/DCF Funding
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (CO2 Science)
$100,000
$75,000 $283,800
Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) $ Unknown $ Unknown $ Unknown

July 26, 2015 — “Trees Are the Answer

Moore argues that increased forestry is actually beneficial for the environment. According to Moore, trees are “no different from any other renewable crop.” Moore further argues that deforestation isn't necessarily a bad thing, when areas are repurposed for agricultural use or cities. Moore claims that forests have not been decreasing, and that there is “the same area of forest in the U.S. and Canada today as there was 100 years ago.” [“Trees Are the Answer,” PragerU, July 26, 2015. Archived August 31, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/KHXvx]

“the professional environmentalists are never satisfied. They behave as if every tree should be protected and that the products they yield are unnecessary,” Moore declared “This is badly misguided. The correct position, from a purely environmental perspective, is to grow more trees, the world's most abundant renewable resource, and use more wood. “

Moore lists no sources or citations for any of his statements made in the video. 

Richard Lindzen

A retired professor of meteorology at MIT, Richard S. Lindzen is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute's “Center for the Study of Science.” The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank, co-founded by Charles Koch. It has received over $14 million in funding from Koch-owned foundations, over $100,000 from ExxonMobil, and tens of millions of funding from other prominent conservative foundations and groups including Scaife Foundations. In addition to opposing electric vehicles and alternative fuels, Cato has historically questioned the certainty of mainstream climate science. [51], [52], [53][54]

April 18, 2016 — “Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say?

Lindzen's talk on climate change offers no citations to external articles, peer reviewed or otherwise.

Bjorn Lomborg

Bjorn Lomborg is a political scientist and economist who founded the Copenhagen Consensus Center in Denmark. Lomborg is the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It, two books that downplay the risks of climate change. Lomborg has published no peer-reviewed studies on climate change. [55], [56]

May 25, 2017 — “Is Organic Food Worth the Cost?

January 16, 2017 — “The Paris Agreement Won't Change the Climate

“The agreement will cost a fortune but do little to reduce global warming,” Lomborg claims. He also  claims to use “the same climate prediction model that the UN uses,” to determine that the Clean Power Plan “Will accomplish almost nothing,”  however provides no sources or citations for his video. [57]

July 28, 2016— “Climate Change: What's So Alarming?

“For at least the next two decades, solar and wind energy are simply expensive, feel-good measures that will have an imperceptible climate impact,” Lomborg declares. “We urgently need a more balanced climate conversation if we are to make sensible choices and pick the right climate policy that can actually help fix climate change.” [58]

February 8, 2016— “Are Electric Cars Really Green?

“While electric-car owners may cruise around feeling virtuous, the reality is that the electric car cuts almost no CO2, costs taxpayers a fortune, and, surprisingly, generates more air pollution than traditional gasoline cars,” Lomborg said. [59]

Lomborg's arguments have become increasinginly popular with the oil and gas interests that perceive electric cars as threat. Starting in 2017, the Koch brothers, through their Fueling U.S. Forward campaign and elsewhere, have been perpetuating similar talking points. Lomborg's claim that EVs don't significantly reduce CO2 emissions was roundly and comprehensively debunked by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which found that EVs release fewer greenhouse gas emissions from cradle to grave, and are getting increasingly cleaner with every passing year. Claims that EVs “cost taxpayers a fortune” are subjective and don't put electric cars in context with federal and state subsidies and support for oil and gasoline. The claim that EVs generate more air pollution than traditional gasoline cars relies on a study by two researchers at the University of Edinburgh that has been criticized for ignorning practical and technical details about EV drivership. The study alleges that the particulate matter released by tires and brake pads on EVs more than displaces the amount of pollution reduced from a lack of tailpipe emissions. However, the study contradicts other studies that factor in the regenerative braking features used in most EVs and more reliable weight estimates of the vehicles.

November 30, 2015— “Is Climate Change Our Biggest Problem?

Lomborg released this video shortly before the COP21 climate talks in Paris. “In the long run, the world needs to cut carbon dioxide because it causes global warming. But if the main effort to cut emissions is through subsidies for chic renewables like wind and solar power, virtually no good will be achieved – at very high cost,” Lomborg claimed in the video. [60]

Actions

April 13, 2017

PragerU announced a partnership with Turning Point USA, introducing a video that describes the average college campuses as an “indoctrination center” with a slant to the political left. [62]

“This video with Charlie Kirk is part of an exciting partnership between PragerU and Turning Point USA that will include videos with other young conservatives like Ben Shapiro, Antonia Okafor, Matt Walsh and more!” The video description announced.

According to Kirk, most colleges don't accept a diversity of opinion on different issues, describing it as a “dangerous, revolutionary idea if that point of view is not on the left.”

Kirk claims that “diversity of race, or gender, or sexuality, or any of the other distinctions de jour that universities glorify are at best superficial and at worst just plain destructive.”

Related Organizations

  • Prager University/Prager University Foundation — Aliases for PragerU.
  • Turning Point USA

Contact & Address

The following contact information was listed on the PragerU website, as of August 2017. [61] 

Mailing Address

Prager University Foundation
10045 Red Run Boulevard, Suite 250
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Contact Info

[email protected]
(323) 5PRAGER
(323) 577-2437

A number of other addresses are associated with Prager U. Below are examples, from 990 forms and online.

From the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation's 2014 990 forms:

15021 Ventura Blvd.
#552 Sherman Oaks, CA
91403

From the Thirteen Foundation's 2015 990 forms:

Prager University Foundation
2325 Dulles Corner Blvd , #670
Herndon VA
20171

Social Media

Resources

  1. Madaline Donnelly. “How Dennis Prager’s Conservative Online University Reaches Millions,” The Daily Signal, November 4, 2015. Archived August 29, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/HQ7bD

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  3. “Thanks A Million: Make that Twenty-Four Million!” (PDF), Prager University, 2014.

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