Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore


Stephen Moore is a graduate of the University of Illinois and holds an MA in Economics from George Mason University[1]


Stephen Moore is the founder and former President of the Club for Growth and currently a visiting fellow at the “arch-conservative“ Heritage Foundation. Moore has held a wide range of positions at conservative think tanks including the Cato Institute (former senior fellow), the Media Research Center (former advisor), and Donors Capital Fund (former director). In 2016, Moore was chosen to become part of Donald Trump's Economic Advisory Team. [2], [3]

Stephen Moore previously served as Senior Economist for the Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Dick Armey of Texas (former chair of FreedomWorks) and Research Director of President Reagan’s commission on Privatization in 1987. [1]

Stephen Moore, who has called climate change “climate improvement,” has repeatedly cited the debunked Oregon Petition as well as Bjorn Lomborg's “Copenhagen Consensus” to suggest there is still a debate on climate science. More has also called anyone who believes in man-made climate change “Stalinistic.” [4]

Moore is co-author, with Kathleen Hartnett-White (who also serves on Trump's Economic Advisory Team) of Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy. According to a review of the book in American Thinker, “Rather than worrying that carbon energy resources are destroying the planet and looking to renewable energy as an alternative, the authors suggest we should celebrate the vast contributions fossil fuels made during the past century.” [5]

Moore, a regular Fox News contributor, has compared fracking to a cure for cancer in the past, and has also distorted a NASA study to claim that it was an “indication” that global warming is “actually not happening.” [6], [7]

Donald Trump's Economic Advisor

Stephen Moore was chosen as Donald Trump's campaign adviser and was picked by Trump, along with CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow, to re-write Trump's tax plan. He is currently listed on Trump's “Economic Advisory Council.” [3], [8], [9]

What we’ve been trying to do is help advise him a little bit to try to reduce the cost of the plan,” Moore said in an interview. [8]

E&E News noted that “Since Moore came on board this spring to advise Trump on his tax plan, he’s been encouraging Trump to hit back against Democrats’ claims that the transition to more wind and solar energy will be good for the economy and the environment.” [10], [11]

Moore wrote a February 2016 article in The American Spectator featuring a glowing review of Donald Trump:

“Meanwhile, Trump surges. His splendid victory speech last night, ‎was all about love of country – about patriotism,” Moore wrote.

“It is striking that Trump is the anti-Obama in every way. Obama blames America first for every problem on the earth, from global warming to terrorism. Trump emanates love for America and pledges to “make America great again.”


The rub against Trump that he can't win in November looks to be wrong. Trump certainly has some profound defects and his problem with minorities and women cannot be ignored. ‎He's unpredictable and sometimes crude.

On the other hand, Trump could expand the Republican base to include independents and union Democratic voters. Trump is also getting better each day as he expands his base rather than shrinking it. Trumpmania is a Black Swann political event that we've never seen before and may not ever see again.” [12]


Stephen Moore's critics have called Moore a  “A voodoo economist … [who uses] especially devious methods to torture the data,” (The New Republic's Jonathan Chait)[13] with a career “marked by a pattern of errors, deception and falsehood,” (Brendan Nyhan and Ben Fritz) [14]. Economist Brad DeLong said that “Moore has zero credibility.” [15]

Economist Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) responded to Moore’s claim that “right-to-work” laws would offer extra protection to workers in Wisconsin in a March 2, 2015, op-ed in The Washington Post[16]

“Workers in a bargaining unit in non-RTW states don’t even have to pay full union dues. If they object to, say, the union’s political activities, they can pay reduced dues that cover only the costs of negotiating and enforcing the contract. Since that’s most of what local unions do, by the way, such fees amount to 80 percent to 90 percent of full dues.

So when Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation claims that workers in non-RTW states 'can be compelled to join a union and pay dues at a union shop whether they wish to or not' or that they “can even be forced to pay union dues for partisan political activities with which they don’t agree,” he’s deep within a fact-free zone.” [16]

In a 2015 New York Times blog post, Paul Krugman investigated the “mystery” of Moore’s successful career in economic policy, concluding that Moore is not held accountable for consistently making bad predictions and misstating basic facts about the economy because “incompetence is actually desirable” in his field: [17]

“But here’s the mystery: evidently Moore has had a successful career. Why?

Think about Heritage: It’s immensely wealthy, and could surely afford to hire a technically competent right-wing hack. The Wall Street Journal, similarly, could have attracted someone much less likely to trip over his own intellectual shoelaces. Again, the problem isn’t even that Moore got the macroeconomics of recent years all wrong, although he did; it’s the inability to write without making embarrassing mistakes.

So why is he there (and he’s not alone — there are some other incompetent hacks at Heritage)?

I suspect that the incompetence is actually desirable at some level — a smart hack might turn honest, or something, But it’s remarkable.” [17]

The editorial page director of the Kansas City Star said that she “won’t be running anything else from Stephen Moore” after she discovered “substantial factual errors” in an Op-Ed that Moore had written criticizing economist Paul Krugman. [18]

Stance on Climate Change

“It’s really amazing, I have to say. I have to tip my hat to the left: This has been one of the greatest propaganda campaigns in world history that the left has pulled off.”

“I mean, they’ve taken this dingbat idea of global climate change and they’ve put it in the schools, they’ve put it in the movies, they’ve put it in the media and the churches — you know, I’m Catholic, even the Pope talks about climate change.”

 “So, it’s very alarming how this propaganda campaign, that they made this stuff out of, almost completely out of thin air and they’ve convinced millions and millions of thought leaders that this stuff is real.”

“”They're becoming more militaristic. They are young Stalinists. I can't go on college campuses today even question their religion of global warming — and it is a religion by the way.” [19]

Key Quotes

November, 2016

“We have the cleanest coal in the world.” [20]

September, 2016

Media Matters reports that a week after Stephen Moore was quoted saying that Donald Trump's economic plan was designed to be vague, he claimed that it was the “most detailed” plan of any candidate: [21]

“But, back to this idea that there's no detailed plan, because I never really answered your question about that. We've put forward the most detailed economic plan, I think, of any candidate in 40 years. I mean, we've got a very detailed tax plan.” [21]

August, 2016

“Now, look, to be against fracking is like being against a cure for cancer. This is one of the great seismic technological breakthroughs. We're way ahead of the rest of the world. It's giving us access to huge amounts of energy at very low prices. How could anybody be against this?” [6]

July, 2016

Speaking on the July 29 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto: [22]

“Now, why not tax the rich? I'll tell the mayor why not. When you talk about those people in the top one percent, Mayor, you know this, over half of them, nearly 2/3rds of them, are small business owners, investors, and operators. How are you going to get more businesses and how are you going to get more jobs, Mr. Mayor, if you're going to tax the very businesses that create the jobs?”

March 15, 2015

“I am no scientist, but I’m highly skeptical of a movement whose first advice is to steer the U.S. economy off a cliff toward financial ruin.” [23]

October, 2013

“Hydraulic fracturing is like the equivalent in health care for a cure for cancer.” [24]

May, 2011

“The problem I have with though, this circles back to the whole issue of when we pay for gasoline at the pump. If you raise the taxes on gasoline and oil, the price of gasoline and oil isn't going to go down. The price of gasoline and oil is going to go up.” [25]

April, 2011

On Glenn Beck's podcast, Moore said that “Radical Environmentalists” Are “Plot[ting]” To “Grind The American Economy To A Halt.” [26]

March, 2011

“I hope, I sincerely hope the president doesn't really believe that we can engine and power a $15 trillion industrial economy with windmills. It ain't going to happen.” [27], [28]

February, 2011

“I love the idea of eliminating entire agencies like the Department of Energy.” [29]

June, 2009

Stephen Moore called a recent white house climate impacts report “Stalinistic”:

“What I object to about this report is some of the language in this is sort of almost Stalinistic, that there’s an unequivocal conclusion that it’s inarguable that this is happening, that there’s overwhelming agreement among the scientists. None of that is true.”

“We’ve talked about global warming as climate improvement. […] The good news is that the bad news is wrong.” [4]

Key Deeds

December 8, 2016

Stephen Moore was a speaker at the “At the Crossroads III Energy and Climate Summit,” an event co-hosted by the Heritage Foundation and the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). The event was billed as “the premier energy-and-climate policy event in America,” and attracted a range of prominent climate change deniers as well as a range of names connected to Donald Trump and his transition team. [47]

Doug Domenech, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's “Fueling Freedom” project, wrote about the proceedings at The HillDomenech outlined the common climate change denial message shared among the speakers: “Is climate change real? Yes, it has happened in the past and will happen in the future. Is man making an impact on the climate? Perhaps but in very small ways. But the overarching consensus remains the climate change we are experiencing is by no means catastrophic.” [48]

Speakers included:

November 15, 2016

Stephen Moore went on Fox Business' Varney & Co where he discussed “Stalinist global warming rules.” According to Moore, “we have the cleanest coal in the world. Video below. [20]

STUART VARNEY (Host): This is a quote from you. Defy Stalinist global warming rules and burn coal. Are we gonna do that, and when? 

STEPHEN MOORE (Trump Adviser): Yeah. I mean look, Donald Trump made a very specific promise to the coal miners of America: We're going to try to put as many of them back in their jobs. These Stalinistic rules that deal with climate change have put so many tens of thousands of our coal miners out of work. By the way, Stuart, do you know how much coal – guess how many years of coal we have in this country. Just take a wild guess.

VARNEY: Couple of hundred years worth? 

MOORE: You're wrong. 500 years. We have more coal than any other country in the world. We're the Saudi Arabia of coal. Hell yes, we should use our coal resources. And by the way, for the environmentalists, we have the cleanest coal in the world. Great story in The Wall Street Journal people didn't pay too much attention to on Wednesday because of the election: China is building like 100 new coal plants. How does it help the environment when we shut down our coal and China builds ten plants for every one we shut down? How does that reduce global warming? 

August 1, 2016

During an episode of C-SPAN2's Book TV, while discussing his new book Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy, Stephen Moore stated that opposing fracking “is like being against a cure for cancer” because it is “one of the great seismic technological breakthroughs” that is “giving us huge amounts of energy at very low prices.” Moore went on to criticize Florida high school students opposing fracking, saying they were “indoctrinated in their high school classes” to think that “somehow fracking is a bad thing.” Video below. [6]

November 2, 2015

Stephen Moore appeared on the November 2 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co. The host, Stuart Varney, claimed a NASA study is “putting some doubt that some global warming theories are going the right way. That's NASA saying that.” [7]

Varney later brought on Stephen Moore, who complained that the media touts every “story that seems to validate global warming,” while supposedly ignoring studies like the NASA study, which are an “indication that it's actually not happening.” At the end of the segment, Moore joked that “this might be the start of another Ice Age.” Media Transparency noted that Moore was distorting the original NASA study. Video below. [7]

May 10, 2015

Stephen Moore declared in a Washington Times column that ”[t]he green energy movement in America is dead.” Media Matters notes that a video, airing directly above Moore's column,  “makes clear that his characterization of the U.S. clean energy industry is blatantly false.” [30], [31]

According to Media Matters, “Moore egregiously distorted quotes from the IEA to falsely claim it 'concedes that green energy is in fast retreat' and that the clean energy industry 'is getting crushed' by low fossil fuel prices.” 

April 5, 2013

Stephen Moore was confronted by science education activist Zack Kopplin about myths about climate science funding on an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. Kopplin points out that Moore, who questioned the need for funding research on “snail mating habits,” is “not a scientist”: [32]



Moore has been contributing editor to both the National Review, was on the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and on the Economic Board of Advisors for Time. His television appearances have included CNN’s Inside Politics, Crossfire and Moneyline, NBC’s Nightly News, Fox Morning News, and The McLaughlin Group.  [1]

Moore is the co-author of It’s Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Past 100 Years and author of Government: America’s #1 Growth Industry and the editor of Restoring the Dream: What House Republicans Plan to Do Now to Strengthen the Family, Balance the Budget, and Replace Welfare (Times Mirror, 1995).  [1]

Stephen Moore has been a prolific contributor to a range of publications including:

Image of Stephen Moore at top by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


  1. Stephen Moore. “Putting Taxpayers First: A Federal Budget Plan to Benefit the Next Generation of American Taxpayers” (PDF), Institute for Policy Innovation, February, 2004. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  2. Moore Passes Torch to Toomey,” The Club For Growth, January 6, 2005. Archived March 6, 2005. URL

  3. Rachael Bade. “Stephen Moore to huddle with House GOP whips,” Politico, November 14, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. URL

  4. Denier Stephen Moore says climate change is 'climate improvement' and 'the truth is the 1930s was a warmer decade than the last decade',” ThinkProgress, June 20, 2009. Archived November 15, 2016. URL:

  5. Janet Levy. “Green Energy Revolution Folly,” American Thinker, September 19, 2016. Archived November 13, 2016. URL

  6. Trump Adviser Stephen Moore Compares Fracking To 'The Cure For Cancer',” Media Matters, August 2, 2016. Archived.mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL:

  7. Denise Robbins. “NASA Scientist Warned Deniers Would Distort His Antarctic Ice Study – That's Exactly What They Did,” Media Matters, November 4, 2015. URL:

  8. Trump launches tax plan rewrite,” Politico, May 11, 2016. Archived November 15, 2016. URL

  9. TRUMP ECONOMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL” (PDF), Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  10. Ben Adler. “This Trump advisor might be even more confused about climate and energy than Trump himself,” Grist, September 9, 2016. Archived November 15, 2016. URL

  11. Hannah Hess. “Economic adviser pushes Trump to throw more punches on energy,” E&E News, September 7, 2016. Archived November 15, 2016. URL

  12. Stephen Moore. “America Trumpted,” The American Spectator, February 11, 2016. URL:

  13. Jonathan Chait. “Less is Moore,” The New Republic, June 30, 1997. Archived January 11, 2003. URL:

  14. Brendan Nyhan and Ben Fritz. “The deceptive advocacy of Stephen Moore,” Spinsanity, September 22, 2003. Archived November 14, 2016. URL:

  15. J. Bradford Delong. “Cranks and Charlatans,” Semi-Daily Journal, March 1, 2003. Archived November 14, 2016. URL:

  16. Jared Bernstein. “Right to work for less: Gov. Scott Walker wants to lower worker pay in Wisconsin,” The Washington Post, March 2, 2015. URL:

  17. The Mystery of Moore,” New York Times (Blog), February 18, 2015. URL:

  18. Deron Lee. “Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist,” Columbia Journalism Review, July 31, 2014. Archived November 15, 2016. URL:

  19. Michael W. Chapman. “Stephen Moore: Climate Change 'One of Greatest Propaganda Campaigns in World History’–'Very Stalinistic',”, June 9, 2016. Archived November 15, 2016. URL:

  20. Trump Adviser Stephen Moore: 'We Have The Cleanest Coal In The World',” Media Matters for Americas, November 15, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL

  21. Trump Adviser Can’t Decide If Candidate Is 'Too Specific' Or Intentionally Vague,Media Matters, September 6, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL

  22. On Fox, Trump Economic Advisor Steve Moore Defends Tax Reductions For Top One Percent,” Media Matters, July 29, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL:

  23. Stephen Moore. “The myth of 'settled science',” The Washington Times, March 15, 2015. Archived November 15, 2016. URL:

  24. WSJ's Stephen Moore: Fracking Is 'Like The Equivalent In Health Care Of A Cure For Cancer',” Media Matters, October 3, 2013. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL

  25. Jocelyn Fong. “Conservative Media Defend Tax Breaks For Big Oil With False Claim About Gas Prices,” Media Matters, May 10, 2011. URL

  26. WSJ's Moore In Beck Webcast: 'Radical Environmentalists' Are 'Plot[ting]' To 'Grind The American Economy To A Halt',” Media Matters. Archived .mov on file at DeSmog.

  27. Obama Finds Time for NCAA Bracket, Golf Amid Global Turmoil,” Fox News, March 15, 2011. Archived November 15, 2016. URL:

  28. Jill Fitzsimmons. “Myths & Facts About Wind Power,” Media Matters, May 25, 2012. URL: 

  29. Steve Moore: 'I Love The Idea Of Eliminating Entire Agencies',” Media Matters, February 7, 2011. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  30. Stephen Moore. “Promoters of renewable energy failed to account for the return of cheap oil,” The Washington Times, May 10, 2015. URL

  31. Andrew Seifter. “Fox's Stephen Moore Preemptively Debunked On Clean Energy By Video Affixed To His Column,” Media Matters, May 12, 2015. Archived November 15, 2016. URL

  32. Stephen Moore, Rush Limbaugh, And The Right-Wing War On Science,” Media Matters, April 8, 2013. Archived November 15, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL:

  33. Stephen Moore,” The Heritage Foundation. Archived November 15, 2016. URL:

  34. Stephen Moore: Former Senior Fellow,” Cato Institute. Archived November 14, 2016. URL:

  35. “Media Research Center: 2003 Annual Report” (PDF), Media Research Center. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  36. About the Media Research Center,” Media Research Center. Archived November 14, 2016. URL

  37. Executive Profile: Stephen Moore,” Bloomberg. Archived November 14, 2016. URL

  38. “Chicken Little Was Wrong” (PDF - see biographical sketch at bottom), Virginia Viewpoint, May 2, 2001. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  39. Donors Capital Fund, Inc. 2010 Form 990 (PDF) - retrieved from DocumentCloud.

  40. Board of Scholars,” American Legislative Exchange Council. Archived April 13, 2011. URL:

  41. Searle Freedom Trust 2014 990-PF (PDF). On file at DeSmog.

  42. Stephen Moore. “Immigration and the Rise and Decline  of American Cities,” Hoover Institution. Archived June 30, 2011. URL

  43. Stephen Moore,” Archived November 15, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  44. Hoover Essay in Public Policy: Welfare For The Well-Off: How Business Subsidies Fleece Taxpayers by Stephen Moore,” Hoover Institution, May 5, 1999. Archived November 14, 2016. URL

  45. Stephen Moore,” SourceWatch. URL

  46. Dana Milbank. “Brothers in Arms, But Sisters at Odds,” The Washington Post, August 31, 2005. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. Archiveis URL:

  47. At the Crossroads III: Energy and Climate Policy Summit,” Heritage Foundation, December 8, 2016. Archived December 22, 2016. URL

  48. Doug Domenech. “Climate change: Speaking truth to power,” The Hill, December 13, 2016. Archived December 21, 2016. URL

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