Todd Wynn

Todd Wynn


  • M.A., International and Developmental Economics, University of San Francisco. [1]
  • B.A., Business Economics, California State University. [1]


Todd Wynn is the Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs in the United States Department of the Interior. Previously, he has served as the Director of External Affairs for the Edison Electrical Institute and the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In July, 2008 he became a policy analyst at the Cascade Policy Institute where he conducted “climate change and energy policy research.” He was promoted to Vice President of the Institute in 2010 but left in 2011. [15]

Stance on Climate Change

“It's absolutely ridiculous to say that they know that human activity is the major part of that [climate change]. We've had a temperature record a very spurious one for the maybe past 100 years, in the last 30 years a satellite temperature record. And then all the calculations for the predictions of the future are based on models … we've already seen that they're way off on their predictions.” [2]

Key Quotes

“A lot of people like to say well Todd, you are in the hands of big oil or you’re an anti-environmentalist, but I consider myself an environmentalist of all sorts, I care about the beach, I care about the successful evolution of humankind and the planet. But the truth is you have to focus on environmental goals that are achievable cost effective and have a measurable benefit and if the cost outweigh the benefits it doesn't make sense to charge ahead on an emotional and heart tugging issue like saving the planet.”

“Actual climate change in my part of the country, there's not much, 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last few years.” [3]

“Wind does not reduce carbon emissions but instead creates them.” [4]

“I think that global warming could be a net benefit for the planet in fact.” [5]

Key Deeds

May 21 - 23, 2012

Wynn was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 7th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). [6]

DeSmogBlog researched co-sponsors behind the conference and discovered that they had received a total of over $67 Million from ExxonMobil, Koch, and Scaife family foundations.

Wynn's speech, titled “Regulation without Representation: How the EPA has become a political tool” can be viewed below. 

March, 2012

ALEC has been in favor of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Todd Wynn writes how “ALEC has been at the forefront of the effort to retain state sovereignty over hydraulic fracturing, and our recently adopted model bill, the Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Composition Act, aims to preempt the promulgation of duplicative, burdensome federal regulations from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).” He describes federal regulations on natural gas as “duplicative and unnecessary.” [7]

DeSmogBlog has also done an in-depth investigation on the environmental impacts of fracking in the Fracking the Future report, and found that the potentially devastating impacts from unconventional gas development on water supplies, air quality and the global climate deserve much greater study and scrutiny.

Industry lobbying and misinformation campaigns like some of the work by the American Legislative Exchange Council have confused the public and made it more difficult to gauge the actual impacts of fracking.

May, 2010

Wynn was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC4). [8] Desmog has done an in-depth investigation into the sponsors of the conference and found that 19 of the 65 sponsors (including Heartland itself) have received a total of over $40 million in funding since 1985 from ExxonMobil, and/or Koch Industries family foundations and/or the Scaife family foundations.

Wynn's speech, titled “Economic Freedom: a No-Regrets Strategy for Reducing Energy Consumption and Carbon Emissions” can be viewed below. 

March 8 - 10, 2009

Wynn attended the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change in New York. [9]


Wynn participated in in the Cascade Policy Institute video “Climate Chains” along with other climate change skeptics including Kenneth Green, Chris Horner, Marlo Lewis, and Patrick Michaels.

The video claims that “One of the greatest threats to freedom and prosperity in America is climate change legislation.” The video was organized by the Cascade Policy Institute. [10]

The video can be viewed below.

Climate Chains from Climate Chains on Vimeo.

2007 - 2010

Wynn is listed as the Program Director for the “Carbon Cartel Education Project” by the Cascade Policy Institute.

The project contends that “One of the greatest threats to freedom and economic prosperity in America today is climate change legislation,” the exact words used by the Cascade Policy Institute's “Climate Chains” video.

It describes its goal as to “raise awareness of the costs and implications of policies based on global warming alarmism by conducting a multi-faceted campaign to peel away grassroots political support for carbon restrictions, while simultaneously promoting market-based policies that preserve individual liberty, economic opportunity, and environmental quality.” [11]



Todd Wynn regularly publishes articles on behalf of the American Legislative Exchange Council at their publication American Legislator.

Many of his articles are critical of government regulation in any form and he often criticizes actions by the EPA.

According to his profile at the Cascade Policy Institute, he has been published in newspapers including the Oregonian, The Statesman Journal, Roseburg Beacon, Cascade Business News, Tigard/Tualatin Times, Beaverton Valley Times, Northwest Connections, Central Oregonian and many others.

He has also appeared on TV and radio programs such as Fox News, KGW, The Jeff Kropf Show, Lars Larson Show, Bill Post Show, and the Victoria Taft Show.


  1. Todd Wynn: Former analyst covering the Environment,” Cascade Policy Institute. Accessed May, 2012.

  2. Todd Wynn discussing energy and the climate on Populations TV,” (At 15:40), Vimeo Video uploaded by Cascade Policy. Accessed May, 2012.

  3. International Climate Change Conf. - Part 1 (Todd Wynn),” YouTube video uploaded by user “GrassrootHawaii” on April 1, 2009.

  4. Anita Kissée and Staff. “Wind power’s dirty secret? Its carbon footprint,”, March 12, 2010. Archived March 14, 2013.

  5. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Todd Wynn.

  6. “Seventh International Conference on Climate Change, Program,” (PDF) Heartland Institute. Archived January 10, 2018. URL

  7. Todd Wynn. “ALEC Encourages Responsible Resource Production,” American Legislator, March 1, 2012. Archived February 18, 2013.

  8. “Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, Program,” (PDF) Heartland Institute. Archived January 10, 2018. URL

  9. International Climate Change Conf. - Part 1 (Todd Wynn),” YouTube video uploaded by user “Grassroothawaii,” April 1, 2009.

  10. About the Experts,” Archived April 1, 2010.

  11. Carbon Cartel Education Project,” Cascade Policy Institute. Accessed May, 2012.

  12. Energy, Environment, and Agriculture,” American Legislative Exchange Council. Accessed May, 2012.

  13. Fellows & Advisors,” American Tradition Institute. Accessed May, 2012.

  14.  “Todd Wynn on Climate Change & Free Market Environmentalism,” The Motorhome Diaries, November 2, 2009. Archived Febrary 6, 2011.

  15. Wynn, Todd.” Linkedin.  Accessed October 18, 2017. Archived .pdf file on DeSmog.