CFACT climate and energy workshop for legislators

By |2014-08-05T16:33:53+00:00August 5th, 2014|Conferences|10 Comments

Don’t be intimidated! Don’t back down!

That was the powerful message CFACT spokesmen and I delivered last week in Dallas to a standing-room-only crowd of state legislators and other policy experts from across the nation.

The CFACT workshop on “How to Think and Talk about Climate and Energy Issues” was held as part of the 41st annual national meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC – an outstanding organization that helps state legislators promote limited government, free markets, and federalism.

According to John Eick, director of ALEC’s Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, “The workshop provided our legislative members with much needed facts, data, and historical anecdotes regarding these key policy areas. Feedback from our members since the workshop has been nothing but positive, and the panelists should all be congratulated for a job extremely well done.”

I was privileged to moderate the workshop that included CFACT senior policy analyst Paul Driessen; publisher and editor of Marc Morano; and former national field director for CFACT’s Collegians campus program Robert Harrelson.

Driessen opened the discussion by talking about the enormous impact of the growing regulatory burden from Washington – with regulations now eating up one-sixth of the entire U.S. economy.

He described how an energy boom in places like Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota is revitalizing growth in those areas, but how environmental extremists and the Obama administration are pursuing policies to de-develop the U.S. and eventually eliminate all fossil-fuel use.

Driessen encouraged the crowd not to cede the high moral ground on these issues, to challenge the regulations wherever possible, and to publicly hammer the regulators for impairing the health and welfare of millions of Americans.

Morano brought the house down with his fast-paced and humorous survey of the global warming landscape – tearing apart the alleged “scientific consensus” on man-made climate change; showing the absurd extremes to which climate alarmists are going to close off debate and scare the public; and explaining how science has been transformed into “climate astrology” with wild predictions of environmental doom.

He also screened the movie trailer for CFACT’s “Climate Hustle” film project that brought many laughs and sustained applause from the crowd.

Harrelson batted cleanup, encouraging the crowd that America’s youth are not a lost cause on climate and energy issues – and then detailing how CFACT is successfully educating and mobilizing college students from coast to coast as part of its Collegians program.

From bringing in top-notch speakers and conducting student polls, to having students testify at local and regional hearings, and making their presence felt at international UN conferences, Harrelson trumpeted Collegians’ efforts and exhorted the audience to continue reaching out to youth and to work with CFACT’s local chapters wherever possible.

Each participant received a special set of “Talking Points for 2014” on climate and energy issues, and many were introduced to CFACT and its programs as a prime resource in this arena.


  1. vexor luthor August 6, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    how much money do you receive from anti-renweable energy companies to put on these workshops? a few million at least?

    • Craig Rucker August 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      CFACT receives very little funding from anyone other than concerned individuals who care about freedom and sound science and policy. You’re projecting Big Green’s situation onto others. Thank you to all of our donors, you make it possible, you’re the BEST!

      • vexor luthor August 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Oh yeah? Evidence sucks, doesn’t it?

        “Some of the groups on the Donors Trust list would have struggled to exist without being bankrolled by anonymous donors.

        The support helped the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (Cfact), expand from $600,000 to $3m annual operation. In 2010, Cfact received nearly half of its budget from those anonymous donors, the records show.”


        You are a funny guy. Come out of your hobbit hole… we on the other side are good people!

        • Craig Rucker August 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

          You’ve posted no evidence. CFACT’s records are public and show individual donors to be the mainstay of our support. Not that we’d not happily accept a grant if you can arrange one. Big Green’s billions dwarfs anything the advocates of freedom have available to them. It is having the data on our side that allows us to punch well above our weight.

        • Graphic_Conception August 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM
          • vexor luthor August 6, 2014 at 10:06 PM

            Lol, no wonder why you are all considered cooks by most everyone on the other side. You really can’t see “evidence” when it’s put right in front of your face.

            I’m sorry that you are all so blinded. I don’t need a silly senate committee publication to sway my opinion, since it is obviously contrived as a political MINORITY staff report. Have no fear, my generation and many behind mine are ready to protect our planet as best as possible by preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Something you all don’t seem to know anything about.

    • CommonSense August 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Vexor: Here a a few scientists who agree with this view:
      Look at their credentials.
      I can show you thousands of other scientists that believe that Global Warming is a hoax. A real Scientist would never claim a consensus. Last I heard scientific facts were not determined by taking a vote. Unless they just included a vote in the scientific method. Do some research instead of taking the Snakeoil Salesmen at face value.

      • vexor luthor August 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Great! I can provide links all day, brother.

        Roy Spencer:

        Tim F Ball (looks like a real winner! and yes, those numbers are citations):

        The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a Canadian think tank, states that Ball has disputed anthropogenic global warmingsince the mid 1990s, instead asserting that global warming is due to natural variations.[21] He has spoken twice at The Heartland Institute’s International Conference on Climate Change, where he was presented as a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg.[22][23][24] However, critics have observed that, in fact, Ball was a professor of geography there, has been retired since 1996, and that, in fact, the University of Winnipeg does not have, nor has it ever had, a climatology department.[25][6]

        Ball has also claimed, in an article written for the Calgary Herald, to be the first person to receive a PhD in climatology in Canada, and that he had been a professor for 28 years,[26] claims he also made in a letter to the then-prime minister of Canada, Paul Martin.[27] However, on April 23, 2006, Dan Johnson, a professor of environmental science at the University of Lethbridge, wrote a letter to the Herald in which he stated that at the time Ball received his PhD in 1983, “Canada already had PhDs in climatology,” and that Ball had only been a professor for eight years, rather than 28 as he had claimed.[28] In the letter, Johnson also wrote that Ball “did not show any evidence of research regarding climate and atmosphere.”[29]

        In response, Ball filed a lawsuit against Johnson. Ball’s representation in the case was provided by Fraser Milner Casgrain.[30] Johnson’s statement of defense was provided by the Calgary Herald, which stated that Ball “…never had a reputation in the scientific community as a noted climatologist and authority on global warming,” and that he “…is viewed as a paid promoter of the agenda of the oil and gas industry rather than as a practicing scientist.”[27] In the ensuing court case, Ball acknowledged that he had only been a professor for eight years, and that his doctorate was not in climatology but rather in geography,[29] and subsequently withdrew the lawsuit on June 8, 2007.[31][27]

        Frietas seems like a level headed guy. That’s great. None of this has proven your point, though. I mean, for heaven’s sake, Tim Ball was lying about his credentials for years…

        And yes, real scientists claim consensus on gravity, theory of relativity, etc. Quit being naive.

        • racclady August 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

          vexor,please read” UNDUE INFLUENCE”, maybe this will give you some answers.

          • vexor luthor August 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM

            Why don’t you give me a synopsis, since you are so well versed in debate.

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