Response of William O’Keefe to Senators Markey, Boxer and Whitehouse on Institute Climate Research

On February 25, 2015, the George C. Marshall Institute, along with 99 other organizations and corporations, received a letter from Senators Edward Markey (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) requesting information about payments made by the Institute to scientists for their research and details about our funders.


Their letter was widely seen as an attempt to intimidate organizations that challenge the climate orthodoxy and to imply that the views of organizations like the Institute are based on funders and not their own views about climate change and climate science.  In 2002, Ted Koppel, the then host of ABC’s Nightline, admonished Al Gore for doing the same thing.  Koppel’s admonishment bears repeating:  “The measure of good science is neither the politics of the scientist nor the people with whom the scientist associates.  It is the immersion of hypotheses into the acid of truth.  That’s the hard way to do it, but it’s the only way that works.”


On April 1, 2015, Mr. William O’Keefe, CEO of the George C. Marshall Institute, replied to the Senators (letter attached as pdf below) and provided them with a list of all of our climate change publications over the past five years, writing that for 25 years it is “clear that the Institute’s views have been consistent, scientifically based, and independent of funding sources.”


The Institute’s views on climate change have not only been consistent over several decades but have also withstood the test of time. We stand proudly by our work, and will continue to advocate for sensible climate and environmental policies based on empirical scientific evidence.


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