Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

Appendix C: Backgrounds of the Contributors to the Programme

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The programmes assertion that Michaels was attacked because he conducted research that was part funded by the coal industry is highly misleading, given the full extent of his links with the wider fossil-fuel industry (see below).


Direct Corporate Funding


Michaels has received at least $100,000 from the energy utility Intermountain Electric Association, or IREA, and additional contributions from other utilities (see the IREA entry on page 152).


He is Chief Editor for World Climate Report (see, which is financed by Western Fuels (see the entry on WCR on page 157).


Western Fuels has provided a $63,000 grant for Michaels' climate change research, in addition to funding Michaels World Climate Report magazine (see


The German Coal Mining Association has given Michaels $49,000 in direct funding (see


The Edison Electric Institute has given Michaels $15,000 (see


The mining company Cyprus Minerals has given Michaels $40,000 (see


Links to Corporate-funded Lobby Groups

(For information about the following organisations and the funding they receive, see Appendix D: Corporate-funded Organisations Linked to Contributors to the Programme).


He is a Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies with the Cato Institute (see


He has been a Science Adviser to The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (see


He is on the Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors of the American Council on Science and Health (see


He is an Expert with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (see [Note: In our complaint we originally linked to, which was the page on the CEI website that listed Professor Michaels as a CEI Expert, but this page has since been taken down. The current link is to an archive copy of that CEI webpage, as it appeared at the time this complaint was submitted.]


He was an Advisory Council Member of Consumer Alert until at least 18 April 2005 (see [Note: In our complaint we originally linked to, which is an archived copy of the Staff Advisers page of the Consumer Alert website, which was archived by the Wayback Machine website on 18 April 2005. However, after our complaint was submitted, the owners of the Consumer Alert domain name put a robots.txt file onto the Wayback Machine, in order to block access to their archived pages. The current link is to a Center for Media and Democracy article that lists Michaels on Consumer Alerts Advisory Council.]


He is on the Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (see:


He is a Policy Expert of the Heritage Foundation (source: Heritage Foundation Policy Experts website,


He is a Visiting Scientist (see; and a Book Editor and Contributor; to the George C. Marshall Institute (see, for example, Michaels, P.J., ed., Shattered Consensus,

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