The following article by Gregory R. Wrightstone appears in the December 2020 issue of The PIOGA Press.

PIOGA and its membership are facing an existential threat to their businesses with the presidency of Joe Biden.

In his “victory” speech on November 7, Biden stated, “America has called upon us to…[fight] the battle to save our planet by getting climate under control.” The Biden Plan includes long list of harmful proposals, including “denying federal permits for new fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and ensuring 100% clean renewable energy by 2035.”

Biden has made it abundantly clear with his cabinet picks that he intends to make you and your employees sacrificial lambs for the global climate cause, starting with John Kerry, who will be his new special envoy on climate. Possibly even more concerning is his likely secretary of the treasury, Janet Yellen, who has long been a strong supporter of carbon taxation schemes. “When the central problem is the damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, the cleanest and most efficient way to address it is to tax those emissions,” says Ms. Yellen.

What can you do to combat this march to energy poverty and ruin? You can join me and the CO2 Coalition in our defense of science and facts to confront misinformation used to demonize fossil fuels and a byproduct of their use, carbon dioxide.

Most of you know me as I have been speaking to your group for many years, first about activities in the Marcellus play and more recently on the fallacy of manmade climate change. I have been speaking out on radio, TV and to various groups. However, I desired a larger platform in order to influence a larger audience.

Who is the CO2 Coalition?

Therefore, I am excited to be joining the CO2 Coalition as Executive Director in January to lead an impressive group of scientists. The CO2 Coalition was established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) to educate thought leaders, policy makers and the public about the important contributions of carbon dioxide to our lives and the economy. The Coalition seeks to engage in an informed discussion about climate change, humans’ role in the climate system, the limitations of climate models and the consequences of mandated reductions in CO2 emissions.

In carrying out our mission, we seek to strengthen the understanding of the role of science and the scientific process in addressing complex public policy issues like climate change. Science produces empirical, measurable, objective facts and provides a means for testing hypotheses that can be replicated and potentially disproven. Approaches to policy that do not adhere to the scientific process risk grave damage to the economy, to science and to people.

The coalition’s leadership and its 60 members are a who’s who of eminent scientists studying carbon dioxide and climate change, including atmospheric physicists, climatologists, ecologists, statisticians, and energy experts. Our strength is in advancing and researching the science that disputes the so-called “consensus” global warming narrative.

Our strength is in advancing and researching the science that disputes the so-called “consensus” global warming narrative. Recent papers include Methane and Climate, On Climate Sensitivity, and  What Rising CO2 Means for Global Food Security. Our most recent publication, titled The Global Mean Temperature Anomaly Record: How it works and why it is misleading, was just released in early December by two of the top climate scientists in the world, Richard Lindzen of MIT and John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

We are also active in advocating against destructive policy proposals being advocated at both the state and national levels and have been particularly active in Pennsylvania. I have testified twice concerning climate and the proposed Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Our current Executive Director, Caleb Rossiter, testified in Harrisburg in September concerning RGGI as well. On December 4, the Coalition posted a press release concerning RGGI: CO2 Coalition calls for the removal of misinformation used in support of Pennsylvania carbon tax.

The Coalition has committed to a greatly expanded communication strategy to present our message to the public, legislators and thought leaders. We can play an important role in shaping public opinion and influencing the discussion across the nation and the world. Our planned communication expansion requires additional funding above our normal budgeting.

Please consider joining me and the Coalition in our efforts by making a financial contribution. Your support will help us widen our vital work. Tax deductible donations can be made to the CO2 Coalition at or by check, mailing to The CO2 Coalition, 1621 North Kent Street, Suite 603, Arlington, Virginia 22209.

Your support will be gratefully received and put to good use.

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