"With more than a $3 million annual budget, CEI is supported by both conservative foundations and corporate funding. Known corporate funders in addition to ExxonMobil include the American Petroleum Institute, Cigna Corporation, Dow Chemical, EBCO Corp, General Motors, and IBM. One of CEI's prominent funders is conservative Richard Scaife who has provided money through the Carthage and Sara Scaife Foundations. " from www.exxonsecrets.org
So far, this institute has received $1,735,000 in funding since 1998 from ExxonMobil.
Also, their director of Global Warming and International Environmental policy isn't even a scientist, he's an economist. In fact, out of ten Staff member's bio's I read, I could only find one scientist among them (I think he's a scientist, it didn't actually say.) There are something like twenty staffers. Someone else can feel free to look at their web site and correct me. (www.cei.org
So, I don't find it curious that a bunch of economists
funded by big oil companies like exxon who don't care about pollution in the least ( to be fair, some oil companies like BP do invest in alternative technologies and are cleaning up their act as much as profit allows) are funding a smear campaign against global warming. Do the ads have validity? Not really. Anyone who took a college level into Biology course should be able to see through them, and increasingly those with even a high school into Biology course. Will these ads work for them? I imagine they will. Nothing the American public likes more than having complex problems dumbed down for them with the result that they don't have to think about the consequences of their actions.