Non-profit

Niskanen Center

Website:

niskanencenter.org/

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

45-5308952

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $1,954,786
Expenses: $1,665,531
Assets: $667,380

The Niskanen Center is a right-leaning 501(c)(3) environmental advocacy organization with ties to left-wing environmental groups.

Controversies

ExxonMobil/Suncor Lawsuit (2018)

In April 2018, the City of Boulder, Colorado and County of San Miguel, Colorado filed a lawsuit against oil and natural gas companies ExxonMobil and Suncor, accusing them of being “fossil fuel-producing corporations” which negatively impact the climate. [1] The Colorado communities were represented in the lawsuit by a joint climate group which included Hannon Law Firm, [2] a group that litigates environmental lawsuits and whose founder Kevin Hannon served as chief outside legal counsel, the environmentalist nonprofit EarthRights International, and the Niskanen Center.[3] The joint climate group claimed that ExxonMobil and Suncor were culpable for over $100 million in climate damages—including wildfires, flooding, road maintenance, landscaping, and individuals work efficiency .[4]

According to two environmental experts, Randal O’Toole and Robert Bradley Jr., individuals who had known William Niskanen (the Niskanen Center’s founder), the Center’s involvement in the lawsuit went directly against the memory of Niskanen and what he believed with regards to climate-policy.[5] William Niskanen stated that “the case for a global warming treaty is shockingly weak” and also that he had “never bought into climate alarmism.”[6]

References

  1. “After Months of Silence, Boulder to Hold Rally With Activists to Announce Climate Lawsuit.” EID Climate – A Project of IPAA. April 20, 2018. Accessed November 01, 2018. https://eidclimate.org/after-months-silence-boulder-hold-rally-with-activists-announce-climate-lawsuit/.
  2. Cooke, Amy. “High Powered Legal Team for Plaintiffs in the Boulder Climate Lawsuit.” IWF. Accessed November 01, 2018. http://iwf.org/blog/2807807/High-powered-legal-team-for-plaintiffs-in-the-Boulder-climate-lawsuit.
  3. Cooke, Amy. “High Powered Legal Team for Plaintiffs in the Boulder Climate Lawsuit.” IWF. Accessed November 01, 2018. http://iwf.org/blog/2807807/High-powered-legal-team-for-plaintiffs-in-the-Boulder-climate-lawsuit.
  4. Norton, Gale. “Climate Change Lawsuits: Boulder Can Do Better.” The Denver Post. April 20, 2018. Accessed November 01, 2018. https://www.denverpost.com/2018/04/20/climate-change-lawsuits-boulder-can-do-better/.
  5. Cooke, Amy. “Swift Condemnation for Boulder Climate Lawsuit and DC Think Tank.” Independence Institute. May 29, 2018. Accessed November 01, 2018. https://i2i.org/swift-condemnation-boulder-climate-lawsuit-and-dc-think-tank/.
  6. Cooke, Amy. “Swift Condemnation for Boulder Climate Lawsuit and DC Think Tank.” Independence Institute. May 29, 2018. Accessed November 01, 2018. https://i2i.org/swift-condemnation-boulder-climate-lawsuit-and-dc-think-tank/.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 2014

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,954,786 $1,665,531 $667,380 $3,373 N $1,954,786 $0 $0 $405,690 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $647,000 $272,248 $410,860 $36,108 N $647,000 $0 $0 $184,025

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