Plants Need CO2
This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
Plants Need CO2 was a climate complacency front group 501(c)(3) that (with ad-buying sibling 501(c)(4) CO2 Is Green) popped up in 2009, with a mission "to educate the public on the positive effects of additional atmospheric CO2...". One of its directors, Corbin Robertson of Quintana Minerals, "is said to own more coal through his various ventures than anyone outside of the U.S. government" - and was a Koch strategy group attendee.
- 1 Website content
- 2 Domain registration
- 3 Directors and backgrounds
- 4 Contact details
- 5 Articles and resources
Message: more CO2 good
According to the Plants Need CO2 website, "Earth and it's inhabitants need more, not less, CO2...".
Science: more CO2 not good
Skeptical Science provides the evidence that "Negative impacts of global warming on agriculture, health & environment far outweigh any positives".
Visible personnel: Leighton Steward
The group's only named principal is its spokesman, H. Leighton Steward, described as "a geologist, environmentalist, author, and retired energy industry executive" who's interested in "helping to educate the general public and the politicians about the tremendous benefits of carbon dioxide (CO2) as it relates to the plant and animal kingdoms and their related ecosystems and habitats, and the general health of humanity".
The plantsneedco2.org domain was originally registered on May 26, 2009; as of its August 25 2009 update it showed H. Leighton Steward as the registrant, using a networksolutionsprivateregistration.com email address and the Network Solutions business address.
Earlier, registration information reportedly tied it to Quintana Minerals Corporation, which "provides oil and gas exploration services to the energy sector" and "offers crude oil and natural gas production services."
Directors and backgrounds
The Plants Need CO2 website does not name the group's directors, only spokesman H. Leighton Steward.
- H. Leighton Steward is a director at EOG Resources, an oil and gas company formerly known as Enron Oil and Gas Company, where he earned $617,151 in 2008.
- Wyatt Hogan is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC.
- Corbin Robertson Jr. is "said to own more coal through his various ventures than anyone outside of the U.S. government"; he is the grandson and heir of Texas oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, and is president of Quintana Minerals, CEO and chairman of Natural Resource Partners LP, and chairman of Quintana Maritime Ltd. 
Phone: none provided
Email address: info AT plantsneedco2.org
Articles and resources
- No byline (Undated). First Page. Plants Need CO2. Retrieved on 2011-03-27. “Earth and it's inhabitants need more, not less, CO2.”
- Mary Ann Azevedo (2007-09-09). Energy fund drills in new 'direction'. Houston Business Journal. Retrieved on 2011-03-27. “Hugh Roy Cullen, who was dubbed "arguably Houston's most famous oilman" by Texas Monthly in 2005, founded the now-defunct Quintana Petroleum in 1930. Today, Corby Robertson -- Cullen's grandson -- is said to own more coal through his various ventures than anyone outside of the U.S. government (see "Cullen heir nabs huge lumps of coal," Dec. 8, 2006). Besides his role with Quintana Energy Partners, Robertson also serves as president of Quintana Minerals Corp., CEO and chairman of publicly traded Natural Resource Partners LP, and chairman of Quintana Maritime Ltd., a Nasdaq-traded bulk shipping company.”
- gpwayne (2010-08-17). Positives and negatives of global warming. Skeptical Science. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
- Plants Need CO2 (2009). About Plants Need CO2 - CO2 is Green & Green is Good. Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
- Miles Grant, "Big Oil creates phony climate denial site, lies about it", Grist, September 4, 2009.
- Filing #801134935, filed June 15 2009 with the Texas Secretary of State
- Forbes (2009). Wyatt L. Hogan Profile. Forbes. Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
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- Corbin Robertson
- CO2 Is Green
- Koch Industries
- Koch Event 2010-06 Attendees
- Front groups
- Global warming
- Global warming skeptics
- Steven J. Mufson, "New Groups Revive the Debate Over Causes of Climate Change", Washington Post, September 25, 2009.