Global Warming “Deniers” are from MIT, Princeton, U.Ottawa, etc.


As the global warming hysteria reaches fever-pitch, recall this open letter submitted to the new Conservative government last April, “Sixty scientists call on the Harper government to revisit the science of global warming”.  An excerpt:

“Climate change is real” is a meaningless phrase, used repeatedly by activists to convince the public that a climate catastrophe is looming, and humanity is the cause. Neither of these fears is justified. Global climate changes all the time, due to natural causes, and the human impact still remains impossible to distinguish from this natural “noise.” The new Canadian government’s commitment to reducing air, land, and water pollution is commendable, but allocating funds to “stopping climate change” would be irrational. We need to continue intensive research into the real causes of climate change, and help our most vulnerable citizens adapt to whatever nature throws at us next.

We believe the Canadian public and government decision-makers need and deserve to hear the whole story concerning this very complex issue. It was only 30 years ago that many of today’s global-warming alarmists were telling us that the world was in the midst of a global-cooling catastrophe. But, the science continued to evolve, and still does, even though so many choose to ignore it, when it does not fit with predetermined political agendas.

Next time you are smeared with the pejorative “denier” label, make sure you tell your adversary that you choose to join with many of the world’s environmental scientists in searching for truth, instead of jumping on the bandwagon of the latest hysterical fad. Inconvenient, but true.

Here are the 60 scientists who keep us “deniers” in good company:

  • Dr. Ian D. Clark, professor, isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa.
  • Dr. Tad Murty, former senior research scientist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, former director of Australia’s National Tidal Facility, and professor of earth sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide; currently adjunct professor, Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa.
  • Dr. R. Timothy Patterson, professor, Department of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology), Carleton University, Ottawa.
  • Dr. Fred Michel, director, Institute of Environmental Science and associate professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa.
  • Dr. Madhav Khandekar, former research scientist, Environment Canada. Member of editorial board of Climate Research and Natural Hazards.
  • Dr. Paul Copper, FRSC, professor emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario.
  • Dr. Ross McKitrick, associate professor, Department of Economics, University of Guelph, Ontario.
  • Dr. Tim Ball, former professor of climatology, University of Winnipeg; environmental consultant.
  • Dr. Andreas Prokocon, adjunct professor of earth sciences, University of Ottawa; consultant in statistics and geology.
  • Mr. David Nowell, M.Sc. (Meteorology), fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, Canadian member, and past chairman of the NATO Meteorological Group, Ottawa.
  • Dr. Christopher Essex, professor of applied mathematics and associate director of the Program in Theoretical Physics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
  • Dr. Gordon E. Swaters, professor of applied mathematics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, and member, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Research Group, University of Alberta.
  • Dr. L. Graham Smith, associate professor, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
  • Dr. G. Cornelis van Kooten, professor and Canada Research Chair in environmental studies and climate change, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.
  • Dr. Peter Chylek, adjunct professor, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax.
  • Dr./Cdr. M. R. Morgan, FRMS, climate consultant, former meteorology advisor to the World Meteorological Organization. Previously research scientist in climatology at University of Exeter, U.K.
  • Dr. Keith D. Hage, climate consultant and professor emeritus of Meteorology, University of Alberta.
  • Dr. David E. Wojick, P.Eng., energy consultant, Star Tannery, Virginia, and Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
  • Rob Scagel, M.Sc., forest microclimate specialist, principal consultant, Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, B.C.
  • Dr. Douglas Leahey, meteorologist and air-quality consultant, Calgary.
  • Paavo Siitam, M.Sc., agronomist, chemist, Cobourg, Ontario.
  • Dr. Chris de Freitas, climate scientist, associate professor, The University of Auckland, N.Z.
  • Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Dr. Freeman J. Dyson, emeritus professor of physics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, New Jersey.
  • Mr. George Taylor, Department of Meteorology, Oregon State University; Oregon State climatologist; past president, American Association of State Climatologists.
  • Dr. Ian Plimer, professor of geology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide; emeritus professor of earth sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dr. R.M. Carter, professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
  • Mr. William Kininmonth, Australasian Climate Research, former Head National Climate Centre, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; former Australian delegate to World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology, Scientific and Technical Review.
  • Dr. Hendrik Tennekes, former director of research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.
  • Dr. Gerrit J. van der Lingen, geologist/paleoclimatologist, Climate Change Consultant, Geoscience Research and Investigations, New Zealand.
  • Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia.
  • Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner, emeritus professor of paleogeophysics and geodynamics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Dr. Gary D. Sharp, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study, Salinas, California.
  • Dr. Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist, Earth System Science Center, The University of Alabama, Huntsville.
  • Dr. Al Pekarek, associate professor of geology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Dept., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota.
  • Dr. Marcel Leroux, professor emeritus of climatology, University of Lyon, France; former director of Laboratory of Climatology, Risks and Environment, CNRS
  • Dr. Paul Reiter, professor, Institut Pasteur, Unit of Insects and Infectious Diseases, Paris, France. Expert reviewer, IPCC Working group II, chapter 8 (human health).
  • Dr. Zbigniew Jaworowski, physicist and chairman, Scientific Council of Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Dr. Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, reader, Department of Geography, University of Hull, U.K.; editor, Energy and Environment.
  • Dr. Hans H.J. Labohm, former advisor to the executive board, Clingendael Institute (The Netherlands Institute of International Relations), and an economist who has focused on climate change.
  • Dr. Lee C. Gerhard, senior scientist emeritus, University of Kansas, past director and state geologist, Kansas Geological Survey.
  • Dr. Asmunn Moene, past head of the Forecasting Centre, Meteorological Institute, Norway.
  • Dr. August H. Auer, past professor of atmospheric science, University of Wyoming; previously chief meteorologist, Meteorological Service (MetService) of New Zealand.
  • Dr. Vincent Gray, expert reviewer for the IPCC, and author of The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of “Climate Change 2001,” Wellington, N.Z.
  • Dr. Howard Hayden, emeritus professor of physics, University of Connecticut.
  • Dr. Benny Peiser, professor of social anthropology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, U.K.
  • Dr. Jack Barrett, chemist and spectroscopist, formerly with Imperial College London, U.K.
  • Dr. William J.R. Alexander, professor emeritus, Dept. of Civil and Biosystems Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Member, United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee on Natural Disasters, 1994-2000
  • Dr. S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental sciences, University of Virginia; former director, U.S. Weather Satellite Service.
  • Dr. Harry N.A. Priem, emeritus professor of planetary geology and isotope geophysics, Utrecht University; former director of the Netherlands Institute for Isotope Geosciences; past president of the Royal Netherlands Geological & Mining Society.
  • Dr. Robert H. Essenhigh, E.G. Bailey professor of energy conversion, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University.
  • Dr. Sallie Baliunas, astrophysicist and climate researcher, Boston, Mass.
  • Douglas Hoyt, senior scientist at Raytheon (retired) and co-author of the book, The Role of the Sun in Climate Change; previously with NCAR, NOAA, and the World Radiation Center, Davos, Switzerland.
  • Dipl.-Ing. Peter Dietze, independent energy advisor and scientific climate and carbon modeller, official IPCC reviewer, Bavaria, Germany.
  • Dr. Boris Winterhalter, senior marine researcher (retired), Geological Survey of Finland, former professor in marine geology, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Dr. Wibjörn Karlén, emeritus professor, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
  • Dr. Hugh W. Ellsaesser, physicist/meteorologist, previously with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California; atmospheric consultant.
  • Dr. Art Robinson, founder, Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, Cave Junction, Oregon.
  • Dr. Arthur Rörsch, emeritus professor of molecular genetics, Leiden University, The Netherlands; past board member, Netherlands organization for applied research (TNO) in environmental, food, and public health.
  • Dr. Alister McFarquhar, Downing College, Cambridge, U.K.; international economist.
  • Dr. Richard S. Courtney, climate and atmospheric science consultant, IPCC expert reviewer, U.K.
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    14 responses to “Global Warming “Deniers” are from MIT, Princeton, U.Ottawa, etc.

    1. neo

      Gore, on lying for the “Greater Good

      “Nobody is interested in solutions if they don’t think there’s a problem.”

      “Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous global warming is… ” said Gore in a May 2006 interview with Grist Magazine.

    2. I have the pleasure to attend a talk by Dr. Chris de Freitas in which he pretty much demolished the main claims of the global warming-CO2-is-bad-for-you crowd by simply using known facts about the physics of CO2 and water vapor in the atmosphere. Friends of Science has tons of information that, although is published by respected scientists, does not reach the public.
      This is very sad, because in some elementary schools kids are forced to watch Gore’s movie without any reference to the other side of the debate.

    3. cortney

      Al Gore is smart

    4. I have the opportunity to attend a lecture by Dr. Chris de Freitas in which he demolished the main claims of the CO2-is-going-to-kill-us-all supporters by appealing to well known facts about the physics of atmospheric CO2 and water vapor.
      The Friends of Science website ( has lots of information from the other side of the aisle.
      I’ve heard that Al Gore’s movie is being shown in elementary schools without any reference to the other side of the debate.

    5. Chris

      Fact: The earth undergoes normal cycles throughout geologic time scales during which temperature can vary greatly.
      Fact: The earth has been hotter in the past than it is currently.
      Fact: Earth’s temperature is directly proportional to the aount of CO2 in its atmosphere.
      Fact: The Vostok Ice Core from Antactica illustrates that our current CO2 level is almost twice as high now than it has been in the last 500,000 years.
      Fact: Over 19,000 U.S. scientists believe in global warming and you listed only 60 above who don’t…
      Fact: If you don’t believe in global warming, and especially if you don’t believe that it is caused in large part by we humans beginning around the time of the industrial revolution, then you my Canadian friend and neighbor to the north, are a complete fool!

    6. Reading

      Look them up. Here is one, grabbed from the bottom.

      Richard S. Courtney is a Technical Editor for CoalTrans International (journal of the international coal trading industry) who lives in Epsom, Surrey (UK). [1] In the early 1990s Courtney was a Senior Material Scientist of the National Coal Board (also known as British Coal) and a Science and Technology spokesman of the British Association of Colliery Management.

    7. Courtney edits a journal for the coal industry – SO WHAT? The Global Warming pimps edit journals for the gullible. What is the difference?

      Impugn the integrity of “deniers” all you want – but it’s intellectual laziness of the highest order. Convince me with facts, please.

    8. Abe

      The earths temperature is proportional to CO2 concentration. The fact global warming proponents fail to see is that temperature changes preceed changes in CO2, not the other way around. Go look closely at the chart used by the IPCC or Al Gore, and you will see that the main premise behind the theory of anthropogenic global warming is false.
      Analysis of ice core samples shows that CO2 trails temperature by about 800 years, and was always highest just before an ice age.
      A more interesting comparison is solar activity (sunspot records) vs. temperature. Go to wikipedia and bring up the page on sunspots. Note the period labeled “Maunder Minimum” on the nice graph. Now, at the same site bring up the page on the “Little Ice Age”, look at the graph and identify the period. They are the same!
      This is not a coincidence. Solar activity correlates with temperature, and CO2 is just a lagging indicator. The graphs used by Al Gore show this. If only he knew how to read them!
      Solar activity mediates our climate by interfering with cosmic rays, and thereby with cloud cover.

    9. John

      But you are clouding the issue with facts! People don’t want facts, they want to be scared and to have someone come to their rescue, someone like Al Gore or David Suzuki. By relying on the science, you are trying to engage in a dialogue on the truth.

      The Church of Alarmism is strong. Why else would there be 19,000 US scientists believing in AGW? It now seems that you can’t get published in Science or Nature unless you toe the line. Even Scientific American seems to require obedience.

      Any scientist that does stray from the true path is surely in the hands of the coal, oil, gas (take your pick.)

      I saw an article recently that claimed AGW to be real because there were a lot of articles in the media about it. If correlation was science, I could prove that cell phones cause global warming. CO2 is a bit player, heavily out weighed by water vapour. But don’t expect the alarmists to buy that one.

      What I see is a collosal arogance, we are human, we now control the weather.

    10. pete best

      Hardly a single climate scientist amongst the 60 and the GGWS was debunked many times after it was aired. Complete twaddle unfortunately.

      Ian Clarke as demonstrated in the GGWS and other videos is incorrect when he asserts that the Sun is responsible for the 20th century warming as stated at wikipedia and over at

      Not a single one of these scientists has stood up a demonstrated a scientifically valid theory other than greenhouse gases is responsible for the warming.

      Anyone would think that the subject has not been debated scientifically which it has been since 1988 when James Hansen first told the world it was happenning. In fact his research is still valid today.

    11. okima

      Well O.K., I guess you guys are right. There is no proof good enough to establish that global warming is irrevocably happening as we speak. So let’s do nothing at all and continue as we were. Afterall, we’ll all be dead if it finally becomes clear that global warming was happening all along. Nobody can ruin our careers, then, nor cover our error us with shame. Except the grandchildren. But that’s too bad. I never liked them anyway.

    12. Charles

      Heaven might be real, so don’t forget to say grace.

    13. mb

      If Co2 (natural or man-made) was an important driver of climate, I would expect to see correlation between Co2 levels and a changing climate on all timescales, but if we take a look, we find…

      • Over the past 500 million years there was no correlation between climate and Co2.
      • Over the past million years there was a link between Co2 and temperature, but the wrong way round – Co2 levels follow temperature, rather than leading it.
      • Over the past 10,000 years there was no correlation between Co2 and temperature.
      • Over the past 100 years there was a rough overall link between increasing Co2 and temperature.

      That last one is the only observational evidence that Co2 drives climate, and I think it has some problems because of these issues…

      • Half of the warming we’ve experienced last century was between 1905 – 1940, when Co2 levels were quite low.
      • Warming stopped in the 1950’s and 1960’s, even though Co2 levels were increasing.
      • Since the start of this Century, warming has stopped, even though Co2 is continuing to increase.
      • The Co2 GHG hypothesis says the upper air should warm faster than the surface if Co2 was the main driver of warming, however observations show quite the opposite.

      Just looking at these facts dispassionately, I’d have to conclude that the AGW hypothesis is looking pretty weak… On the other hand, the Sun/GCR/Climate hypothesis looks a little better…

      • Cosmic rays observed in iron meteorites, are matched to four peaks and troughs in temperature over the past 500 million years, and to our solar systems path through the galaxy.
      • Variations in the production of radiocarbon and other radionuclides by cosmic rays over thousands of years match rhythmic variations in the climate.
      • Variations in the rate of warming during the past 100 years also match variations in cosmic ray intensity.
      • Cloud cover shows some very interesting correlations with cosmic rays, and we have experimental evidence of a microphysical mechanism whereby cosmic rays accelerate the production of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN’s).

    14. mb

      The controversy over Global Warming is a pseudodebate, it’s not a genuine scientific controversy…

      … just a load of phony arguments cooked up by political manipulators to confuse a naive public, which don’t reflect any real scientific differences of opinion.

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