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Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020)

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Dennis Avery passed away on June 20, 2020. He was 83.

Dennis Avery was a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute, director of the Center for Global Food Issues, and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute. With Dr. S. Fred Singer, he was coauthor of Unstoppable Global Warming - Every 1,500 Years, which spent weeks on The New York Times best-seller list in early 2007.

Avery was the author of Global Food Progress 1991 (Hudson Institute, 1991) and Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of High-Yield Farming (Hudson Institute, 1995). The second edition of Saving the Planet was published in 2000.

Avery wrote a weekly column on environmental issues that was widely regarded across the country and internationally. He was quoted in publications ranging from Time and The Washington Post to The Farm Journal. Avery’s article, “What’s Wrong with Global Warming?” was published in the August 1999 issue of Reader’s Digest.

Avery studied agricultural economics at Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin. He held awards for outstanding performance from three different government agencies and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1983. He monitored developments in world food production, farm product demand, the safety and security of food supplies, and the sustainability of world agriculture. As a staff member of the President’s National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber, he wrote the Commission’s landmark report, “Food and Fiber for the Future.”

Avery traveled the world as a speaker, has testified before Congress, and appeared on most of the nation’s major television networks, including ABC’s 20/20.

Joseph Bast, former president of The Heartland Institute who worked with Avery for years, wrote this tribute to his friend:

The world became a less interesting place on June 20, 2010 with the passing of Dennis Avery, a gifted scholar and communicator best known for his work on agriculture, energy policy, and climate change. He was 83.

Dennis was probably best known for two provocative books. The first, titled Saving the World with Pesticides and Plastic (Hudson Institute 1995, second edition 2000) debunked dozens of liberal shibboleths about agriculture, food safety, and public health. The book anticipated and helped spark the rise of a generation of researchers and writers willing to challenge the faulty science and economics behind many popular but misguided environmental protection campaigns. The second book, Unstoppable Global Warming — Every 1,500 Years (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, second edition 2008), coauthored with S. Fred Singer, quickly became the Bible of the fast-growing “global warming skeptics” movement.

In an age when angry exchanges between partisans get much more attention than scholarship and debate, Dennis Avery maintained a dignified but not silent presence, a true “gentleman and scholar” willing to calmly and patiently explain complex issues even as others try to shout down opposing views. He was a frequent speaker at the climate change conferences hosted by The Heartland Institute (available on YouTube), contributed to the Climate Change Reconsidered series produced by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), and traveled to Katowice, Poland to join other scholars in presenting contrary opinions on climate change at the United Nations’ 24th Conference of the Parties (COP-24).

Dennis was a much admired and beloved by his countless colleagues and friends around the world. He will be sorely missed.

Avery presented several times at Heartland's many International Conferences on Climate Change, which you can see below.


Avery also accompanied The Heartland Institute's trip to Poland in December 2018 to provide a "counter conference" to the alarmist program at the United Nation's COP-24. Watch his presentation below.


Recent Articles and Publications

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November 15, 2018
By James Taylor, Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020), Craig Idso
Data and new report from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change show humans are not causing a climate crisis
April 6, 2018
By Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020)
The island’s demise was a human and Little Ice Age tragedy, not “ecological suicide.”
October 3, 2017
By Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020)
President Trump must reverse EPA’s climate change “Endangerment Finding”
June 15, 2017
By Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020)
Aside from the expected protests of Al Gore and Leonard Di Caprio, the public didn’t seem to raise its CO2 anguish much above the Russians-election frenzy the media already had going.
December 18, 2009
By Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020)
We read thousands of peer-reviewed studies while preparing the manuscript for Unstoppable Global Warming--Every 1,500 Years. After the book was published, we assembled the names of hundreds of these peer-reviewed authors and published them online.
September 14, 2007
By Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020)
This list includes 500+ researchers, their home institutions, and the peer-reviewed studies they have published providing evidence that contradicts key parts of the man-made global warming scare. Not all consider themselves to be "skeptics."
August 1, 2003
By Joseph Bast, Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020), James L. Johnston
Legislation is being considered at the federal and state levels to slow the onset or ameliorate the effects of global warming.

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