Heartland Events

S. Fred Singer, Craig Idso, and Willie Soon: NIPCC's 'Climate Change Reconsidered II: Phyiscal Science'

The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive #2740
Chicago, Illinois 60606
September 18, 2013, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Heartland Institute hosted a luncheon event on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in our library with three of the world’s leading climate scientists to celebrate the release of Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science.

Visit the Climate Change Reconsidered Web page to read the Summary for Policymakers and the full report.

This book, the result of five years of careful research and editing, is the definitive rebuttal of the politicized science presented by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose next climate report is expected to be released in late September.


Dr. S. Fred Singer, an atmospheric and space physicist, is one of the world’s most respected and widely published experts on climate. He is professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia. He directs the nonprofit Science and Environmental Policy Project, which he founded in 1990 and incorporated in 1992 after retiring from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Singer served as professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1971-94); distinguished research professor at the Institute for Space Science and Technology, Gainesville, FL, where he was principal investigator for the Cosmic Dust/Orbital Debris Project (1989-94); chief scientist, U.S. Department of Transportation (1987- 89); vice chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA) (1981-86); and deputy assistant administrator for policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1970-71).

Dr. Singer is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Geophysical Union, American Physical Society, and American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was elected to the AAAS Council and served on the Committee on Council Affairs, and as Section Secretary. In 1997, NASA presented Dr. Singer with a commendation and cash award “for important contributions to space research.”

Dr. Craig D. Idso, a geologist, is the founder, former president, and currently chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. The Center was founded in 1998 as a non-profit public charity dedicated to discovering and disseminating scientific information pertaining to the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide enrichment on climate and the biosphere. The Center produces a weekly online newsletter, CO2 Science, and maintains a massive online collection of editorials on and reviews of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles relating to global climate change.

Dr. Idso’s research has appeared many times in peer-reviewed journals, including Geophysical Research Letters, Energy & Environment, Atmospheric Environment, Technology, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Journal of Climate, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Physical Geography, and the Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science.

Dr. Idso received a B.S. in Geography from Arizona State University, an M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University, where he also studied as one of a small group of University Graduate Scholars. He was a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University and has lectured in Meteorology at Arizona State University.

Dr. Willie Soon, an astrophysicist and geoscientist, is receiving editor in the area of solar and stellar physics for New Astronomy, and writes and lectures both professionally and publicly on important issues related to the sun, other stars, and the Earth, as well as general science topics in astronomy and physics. He is the author of The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun-Earth Connection (World Scientific Publishing Company 2004).

Dr. Soon’s honors include a 1989 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Graduate Scholastic Award and a Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award from the University of Southern California for “the most representative Ph.D. research thesis” of 1991. In 2003, he was invited to testify to the U.S. Senate. Also in 2003, Dr. Soon was recognized, with a monetary award, for “detailed scholarship on biogeological and climatic change over the past 1,000 years” by the Smithsonian Institution. In June 2004, Soon was presented with the Petr Beckmann award of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness for “courage and achievement in defense of scientific truth and freedom.”

Dr. Soon earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.

The views expressed by Willie Soon are strictly his and do not reflect those of any institutions.

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