Policy Documents

Journalist's Guide to Global Warming Experts

October 1, 2008

Jim Martin, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, recently told a reporter, “You could have a convention of all the scientists who dispute climate change in a relatively small phone booth.” (Denver Post, February 12, 2008)

I suppose it depends on what is meant by “dispute climate change.” My organization, The Heartland Institute, has been studying and commenting on climate change since 1995, making contact with hundreds of scientists, economists, and policy experts whose views on climate change certainly dispute the notion that “global warming is a crisis.”

These individuals are not on the “fringe” of the scientific community. Lawrence Solomon, a Canadian journalist and environmentalist, wrote, “What I found when I started digging first surprised and then shocked me. I found dozens of truly eminent and world-renowned scientists who reject the conventional wisdom on global warming. I also found that, in case after case, the scientists putting forward the contrary argument were far more accomplished than those who originated the U.N.’s doomsayer view.

“In short,” wrote Solomon, “the scientists I found and profiled are too eminent and their research too devastating to allow narrow and simplistic views of global warming to survive.”

Many of these scientists are simply asking questions that any good journalist would think to ask, such as:

  • How reliable are the data used to document the recent warming trend?
  • How much of the modern warming is natural, and how much is likely the result of human activities?
  • How reliable are the computer models used to forecast future climate conditions?
  • Is reducing emissions the best or only response to possible climate change?

This booklet identifies about 120 experts on climate change whose research suggests global warming is moderate, mostly natural, and unlikely to be harmful to plants, wildlife, or human civilization.