Climate Change Reconsidered?

Published May 19, 2009

As Congress debates global warming legislation that would raise energy costs to consumers by hundreds of billions of dollars, The Heartland Institute is about to publish an 880-page book challenging the scientific basis of concerns that global warming is either man-made or would have harmful effects.

In “Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC),” coauthors Dr. S. Fred Singer and Dr. Craig Idso and 35 contributors and reviewers present an authoritative and detailed rebuttal of the findings of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on which the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress rely for their regulatory proposals.

Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, said, “The scholarship in this book demonstrates overwhelming scientific support for the position that the warming of the twentieth century was moderate and not unprecedented, that its impact on human health and wildlife was positive, and that carbon dioxide probably is not the driving factor behind climate change.”

The authors cite thousands of peer-reviewed research papers and books that were ignored by the IPCC, plus additional scientific research that became available after the IPCC’s self-imposed deadline of May 2006.

An appendix to the book contains the names of more than 31,400 American scientists – nearly 10,000 of whom hold Ph.D.s in their fields – who have signed a petition to the U.S. government that declares, “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

Dr. Singer is an atmospheric and space physicist and one of the world’s most respected and widely published experts on climate. He is distinguished research professor at George Mason University and professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia. He directs the nonprofit Science and Environmental Policy Project.

Dr. Idso is founder and former president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and currently serves as chairman of its board of directors. He has published scientific articles on the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbon dioxide, world food supplies, coral reefs, and urban carbon dioxide concentrations, the latter of which he investigated via a National Science Foundation grant as a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University.

The Heartland Institute will publish “Climate Change Reconsidered” on June 2 to coincide with the Third International Conference on Climate Change it is hosting in Washington, DC.

The Heartland Institute is a 25-year-old national nonprofit research and education organization based in Chicago and devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems. 

• “Climate Change Reconsidered,” by S. Fred Singer and Craig Idso
• Available June 2, 2009, ISBN-13 – 978-1-934791-28-8
• $154 paperback
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• For more information, contact Dan Miller, [email protected], or Tammy Nash, [email protected]