Global Warming Skeptics Receive Awards

Published June 27, 2014

Dr. S. Fred Singer, Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, and Tom Harris to Be Recognized at
the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change

Dr. S. Fred Singer, one of the world’s earliest and most credible critics of the theory that global warming is man-made and dangerous, will be recognized with an award for Lifetime Achievement in Climate Science at an international conference on global warming taking place July 7–9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, and Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, also will be recognized for their contributions to the global warming debate.

Global Warming Debate
The debate over the causes and consequences of global warming (or “climate change”) is one of the great controversies of the modern era. While environmental activists and some politicians claim “the debate is over” and call for immediate action to reduce man-made greenhouse gas emissions, others say the science points to only a very small human impact – too small to warrant concern – and the costs of trying to prevent global warming far exceed the benefits.

Ninth International Conference on Climate Change
The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change is expected to attract nearly 1,000 speakers, scientists, and guests willing to question whether man-made global warming is a problem worth addressing. The event has 31 cosponsors and features 60 prominent scientists and economists as keynoters or panelists.

Click here to register for media credentials for the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, July 7–9.

Dr. S. Fred Singer
Dr. S. Fred Singer will receive a lifetime achievement in climate science award. Dr. Singer was among the first and is still the most prominent scientist in the world speaking out against global warming alarmism. Still active at the age of 90, he is the author, coauthor, and editor of hundreds of scientific articles and many books, including most recently Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts (2014).

Dr. Singer, an atmospheric and space physicist, served as professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville from 1971 to 1994. He founded the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

For more about Dr. Singer, click here.

“Fred Singer is the most amazing and wonderful person participating in the global warming debate today,” said Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, sponsor of the award. “Fred was one of the original ‘rocket scientists’ who helped put satellites and eventually men into space in the 1960s. He is a brilliant scientist and a pioneer in many fields, and one of the most recognized scientists of his generation.

“Fred could have accepted the awards and honorary degrees and settled into a peaceful retirement. Instead, he began writing books and articles exposing errors and corruption in climate science,” Bast continued. “As a result, this kind and patient man, a true American science hero, is slandered and vilified by environmental activists and journalists who couldn’t make it through a high school chemistry class.

“We are very proud to recognize Fred Singer’s lifetime achievements in climate science with this award,” said Bast.

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner
Dr. E. Calvin Beisner is founder and national spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, a network of theologians, pastors, other ministry leaders, scientists, economists, other scholars, and policy experts committed to applying Biblical principles to the twin challenges of economic development for the very poor around the world and wise Earth stewardship.

Dr. Beisner is a leading voice in the faith community on the issue of global warming. He has testified as an expert witness on the theology, ethics, science, and economics of climate change policy before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce; briefed the White House Council on Environmental Policy; delivered a paper at a conference at the Vatican sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; and spoken at many conferences, colleges, churches, and other venues.

For more about Dr. Beisner, click here.

Dr. Beisner will receive the “Outstanding Spokesperson on Faith, Science, and Stewardship Award” sponsored by The Heritage Foundation. “Receiving this award will be a great privilege,” Beisner said, “but it’s a privilege I share with the roughly 60 scholars who for nearly nine years have generously volunteered their time and expertise preparing the Cornwall Alliance’s major papers, public statements, and articles, not to mention advising me.”

“Cynics say strong adherence to religious faith and science cannot mix,” Bast said. “Cal Beisner shows how that cannot be further from the truth. His scholarship, research, and communication about climate science and economics – especially the impact of government policies that needlessly raise energy costs, condemning the elderly and poor to pain and suffering and even risks of death – have made valuable contributions to public knowledge. Cal is, in every way, an outstanding spokesperson for faith, science, and stewardship.”

Tom Harris
Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech., thermofluids), is executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), a non-partisan group of independent scientists, economists, and energy and policy experts formed in 2008 to promote better understanding of climate science and policy worldwide.

Mr. Harris is perhaps the most frequently cited and interviewed critic of exaggeration and alarmism in the global warming debate, appearing thousands of times on online news forums and regularly in newspapers in Canada and the U.S. and occasionally in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and other countries. He is often interviewed on radio and TV.

For more about Tom Harris, click here.

“No one in the world is more deserving of an award for ‘Excellence in Climate Science Communication’ than Tom Harris,” said Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, sponsor of the award. “Tom saw the need for a genuinely international coalition devoted to defending climate science and communicating the truth to the general public. He didn’t wait for someone else to do it, he created it himself and continues to set a high standard for its work.

“Tom is the perfect communicator on climate issues,” Bast continued. “He is calm and patient when he needs to be, funny when he can be, and never angry. He loves to teach, debate, and inform others, and he’s made a fine art of it.

“The Heartland Institute is very proud to recognize Tom Harris with this year’s Excellence in Climate Science Communication Award.”

Ten awards will be given during plenary sessions at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change. Additional award winners will be announced prior to the start of the conference and at the conference itself. For more information about the conference and a current list of award winners announced to date, visit

For more information about The Heartland Institute, contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at [email protected] or 312/377-4000.

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