January 2008 Environment & Climate News: Special Edition!

Published December 14, 2007

January would ordinarily be a “skip month” for ECN, but a last-minute development made us change our mind.

Three respected scientists, Arthur B. Robinson, Noah E. Robinson, and Willie Soon, have written a review article on climate change that is generating considerable “buzz” in the scientific community. The essay, published originally in the peer-reviewed Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, could fundamentally change the world-wide debate on global warming and appears in full in this special edition of ECN. We are thankful to the authors and Dr. Jane Orient, president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, for permission to reprint it.

Also in this issue:

  • The Ohio State Senate Energy and Public Works Committee is considering the pros and cons of a proposed alternative power mandate.
  • Scientists have cast doubt on high-profile accusations that industrial chemicals are causing an elevated number of cases of a rare disease in eastern Pennsylvania.
  • The GAO reports the share of federal energy subsidies received by renewable electricity production is far greater than its market share would justify.
  • Interest in wind power production seems to be on the rise, but a verdict on its long-term viability has yet to be reached.
  • Science has shown malaria, malnutrition, diarrhea, and other diseases have no significant link to global warming, and scientists have already determined global warming is unlikely to be the caused of recent California wildfires.
  • Joel Schwartz, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, debunks the American Lung Association’s fear campaign and shows how our air is in fact safe to breathe.
  • Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr reviews Challenging Environmental Mythology: Wrestling Zeus, by Jack Dini, who Lehr says “offers an amazingly lucid, accurate, and common-sense criticism of the environmental movement in its current state.”

The full text of the January 2008 issue of Environment & Climate News is now available on The Heartland Institute’s Web site. Point your Web browser to http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22433 to download the entire 20-page issue in Adobe Acrobat’s PDF format, or click on the individual article links below.

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Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
by Arthur B. Robinson, Noah E. Robinson, and Willie Soon

this article is also available on the Web site of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons: http://www.jpands.org/jpands1203.htm


Ohio Senate Considers Alternative Power Mandate
by E. Jay Donovan

Chemicals Not to Blame for Cancer Cluster
by John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D.

GAO: Renewable Fuels Receive Big Subsidies
by James M. Taylor

Questions Plague Efforts to Grow Wind Power Use
by Cheryl K. Chumley


Global Warming Health Fears Are Unsupported by Science
by James M. Taylor

Global Warming Causing Fewer Droughts, Scientists Conclude
by James M. Taylor

The American Lung Association’s Fear Campaign
by Joel Schwartz

Environmental Scares Are Exposed One-By-One
Review of Challenging Environmental Mythology: Wrestling Zeus
review by Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D.