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FACTSHEET: Bob Carter

DETAILS

Professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University
-Founding member, chief science advisor, New Zealand Climate Science Coalition -former Director, Australian Secretariat for the Ocean Drilling Program -Contributing Writer, Tech Central Station -founding member, Australian Environment Foundation -Chair of the Earth Sciences Discipline Panel of the Australian Research Council -Chair of the national Marine Science and Technologies Committee -Director of the Australian Office of the Ocean Drilling Program -Co-Chief Scientist on ODP Leg 181 (Southwest Pacific Gateways) -Expert reviewer of the independent Summary for Policymakers

On Bob Carter’s personal webpage, it states that "he receives no research funding from special interest organisations such as environmental groups, energy companies or government departments." The bio goes on to say that Carter strives to provide critical and dispassionate analysis based on facts and knowledge. However, internal budget and strategy documents from the Heartland Institute reveal that he recieves $1,667 from Heartland for his climate denial work. Carter also sits on the research committee of the Institute of Public Affairs, a think tank that has received funding from oil and tobacco companies.

-Adjunct Research Fellow, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University -Former Director, Australian Secretariat for the Ocean Drilling Program Contributing -----Writer, Tech Central Station founding member, Australian Environment Foundation -Was Professor and Head of School of Earth Sciences, James Cook University 1981-1999 -Studied geology at the University of Otago, Ph.D. in paleontology.

QUOTES

“I dont think it is the point whether or not you are paid by the coal or petroleum industry.”
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

DEEDS

Bob Carter is a researcher for the Institute of Public Affairs, which is funded by oil and tobacco companies.
Source: Bio of Bob Carter

Carter is listed as an “expert reviewer” of the Independent Summary for Policy Makers, a critical review of the IPCCs assessments. The Independent Summary for Policy Makers (ISPM) is published by the Fraser Institute ($60,000 from Exxonmobil).
Source: Desmogblog Bob Carter

Carter has written articles for Tech Central Station which has received has received money from ExxonMobil. Until very recently, TCS was run by the Washington lobby/PR firm DCI Group, which in turn was at the centre of controversy over a YouTube Al Gore spoof video they produced and posted under the guise of 29-year old amateur filmmaker. ExxonMobil is also reported to be a client of the DCI Group.
Source: DeSmogBlog profile Bob Carter

KEY EVENTS

New York International Conference on Climate Change 2008, March 2-4
http://www.heartland.org/NewYork08/proceedings.cfm
The relationship of Bob Carter to the event: speaker

EVENTS

Heartland Climate Conference 6
http://climateconference.heartland.org/about-2/speakers/
The relationship of Bob Carter to the event: Speaker

ORGANIZATIONS

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland 2010 Climate Conference Speaker List

Tech Central Science Foundation or Tech Central Station
Source: Tech Central Station Article - Carter

Heartland Institute
Source: Real Climate blog on Heartland conference

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition
Source: NZ Climate Science Coalition website

International Climate Science Coalition
Source: ICSC list of who's who

Science and Public Policy Institute
Source: SPPI personnel pages

Institute for Public Affairs
Source: Institute of Public Affairs website

Australian Climate Science Coalition
Source: ACSC "about us"

SOURCES

Tech Central Station Article - Carter
http://www.techcentralstation.com/050504A.html

NZ Climate Science Coalition website
List of founders, co-founders and advisors.
http://nzclimatescience.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=12&Itemid=45

Real Climate blog on Heartland conference
"What if you held a conference and no (real) scientists came?". Real Climate blog on the invite to the Heartland 08 conference, confirming what speakers were paid ($1000 each) and that their travel and accommdation would also be paid by Heartland.
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2008/01/what-if-you-held-a-conference-and-no-real-scientists-came/

ICSC list of who's who
http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=28

Heartland 2010 Climate Conference Speaker List
More than 70 speakers will make keynote presentations or participate in panel discussions at the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, May 16-18, 2010 in Chicago.
http://www.heartland.org/events/2010Chicago/speakers.html

Institute of Public Affairs website
http://www.ipa.org.au/

SPPI personnel pages
http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/personnel.html

Bio of Bob Carter
http://members.iinet.net.au/~glrmc/

Desmogblog Bob Carter
http://www.desmogblog.com/rm-bob-carter

Sydney Morning Herald
http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/minchin-denies-climate-change-manmade/2007/03/14/1173722560417.html

ACSC "about us"
list of advisors
http://www.auscsc.org.au/about_us.html

DeSmogBlog profile Bob Carter
http://www.desmogblog.com/bob-carter