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FACTSHEET: Craig Idso

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head of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NPCC).
-Chairman of the Board, Founder and Former President, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. -Graduate Research Associate, Office of Climatology, Arizona State University. -Former Director of Environmental Science at Peabody Energy -Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science -Member of the American Geophysical Union -Member of the American Meteorological Society -Member of the Association of American Geographers -Member of the Ecological Society of America -Has produced three documentaries: Carbon Dioxide and the Climate Crisis: Reality or Illusion?, Carbon Dioxide and the Climate Crisis: Avoiding Plant and Animal Extinctions, and Carbon Dioxide and the Climate Crisis: Doing the Right Thing

Craig Idso is currently the head of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), a group dedicated to attacking the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In February of 2012, internal documents detailing budgets and strategies from the Heartland Institute were released to DeSmogBlog. These documents indicated that Heartland pays Craig Idso $11,600 per month for his work attacking legitimate climate science. Idso's current research focus is on carbon sequestration. He is the son of the Center for the Study of CO2 and Climate Change's President Sherwood Idso and brother of VP Keith.

From 2001-2002, C. Idso served as Director of Environmental Science at Peabody Energy in St. Louis, MO. According to a newsletter from Basin Electric, a Western Fuels Association member company, Craig and Keith Idso produced a report, "The Greening of Planet Earth, Its Progression from Hypothesis to Theory," in January 1998 for the Western Fuels Association. Western Fuels Association is the suspected funder of the Center, though there is nothing more than circumstantial evidence. The Center does not reveal its funding sources.

B.S. in Geography from Arizona State University, M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University.

KEY QUOTES

"CO2 is definitely not a pollutant."
Source: Capital Times

KEY DEEDS

3 November, 2003
With father Sherwood and brother Keith, co-authored a report entitled "Enhanced or Impaired? Human Health in a CO2-Enriched Warmer World," which argues that global warming and an increase in atmospheric CO2 would be a boon to humanity.
Source: "Enhanced or Impaired? Human Health in a CO2-Enriched Warmer World" 11/03

Idso led a workshop titled “Warming Up to Climate Change: The Many Benefits of Increased Atmospheric CO2” at the 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council annual meeting. Idso told attendees that we “should let CO2 rise unrestricted, without government intervention.”
Source: Capital Times

DEEDS

Author of The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment
Source: The Many Benifits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment

Craig Idso is the chairman and former president of he Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (Co2Science.org). The center claims to "separate reality from rhetoric in the emotionally-charged debate that swirls around the subject of carbon dioxide and global change."
Source: DeSmogBlog profile Craig Idso

KEY EVENTS

ALEC Annual Meeting 2011
http://web.archive.org/web/20110407121320/http://www.alec.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Annual_Meeting&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15181
The relationship of Craig Idso to the event: Idso presented

ORGANIZATIONS

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04

CFACT - Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland 2010 Climate Conference Speaker List

George C. Marshall Institute
Source: George Marshall Institute website 5/06

Arizona State University Office of Cimatology
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website

Western Fuels
Source: Fredrick Palmer, Senate Testimony (2006)

Peabody Energy
Source: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change Site (2006)

Science and Public Policy Institute
Source: SPPI personnel pages

Greening Earth Society
Source: Climate wiki

ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council
Source: Capital Times

SOURCES

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT
http://www.cfact.org

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04
http://www.co2science.org/center.htm

"Enhanced or Impaired? Human Health in a CO2-Enriched Warmer World" 11/03
Report by Sherwood, Craig, and Keith Idso of the Center for the Study of CO2 and Global Change
http://www.co2science.org/reports/health/toc.htm

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website
Craig D. Idso's biography
http://www.co2science.org/about/chairman.htm

George Marshall Institute website 5/06
http://www.marshall.org

Fredrick Palmer, Senate Testimony (2006)
http://www.gcrio.org/OnLnDoc/pdf/pdf/palmer000921.pdf

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change Site (2006)
http://www.co2science.org/scripts/CO2ScienceB2C/about/president.jsp

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

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

The Many Benifits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment

DeSmogBlog profile Craig Idso
http://www.desmogblog.com/craig-idso

Climate wiki
http://www.climatewiki.org/index.php/Main_Page

Capital Times
Brendan Fischer, "CO2 is good for you, and other ALEC talking points," Aug. 10, 2011.
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/article_5ed96c3b-a5f3-5edb-9abf-03c60692b671.html