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FACTSHEET: Richard Lindzen

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Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Member, Annapolis Center Science and Economic Advisory Council. Contributing Expert, Cato Institute. Contributing Expert, George C. Marshall Institute. Member, National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Lindzen is one of the highest prolife climate skeptic scientists, arguably because he has been a member of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and contributed to the Second Assessment Report. He regularly takes issue with the general conclusions drawn from the IPCC's reports and has been at the forefront of the consistent attacks on the IPCC since the early 1990's. His prolific writings assert that climate change science is inconclusive. His opinions are cited throughout the ExxonMobil funded groups and he regularly appears at events organised by them.

Ross Gelbspan reported in 1995 that Lindzen "charges oil and coal interests $2,500 a day for his consulting services; his 1991 trip to testify before a Senate committee was paid for by Western Fuels, and a speech he wrote, entitled 'Global Warming: the Origin and Nature of Alleged Scientific Consensus,' was underwritten by OPEC." ("The Heat is On: The warming of the world's climate sparks a blaze of denial," Harper's magazine, December 1995.) Lindzen signed the 1995 Leipzig Declaration.

QUOTES

Lindzen has described ExxonMobil as "the only principled oil and gas company I know in the US."
Source: DeSmog Blog profile Richard Lindzen

KEY DEEDS

2 May, 2001
Testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that the scientific evidence of global warming was flawed and that the Kyoto Protocol would be ineffective and economically harmful.
Source: Transcript, Richard Lindzen's testimony before Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 5/2/01

30 September, 2002
Lindzen was the main speaker for a congressional media briefing, sponsored by the Cooler Heads Coalition, entitled "On The Meaning of Global Warming Claims". He argued that scientists who claim that global warming is a problem are exploiting the public's lack of scientific knowledge.
Source: "MIT Climatologist Richard S. Lindzen To Address Cooler Heads Coalition" In Print @ CEI, 9/30/02

8 March, 2007
Appeared in documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle"
Source: The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)

DEEDS

Lindzen is one of 16 scientists who signed a Wall Street Journal opinion piece titled "No Need to Panic About Global Warming"
Source: "No Need to Panic About Global Warming" Wall Street Journal

ORGANIZATIONS

Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy
Source: Annapolis Center website 3/04

Cato Institute
Source: Cato Institute website 4/04

Tech Central Science Foundation or Tech Central Station
Source: Tech Central Bio Lindzen

George C. Marshall Institute
Source: Marshall Institute Website (2006)

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org

SOURCES

Annapolis Center website 3/04
http://www.annapoliscenter.org

Cato Institute website 4/04
http://www.cato.org

Transcript, Richard Lindzen's testimony before Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 5/2/01
http://eaps.mit.edu/faculty/lindzen/Testimony/Senate2001.pdf

"MIT Climatologist Richard S. Lindzen To Address Cooler Heads Coalition" In Print @ CEI, 9/30/02
http://www.cei.org/gencon/014,03199.cfm

MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change website 5/04
http://web.mit.edu/globalchange/www/

Tech Central Bio Lindzen
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biolindzenrichard.html

Marshall Institute Website (2006)
"Climate Alarm- Where Does It Come From?"
http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=264

The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)
http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/index.html

Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org
http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/

"No Need to Panic About Global Warming" Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577171531838421366.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_News_BlogsModule

DeSmog Blog profile Richard Lindzen
http://www.desmogblog.com/richard-lindzen