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FACTSHEET: David R. Legates

DETAILS

Professor, University of Delaware
Associate Professor in Climatology, George Marshall Institute

Dr. Legates is a climate change "contrarian" and prolific writer.

"In addition to teaching at Louisiana State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Virginia, Dr. Legates has served as chief research scientist in a variety of commercial venues, including the Southern Regional Climate Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Center for Computational Geosciences in Norman, Oklahoma." (From George Marshall website)

KEY DEEDS

Co-authored a paper with Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas, which claimed that temperatures in the 20th Century were not higher than average. Legates later testifed, along with Soon, before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Source: "Earth Last," The American Prospect, 5/7/04

28 July, 2003
Co-author of Indpendent Institute report "New Perspectives in Climate Change: What the EPA Isn't Telling Us" criticizing the EPA's 2001 Climate Action Report.
Source: Independent Institute report 2003

2 May, 2007
Appeared on Glenn Beck's May 2, 2007 special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear"
Source: CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear," May 2, 2007

17 May, 2007
His non-peer reviewed analysis of the science of polar bears being threatened by global warming was published on the NCPA website. This analysis has been strongly discredited by much larger and peer reviewed bodies of work.
Source: "Polar Bears on Thin Ice, Not Really!" Brief Analysis

KEY EVENTS

NCPA Earth Day Briefing on Global Warming: 'What Do We Really Know vs. What We Are Told'
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=123-04202004
The relationship of David R. Legates to the event: Speaker

Call to Truth, Prudence and the Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming
http://www.heritage.org/press/events/ev072506b.cfm
The relationship of David R. Legates to the event: Speaker

ORGANIZATIONS

National Center for Policy Analysis
Source: NCPA website 4/04

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Source: CEI website, 3/04

Independent Institute
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

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

Tech Central Science Foundation or Tech Central Station
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Legates

Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Source: Heritage Foundation Press Release (2006)

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org

Science and Public Policy Institute
Source: SPPI personnel pages

SOURCES

CEI website, 3/04
http://www.cei.org

NCPA website 4/04
http://www.ncpa.org/

"Earth Last," The American Prospect, 5/7/04
article by Chris Mooney
http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewPrint&articleId=7603

Independent Institute website 4/04
http://www.independent.org/

Tech Central Station Bio - Legates
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biolegatesdavid.html

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

Heritage Foundation Press Release (2006)
http://www.heritage.org/press/events/ev072506b.cfm

Independent Institute report 2003
http://www.independent.org/publications/policy_reports/detail.asp?type=full&id=5

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

CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear," May 2, 2007
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/beck.climateoffear/

"Polar Bears on Thin Ice, Not Really!" Brief Analysis
National Center for Policy Analysis, No. 551
http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba/ba551/

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