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FACTSHEET: John Christy

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Professor and Director, Atmospheric Science Department, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Alabama State Climatologist. Lead Author, 2001 IPCC TAR.

While he now acknowledges that global warming is real and the human contribution is significant, Christy has been a long-time skeptic who previously argued that satellite climate data do not show a trend toward global warming, and even show cooling in some areas. His findings have been widely disputed. Christy now asserts that global warming will have beneficial effects on the planet and that increased CO2 emissions from human activities are a net positive.

Christy was a contributing writer to "Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths," published by Competitive Enterprise Institute in 2002. He spoke at a June 1998 briefing for congressional staff and media, which was sponsored by the Cooler Heads Coalition.

PhD University of Illinois, 1987, Atmospheric Science M.S. University of Illinois, 1984, Atmospheric Science M.Div. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 1978 B.A. California State University, Fresno, 1973, Mathematics

KEY DEEDS

17 May, 2000
Testified before Sen. John McCain and the Senate Commerce Committee that there wasn't sufficient evidence of global warming to warrant taking action to reduce emissions.
Source: Transcript, John Christy's testimony before Senate Commerce Committee 5/17/00

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

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 in Glenn Beck May 2, 2007 special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear"
Source: CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear," May 2, 2007

KEY EVENTS

Global Warming: The State of the Debate
http://www.cato.org/events/gw031212.html
The relationship of John Christy to the event: Speaker

ORGANIZATIONS

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Source: CEI website, 3/04

Cato Institute
Source: Cato Institute website 4/04

Independent Institute
Source: Independent Institute Press Release 7/28/03

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

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org

SOURCES

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

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

Transcript, John Christy's testimony before Senate Commerce Committee 5/17/00

Independent Institute Press Release 7/28/03
http://www.independent.org/tii/content/press_rel/press_030728.html

Marshall Institute Website (2006)
Christy and Spencer authored a report using "satellite microwave data beginning in 1979, which showed little or no warming above the surface."
http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=415

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

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/