Deniers: David R. Legates

 
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Associate Professor, University of Delaware Geography Department; named Delaware state climatologist in 2005.<br />

Dr. Legates is a climate change contrarian and prolific writer.<br /> book review

According to the George C. Marshall Institute website, 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 [link], and the Center for Computational Geosciences in Norman, Oklahoma [link].


Key Quotes

15 May, 2006

"The underlying theme is that the climate system is complex, resilient and inherently stable. Research from a wide variety of disciplines, published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and spanning a broad spectrum of climate expertise, supports this conclusion. Throughout the millennia, life has survived and thrived despite wide changes in solar output, air temperature and atmospheric gas concentrations."
Source: "Climate Science: Climate Change and Its Impacts" - NCPA Study

2 May, 2007

"When you have the science on your side, you argue the science. When you don`t have the science on your side you attack the messenger."
Source: CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear" - May 2, 2007



Quotes

15 May, 2006

"The underlying theme is that the climate system is complex, resilient and inherently stable. Research from a wide variety of disciplines, published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and spanning a broad spectrum of climate expertise, supports this conclusion. Throughout the millennia, life has survived and thrived despite wide changes in solar output, air temperature and atmospheric gas concentrations."
Source: "Climate Science: Climate Change and Its Impacts" - NCPA Study

15 May, 2006

"Importantly, much of the scientific evidence contradicts assertions that substantial global warming is likely to occur soon and that the predicted warming will harm the Earth's biosphere."
Source: Daily Policy Digest, NCPA, May 15, 2006 by David R. Legates

2 May, 2007

"The biggest misconception is that climate change is going to be dramatic and that it`s going to be extreme."
Source: CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear" - May 2, 2007


Key Deeds

December 12th, 2007

Legates signed an open letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations alleging that that the "UN climate conference is taking the World in entirely the wrong direction." It claimed that the process resulting in the IPCC report was flawed, and that if Global Warming really was human-caused that energy would be better spent trying to mitigate the damage it would do, as opposed to trying to stop it. The letter was signed by 100 so-called "Prominent Scientists."
Source:Open Letter taken from Science and Public Policy website, 12.18.07

1 May 2003

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 testified, along with Soon, before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. (29 July 2003, entire hearing transcript here.)
Source: "Earth Last," by Chris Mooney, in The American Prospect, 5/7/04

28 July, 2003

Co-author of Independent 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!" NCPA Brief Analysis


Key Events

4 April 2004

NCPA Earth Day Briefing on Global Warming: 'What Do We Really Know vs. What We Are Told
Via archive.org
The relationship of David R. Legates to the event: Speaker

25 July 2006

Call to Truth, Prudence and the Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming
Heritage Foundation event
The relationship of David R. Legates to the event: Speaker



Organizations

National Center for Policy Analysis
Source: NCPA website

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Source: CEI website (see also here).

Independent Institute
Source: Independent Institute website

George C. Marshall Institute
Source: George Marshall Institute website

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

Interfaith Stewardship Alliance
Source: Heritage Foundation Press Release (2006)

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org

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