Presidential Climate Change Statement Not True.

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The Washington Times, Friday June 26, 2009
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“Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change.  The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear.” President-elect Barack Obama, November 19, 2008


With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.


We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated.  Surface temperature changes over the past century have been episodic and modest and there has been no net global warming for over a decade now.  After controlling for population growth and property values, there has been no increase in damages from severe weather-related events.  The computer models forecasting rapid temperature change abjectly fail to explain recent climate behavior.  Mr. President, your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect.


Syun Akusofu, Ph.D

University of Alaska


Arthur G. Anderson, Ph.D

Director of Research, IBM (Retired)


Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D

Anderson Materials Evaluation


J. Scott Armstrong, Ph.D

University of Pennsylvania


Robert Ashworth

ClearStack LLC


Ismail Baht, Ph.D

University of Kashmir


Colin Barton

CSIRO (Retired)


David J. Bellamy, OBE

The Britiah Natural Association


John Blaylock

Los Alamos National Laboratory (Retired)

Edwiard F. Blick, Ph.D

University of Oklahoma (Emeritus)


Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, Ph.D

University of Hull


Bob Breck

AMS’ Broadcaster of the Year 2008


John Brignell

University of Southampton (Emeritus)


Mark Campbell, Ph.D

U.S. Naval Academy


Robert M. Carter, Ph.D

James Cook University


Ian Clark, Ph.D

Professor, Earth Sciences

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada


Roger Cohen, Ph.D

Fellow, American Physical Society


Paul Copper, Ph.D

Leurentian University (Emeritus)


Piers Corbyn, MS

Weather Action


Richard S. Courtney, Ph.D

Reviewer, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Uberto Crescenti, Ph.D

Past-President, Italian Geological Society


Susan Crockford, Ph.D

University of Victoria




Joseph S. D’Aleo

Fellow, American Meterological Society


James DeMeo, Ph.D

University of Kansas (Retired)


David Deming, Ph.D

University of Oklahoma


Diane Douglas, Ph.D



David Douglass, Ph.D

University of Rochester


Robert H. Essenhigh

E.G. Bailey Emeritus

Professor of Energy Conversion

The Ohio State University


Christopher Essex, Ph.D

University of Western Ontario


John Ferguson, Ph.D

University of Newcastle upon Tyne (Retired)


Eduardo Ferreyra

Argentinian Foundation for a Scientific Ecology


Michael Fox, Ph.D

American Nuclear Society


Gordon Fulks, Ph.D

Gordon Fulks and Associates


Lee Gerhard, Ph.D

State Geologist, Kansas (Retired)


Gerhard Gerlich, Ph.D

Technische Universitat Braunschweig


Ivar Giaever, Ph.D

Nobel Laureate, Physics



Albrecht Glatzle, Ph.D

Scientific Director, INTTAS (Paraguay)


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Wayne Goodfellow, Ph.D

University of Ottawa


James Goodridge

California State Climatologist (Retired)


Laurence Gould, Ph.D

University of Hartford


Vincent Gray, Ph.D

New Zealand Climate Coalition


William M. Gray, Ph.D

Colorado State University


Kenneth E. Green, D.Env.

American Enterprise Insitute


Kesten Green, Ph.D

Monash University


Will Happer, Ph.D

Princeton University


Howard C. Hayden, Ph.D

University of Connecticut (Emeritus)


Ben Herman, Ph.D

University of Arizona (Emeritus)


Martin Hertzberg, Ph.D

U.S. Navy (Retired)


Doug Hoffman, Ph.D

Author, The Resilient Earth


Bernd Huettner, Ph.D


Ole Humlum, Ph.D

University of Oslo


A. Neil Hutton

Past Preseident, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists


Craig D. Idso, Ph.D

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change


Sherwood B. Idso, Ph.D

U.S. Department of Agriculture (Retired)


Kiminori Itoh, Ph.D

Yokohama National University


Steve Japar, Ph.D

Reviewer, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Sten Kaijser, Ph.D

Uppsala University (Emeritus)


Wibjorn Karlen, Ph.D

University of Stockholm (Emeritus)


Joel Kauffman, Ph.D

University of the Sciences, Philadelphia (Emeritus)


David Kear, Ph.D

Former Director-General, NZ Dept. Scientific and Industrial Research

Richard Keen, Ph.D

University of Colorado


Dr. Kelvin Kemm, Ph.D

Lifetime Achievers Award, National Science and Technology Forum, South Africa


Madhav Khandekar, Ph.D

Former Editor, Climate Research


Robert S. Knox, Ph.D

University of Rochester (Emeritus)


James P. Koermer, Ph.D

Plymouth State University


Gerhard Kramm, Ph.D

University of Alaska Fairbanks


Wayne Kraus, Ph.D

Kraus Consulting


Olav M. Kvalheim, Ph.D

University of Bergen


Roar Larson, Ph.D

Norwegian University of Science and Technology


James F. Lea, Ph.D

Douglas Leahy, Ph.D


Peter R. Leavitt

Certified Consulting Meteorologist


David R. Legates, Ph.D

University of Delaware


Richard S. Lindzen, Ph.D

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Harry F. Lins, Ph.D

Co-Chair, IPCC Hydrology and Water Resources Working Group


Anthony R. Lupo, Ph.D

University of Missouri





Howard Maccabee, Ph.D, MD

Clinical Faculty, Stanford Medical School


Horst Malberg, Ph.D

Free University of Berlin


Bjorn Malmgren, Ph.D

Goteburg University (Emeritus)


Jennifer Marohasy, Ph.D

Australian Environment Foundation


James A. Marusek

U.S. Navy (Retired)


Ross McKitrick, Ph.D

University of Guelph


Patrick J. Michaels, Ph.D

University of Virginia


Timmothy R. Minnich, MS

Minnich and Scotto, Inc.


Asmunn Moene, Ph.D Former Head, Forecasting Center, Meteorological Institute, Norway


Michael Monce, Ph.D

Connecticut Colege

Dick Morgan, Ph.D

Exeter University (Emeritus)


Nils-Axel Morner, Ph.D

Stockholm University (Emeritus)


David Nowell, D.I.C.

Former Chairman, NATO Meteorology Canada


Cliff Ollier, D.Sc.

University of Western Australia


Garth W. Paltridge, Ph.D

University of Tasmania


Alfred Peckarek, Ph.D

St. Cloud State University


Dr. Robert A. Perkins, P.E.

University of Alaska


Ian Pilmer, Ph.D

University of Melbourne (Emeritus)


Brian R. Pratt, Ph.D

University of Saskatchewan


John Reinhard, Ph.D

Ore Pharmaceuticals


Peter Ridd, Ph.D

James Cook University


Curt Rose, Ph.D

Bishop’s University (Emeritus)


Peter Salonius M.Sc.

Canadian Forest Service


Gary Sharp, Ph.D

Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study


Thomas P. Sheahan, Ph.D

Western Technologies, Inc.


Alan Simmons

Author, The Resilient Earth


Roy W. Spencer, Ph.D

University of Alabama-Huntsville


Arlin Super, Ph.D

Retired Research Meteorologist, U.S. Dept. of Reclamation


George H. Taylor, MS

Applied Climate Services


Eduardo P. Tonni, Ph.D

Museo de La Plata (Argentina)


Ralf D. Tscheuschner, Ph.D


Dr. Anton Uriarte, Ph.D

Universidad Del Pais Vasco


Brian Valentine, Ph.D

U.S.Department of Energy


Gosta Walin, Ph.D

University of Gothenburg (Emeritus)


Gerd-Rainer Weber, Ph.D

Reviewer Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Forese-Carlo Wegel, Ph.D

Urbino University


Edward T. Wimberley, Ph.D

Florida Gulf Coast University


Miklos Zagoni, Ph.D

Reviewer, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change


Antonio Zidhichi, Ph.D

President, World Federation of Scientists