Last updated on: 6/13/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

H. Sterling Burnett, PhD Biography

Title:
Research Fellow on Environmental Policy and Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News at the Heartland Institute
Position:
Con to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"
Reasoning:

“Climate change is real and has happened throughout history on local, regional, continent-wide, and global scales, driven by a variety of atmospheric, cosmic, geologic, and meteorological factors…

[A]t the worst, humans are having a modest effect on Earth’s climate, with the increase in carbon dioxide possibly having a net beneficial effect (due to the enhanced plant productivity resulting from higher carbon-dioxide levels)…

Anthropogenic warming theorists’ climate models assume temperatures should climb alongside rising carbon-dioxide levels, yet temperatures fell from the 1940s through the 1970s, even while emissions were rising dramatically. For the past two decades, carbon-dioxide levels have continued to increase, but global satellites have recorded no significant temperature increase for 18 years…

Almost all the harmful impacts predicted by climate models are failing to materialize. For instance, climate models predicted more intense hurricanes, but for nearly a decade, the United States has experienced far fewer hurricanes making landfall than the historic average, and those hurricanes that have made landfall have been no more powerful than previously experienced.”

“Climate Change 101: The Evidence Humans Aren’t Destroying the Climate,” heartland.org, Jan. 9, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of climate. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of climate.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Fellow on Environmental Policy and Managing Editor, Environment & Climate News, Heartland Institute, 2014-present
  • Senior Fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Academic Advisor, Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow
  • Advisory Board Member, Cornwall Alliance
  • Advisor for the Energy, Natural Resources and Agricultural Task Force, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
  • Former Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis
  • Former Member, Environment and Natural Resources Task Force, Texas Comptroller’s e-Texas Commission
  • Former Board Member and Past President, Dallas Woods and Water Conservation Club
Education:
  • PhD, Applied Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2001
  • MA, Applied Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 1991
  • BBA, BA, Cultural Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, 1986
Contact Info:
Phone
214-909-2368
Email
hsburnett@heartland.org
Website
Heartland Institute Profile
Other:
  • None found
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?