Last updated on: 8/2/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

John Christy, PhD, M.Div Biography

Title:
Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama at Huntsville
Position:
Con to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"
Reasoning:

“It is popular again to claim that extreme events, such as the current central US drought, are evidence of human-caused climate change. Actually, the Earth is very large, the weather is very dynamic, and extreme events will continue to occur somewhere, every year, naturally…

New discoveries explain part of the warming found in traditional surface temperature datasets. This partial warming is unrelated to the accumulation of heat due to the extra greenhouse gases, but related to human development around the thermometer stations…

Widely publicized consensus reports by ‘thousands’ of scientists are misrepresentative of climate science, containing overstated confidence in their assertions of high climate sensitivity…

[C]limate models overestimate the response of temperature to greenhouse gas increases. Also shown was a lack of evidence to blame humans for an increase in extreme events. One cannot convict CO2 of causing any of these events, because they’ve happened in the past before CO2 levels rose…

It is a simple fact that CO2 is plant food and the world around us evolved when levels of CO2 were five to ten times what they are today. Our green world is a consequence of atmospheric CO2. And, food for plants means food for people. The extra CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere not only invigorates the biosphere, but also enhances the yields of our food crops. This is a tremendous benefit to nature and us in my view.”

Testimony before the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, epw.senate.gov, Aug. 1, 2012

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:
  • Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • Director, Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • Fellow, American Meteorological Society, 2002-present
  • Alabama State Climatologist, Nov. 2000-present
  • Expert, The George C. Marshall Institute
  • Expert, The Heartland Institute
  • Expert, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Member, Huntsville City Surface Water Management Committee
  • Contributor, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (IPCC), 1992, 1994, 1996, and 2007
  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumnus, California State University at Fresno, 2007
  • Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (IPCC), 2001
  • Recipient, NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, 1991
  • Recipient, Special Award “for developing a global, precise record of earth’s temperature from operational polar-orbiting satellites, fundamentally advancing our ability to monitor climate,” American Meteorological Society, 1996
  • Bivocational mission-pastor, Vermillion, SD, 1978-1982
  • Missionary teacher, Physics and Chemistry, Nyeri (Kenya), 1973-1975
Education:
  • PhD, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, 1987
  • MS, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, 1984
  • M.Div, Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, 1978
  • BA, Mathematics, California State University at Fresno, 1973
Contact Info:
Phone
256-961-7763
Email
christy@nsstc.uah.edu
Website
Faculty biography page
Other:
  • Has served on five National Research Council panels or committees
  • Has performed research funded by NASA, NOAA, DOE, DOT and the State of Alabama
  • Has provided testimony to several congressional committees
  • Chairman, Facilities Committee, Grissom High School, 1997-1998
  • President, Grissom High School PTSA, 1997-1998
  • Former member, Huntsville City Schools Strategic Planning Committee
  • He is married with two children.
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?