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Richard S. Lindzen, PhD Biography

Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Con to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"

“There have been repeated claims that this past year’s hurricane activity was another sign of human-induced climate change. Everything from the heat wave in Paris to heavy snows in Buffalo has been blamed on people burning gasoline to fuel their cars, and coal and natural gas to heat, cool and electrify their homes. Yet how can a barely discernible, one-degree increase in the recorded global mean temperature since the late 19th century possibly gain public acceptance as the source of recent weather catastrophes? And how can it translate into unlikely claims about future catastrophes?…

Global temperature has risen about a degree since the late 19th century; levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have increased by about 30% over the same period; and CO2 should contribute to future warming. These claims are true. However, what the public fails to grasp is that the claims neither constitute support for alarm nor establish man’s responsibility for the small amount of warming that has occurred… It isn’t just that the alarmists are trumpeting model results that we know must be wrong. It is that they are trumpeting catastrophes that couldn’t happen even if the models were right as justifying costly policies to try to prevent global warming.”

“Climate of Fear: Global Warming Alarmists Intimidate Dissenting Scientists into Silence,” Wall Street Journal, Apr. 12, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Science, CATO Institute, 2013-present
  • Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1983-2013
  • Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1988-present
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Science, Health, and Economic Advisory Council, The Annapolis Center
  • Fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • Global Warming Expert, Heartland Institute
  • Robert P. Burden Professor of Dynamical Meteorology, Harvard University, 1982-1983
  • Director, Center for Earth and Planetary Physics, Harvard University, 1980-1983
  • Gordon McKay Professor of Dynamic Meteorology, Harvard University, 1972-1982
  • Professor of Meteorology, University of Chicago, 1968-1972
  • Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, 1966-1967
  • NATO Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Meteorology, University of Oslo, 1965-1966
  • PhD, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 1964
  • SM, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 1961
  • AB, Physics, Harvard University, 1960
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