Last updated on: 11/5/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Steven F. Hayward, PhD Biography

Title:
Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University
Position:
Con to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"
Reasoning:

“The models the IPCC uses for projecting a 3 to 4 degree Celsius increase in temperature all assume large positive (that is, temperature-magnifying) feedbacks from a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere…

If the climate system is less sensitive to greenhouse gases than the climate campaign believes, then what is causing plainly observable changes in the climate, such as earlier arriving springs, receding glaciers, and shrinking Arctic Ocean ice caps?…

The IPCC downplays theories of variations in solar activity, such as sunspot activity and gamma ray bursts, and although there is robust scientific literature on the issue, even the skeptic community is divided about whether solar activity is a primary cause of recent climate variation. Several studies of Arctic warming conclude that changes in ocean currents, cloud formation, and wind patterns in the upper atmosphere may explain the retreat of glaciers and sea ice better than greenhouse gases… Above all, if the medieval warm period was indeed as warm or warmer than today, we cannot rule out the possibility that the changes of recent decades are part of a natural rebound from the ‘Little Ice Age’ that followed the medieval warm period and ended in the 19th century.”

“In Denial,” aei.org, Mar. 15, 2010

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:
  • Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
  • Thomas Smith Distinguished Fellow, John M. Ashbrook Center, Ashland University
  • Former FK Weyerhaeuser Fellow, American Enterprise Instutute for Public Policy Research
  • Former Senior Fellow, Environmental Studies, Pacific Research Institute
  • Former Fellow, Claremont Institute
  • Former Adjunct Fellow, Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs
  • Member, California Departmental Transportation Advisory Committee, 1996-2001
  • Bradley Fellow, Heritage Foundation, 1993-1998
  • Contributing Editor, Reason Magazine, 1990-2001
  • Director, Golden State Center for Policy Studies, 1987-91
  • Executive Director, Inland Business Magazine, 1985-90
  • Richard M. Weaver Fellow, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1985-86
  • Director of Journalism, Public Research Syndicated, Claremont Institute, 1984-87
  • Former Earhart Fellow and Olive Garvey Fellow, Mont Pelerin Society
Education:
  • PhD, American Studies, Claremont Graduate School
  • MA, Government, Claremont Graduate School
  • BS, Business and Administrative Studies, Lewis and Clark College
Contact Info:
Phone
310-506-7493
Email
steven.hayward@pepperdine.edu
Website
Faculty page
Other:
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?