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FACTSHEET: Patrick J. Michaels

DETAILS

Research Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute. Visiting Scientist, Marshall Institute. State Climatologist, Virginia. Advisor, American Legislative Exchange Council.

Dr. Patrick Michaels is possibly the most prolific and widely-quoted climate change skeptic scientist. He has admitted receiving funding from various fossil fuel industry sources. His latest book, published in September of 2011 by the Cato Institute, is titled: "Climate Coup: Global Warming's Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives."

Dr. Michaels has acknowledged that 40% of his funding comes from fossil fuel sources: (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/08/16/113717/oil-fueled-pat-michaels/) Known funding includes $49,000 from German Coal Mining Association, $15,000 from Edison Electric Institute and $40,000 from Cyprus Minerals Company, an early supporter of People for the West, a "wise use" group. He received $63,000 for research on global climate change from Western Fuels Association, above and beyond the undisclosed amount he is paid for the World Climate Report/Review. According to Harper's magazine, Michaels has recieved over $115,000 over the past four years from coal and oil interests. Michaels wrote "Sound and Fury" and "The Satanic Gases," two books skeptical of global warming and attempts to curtail greenhose gas emmissions. The books were published by the right wing think-tank Cato Institute. Dr. Michaels signed the 1995 Leipzig Declaration. In July of 2006, it was revealed that the Intermountain Rural Electric Association "contributed $100,000 to Dr. Michaels." (http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/GlobalWarming/story?id=2242565&page=1) ALEC advisor. http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=11310 and http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=3558

A.B. and S.M. degrees in biological sciences and plant ecology, University of Chicago Ph.D. in ecological climatology , University of Wisconsin at Madison. Former President of the American Association of State Climatologists, and Program Chair for the Committee on Applied Meterology of the American Meterological Society.

KEY DEEDS

19 August, 2002
Appeared on CNN's "Capital Gang", arguing against the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. Michaels also argued that global warming, if it is happening, could be beneficial.
Source: Pat Michaels Is Interviewed for CNN's "Capital Gang" (transcript) 8/19/02

31 December, 1998
Published a study entitled "Long Hot Year: Latest Science Debunks Global Warming Hysteria" through the Cato Institute's "Policy Analysis" series.
Source: "Long Hot Year:Latest Science Debunks Global Warming Hysteria," Cato Policy Analysis No. 329

29 July, 1998
Testifed before the House Committee on Small Business, arguing that there wasn't scientific evidenc to support the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol.
Source: Transcript, Patrick Michaels' testimony before House Small Business Committee 7/29/98

6 October, 1999
Testified before House Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources and Regulatory affairs, arguing against the classification of carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
Source: Transcript, Patrick Michaels' testimony before House Committee on Energy and Environment 10/6/99

1 February, 2006
In February of 2006, Michaels recieved at least $100,000 in funding from Intermountain Rural Electric Association.
Source: ABC News Story (2006)

8 March, 2007
Appeared in documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle"
Source: The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)

2 May, 2007
Appeared on Glenn Beck's May 2, 2007 special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear"
Source: CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear," May 2, 2007

DEEDS

Participated in the "Climate Chains" video along with Myron Ebell, Chris Horner, and Todd Wynn. The video claims that “One of the greatest threats to freedom and prosperity in America is climate change legislation.”
Source: Climate Chains bios

Participated in the "Climate Chains" video along with Myron Ebell, Chris Horner, and Todd Wynn. The video claims that “One of the greatest threats to freedom and prosperity in America is climate change legislation.”
Source: Climate Chains bios

In August 2006, DeSmogBlog and ABC News uncovered a leaked memo written by the president of the Intermountain Rural Electrical Association. In the memo it is written that Michaels' consulting firm, New Hope Environmental Services, received $100,000 from the IREA and "other electrical cooperatives" in the past. Controversy ensued, with the Virginia governor's office voicing its concern over Michaels use of the title of "state climatologist."
Source: DeSmogBlog profile Patrick Michaels

1 April, 2011
Wrote "Climate Coup: Global Warming's Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives"
Source: Climate Coup: Global Warming's Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives

Michaels is the Chief Editor for the "World Climate Report," a newsletter on global warming funded by the Western Fuels Association.
Source: World Climate Report

KEY EVENTS

Countdown to Kyoto
The relationship of Patrick J. Michaels to the event: Attendee

NCPA Earth Day Briefing on Global Warming: 'What Do We Really Know vs. What We Are Told'
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=123-04202004
The relationship of Patrick J. Michaels to the event: Speaker

Global Warming: The State of the Debate
http://www.cato.org/events/gw031212.html
The relationship of Patrick J. Michaels to the event: Speaker

The Impacts of Global Warming: Why the Alarmist View is Wrong
http://www.globalwarming.org/article.php?uid=632
The relationship of Patrick J. Michaels to the event: Speaker

EVENTS

Heartland Climate Conference 6
http://climateconference.heartland.org/about-2/speakers/
The relationship of Patrick J. Michaels to the event: Speaker

ORGANIZATIONS

Cato Institute
Source: Cato Institute website 4/04

Independent Commission on Environmental Education
Source: CLEAR d-base

American Council on Science and Health
Source: ACSH website 4/04

The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition
Source: CLEAR d-base

American Policy Center
Source: CLEAR d-base

Consumer Alert
Source: Consumer Alert Website

George C. Marshall Institute
Source: Marshall Institute Webpage (2006)

CFACT - Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03

Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy
Source: Weidenbaum Center website 4/04

Heritage Foundation
Source: Heritage Foundation "Policy Experts" website

Cooler Heads Coalition
Source: Cooler Heads Coalition website 5/04

Tech Central Science Foundation or Tech Central Station
Source: Tech Central Station Bio - Michaels

World Climate Report
Source: World Climate Report website

Greening Earth Society
Source: "The Greening Continues"

Virginia Institute for Public Policy
Source: CLEAR d-base

CFACT - Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

American Spectator Foundation
Source: Columnists for The American Spectator

Western Fuels
Source: Gelpspan, "The Heat is On,"

Greening Earth Society
Source: Gelpspan, "The Heat is On,"

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Source: CEI Website (2006)

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org

Cascade Policy Institute
Source: Climate Chains homepage

SOURCES

CLEAR d-base
CLEAR d-base

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/03
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT
http://www.cfact.org

Consumer Alert Website
http://www.consumeralert.org/StaffAdvisors.htm

Weidenbaum Center website 4/04
http://wc.wustl.edu/index.html

Cato Institute website 4/04
http://www.cato.org

Pat Michaels Is Interviewed for CNN's "Capital Gang" (transcript) 8/19/02
http://www.cato.org/research/articles/michaels-020819.html

"Long Hot Year:Latest Science Debunks Global Warming Hysteria," Cato Policy Analysis No. 329
http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-329es.html

Transcript, Patrick Michaels' testimony before House Small Business Committee 7/29/98

Transcript, Patrick Michaels' testimony before House Committee on Energy and Environment 10/6/99

ACSH website 4/04
http://www.acsh.org/

Heritage Foundation "Policy Experts" website
http://www.policyexperts.org

Cooler Heads Coalition website 5/04
http://www.globalwarming.org

World Climate Report website
http://www.co2andclimate.org/climate/editors/editors.htm

Tech Central Station Bio - Michaels
http://www.techcentralstation.com/biomichaelspatrick.html

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06
www.CFACT.org

Columnists for The American Spectator
http://www.spectator.org/dsp_contributors.asp

Gelpspan, "The Heat is On,"
Published by Addison Wesley Longman, May 1997

CEI Website (2006)
http://www.cei.org/dyn/view_expert.cfm?expert=101

Marshall Institute Webpage (2006)
http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=145

ABC News Story (2006)
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/GlobalWarming/story?id=2242565&page=1

The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)
http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/index.html

Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org
http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/

CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear," May 2, 2007
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/beck.climateoffear/

"The Greening Continues"
documentary by Western Fuels and Greening Earth Society

Climate Chains bios
http://http://www.climatechains.com/bios.html

Climate Chains homepage
http://www.climatechains.com/

DeSmogBlog profile Patrick Michaels
http://www.desmogblog.com/patrick-michaels

Climate Coup: Global Warming's Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives
http://www.cato.org/store/books/climate-coup-global-warmings-invasion-our-government-our-lives-hardback

World Climate Report
http://www.worldclimatereport.com/index.php/personnel/