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FACTSHEET: Sallie Baliunas


Staff Scientist for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Former Board member, Chair of Science Advisory Board and Senior Scientist, George C Marshall Institute, Environment/Science Editor, Tech Central Station. Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University. Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University. Past contributing editor to the World Climate Report, a publication of the Western Fuels Association. Advisory board, UK Scientific Alliance. Former expert, Competitive Enterprise Institute. Deputy Director of the Mount Wilson Institute. National Center or Public Policy Research expert on global warming and the ozone layer (1996) Robert Wesson Endowment Fund Fellow(1993-4) at Hoover Institution Marshall Institute Expert bio:

A darling of the anti-climate movement, Baliunas has been a central scientist in the fight against action on climate change. She is used by virtually all of the Exxon-funded front groups as their scientific expert.

Baliunas' principal areas of interest include solar influence on climate change, the ozone layer and global warming. Baliunas views sunspots at the cause of climate change rather than carbon dioxide. Her articles are often tagged with the caveat: "[Baliunas''] remarks represent her own opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics." Baliunas wrote "The Ozone Crisis" , "Are Human Activities Causing Global Warming?" and "Ozone and Global Warming, Are the problems Real?" for the George C. Marshall Institute. In the mid to late 1990 she also worked with the Global Climate Coalition, a special interest group of coal, oil and utility companies, set up to lobby against international action on climate change. (NCPPR expert guide, 1996)

Accoding to Baliunas' biography, "She has written over 200 scientific research articles. In 1991, Discover magazine profiled her as one of America's outstanding women scientists. She was technical consultant for a science-fiction television series, "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict," airing 1997 �2001. She received her M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in Astrophysics from Harvard University." (


11 June, 2003
Wrote, with Willie Soon, a paper which collated data from a number of scientific papers which came to the conclusion that the climate hasn't changed in the last 2000 years. The American Petrolem Institute partially funded the paper. The paper was later refuted by a panel of 13 scientists, the authors of the papers Baliunas and Soon cited. Several editors of "Climate Research", the journal which published the paper, later resigned in protest at a flawed peer review process which allowed the publication.
Source: Jeff Nesmith, Cox News

With the Science & Environmental Policy Project and A Better Earth Project at the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
Source: Ties That Blind II


20 September, 1995
Testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment in an apparent attempt to weaken support for ozone protection laws.
Source: Ties That Blind II


CEI Day After Tomorrow,04017.cfm
Press released its list of climate scepitc "experts" to speak out against The Day After Tomorrow
The relationship of Sallie Baliunas to the event: CEI expert on how global warming isn't happening

Briefing on Capitol Hill,02599.cfm
Global Warming Briefing on the Hill, organised by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
The relationship of Sallie Baliunas to the event: main speaker

Return to Rio: Reexamining Climate Change Science, Economics, and Policy,eventID.669/event_detail.asp
"This AEI conference seeks to restart the climate-change dialogue by returning to the spirit and purpose of the Rio consensus in the weeks leading up to the opening of the 9th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Milan, Italy, on December 1, 2003. Panelists will discuss the science of climate change, which has grown more uncertain and more susceptible to political influence in recent years, and public policy issues such as how to spend research money and spur innovation. A return to Rio will offer the opportunity to reexamine how dangerous warming is likely to be, what steps should be taken to address it, and what can be done to reestablish the common sense consensus that led to the Framework Convention."
The relationship of Sallie Baliunas to the event: Presenter


Scared Sick? A Conference to Examine Unfounded Fear and its Effects on Health, Science Policies
Hosted by the Independent Women's Forum Announced in U.S. Newswire, 2/11/99
The relationship of Sallie Baliunas to the event: Speaker

5 September, 2003
Panic Attack: interrogating our obsession with risk
Conference in London. Description from website: "Panic Attack brought together an international audience from the worlds of business, government, academia, the media and the interested public, to discuss issues ranging from chemicals in food to children and obesity, from Gulf War Syndrome to global warming. Discussion of these issues revealed the extent of society's preoccupation with negligible levels of actual risk, and asked why this might be. Speakers debating these issues included Bjørn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist; Jeya Henry, professor of human nutrition at Oxford Brookes University; Jim Bridges, chair of the European Commission's toxicology committee; Carl Djerassi, father of the modern contraceptive Pill; Todd Seavey, editor of; and Robert Nilsson, from Stockholm University."
The relationship of Sallie Baliunas to the event: Speaker


George C. Marshall Institute
Source: George Marshall Institute website 5/06

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University
Source: Hoover Institution website 4/04

Global Climate Coalition
Source: Ties That Blind II

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

Statistical Assessment Service (STATS)
Source: STATS website 5/04

World Climate Report
Source: World Climate Report website

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Source: Ties That Blind II

Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy
Source: Annapolis Center website 3/04

Greening Earth Society
Source: "The Greening Continues"

American Council on Science and Health
Source: "Global Climate Change and Human Health," ACSH 10/97

Heritage Foundation
Source: Heritage Foundation "Policy Experts" website

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Source: Manhattan Institute website 4/04

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

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Source: CEI website, various

American Petroleum Institute
Source: "Earth Last," The American Prospect, 5/7/04

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute Website (2006)

Climate Research Journal
Source: Proxy climatic and environmental changes of the past 1000 years


Ties That Blind II
Ozone Action Report, 9/13/1996

Annapolis Center website 3/04

Hoover Institution website 4/04

Manhattan Institute website 4/04

"Global Climate Change and Human Health," ACSH 10/97
A position paper by the American Council on Science an Health

"Earth Last," The American Prospect, 5/7/04
article by Chris Mooney

Heritage Foundation "Policy Experts" website

STATS website 5/04

World Climate Report website

CEI website, various

Jeff Nesmith, Cox News
Investigative journalist

Tech Central Station Bio - Baliunas

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

George Marshall Institute website 5/06

Heartland Institute Website (2006)

Proxy climatic and environmental changes of the past 1000 years

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