George Kukla

George Kukla

 Credentials

  • Doctor of Natural Science (RNDr.), Charles University, Prague, (1953). [1]

According to an interview with Kukla on the program “Truthquest” at KHENLPFM Radio (June 29, 2010), he received his doctorate in 1971 at Charles University as opposed to 1953.

 Background

George Kukla is a micropalentologist and Special Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Kukla was an early believer of global cooling and has been described as a “pioneer in the study of solar forcing of climate changes.” [2]

Kukla has been quoted in the early 70s in articles discussion the potential for global cooling [3], [4]  In the 1980s, Kukla also released research that suggested a global warming trend, [5] but has since reverted to the view that a future ice age is likely. [6]

He was the lead author of a paper that first supported Milutin Milankovic's theory of glacial cycles by investigating the stratigraphy in deep-sea sediment cores from the southern Indian Ocean.

In his paper he wrote, “We are certain now that changes in the Earth's orbital geometry caused the ice ages. The evidence is so strong that other explanations must now be discarded or modified.”

Stance on Climate Change

“The only thing to worry about global warming is the damage that can be done by worrying. Why are some scientists worried? Perhaps because they feel that to stop worrying may mean to stop being paid.” [6]

Key Quotes

“I feel we're on pretty solid ground in interpreting orbit around the sun as the primary driving force behind ice-age glaciation. The relationship is just too clear and consistent to allow reasonable doubt…”

“What I think is this: Man is responsible for a PART of global warming. MOST of it is still natural.” [7]

Key Deeds

May 18, 2010

Spoke (PDF) at the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change. His presentation was titled “Interglacials Start with Global Cooling and End with Global Warming.” [8]

 Affiliations

  • Battelle and Bechtel — Past senior research scientist and consultant on climatology, satellitemeteorology, and nuclear waste isolation (PDF). [8]

* Both organizations are divisions of the Energy Probe Research Foundation, which is directed by climate change skeptic and columnist Lawrence Solomon.

 Publications

In addition to the following publications, Kukla is described as the co-author of a chapter in the book “Natural Climate Variability on Decade to Century Time Scales” published by the National Research Council.

Sample Publications:

  • T.R. Karl, H.F. Diaz, G. Kukla. “Urbanization: Its Detection and Effect in the United States Climate Record” (PDF). Journal of Climate, Volume 1, November 1988. P. 1099 - 1123.

 Resources

  1. “George Jiri Kukla — Curriculum vitae and selected bibliography” (PDF). Geolines (Praha), 2 (1995).

  2. Directory of Faculty and Staff,” The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Accessed January, 2012.

  3. “Scientists Ask why World Climate Is Changing; Major Cooling May Be Ahead” (PDF), New York Times, May 21, 1975.

  4. “The Cooling World” (PDF), Newsweek, April 28, 1975.

  5. Robert Reinhold. “EVIDENCE IS FOUND OF WARMING TREND,” New York Times, October 19, 1981.

  6. An Unrepentant Prognosticator,” Gelf Magazine, April 24, 2007.

  7. Lawrence Solomon. “Forget warming - beware the new ice age.” National Post, June 24, 2007.

  8. 4th International Conference on Climate Change Program (PDF). Accessed January, 2012, from uhaweb.hartford.edu.

  9. Marc Morano. “U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007,” U,S, Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, December 20, 2007.

  10. Scientist Predicts New Ice Age.” The New American, March 30, 2011.

  11. Despite Global Warming, Scientists Say to Expect Another Ice Age—In 5,000 Years.” Columbia University Record, February 25, 2000.