Sallie Baliunas

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Sallie Baliunas

Credentials  

  • Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Harvard University (1980).
  • M.A. in Astrophysics, Harvard University (1975).

Source: [1]

 Background

Sallie Baliunas is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division and formerly Deputy Director of the Mount Wilson Observatory.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University and past contributing editor to the World Climate Report.

Baliunas is associated with many groups skeptical of climate change including the George C. Marshall Institute where she is Senior Scientist and chair of their “Science Advisory Board.”

She has been a “Scientific Adviser” to the Greening Earth Society, a now-defunct group originally controlled by the Western Fuels Association (WFA) and described “as a vehicle for advocacy on climate change, the environmental impact of CO2, and fossil fuel use.” [2]

Baliunas has co-published numerous scientific papers with fellow climate change skeptic Willie Soon including a controversial paper in 2003 that suggested the climate hasn't changed in the last 2000 years. Several members of the Climate Research journal resigned in protest to the flawed peer-review process allowing Baliunas's paper to be published.

She was the Enviro-Sci Host for Tech Central Station. In 1997 Baliunas received the Petr Beckmann Award for her “devastating critique of the global warming hoax.” [3]

Stance on Climate Change

“But is it possible that the particular temperature increase observed in the last 100 years is the result of carbon dioxide produced by human activities? The scientific evidence clearly indicates that this is not the case … measurements of atmospheric temperatures made by instruments lofted in satellites and balloons show that no warming has occurred in the atmosphere in the last 50 years. This is just the period in which humanmade carbon dioxide has been pouring into the atmosphere and according to the climate studies, the resultant atmospheric warming should be clearly evident.” [4]

Key Quotes

“The science does not suggest dangerous global warming. If there is any trace at all of a greenhouse warming, it is too small to be seen in the climate record. That means that future warming due to human activities will be quite small –well under one degree C.” [5]

“Fear often dominates discussion about the earth's climate. Many people have been led to believe that drastic measures are necessary to prevent the risk of negative future outcomes, such as global warming. As such, we now face a situation where politicians are misallocating resources because they are responding to manufactured problems, which are based on public anxiety rather than sound scientific evidence. Ineffective measures like the Kyoto Protocol, built on fear rather than science, will not reduce the future burden of greenhouse gases and will cause many more problems than they solve.” [6]

Key Deeds

May 9, 2003

Spoke at the “Panic Attack Risk conference” organized by Spiked and the Royal Institution, produced in association with Tech Central Station Europe. [7]

January 31, 2003

In 2003, Baliunas co-authored a highly controversial paper with Willie Soon that reviewed previous scientific papers and came to the conclusion that the climate hasn't changed in the last 2000 years.

Thirteen of the authors Baliunas and Soon cited in the paper refuted her interpretation of their work, and several editors of Climate Research resigned in protest at a flawed peer review process that allowed the publication. According to the acknowledgments listed in the paper, it was partially funded by the American Petroleum Institute.

Among the sharp criticisms of the Climate Research paper was one from Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.

When von Storch, the journal’s editor at the time, read Mann’s critique, he said he realized that his journal should never have accepted the study: “If it would have been properly reviewed, it would have been rejected on the basis of methodological flaws.” Shortly after, Von Storch and two other members of the Climate Research editorial board resigned in protest. “[T]hey submitted flawed research,” Von Stroch stated at the time. [8]

After the controversy, a more extensive version of the research was published in Energy and Environment.

According to a search of WorldCat, a database of libraries, Energy and Environment is found in only 25 libraries worldwide. The journal is not included in Journal Citation Reports, which lists the impact factors for the top 6000 peer-reviewed journals. The editor of Energy and Environment, Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen has stated that “it’s only we climate skeptics who have to look for little journals and little publishers like mine to even get published.”

November 13, 2001

Spoke at a Manhattan Institute Forum on “Global Warming and Climate Change.” [9]

July, 1998

Spoke on climate change at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness held in Scottsdale, Arizona. [10]

September 20, 1995

Testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment in an apparent attempt to weaken support for ozone protection laws. [11]

Affiliations  

Source: [13]

Other Affiliations

  • The Greening Earth Society — Past “Scientific Advisor.” Both Baliunas and Willie Soon were “Scientific Advisors” from December, 1998, to September, 2001. The group has been defunct since 2005. [15]

 Publications

  • Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas. “Proxy climatic and environmental changes of the past 1000 years” (PDF), Climate Research, Vol. 23 (January 31, 2003), page 89-110. 
  • “Ozone and Global Warming: Are the Problems Real?” (PDF), George C. Marshall Institute, December 13, 1994.

See a full list of Sallie Baliunas's publications at the Marshall Institute.

 Resources

  1. CFACT Speaker's Bureau: Dr. Sallie Baliunas,” CFACT, Archived June 10, 2004.

  2. Join GES,” Greening Earth Soceity. Archived March 8, 2005.

  3. DOCTORS FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS NEWSLETTER, Vol. XIV, No. 4 (July, 1997). Archived March 9, 2007.

  4. “Washington Roundtable on Science and Public Policy: Climate History and the Sun” (PDF), George C. Marshall Institute, June 5, 2001.

  5. Human Activity Is Not Cause of Global Warming” (Media Release), the George C. Marshall Institute, April 10, 1996. Accessed November 14, 2011.

  6. Leading scientist speaks out against UK climate change policy”, (Media Release) PRNewswire, May 9, 2003.

  7. Helene Guldberg. “Panic Attack,” Spiked Online, May 14, 2003.

  8. Jeff Nesmith. “Three Journal Editors Resign Over Paper by Skeptics,” Cox News Service, July 29, 2003. Republished by The Heat is Online. Archived February 29, 2012, with WebCite.

  9. Manhattan Institute Events,” Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Accessed February 29, 2012.

  10. Global Warming: The Latest on False and Scary Greenhouse Gas Theory | Sallie Baliunas,” YouTube video. Uploaded by LibertyInOurTime, May 31, 2010.

  11. Scientific Integrity and Public Trust: The Science Behind Federal Policies and Mandates: Case Study 1 - Stratospheric Ozone: Myths and Realities,” Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives, September 20, 1995. Text saved at the Internet Archive.

  12. “Dr. Sallie Baliunas,” The Marshall Institute.

  13. “Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco’s Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science” (PDF), Union of Concerned Scientists, January 2007.

  14. NRSP People,” Natural Resources Stewardship Project. Archived July 2, 2007.

  15. Scientific Advisors,” The Greening Earth Society. Archived Feb 20, 1999.

  16. Contributors/Editors,” World Climate Report.

  17. About,” STATS at George Mason University. Archived May 6, 2004.

  18. American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) - Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group,” Greenpeace. Accessed February, 2012.

  19. “Facts versus Factions: the use and abuse of subjectivity in scientific research” (PDF), ESEF working paper, February 1998. hivskeptic. Retrieved February, 2012, from hivskeptic.wordpress.com.

  20. Sallie Baliunas,” Biography at Allvoices.com. Accessed February 29, 2012.

  21. “Scientists' Report Documents ExxonMobil’s Tobacco-like Disinformation Campaign on Global Warming Science” (Press Release) Union of Concerned Scientists, January 3, 2007.

  22. American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) - Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group,” Greenpeace.

  23. DOCTORS FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS NEWSLETTER,” July 1997, Vol. XIV, No. 4. Archived March 9, 2007.

  24. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Sallie Baliunas.

  25. Sallie Baliunas,” Wikipedia.

  26. Sallie L. Baliunas,” Sourcewatch Profile.

  27. Greenpeace Investigations on Salllie Baliunas.

  28. OZONE ACTION REPORT: Ties That Blind 11: Parading Opinion as Scientific Truth,” Greenpeace report.

  29. Foes of global warming theory have energy ties,” Seattlepi, June 1, 2003.

  30. Tech Central Station's Jim Glassman and Sallie Baliunas Cover the UN Climate Conference” (Media Advisory), E-wire. October 25, 2001.

  31. Dr. Sallie Baliunas,” Profile at the Marshall Institute. Includes a list of publications. 

  32. Andrew Revkin. “Politics Reasserts Itself in the Debate Over Climate Change and Its Hazards,” The New York Times, August 05, 2003. See page 3.
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