Bob Armstrong

Bob Armstrong


  • B.A. Psychology, Northwestern University, 1969
  • M.S. Mathematical Psychophysics, Northwestern University, 1976

Source: [1]


Bob Armstrong is “a bleeding heart libertarian,” the owner of, a computer programming company, and the previous drug affairs director of the Manhattan Libertarian Party. [1] According to his C.V. and the Heartland Institute, he spent the 1970s obtaining his Masters degree “studying visual psychophysics at Northwestern University … hanging out with the math and computer people.” [2]

Bob Armstrong has worked for companies such as Xerox, in Rochester, NY, and Rochester Gas and Electric, rewriting their respective systems in APL (array programming language). [1][2] In a section of his website titled “Planetary Temperature,” he provides resources on modeling the planet in APL and “how to calculate the temperature of a radiantly heated colored ball (like our earth).” [4] Armstrong “contends that a rather detailed model of the planet can be written in a few pages of succinct APL definitions far more scrutable than the million line FORTRAN programs still used by climate scientists.” [2]

Stance on Climate Change

I'm a bleeding heart Libertarian with particular understanding of the nonscience of the CO2 global warming fraud.” [3]

The inevitable compensation for our returning some carbon to the biosphere is an increase in green plant growth.” [4]

The evidence is becoming overwhelming that CO2 does NOT affect mean global temperature. On the other hand, evidence is mounting that it IS making the planet greener. The only real question is if rationality can prevail before the Global Governments do too much harm.” [4]

Key Quotes

CO2 is the ultimate “green” gas. It is a grade school fact that every green tree, every blade of grass, indeed all life is ultimately CO2 + H2O combined by sunlight plus a bit of ash and it is proven in both laboratory and practice that plants thrive on more than twice our current 3 or 4 molecules per 10,000. Life could not have started on earth without a (20%) CO2 rather than O2 atmosphere. Only photosynthesis converted it to an oxygen atmosphere bouncing along the minimal CO2 necessary to keep the plants alive. So any downside to the few percent of the natural CO2 budget we are restoring to our atmosphere from carbon sequestered in previous incredibly lush epochs must be weighed against this indisputable greening of the planet.” [4]

Key Deeds

July 7 - 9, 2014

Bob Armstrong was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada. [7]

Bob Armstrong presented with Anthony Lupo and Olavi Karner, in a talk titled “New Estimates of Climate Sensitivity,” which took place July 9, 2014. 

View DeSmogBlog’s in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9.


Source: [2]


According to Google Scholar and Skeptical Science, Bob Armstrong has never published research in a peer-reviewed journal on any subject.


  1. Bob Armstrong. “C.V.,” Archived July 31, 2014.

  2. 9th International Conference on Climate Change Speakers,” Heartland Institute. Archived July 14, 2014.

  3. Bob Armstrong. “Member Profile,” Libertarian Party of El Paso County on, February 17, 2013. Archived July 31, 2013.

  4. Bob Armstrong. “Mean Global Temperature,” Archived February 9, 2014.

  5. Bob Armstrong. “Homepage,” Archived July 31, 2014.

  6. Bob Armstrong. “Resisting the Coalescing Global Nanny Police State with Logic,”

  7. Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon To Vegas Freedomfest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014.


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