James Taylor

James Taylor

​James M. Taylor


  • B.A. from Dartmouth College.
  • J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law where he was president of the local chapter of the Federalist Society and founder and editor-in-chief of the Federalist Voice.

Source: [1]


James Taylor is a Senior Fellow with the Heartland Institute and managing editor of the Heartland publication Environment & Climate News

Taylor previously served as a legal analyst for Defenders of Property Rights. He has also been an intern at the Cato Institute, and a member of the Federalist Society.

He previously served as managing editor of CCH Incorporated's disability law publications. Prior to that he was a legal analyst for Defenders of Property Rights. 

Stance on Climate Change 

“The evidence is powerful, straightforward, and damning. NASA satellite instruments precisely measuring global temperatures show absolutely no warming during the past the past 10 years.” [2]

Key Quotes

May 6, 2014

James Taylor is quoted in a National Geographic article entitled, “Climate Report Provides Opportunity for Bridging Political Divide,” following the release of the US government's National Climate Assessment:

“The report falsely asserts that global warming is causing more extreme weather events, more droughts, more record high temperatures, more wildfires, warmer winters, etc., when each and every one of these false assertions is contradicted by objective, verifiable evidence.” [17]

May 6, 2014

James Taylor speaks on the Mark Levin show:

“Throughout human history, warmer climates have always been more beneficial to human health and welfare. Just because we have a little warming, even if humans are causing it, doesn’t mean we have to totally restructure our economy, restructure our society to fight this phantom menace [global warming].” 8:23-8:39 [16]

“It depends how you define “global climate disruption.” If you define “global climate disruption” as being fewer and less severe hurricanes, fewer and less severe tornadoes, fewer and less severe instances of drought, wildfires, etc., well then I guess I would agree that global warming is causing tremendous [laughs] “global climate disruption.” But, of course, that's all “beneficial disruption” where we see fewer of these extreme events.” 11:13-11:36 [16]

November 20, 2013

“Global warming activists claim a serious public concern presently exists and the overwhelming majority of scientists agrees humans are creating a global warming crisis. The survey of AMS meteorologists, however, shows no such overwhelming majority exists. Indeed, to the extent we can assign a majority scientific opinion to whether all the necessary components of a global warming crisis exist, the AMS survey shows the majority does not agree humans are creating a global warming crisis.” [15]

May 14, 2012

“A primary reason why we are involved in climate change is [that] assertions of a global warming crisis are being utilized to impose restrictions on the economy, on free choices across the economy,” he said in a recent interview.

“To that extent, we want to make sure that the science justifies these restrictions on free markets and on individual liberty, and the best evidence indicates that the science does not justify these restrictions, so that's why we are involved,” he added. [10]

June 15, 2011

“Without a doubt, the warming of the past 100 years has been a welcome respite from a long and deadly Little Ice Age. The possibility that humans may have contributed to the recent warming does not make it any less welcome.” [3]

Key Deeds 

October 9, 2014

James Taylor is quoted in the Heartland Institute's press release, “Heartland Institute Climate Experts Comment on 18 Straight Years of No Global Warming,” which states “the global mean surface temperature has not risen for 18 consecutive years. This extends the so-called 'pause' in global warming to a new record, one not predicted by the climate models of the United Nations' International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).” [19] Taylor writes:

The ongoing 18 years without any warming strongly contradict alarmist predictions of global warming doom-and-gloom. According to nearly all of the United Nations’ computer models, this lack of warming could not occur. The real-world climate proves the alarmist computer models overstate the warming properties of carbon dioxide. Even when Earth resumes its modest warming, which it likely will at some point in the next couple of decades, the pace of warming will continue to be quite modest and beneficial to human welfare and global ecosystems.” [19]

May 19, 2014

James Taylor appears in episode six of the Showtime Series, Years of Living Dangerously, entitled, “Winds of Change.”

When asked if Taylor is a lawyer by training, but not a scientist by training, Taylor responds, “I'm a lawyer by training, but I don't practice … But I'm a scientist by training as well. I successfully completed Ivy League atmospheric science courses, so I'm a scientist by training.” [18]

May 6, 2014

James Taylor is asked to be a speaker on The Mark Levin Show to “break down the laughably biased and anti-scientific aspects of the [National Climate Assessment] report,” the same day the government's assessment is released. [16]

July 13, 2013

Months before the UNIPCC COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, James Taylor publishes a report via The Heartland Institute entitled, “IPCC Lead Author Says Climate Models are Failing.” According to the lead author, Hans von Storch, the planet should be warming much more than it has been–and no one has been able to answer why “climate change seems to be taking a break.” [14]

November 30 - December 1, 2012

James Taylor was a speaker (PDF) at the Eighth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8)/Fifth International Conference on Climate and Energy (ICCE-5) sponsored by both the Heartland Institute and the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE). Taylor's speech is titled “Setting the Record Straight – Politics, the Media and the Abuse of Science.” [11]

June, 2011

Taylor was a keynote speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change[4]

May 2010

Spoke at the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change. (PDF)

Fox News reported on the conference, describing how Taylor supposedly proved that “global cooling is already happening” because “This past 'decade set a record for largest average global snow extent'.”  [5], [6]

The science blog Deltoid subsequently debunked Taylor's claim, showing how he had misrepresented the data from Rutgers University Global Snow Lab on which he had made his assertion.  [7]

March 2009 

Spoke at the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. [8]

March 4, 2008 

Spoke at the Heartland Institute's Second International Conference on Climate Change. [9]



According to a search of Google Scholar, James M. Taylor has not published any research in peer-reviewed journals. The search does list that he has published numerous articles with the Heartland Institute. Taylor's profile at the Heartland Institute has a full list of his publications.

Samples include:

  • “What Climate Scientists Think about Global Warming”. Heartland Institute, 2007. 
  • “State Greenhouse Gas Programs: An Economic and Scientific Analysis” (co-author). 2003. Heartland Institute
  • “New Source Review: An Evaluation of EPA's Reform Recommendations.” 2002. The Heartland Institute


  1. Heartland Experts: James M. Taylor,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed February, 2012.

  2. James Taylor. “Ten Years And Counting: Where's The Global Warming?”, Forbes, June 8, 2011.  Archived February 22, 2012, with WebCite.

  3. James Taylor. “The Black Death: Longing For The Good Old Days,” Forbes, June 15, 2011.  Archived February 22, 2012 with WebCite.

  4. Speakers,” International Conference on Climate Change (climateconference.heartland.org). Accessed February, 2012.

  5. “4th International Conference on Climate Change (PDF),” The Heartland Institute. Retrieved February, 2012, from Lawrence I. Gould's personal page on the University of Hartford web server.

  6. Gene J. Koprowski. “Global Cooling Is Coming – and Beware the Big Chill, Scientist Warns,” Fox News, May 19, 2010. Archived February 22, 2012, with WebCite.

  7. Tim Lambert. “James M. Taylor hides the decline,” Deltoid, May 22, 2010.

  8. Speakers,” heartland.org, February 17, 2009. Archived February 18, 2009.

  9. 2008 International Conference on Climate Change: Audio,” The Heartland Institute. Archived March 1, 2010.

  10. Heartland admits 'mistake' in billboard campaign,” E&E News, May 14, 2012, (subscription req'd).

  11. “8th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8): V International Conference on Climate and Energy (ICCE-5). Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, November 30 – December 1, 2012” (PDF) retrieved from eike-klima-energy.eu on November 24, 2012.

  12. James M. Taylor,” SourceWatch Profile.

  13. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: James M. Taylor.

  14. IPCC Lead Author Says Climate Models are Failing,” The Heartland Institute, July 13, 2013.

  15. James Taylor. ”The Latest Meteorologist Survey Destroys The Global Warming Climate 'Consensus',” Forbes Op-Ed, November 20, 2013. Archived May 16, 2014.

  16. Jim Lakely. ”Heartland’s James Taylor Debunks Obama’s Climate Report on The Mark Levin Show,” The Heartland Institute, May 7, 2014. Archived on YouTube, May 22, 2014.

  17. Brian Clark Howard, “Climate Report Provides Opportunity to Bridge Political Divide,” National Geographic, May 6, 2014. Archived May 22, 2014.

  18. Years of Living Dangerously, ”Winds of Change,” Showtime Series, May 19, 2014. Archived June 11, 2014.

  19. James Taylor. “Heartland Institute Climate Experts Comment on 18 Straight Years of No Global Warming,” Heartland Institute, October 9, 2014. Archived October 16, 2014.