James Taylor

James Taylor

​James M. Taylor

 Credentials

  • 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]

 Background 

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

June, 2015

James Taylor on Pope Francis, the papal encyclical on the environment, and climate change:

“I think if he were to see the science as it is, then he would understand that it is more important to raise people out of poverty and give them that opportunity rather than fighting a mythical global warming crisis.” [28]

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 

June 11-12, 2015

James Taylor was a speaker on Panel 7: “Climate Policy and National Security,” at the Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC10) in Washington, D.C., with Jay Lehr. [29]

View James Taylor’s Panel 7 presentation at the Heartland Institute’s ICCC10, below: [30]

March, 2015

James Taylor is one of several climate change skeptics cc'd on an email from S. Fred Singer in hopes of countering the documentary film “Merchants of Doubt,” which exposes the network of climate change skeptics and deniers trying to delay legislative action on climate change. Taylor is one of those featured in the film.

The October, 2014 email (PDF) was leaked to journalists before the documentary was released. “Can I sue for damages?” Singer asked in the email. “Can we get an injunction against the documentary?”

InsideClimate News reports in their article “Leaked Email Reveals Who's Who List of Climate Denialists,” how “Many of those copied on the email thread, such as Singer and communications specialist Steven Milloy, have financial ties to the tobacco, chemical, and oil and gas industries and have worked to defend them since the 1990s.” [20]

InsideClimate News also documented all those who were cc'd on the email, including the following skeptics and groups:

DeSmogBlog covered the emails here: “Merchants of Doubt Film Debuts, Textbook Denial Attack Campaign Led By Fred Singer Ensues” and DeSmogBlog also archived a full copy of the Singer email thread (PDF)

February 9, 2015

James Taylor published an article in Forbes titled “Top 10 Global Warming Lies That May Shock You,” in response to the Environment Defense Fund's “10 Global Warming Effects That May Shock You.” Below is a summary of the assertions that Taylor makes in his article: [25]

  1. “Objective science proves extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, and droughts have become less frequent and less severe as a result of the Earth’s recent modest warming.”
  2. “Any attempt to connect a warmer climate to an increase in Lyme Disease must be accompanied by an acknowledgement of a warmer climate’s propensity to reduce influenza incidence and mortality.”
  3. “Regarding food and water supplies, global crop production has soared as the Earth gradually warms. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is essential to plant life, and adding more of it to the atmosphere enhances plant growth and crop production.” […] “The same holds true for water supplies. Objective data show there has been a gradual increase in global precipitation and soil moisture as our planet warms.”
  4. “The pace of sea level rise remained relatively constant throughout the 20th century, even as global temperatures gradually rose. There has similarly been no increase in the pace of sea level rise in recent decades.”
  5. “[A]larmists here are taking overwhelmingly good news about global warming improving plant health and making it seem like this good news is actually bad news because healthier plants mean more pollen.”
  6. “Alarmists claim warmer winters are causing an increase in pine beetle populations. This assertion is thoroughly debunked by objective, real-world data.” […] “Pine beetles are a natural part of forest ecosystems. Expanding pine forests can support more beetles.”
  7. “[G]lobal warming realists understand a climate more conducive to richer, more abundant plant life is beneficial rather than harmful.”
  8. “Severe storms, floods and agricultural losses may cost a great deal of money, but such extreme weather events – and their resulting costs – are dramatically declining as the Earth modestly warms. Accordingly, EDF’s asserted economic costs are actually economic benefits.”
  9. “Outbreaks of 'new or resurgent diseases' are occurring precisely because governments have caved in to environmental activist groups like EDF and implemented their anti-science agendas.”
  10. “To the contrary, the Antarctic Ice Sheet has been growing at a steady and substantial pace ever since NASA satellites first began measuring the Antarctic ice sheet in 1979.”
Skeptical Science has also compiled a large number of arguments common to climate change skeptics. Among these are refutations to many of the arguments that Taylor uses most in his Forbes post: [26]

Skeptic Argument: Climate change isn't bad. 
Response: Negative impacts of global warming on agriculture, health & environment far outweigh any positives.

Skeptic Argument: Extreme weather isn't connected to global warming
Response: Global warming amplifies the risk factors for extreme weather events - and that is all that Climate Science claims.

Skeptic Argument: CO2 is Plant Food
Response More Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is not necessarily good for plants.

Skeptic Argument: CO2 Levels were higher in the past
Response: The Ordovician glaciation was a brief excursion to coldness during an otherwise warm era, due to a coincidence of conditions. It is completely consistent with climate science.

Skeptic Argument: Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated
Response: Sea levels are rising faster now than in the previous century, and could rise between 50cm to 1.5 metres by 2100

Skeptic Argument: Ice Isn't Melting
Response: Arctic summer sea ice has shrunk by an area equal to Western Australia, and might be all gone in a decade.

Skeptic Argument: Ice Sheet losses are overestimated
Response: Wu et al (2010) use a new method to calculate ice sheet mass balance. This method, like all new methods will improve and be revised with time. Although, it does not agree well with most other measurement techniques, Wu et al's (2010) estimate is still at the upper end of IPCC predictions for ice losses and shows extensive land-ice losses from both Antarctica and Greenland.

December 26, 2014

James Taylor writes an article in Forbes titled “Wheat Production Sets New Records Thanks To Global Warming,” where he claims that Reuters and other sources including Grist  (“Bad news for wheat and eaters everywhere”) and the Guardian (“Global warming will cut wheat yields, research shows”) have published “false claims about global warming reducing wheat harvests.”

According to Taylor, “This newest round of global warming alarmism –with global warming activists and their willfully ignorant media allies attempting to dupe people into believing global warming is causing a decline in wheat harvests – is a perfect illustration of all that is wrong with the alarmist global warming movement.” [21]

A number of scientific studies continue to report counter to Taylor's claims. For example, here is a summary of a 2014 study in Nature Climate Change (available at ScienceDaily):

“Future global wheat harvest is likely to be reduced by six per cent per each degree Celsius of local temperature increase if no adaptation takes place. Worldwide this would correspond to 42 million tons of yield reduction, which equals a quarter of current global wheat trade, experts warn.” [22]

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]

September, 2014

James Taylor writes in Forbes that a “NOAA Report Destroys Global Warming Link to Extreme Weather.” According to Taylor, “Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have demolished claims by global warming activists that global warming caused or worsened many extreme weather events last year.” [23]

However, based on the NOAA Report, a summary of which is available online, Taylor may have cherry picked specific findings that supports his view. For example, while the report does find that three independent studies “did not find conclusive evidence for the impact of human-caused climate change on the ongoing rainfall deficit in California,” it does not claim this with certainty. It continues: “One paper found evidence that atmospheric pressure patterns increased due to human causes, but the influence on the California drought remains uncertain.” [24]

More importantly, the same study does find connections to specific extreme weather events and man-mide climate change. For example, looking at New Zealand's heat waves, “five independent studies all pointed toward human influence having a substantial increase in the likelihood and severity of the record 2013 temperatures in Australia.”

Two more examples are provided from Asia (emphasis added): 

“Japan, Korea and China all experienced extremely hot summers in 2013. Studies of these events concluded that human-caused climate change made these heat waves more likely.”

“With an early arrival of monsoon-like atmospheric circulation in June, the heavy precipitation that occurred in northern India was a once-in-a-century event; however, analyses of observed and simulated June precipitation provide evidence that human-caused climate change has increased the likelihood of such an event.”

While the study does show that some of the extreme events were not caused by man-made climate change, it in no way concludes that there is no connection between extreme weather and man-made climate change. In some cases, it provides evidence of the contrary.

August 30, 2014

James Taylor, Marc Morano, William O’Keefe, Tim Phillips, and S. Fred Singer were all featured in the film Merchants of Doubt, based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. According to the film's synopsis on its website, Merchants of Doubt “lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.” [27]

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]

 Affiliations 

 Publications

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

 Resources

  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.

  20. Katherine Bagley. “Leaked Email Reveals Who's Who List of Climate Denialists,” InsideClimate News. March 12, 2015.

  21. James Taylor. “Wheat Production Sets New Records Thanks To Global Warming,” Forbes. December 26, 2014.

  22. Natural Resources Institute Finland. “Global warming reduces wheat production markedly if no adaptation takes place.” ScienceDaily. January 12, 2015.

  23. James Taylor. “NOAA Report Destroys Global Warming Link To Extreme Weather,” Forbes. September 10, 2014.

  24. New report finds human-caused climate change increased severity of 2013 heat waves in Asia, Europe and Australia,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. September 29, 2014.

  25. James Taylor. “Top 10 Global Warming Lies That May Shock You,” Forbes. February 9, 2015.

  26. Global Warming & Climate Change Myths,” SkepticalScience. Accessed June 4, 3015.

  27. Merchants of Doubt; A Film By Robert Kenner,” Sony Pictures Classics, August 30, 2014.

  28. Suzanne Goldenberg. “Republicans' leading climate denier tells the pope to butt out of climate debate,” The Guardian, June 11, 2015.

  29. Speakers,” Heartland Institute. Archived June 30, 2015.

  30. Panel 7: Climate Policy and National Security with Capt. Donald K. “Deke” Forbes (USN, ret.), Jay Lehr, Ph.D., and James Taylor,” Heartland Institute, June 11, 2015. Archived July 20, 2015.