Art Robinson

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Arthur (Art) B. Robinson

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California at San Diego. [1]

 Background

Art Robinson is the founder of a group called the “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine” (OISM), which markets, among other things, a home-schooling kit for “parents concerned about socialism in the public schools” and books on how to survive nuclear war. [2]

Robinson is best known for organizing the Oregon Petition that disputes the scientific evidence for man-made global warming.

In 2010, Robinson was the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon's 4th congressional district.

Robinson appears on Senator James Inhofe's list of “prominent scientists” who dispute the existence of man-made global warming. In a debunking of the list, Robinson was found to be one of 70 so-called “scientists” who have no background in climate science.

Robinson has described environmentalists as “warmed over college radicals who have found a way to make radicalism pay” who “don't have much for brains.” [3]

Stance on Climate Change

“There are thousands of physical scientists in this country who on the basis of scientific information alone reject the idea of human-caused global warming.” [4]

Key Quotes

“This is not rocket science—climate science is very simple. A 12-year-old could probably understand this subject [of climate change].” [5]

“If radioactive waste were dissolved as water soluble compounds and then widely dispersed in the oceans, no health or other environmental risks would ever occur.” [6]

Art Robinson on the Rachel Maddow Show: [16]

Key Deeds

August, 2013

“Art Robinson, a vocal skeptic of man-made climate change who unsuccessfully ran against Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) in 2010 and 2012, was elected Saturday (August 10, 2013) as the Oregon Republican Party's new chairman.” [15]

May, 2010

Robinson was a speaker (PDF) at the Heartland Institute's 2010 International Conference on Climate Change. The annual conference gathers climate change skeptics from across the globe to voice their views. [7]

April, 1998

Robinson organized and authored the infamous Oregon Petition which collected a supposed 31,000 signatories that denied the existence of man-made global warming.

The Oregon Petition has been used by climate change deniers as proof that there is no scientific consensus, however they fail to note the controversy surrounding the petition itself. In April 1998, Robinson’s Oregon Institute, along with the Exxon-backed George C. Marshall Institute, co-published the infamous “Oregon Petition,” claiming to have collected 17,000 signatories to a document arguing against the realities of global warming. [8], [9]

Along with the petition there was a cover letter from Dr. Fred Seitz a notorious climate change denier (and big tobacco scientist), who over 30 years ago was the president of the National Academy of Science. Also attached to the petition was an apparent “research paper” titled “Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide.”

The petition and the documents included were all made to look like official papers from the prestigious National Academy of Science. They weren’t, and this attempt to mislead has been well-documented.

The paper mimicked what a research paper would look like in the National Academy’s prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy journal. The authors of the paper were Robinson, Sallie Baliunas, Willie Soon (both oil-backed scientists) and Robinson’s son Zachary.

With the signature of a former NAS president and a research paper that appeared to be published in one of the most prestigious science journals in the world, many scientists were duped into signing a petition based on a false impression.

The petition was so misleading that the National Academy issued a news release in complaint, stating that “The petition project was a deliberate attempt to mislead scientists and to rally them in an attempt to undermine support for the Kyoto Protocol. The petition was not based on a review of the science of global climate change, nor were its signers experts in the field of climate science.” [10]

See a video and commentary debunking the Oregon Petition here. [11]

 Affiliations

 Publications

Of his own admission Robinson acknowledges “he has done no direct research into global warming.” An ISI database search of publications confirms that Robinson has never published any research in the area of human-induced climate change.

 Resources

  1. About Art Robinson,” Art Robinson for U.S. Congress. Accessed February, 2012. Archived February 10, 2012 with WebCite.

  2. Arthur B. Robinson: Professor of Chemistry,” Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. Accessed February 10, 2012.

  3. A Scientist Finds Independence,” The American Spectator, February 2001. Republished by Independentscientist.com.

  4. ART ROBINSON vs RACHEL MADDOW pt.1. YouTube Video uploaded by MOXNEWSd0tCOM.

  5. Hot Air,” Willamette Week, January 7, 2009.

  6. Nuclear Waste,” Access to Energy, Vol. 22, No. 6 (February 1, 1995. Accessed at Access to Energy Newsletter Archive. Archived with WebCite, February 10, 2012.

  7. “4th International Conference on Climate Change” (PDF), The Heartland Institute. Accessed February, 2012, from University of Hartford server.

  8. INHOFE QUESTIONS SCIENCE BEHIND ARCTIC REPORT” (Press Release), U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. Publication date not listed.

  9. SEPP News Release: More Than 15,000 Scientists Protest Kyoto Accord; Speak Out Against Global Warming Myth,” Science and Environmental Policy Project, April 20, 1998. Archived August 4, 2010.

  10. 700 Club anchor touted global warming skeptics' petition reportedly signed by non-scientists, fictitious characters,” Media Transparency, February 14, 2006.

  11. Astounding Interview with 'Oregon Petition' Nutjob – Art Robinson,” Climate Denial Crock of the Week, October 13, 2010.

  12. Camilla Mortensen. “Wingnut is as Wingnut does,” Eugene Weekly, August 12, 2010.

  13. Arthur B. Robinson,” SourceWatch Profile.

  14. Arthur B. Robinson,” Wikipedia Entry.

  15. Art Robinson, Global Warming Skeptic, Elected Oregon GOP Chairman,” Huffington Post, August 11, 2013.

  16. Art Robinson on the Rachel Maddow Show,” Accessed August 13, 2013.

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