Madhav Khandekar


Madhav Khandekar


  • Ph.D., Meteorology, Florida State University.
  • M.Sc., Meteorology, Florida State University.
  • M.Sc., Statistics, Pune University (India).
  • B.Sc., Mathematics.
  • B.Sc., Physics.

Source: [1]


Madhav Khandekar is a retired Environment Canada scientist. The Heartland Institute describes him as “an environmental consultant on extreme weather events and a scientist with the Natural Resources Stewardship Project.” [2]

According to leaked documents from Heartland, Khandekar has been receiving $1,000 per month from the Heartland Institute, an organization at the forefront of climate change skepticism.

Stance on Climate Change

“There is no correlation between c02 and temperature at all. In fact if we look at the temperature change over the last 100 years and link it with the c02, there is little correlation…” [3]

Key Quotes

“At this point I don't think it’s correct to say that the planet is continuing to warm because it has essentially stayed about the same. There is no additional warming of the entire earth-atmosphere-ocean system in the last few years.”

“I don't see that CO2 is inducing any climate change. CO2 may have induced a small amount of warming that we saw in the 80's and 90's but more importantly CO2 is an inert gas, it is not a pollutant.” [4]

Key Deeds

September 9, 2014

Madhav Khandekar, Cliff Ollierand Arthur Middleton Hughes publish a book titled About Face!: Why the World Needs More Carbon Dioxide; The Failed Science of Global Warming. The book’s trio of authors encourage ramping up CO2 levels, by way of increased fossil fuel use, “to allow more plants to grow and combat rising levels of malnutrition.” [14]

The authors write if the “EPA and IPCC are successful in reducing carbon dioxide in the air, more millions will die annually of starvation—people that could be fed from bigger harvests generated by more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” and that, “CO2 is good. We need more of it, not less. DDT is good. We need to use it to eradicate malaria. Energy Independence is impossible and wrong-headed. We should stop subsidizing ethanol, wind power and solar. Coal plants are urgently needed to produce electricity and increase CO2 in the atmosphere. We need to stop programs that are causing millions of deaths worldwide, and spending billions of dollars wastefully at home … There is no global warming caused by CO2, nor are there deaths to wild birds or people due to DDT.” [15]

The central message of the book asserted by Ollier, Khandekar, and Hughes is “people have to be ever vigilant to make sure that doomsayers are not allowed to dictate public policy.” [15]

July 7 - 9, 2014

Madhav Khandekar was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada. [13]

DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here.

March 30, 2009

Khandekar's signature is appended to a full-page ad funded by the CATO institute that appeared in numerous newspapers including the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune in 2009.

The advertisement criticizes President Obama's declaration that “few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change,” stating that “with all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.” It goes on to assert that “there has been no net global warming for over a decade,” and that the dangers of global warming are “grossly overstated.” [10]

December 13th, 2007

Khandekar signed an open letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations alleging that that the “UN climate conference is taking the World in entirely the wrong direction.”

The letter was signed by 100 “Prominent Scientists.” [5]

May 3, 2004

Khandekar spoke at a Cooler Heads Coalition “Congressional and Media Briefing” titled “The Impacts of Global Warming: Why the Alarmist View is Wrong.”

Other speakers included global warming skeptics Paul Reiter, Nils-Axel Morner, and Patrick Michaels. [6]


Madhav Khandekar was one of three Canadians “part of a network of academics receiving monthly payments from the Chicago-based Heartland Institute as part of its advocacy work to cast doubt on scientific evidence linking human activity to global warming observed in recent decades,” according to a report from Postmedia News' Mike De Souza. [16] Khandekar wrote there was “nothing secret about it,” receiving a $1,000 per month stipend from Heartland, “for doing the literature review and providing commentaries on the website.” [16]

Tom Harris was among the other Canadians mentioned in the internal financial records as having received funds from the Heartland InstituteHarris also received $175,000 from Talisman Energy, an Alberta-based energy company, to finance a project titled “Research on the Climate-Change Debate,” using University of Calgary “research accounts,” yielding “a video attacking the Kyoto Protocol and peer-reviewed scientific literature linking human activity to climate change.” [16]



According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Khandekar has published 19 pieces of research in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of El Nino and climate.

Many of his papers on climate change were published in the journal Energy and Environment , a journal which has been criticized for its peer review process and which is edited by global warming skeptic Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen.


  1. Experts,” ICECAP. Accessed January, 2012.

  2. Heartland Experts: Madhav Kandekar,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed January, 2012.

  3. Climate Change. Interview with Madhav Khandekar (Part 1).” YouTube video, uploaded by HLabohm on November 9, 2008. Accessed January, 2012.

  4. Interview with the Frontier Center for Public Policy, July 31, 2009.

  5. Open Letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations,” December 13, 2007. Reprinted by the Science and Public Policy Institute.

  6. Impacts of Global Warming: Why the Alarmist View is Wrong,” Cooler Heads Coalition ( Archived April 24, 2007.

  7. NRSP People,” Natural Resources Stewardship Project. Archived January 31, 2007.

  8. WHO WE ARE,” International Climate Science Coalition. Accessed January, 2012.

  9. SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD,” Friends of Science. Accessed January, 2012.

  10. Climate Change Reality,” The Cato Institute.

  11. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Madhav Khandekar.

  12. Deniers: Scientists: Madhav Khandekar,” ExxonSecrets Wiki.

  13. Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.


  15. Arthur Middleton Hughes, Madhav Khandekar, and Cliff Ollier. ”About Face!: Why the World Needs More Carbon Dioxide; The Failed Science of Global Warming,” Two Harbors Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2014. 

  16. Feds discreet about foreign funding of climate skeptics,” Postmedia News, March 12, 2012. Archived November 7, 2014.