Art Robinson

Arthur (Art) B. Robinson


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


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]

In 2010, Robinson was the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon's 4th congressional district. In 2016, Robinson joined the Board of Directors of The Heartland Institute. In 2015, the Heartland Institute had named its environmental center the “Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy in honor of Dr. Robinson.” [22]

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]

The Oregon Petition

Robinson is best known for organizing the Oregon Petition that disputes the scientific evidence for man-made global warming. The infamous and debunked “Oregon Petition” claimed to have collected 17,000 signatories to a document arguing against the realities of global warming. [21]

In April 1998, Robinson’s Oregon Institute, along with the Exxon-backed George C. Marshall Institute, claimed to have collected 17,000 signatories to a document arguing against the realities of global warming. [8], [9]

According to the May 1998 Associated Press article, the Oregon Petition included names that were intentionally placed to prove the invalid methodology with which the names of scientists were collected. For example,  the petition included the names of “Drs. 'Frank Burns' 'Honeycutt' and 'Pierce' from the hit-show M*A*S*H and Spice Girls, a.k.a. Geraldine Halliwell, who was on the petition as 'Dr. Geri Halliwel' and again as simply 'Dr. Halliwell.' ” [20]

In response to the issue of the fake names, Robinson said, “When we're getting thousands of signatures there's no way of filtering out a fake.” [20]

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

February 4, 2018

In January 2018, more than 200 scientists endorsed an open letter calling on the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to remove climate change denier Rebekah Mercer from its board and to “end ties to anti-science propagandists and funders of climate science misinformation.” The New York Times reported that those among the AMNH letter calling for Mercer to step down were Michael E. Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, and Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. [23]

Robinson was among a group of climate change deniers who responded with their own open letter, calling for the AMNH “not to cave in to this pressure.” The letter was signed by numerous individuals with ties to groups funded by the Mercer Family Foundation such as Will Happer of the CO2 CoalitionRichard Lindzen, a fellow at the Cato Institute; and Craig Idso, the chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. There are a number of signatories affiliated with the Heartland Institute, which has received over $5.78 million from the Mercer Family Foundation since 2008. [24]

The letter reads: [25]

The Earth has supported abundant life many times in the geological past when there were much higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It is quite likely that future generations will benefit from the enrichment of Earth’s atmosphere with more carbon dioxide.

Make no mistake, the agitators are not defending science from quackery — quite the contrary!”

December 29, 2016

The Heartland Institute announced that Robinson would join its board of directors. The press release notes that Heartland had also named its Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy in honor of Robinson in 2015. [26]

Heartland Institute President Joseph L. Bast commented, “Art Robinson is as bold and brave a person as I have ever met. Having him join Heartland’s Board of Directors honors us and sends a signal to the world that we will continue to ‘speak truth to power’ on the important issue of climate change as well as the need for educational choice, repealing Obamacare, and other issues as well.” [26]

July 8 – 10, 2016

Art Robinson was a speaker at 34th Annual Meeting of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, co-sponsored by Access to Energy, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, and Physicians for Civil Defense. [17]

Robinson's talk was titled “A Nuclear Power Supply for a Deep-Space Probe.” [17]

DDP listed the following speakers at their event: [17]

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]

March, 2009

Arthur Robinson was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Second International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2) in New York. His Speech was titled “Nobel Prize for Death.” [18]

DeSmog researched the funding behind Heartland's Second International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2) and found sponsor organizations had received over $47 million in funding from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from Scaife Family Foundations. [19]

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]



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.


  1. About Art Robinson,” Art Robinson for U.S. Congress. Archived February 4, 2012. 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

  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.

  17. DDP 34th Annual Meeting – July 2016,” Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. Archived July 22, 2016. Backup archive url:

  18. Arthur Robinson, ICCC2,” International Conferences on Climate Change. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. URL

  19. Heartland Institute's 2009 Climate Conference in New York: funding history of the sponsors,” DeSmog.

  20. H. Josef Hebert. “Jokers Add Fake Names To Warming Petition,” The Seattle Times, May 1, 1998. Archived October 24, 2016. URL

  21. Kevin Grandia. “The 30,000 Global Warming Petition Is Easily-Debunked Propaganda,” The Huffington Post, August 22, 2009. Archived January 12, 2017. URL:

  22. Jim Lakely. “ARTHUR B. ROBINSON JOINS BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HEARTLAND INSTITUTE,” The Heartland Institute, December 27, 2016. Archived January 31, 2017. URL

  23. Robin Pogrebin and Somini Sengupta. “A Science Denier at the Natural History Museum? Scientists Rebel,” The New York Times, January 25, 2018. Archived February 13, 2018. URL

  24. Graham Readfearn. “Climate Science Deniers Defend New York’s American Museum of Natural History From Calls to Drop Trustee Rebekah Mercer,” DeSmog, February 6, 2018.

  25. mnh18-feb4-petitionletter (PDF - Untitled). Retrieved from Watts Up With That.

  26. (Press Release). “Arthur B. Robinson Joins Board of Directors of The Heartland Institute,” PRWeb, December 29, 2016. Archived February 22, 2018. URL: