Calvin Beisner

E. Calvin Beisner


  • Ph.D. Scottish History, University of St. Andrews (2003). [1]
  • M.A. Society with a Specialization in Economic Ethics,  International College (1983).  [1]
  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion and Philosophy, University of Southern California (1978).  [1]


E. Calvin Beisner is a former Professor of Social Ethics at Knox Theological Seminary. He was a member of the faculty as an associate professor of historical theology and social ethics from July 2000 through December 2007, but left Knox at the end of 2007.   [1]

In May 2007 Beisner left the PCA to help plant a new Orthodox Presbyterian Church congregation. He has served on the pastoral staff of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC)[1]

Beisner is known as a “leading evangelical climate-change skeptic,” and founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. He has been called “the most influential evangelical anti-environmentalist in the United States.” [2], [3]

According to Beisner's personal website, he was a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church in America. His profile also adds that Beisner has testified before the U.S. Senate on climate change, spoken at the 2008, 2009, and 2010 International Conferences on Climate Change hosted by the Heartland Institute, and has given talks the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council, and was a guest on Fox News. Besiner designed the Cornwall Alliance's DVD sries “Resisting the Green Dragon.” [1]

Among his affiliations, Beisner is an adjunct fellow of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, an adjunct scholar of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, a fellow of the Institute on Religion and Democracy; and a member of the advisory board of the Templeton Freedom Awards program of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (now the Atlas Network.)  [1]

Stance on Climate Change

May, 2017

Calvin Beisner was hosted on a speaking tour in Canada where he spoke in several provinces. He expressed the following at a talk in Alberta, asserting he was not a climate change “denier”: [4]

Do I believe that global warming is real? Absolutely. Sure. And I also believe that global cooling is real. Warming and cooling have gone back and forth cyclically throughout Earth’s history. Whether you’re somebody who believes in an Earth that’s billions of years old, or somebody who believes in an Earth that is perhaps eight or ten thousand years old, either way, Earth’s history shows us that warming and cooling have gone back and forth cyclically all through Earth’s history. 

[…] So, do I believe global warming is real? Yes. So, I’m not a climate change denier. I’m certainly not a climate denier.” 

However, Beisner clarified that any warming that does occur would be “So little we cannot detect it. And if it’s that little, then it’s not going to have all kinds of disastrous effects.” [4]

October, 1999

Beisner is a signatory to the The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship, which states that there are “Some unfounded or undue concerns include fears of destructive manmade global warming, overpopulation, and rampant species loss.” [5], [6]

Key Quotes

January 31, 2018

Following President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address, Beisner said in a statement[49]

“The utter absence of climate change from President Trump’s State of the Union Address stands in stark contrast to its prominence in all of former President Obama’s speeches. Whether climate alarmists here and abroad like it or not, their pet topic has fallen off the agenda for the highest official in the world’s most powerful nation and its biggest economy. Just as the Department of Defense no longer includes climate change as a national security risk, Trump no longer includes it as a risk to America or the world. His boosting coal is a clear sign that the federal government’s love affair with diffuse, expensive, unreliable renewable energy sources like wind and solar is over. That’s good news for Americans, yes. But it’s especially good news for the poor in developing countries. Western environmentalist elites, dominating the United Nation’s Environment Program and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have bullied them for years against using coal to lift their people out of poverty. Trump’s policies give them cover to buck that bullying and put their people’s needs first.” [49]

May, 2017

Speaking at an event hosted by Reformed Perspective, as part of a Canadian speaking tour, Beisner said:

If we reduce our use of CO2 we will not make any significant difference in global average surface temperature […] Poverty is a far greater risk than anything having to do with climate. […] Poverty kills. Wealth keeps alive.” [7], [4]

December, 2016

“One can’t help wondering if his [Pope Francis's] embrace of climate alarmism rests on politics rather than science. 

[…] “President-elect Trump, at whom the pontiff was preaching, should stick to his guns. He should announce that because President Obama never submitted the Paris treaty to the Senate for ratification, which the Constitution requires for the United States to be bound by any treaty, the U.S. is not a party to the treaty. Then, on the day he’s inaugurated, he should submit the treaty to the Senate, where it will die the ignominious death it deserves.” [8]

July, 2016

“Even if global warming contributed to rising temperature and declining rainfall, human activity needn’t have driven it. The computer models on which the IPCC depends simulate warming from rising atmospheric CO2 at two to three times the observed rate, and none simulated the absence of observed warming from early 1997 to late 2015. So they are tenuous reasons to believe human activity was the main driver.

“At most, human activity contributed a fraction of observed warming, so only a fraction of the rise in temperature and decline in rainfall, and only a fraction of that to the drought, and a fraction of that to the conflict over water.

“In short, rising population and expanding industry and agriculture were greater causes of Syrian conflict than climate change—not to mention centuries-old religio-political conflicts, which dwarf them as causes of Syria’s civil war, the rise of ISIS, and the refugee crisis. And that was but one among many reasons for Brexit.” [9]

June, 2015
“The idea of human-caused climate change is “un-biblical. The pope should back off. The Catholic church is correct on the ethical principles but has been misled on the science.” [10]

“Sad to say, despite Pope Francis’s best intentions, the policies he recommends to mitigate global warming would make it far more difficult to overcome poverty. And, ironically, by prolonging and even spreading poverty, those policies would put more of the natural environment at risk.” [11]

Calvin Beisner describes himself as an authority on climate change after having “read some 50 books […] on the science of climate change”: [12]

June, 2014

“Environmentalism, as a movement, is an alternative world view and a substitute for Christianity. My principal concern about environmentalism is a religious, logical, ethical concern. My secondary concern is that its science and economics are often flawed in ways that would point us towards policies that are especially destructive and harmful to the world's poor and, secondarily, everyone else.” [13]

November, 2012

0:56-1:27 “God has said that all of the various cycles on which life depends are going to be sustained by his providential care from now until God ends heaven and Earth themselves in the last judgment. Now that too, I think, is contrary to fears that man-made climate change could bring an end to the various different climate cycles on which we depend and on which other forms of life depend for our thriving.” [14]

March 25, 2009

In his testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Beisner declared:

“I am convinced that policies meant to reduce alleged carbon dioxide-induced global warming will be destructive.” [15], [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. [53]

Beisner 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. [54]

The letter reads: [55]

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!”

May 17, 2017

The Cornwall Alliance is set to release a new documentary titled “Convicted: How Climate Alarmism Harms the World’s Poor” (working title) as the sequel to “Where the Grass is Greener: Biblical Stewardship vs. Climate Alarmism.” [47]

According to event description, the film would “delves into the deadly impacts of climate alarmism on people in developing countries, and what Biblical Stewardship requires of us: 'To seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.'”  [47]

The event would be co-hosted with the Heritage Foundation, featuring E. Calvin Beisner and Becky Norton Dunlop.   [47]

The Convicted trailer is available on Vimeo, from CDR Communications. Those featured in film include Tom Harris, Tim Ball, S. Fred Singer, Leighton Steward, Patrick J. Michaels, David Legates, among others. [47]

May 1 – 12, 2017

Calvin Beisner was hosted by the group Reformed Perspective (RP) for a speaking tour in Canada titled “The Grass is Greener: Biblical Stewardship in an Age of Climate Alarmism.” The event description on the RP website reads as follows: [7]

“If CO2 reductions, intended to fight future global warming, end up increasing heating costs now, should Christians be for or against them? And if these same CO2 reductions increase food costs, how will that impact the world’s poorest? Why don’t we hear environmentalists talking about the negative impact of their climate change plans? Is that because there aren’t any? And how does biblical stewardship differ from environmentalism in the way each views Man? Does having a Reformed perspective on the environment really matter? You bet it does!” [7]

Reformed Perspective describes itself as a “A Canadian-based monthly Christian magazine and website that looks at society and culture from a Calvinist viewpoint.” A recent issue of the RP magazine includes articles voicing concern over the inclusion of same-sex couples in the children's magazine Hlighlights, and another article on what to do when a family member says they are gay. “The powerful, aggressive, LGBTQ lobby has been very successful in its efforts to normalize the homosexual lifestyle in our society,” the article reads, which also mentions a DVD resource on the topic. [17]

DeSmog attended one of the events in Alberta and captured some key moments from Beisner's presentation. Besiner said the presentation was a condensed version of a lecture he had given at Penn State one year prior titled “Climate science, energy policy, poverty, and Christian faith: How do they connect? [4], [18]

A central argument to Beisner's presentation is that CO2 reductions would harm the poor. “The kinds of policies that are being recommended for us to respond to man-made global warming are policies, every one of them, that would bring enormous harm to the world's poorest,” Beisner said. [4]

Citing research by Craig Idso, Beisner claims that “if you project where CO2 is headed, from 2012 to 2050, You can project an added $9.3 trillion worth of crop yield around the world. […] This is a very, very good thing for the world's poor.” He implies that, conversely, environmentalists may want people to die off in order to reduce global population: [4]

“Sometimes I wonder whether some of the environmentalists want us to be able to feed a growing human population. The top leaders of the world's largest environmental NGOs […] generally agree that the maximum sustainable human population is about half a billion people. Which means we have to get rid of about 95% of us. So, maybe they're not real excited about being able to feed more people. But I am. Because I value people. Because people are made in God's image.

They are crowned with glory and honor and given dominion over everything that moves on the face of the Earth. We are the pinnacle of creation. We are not, as environmentalists tend to describe us, basically just consumers and polluters using up the Earth's resources. The Earth's resources? How does the Earth own anything? And polluting the planet while we're at it. That's not what we are made to be. We are made to be producers and stewards of God's Earth.” [4]

Beisner also addressed his views on climate change, asserting that it is natural and cyclical, while remaining open to those who might believe in “a Earth that is perhaps eight or ten thousand years old”:

Do I believe that global warming is real? Absolutely. Sure. And I also believe that global cooling is real. Warming and cooling have gone back and forth cyclically throughout Earth’s history. Whether you’re somebody who believes in an Earth that’s billions of years old, or somebody who believes in an Earth that is perhaps eight or ten thousand years old, either way, Earth’s history shows us that warming and cooling have gone back and forth cyclically all through Earth’s history. 

[…] So, do I believe global warming is real? Yes. So, I’m not a climate change denier. I’m certainly not a climate denier.” 

He added that any warming that does occur would be ““So little we cannot detect it. And if it’s that little, then it’s not going to have all kinds of disastrous effects.”[4]

According to Beisner, “the whole concept of global average temperature is almost meaningless.” He quotes his “friend Doctor Richard Lindzen” who said that “'the appropriate response to this,’ using very technical scientific language, is ‘so what?’”  [4]

Referring to the research process conducted by Roy Spencer, Beisner said it just doesn't make sense that “God designed a climate system that, with a tiny, tiny change in global average surface temperature would go into collapse”: [4]

“God did promise Himself, Genesis 822, after the flood, that as long as heaven and Earth endured, day and night, summer and winter, cold and heat, seed time to harvest would not cease. So we have God’s own promise of sustaining the cycle on which life depends,” Beisner said. [4]

Beisner, who earlier in his talk described climate science as “the most complex natural system we’ve ever studied with the exception of the human brain and DNA,” describes CO2 and temperature as “pretty basic scientific reasoning”: [4]

On long time periods, CO2 follows temperatures by about 200 to 800 years. But on fairly short time periods of a century or less, CO2 changes about nine to twelve-and-a-half months after temperature changes. Which means, to speak in technical scientific terms again, that the alarmists have put the cart before the horse. This is not rocket science. It’s not that difficult to understand these things. This is pretty basic scientific reasoning.“ [4]

He describes renewable energy as “immoral,” and urges the audience to tell their local officials to stay out of the Paris Climate Agreement: [4]

In Britain, excess winter death rates have risen by more than 300% since the early 2000s because of the policies they’re pushing for more wind and solar and less use of coal and natural gas to generate electricity. This I think is immoral. The 2nd great commandment says love thy neighbor as thyself. […] [4]

“I want you to communicate to your elected representatives […] telling them, I don’t want us participating in the Paris Climate Agreement or any other mandated reduction of CO2 emissions and fossil fuel use because I want to protect the poor from harm.” [4]

May 8, 2017

Beisner, representing the Cornwall Alliance, is a signatory to an open letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him “to withdraw fully from the Paris Climate Treaty and to stop all taxpayer funding of UN global warming programs.” [19]

DeSmog reported that the 40 groups represented in the letter, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), The Heartland Institute, and the Heritage Foundation, have received a combined total of millions of dollars from the Koch Brothers, ExxonMobil, and other industry groups. [20]

Analysis also showed that the groups accepted about $80 million through Donors Capital Fund and Donors Trust, two groups that have been confirmed is a key financial source for key U.S-based cliamate change denial groups. [21]

March 23, 2017

Beisner was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 12th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC12). He spoke on Panel 1A, entitled “Environmental Economics.” [22]

February 23, 2017

Calvin Beisner was a signatory of a petition (PDF) organized by Richard Lindzen of the Cato Institute urging President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the United Nations international convention on climate change (UNFCCC). [23]

In just a few weeks, more than 300 eminent scientists and other qualified individuals from around the world have signed the petition below,” Lindzen wrote in the letter. [23]

DeSmog investigated the list, and found that only a small handful of the signatories could be considered “even remotely ‘qualified’ or ‘eminent’ — but not in the field of climate science.” The list included individuals “interested in climate,” and one signatory who only identified as an “emailer who wished to sign the petition” while some signers provided no affiliation or address whatsoever. [24]

January 5, 2017

Calvin Beisner was a signatory to a Cornwall Alliance open letter supporting Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator under the Trump administration. [25]

Mr. Pruitt has also demonstrated understanding of and open-mindedness toward scientific insights crucial to the formulation and implementation of environmental regulation. He is prepared to hear all sides in debates over the risks and benefits of various activities that come under the purview of the EPA,” reads the letter. [25]

On January 12, 2017, Senate Democrats raised conflict of interest concerns regarding Scott Prutt's fossil fuel ties. Pruitt had spent years working to combat the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. [26]

In an open letter to the Office of Government Ethics, members of the Senate's environmental panel commented: [26]

During his tenure as Attorney General of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt has blurred the distinction between official and political actions, often at the behest of corporations he will regulate if confirmed to lead EPA,” the letter said. “Public reporting based on documents produced by Freedom of Information Act requests illustrate how Mr. Pruitt and members of his staff have worked closely with fossil fuel lobbyists to craft his office's official positions.” [26]

Pruitt was further grilled on his fossil fuel ties at his confirmation hearing on January 18.  Some notable signatories of the Cornwall Alliance letter, as of January 5, 2017, included:[27]

June 30, 2016

Calvin Beisner wrote an article in Townhall describing the supposed “anti-energy agenda” of environmental groups in 2016. He chastises groups who opposed hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at platform committee meetings in 2016. [28]

“Test after test has confirmed that the [fracking] process is safe and, contrary to vocal activists’ emotionally calculated claims, does not impact drinking water,” Beisner said. “Not only would a fracking ban reverse America’s advance toward energy independence, but the cost of heating homes and fueling cars would skyrocket almost overnight.” [28]

According to Beisner, the “green radicals” had another platform demand that was “just plain bonkers.” He describes the “Keep it in the ground” strategy as “tragically naïve” and claims that “higher-priced wind and solar would induce the green energy poverty, already widespread in Great Britain and for the same reason, that literally kills those who can no longer afford to protect themselves from heat and cold.” [28]

“Reasonable people recognize that green activists’ proposed 'solutions' have truly 'jumped the shark' this year,” Beisner concluded. “They have no basis in reality. As we debate ways to protect our environment and our water quality, we must balance the task of sound environmental stewardship with the critical need for abundant, affordable, reliable energy.” [28]

June 10, 2016

Calvin Beisner wrote an open letter to U.S. attorneys general about climate change, representing the Cornwall Alliance. [29]

The letter responds to recent investigations by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of Attorneys General United for Clean Power into what ExxonMobil knew about climate change and when, started by a coalition of attorneys general in the US. [30], [31] 

Beisner writes that the attorneys generals' actions are “a dead giveaway that you’re ignorant about climate science and related climate and energy policy.” [29]

“[U]nlike in the case of tobacco’s health risks, there are innumerable and enormous holes in the case (not for human contribution to global warming but) for manmade global warming dangerous enough to justify spending trillions of dollars reinventing the world’s energy system to mitigate it, particularly when competing use of those trillions might bring far greater benefit,” Beisner addresses the attorneys general. And you, intelligent and learned all, are ignorant of those enormous holes.”  [29]

Signatories of the Cornwall Alliance's open letter include:  [29]

November 19, 2015

E. Calvin Beisner was a speaker at an event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation titled “At the Crossroads Energy & Climate Policy Summit.” Beisner spoke as part of Session III, entitled “Energy Poverty.” [32]

Speakers included:

Robert E. Murray Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, the nation’s largest underground coal mining commpany.
H. Leighton Steward Member,
Dr. Don Easterbrook Professor Emeritus of Geology at Western Washington University
Dr. Will Happer Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Princeton University
Dr. Richard Lindzen Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Dr. Patrick Moore Author and founding member of Greenpeace
Dr. E. Calvin Beisner Spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Horace Cooper Adjunct Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research
Dr. Caleb Rossiter Adjunct Professor, School of International Service and Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences at American University
Mark P. Mills Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute and founder andCEO, Digital Power Group
Dr. Hal Doiron Former NASA Engineer and Chairman, The Right Climate Stuff Research Team
Walter Cunningham Fighter Pilot, Col. USMCR-Ret.; Physicist; Apollo 7 Astronaut
Dr. George L. Stegemeier President, GLS Engineering, Inc.
Stephen Moore Distinguished Visiting Fellow on the Project for Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation
Robert L. Bradley Jr. CEO, Institute for Energy Research
Mike Nas Partner, Environmental and Legislative Affairs Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Marc Morano Founder,
Ray Gifford Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Brian Lloyd Executive Director, Public Utility Commission of Texas
John Cornyn U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn

June 17, 2015

“Sad to say, despite Pope Francis’s best intentions, the policies he recommends to mitigate global warming would make it far more difficult to overcome poverty. And, ironically, by prolonging and even spreading poverty, those policies would put more of the natural environment at risk.
People worried about putting food on the table, clothes on the back, and a roof over the head can’t afford to care or do much about air, water, and solid waste pollution. Gathering enough twigs and branches to cook tonight’s measly meal and heat a miserable hut take precedence over any concerns about deforestation, soil erosion, and biodiversity loss.
Wealth enables people to afford better environmental stewardship. Pope Francis should champion economic development as a solution both to poverty and to environmental degradation. Unfortunately, at least as regards climate change, the leaked draft of the new encyclical does the opposite.” [11]
Calvin Beisner also wrote an article in the Washington Times titled “The ironies of Pope Francis’s climate-change cure” where Beisner claims “The sections on climate change are riddled with vigorously debated, if not outright false, claims.” Beisner also includes “four relevant facts,” most of which refer to innacuracy of climate models. This argument has been thoroughly addressed at SkepticalScience[33]
Beisner also writes that fossil fuel use and economic development should be promoted as a way to reduce poverty: [33]
“Wealth enables people to afford better environmental stewardship. Pope Francis should champion economic development as solution both to poverty and to environmental degradation.” [33]

April 27, 2015

Calvin Beisner spoke at the Heartland Institute's “Prebuttal” press conference at the Hotel Columbus in Rome as part of an initiative by the Heartland Institute to tell Pope Francis that “global warming is not a crisis.” See the video below. [34]

September 26, 2014

Calvin Beisner attends the “At the Crossroads; Energy & Climate Policy Summit” in Houston, Texas, hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and The Heritage Foundation. Beisner presented in “Panel V: Prosperity and Poverty,” with Leighton Steward, Kathleen Hartnett White, and Caleb Rossiter. [35]

July 7 - 9, 2014

Calvin Beisner was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada. [36] His speech, titled “Punish Your Enemies, Plunder the Poor: How EPA’s New CO2 Emissions Rule Turns Christian Ethics on Upside Down” can be viewed below. 

DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here. [36]

May, 2010

Beisner was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's fourth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC4.)  [37]

His speech, titled “How Environmentalists Have Targeted Evangelicals to Create the Appearance of Mass Public Support of Anthropogenic Global Warming Mitigation” can be viewed below. 

DeSmog has done research on the co-sponsors of the conference and found that 19 of the 65 sponsors (including Heartland itself) have received a total of over $40 million in funding since 1985 from ExxonMobilKoch Industries family foundations or the Scaife family foundations.   


The Cornwall Alliance released a campaign to combat popular views regarding global warming. The campaign is titled “Resisting the Green Dragon” and includes a video series described as a “biblical response to one of the greatest deceptions of our day.” [38]

The series, designed by Beisner, portrays those who belief in climate change as following a “false religion.” [38]

March 25, 2009

At a 2009 House hearing titled “Adaption Policies on Climate Legislation,” Beisner expressed his “balanced biblical view” on climate change. [16]

A key speaker at the hearing, who Beisner also points to for his evidence, is prominent climate change skeptic Christopher Monckton.  [16]

Beisner proclaims that he is “convinced that policies meant to reduce alleged carbon dioxide-induced global warming will be destructive, devising mischief by decree.”  [16]

According to Beisner, “These findings, opposite the expectations of the IPCC, are consistent with the Biblical world.” He describes the IPCC's view as “Atheistic.”  [16]

View Beisner's full testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce here[15]

March, 2009

Beisner was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's second International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2). [56]

His speech was titled “Remember the poor: A Christian Perspective on Energy Rationing.” 

DeSmogBlog researched the funding behind the conference and found that sponsor organizations had collectively received over $47 million from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from the Scaife Family of foundations.

March, 2008

Beisner was a speaker at the the Heartland Institute's first International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC1). His speech, titled “Scientific Orthodoxies, Politicized Science, and Catastrophic Manmade Warming: Challenges to Evangelicals Navigating Rough Waters in Science and Policy” can be viewed below. [39]

July, 2006

Beisner co-authored a Interfaith Stewardship Alliance (ISA) report refuting the work of an opposing religious organization called the Evangelical Climate Initiative. The ISA report was titled A Call to Truth, Prudence and Protection of the Poor: an Evangelical Response to Global Warming. [40]

Co-authors of the report included Paul K. Driessen, Ross McKitrick, and Roy W. Spencer.

October, 2006

Beisner debated the primary author of the Evangelical Climate Initiative's “'Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action.'” [41]


At the time of ISA's launch, the organization released a report titled, “An Examination of the Scientific, Ethical and Theological Implications of Climate Change Policy.” [42]

The purpose of the report was to “examine the scientific questions surrounding global warming, carbon reductions, and puts forth Biblical principles that can guide Christians in making policy decisions on the environment.” [42]

The report was written by Calvin Beisner, Roy Spencer and Paul Driessen.  [42]

February 5 – 8, 1998

Beisner was a speaker at a conference hosted by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (AERF) on “Poverty and the Environment.” Beisner's talk was titled “The Human Dimensions of Poverty.” [48]

According to the conference event description, “This Atlas Economic Research Foundation conference will bring together scholars and government officials from the Americas, to discuss the interrelationships between poverty, human health and environmental quality. For two days, speakers, panelists and commentators will examine deep-rooted problems … evaluate how nations have sought to solve them with central planning and governmental mandates … explore market-oriented alternatives to command-and-control approaches … and address the pros and cons of international treaties and protocols that often involve one-size-fits- all 'solutions' to narrowly defined environmental problems and concerns.” [48]

The event, hosted in Orlando, Florida, included a tour of Disney World's waste management facility, followed by speaker discussions on “global treaties and local solutions in the areas of packaging, solid wastes, wastewater treatment, air quality and related issues.” The full list of speakers was as follows: [48]

Name Affiliation Country
Alejandro Chafuen Atlas Economic Research Foundation USA
Hernan Büchi Instituto Libertad y Desarrollo Chile
Lynn Scarlett Reason Foundation USA
Sally Pipes Pacific Research Institute USA
Calvin Beisner Covenant College USA
Jo Kwong Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Terry Anderson PERC USA
Harry Teasley Former President, Coca Cola Nestle Refreshments Company USA
Roy Mecklenburg Walt Disney World USA
Monica Ozores-Hampton University of Florida USA
Moderator: Deroy Murdock Atlas Economic Research Foundation USA
Fred Smith Competitive Enterprise Institute USA
Harvey Alter Chamber of Commerce USA
Henry Miller Hoover Institute USA
Roger Bate Institute of Economic Affairs United Kingdom
Enrique Ghersi CITEL Peru
Roberto Fendt Instituto Liberal Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Patricia Vasquez Fundacion Republica Argentina
Harvey Alter Chamber of Commerce USA
Charles Stitt Former Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis USA
Luis Diaz CalRecovery, Inc. USA
Doug Reichlan United Water Services USA
Maria Isabel Di Mare Universidad Autonoma de Centro America Costa Rica
Fernando Von Zuben CEMPRE Brazil
Arturo Davila Procesa Mexico
Ana Maria Garmendia SUSTENTA Mexico
Hon. Armando Ribas Former Member of Congress, Argentina Argentina



Although Beisner has not written any peer-reviewed papers on the subject of climate change, he has written many articles criticizing the science of global warming in the context of the Evangelical faith, including:

A full list of his publications is available on his website. A sample of his free articles below:

In 2005, Beisner wrote an article titled “Aggressive Secularism Evident in Judge’s Ruling Barring Intelligent Design from Dover Schools’ Biology Curriculum” criticizing a judicial ruling barring intelligent design from a biology class curriculum. Beisner wrote: [45]

“[T]he aggressive, extreme secularism that would reject all reference in biology studies to intelligent design of irreducibly complex structures is more patently unscientific and more obviously religious than what most people have encountered in discussing evolution and creation. Perhaps a few more will waken now to the fact that the public schools are the enemy, not the friend, and not even a neutral party to Christians, and therefore (a) remove their kids from them and (b) stop working with them.” (emphasis added).  [45]

In 1990, Beisner wrote a piece criticizing the need for further federal spending on AIDS research, treatment and education. In the article Beisner asks, “is it rational to allocate $3.5 billion dollars to fight a disease that is almost 100 percent self-inflicted by people intent on immoral and irrational behavior?” (emphasis added). [46]

Beisner goes on to claim that the “simple fact is that militant homosexuals have a potent lobby on Capitol Hill and at the White House. They know how to get politicians' attention. Only that can explain the irrational policies that have prevailed toward AIDS.” (emphasis added). [46]


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Profile image of Calvin Beisner at Heartland Institute Press Conference Before Vatican's 2015 Climate Summit, via YouTube.