James A. Wanliss

James A. Wanliss


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Alberta. [1]
  • M.Sc., Exploration Geophysics, Witwatersrand University (1995). [1]
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Physics. University of Cape Town (1992). [1] 
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town (1991). [1] 


James A. Wanliss is an associate professor of Physics and Computer Science at Presbyterian College. His main areas of research are physics and space weather.

Wanliss says that he entered the environmental debate after teaching a course that “examined scientifically several prominent claims of the green movement that proved to be either false or highly exaggerated.” [2]

He contends that “the green movement is not about science, or the environment, but is offered as an alternative to Christian faith, one that people interested in truth need to learn to combat.”

Wanliss is the author of The Green Dragon: Is Global Warming a Religion which portrays environmentalists as a “pagan world order.” His book is published by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.

Stance on Climate Change

“While evidence seems to indicate that we have been warming up nicely for the past several hundred years, at present we may be in a slight cooling trend. There has been no global warming for almost 15 years.” [3]

Key Quotes

July, 2016

“Al Gore is a prime example of the danger of seeking religious purpose in life through political interests and activism. Today, his declared central organizing life-principle is salvation of the environment. Yet for most of his life he was a member in good standing of the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention.” [13]

February 2012

“Around the world, environmentalism has become an unbalanced, radical movement. Something we call ‘The Green Dragon.’ And it is deadly, deadly to human prosperity, deadly to human life, deadly to human freedom and deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Make no mistake about it, environmentalism is no longer your friend. It is your enemy. And the battle is not primarily political or material, it is spiritual… . As Christians, we must actively trust God and obey His word. So when it comes to environmental stewardship, we must reject the false world view, the faulty science and the counterfeit gospel that threatens to corrupt society and the church.” [4]

Key Deeds

February 23, 2017

Wanliss 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). [17]

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. [17]

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. [18]

January 5, 2017

James A. Wanliss was a signatory to a Cornwall Alliance open letter supporting Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator under the Trump administration. [14]

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.

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. [15]

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

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.”

Pruitt was further grilled on his fossil fuel ties at his confirmation hearing on January 18. [16]

Some notable signatories of the Cornwall Alliance letter, as of January 5, 2017, included:

June 10, 2016

James A. Wanliss was a signatory to a Cornwall Alliance open letter written by Calvin Beisner and addressed to U.S. attorneys general about climate change. [10]

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. [11], [12] 

Calvin Beisner writes that the attorneys generals' actions are “a dead giveaway that you’re ignorant about climate science and related climate and energy policy.” [10]

“[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.” [10]

The Cornwall Alliance lists the following signatories to its open letter: [10]


James Wanliss's primary contribution to the skeptical science debate has been his publication of The Green Dragon: Is Global Warming a Religion, published by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation (and featured on their website).

A review of The Green Dragon by retired chemist J.C. Moore described it as “a book about how environmentalism is committed to 'the reconstruction of a pagan world order' and 'rejection of Christian spirituality. The author argues that the environmental movement 'is a religion with a vision of sin and repentance, heaven and hell. It even has a special vocabulary, with words like 'sustainability' and 'carbon neutral.' Its saints are Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change'.” [5]

Wanliss responded to the above review, stating that he wrote the book “because I believe it is possible to have a balanced Biblical view of stewardship and conservation to the critical issues of environment and development.” [6]

This statement is nearly identical to that of the Cornwall Alliance, which proclaims that “The Cornwall Alliance is committed to bringing a proper and balanced biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues of environment and development.” [7]

The Cornwall Alliance is also responsible for a video series titled “Resisting the Green Dragon” which similarly demonizes the environmental movement. The series has been critiqued by numerous sources. In January, 2011 the Cornwall Alliance released an accompanying book titled Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion Not Death which was also written by James Wanliss. 

Feb 8, 2011

Signatory to an open letter to the United States Congress titled “The Truth About Climate Change” (PDF) written in opposition to another letter that had encouraged politicians to set aside politics and look at the science of climate change. [8]

“The Truth About Climate Change” concludes: 

“We believe you will find that it [climate change] is not the horrendous environmental threat they [scientists who signed the previous letter] and others have made it out to be, and that they have consistently exaggerated the negative effects of global warming on the U.S. economy, national security, and public health, when such effects may well be small to negligible.”



According to Wanliss dot Com, Wanliss has published over 48 papers in various areas of space plasma physics, mainly in the Journal of Geophysical Research and Geophysical Research Letters. He has also published in psychology and medical areas, and popular Christian journals.

A search of Google Scholar returns no publications in peer-reviewed journals by James Wanliss on the subject of climate.

His other publications include:


  1. James A. Wanliss, Associate Professor,” Presbyterian College. Accessed February, 2012.

  2. Background Information,” Wanliss dot Com. Accessed February, 2012.

  3. Does the Planet Really Have a Fever?”, Wanliss dot Com, March 10, 2011.

  4. Orders,” Wanliss dot Com. Accessed February, 2012.

  5. The Green Dragon : Is Global Warming a Religion?”, J.C. Moore Online, October 30, 2010.

  6. James Wanliss. “The Green Dragon: Is Global Warming a Religion?, by J.C. Moore,Wanliss dot Com, January 13, 2011.

  7. About the Cornwall Alliance,” Cornwall Alliance. Accessed February, 2012.

  8. The Truth About Climate Change Open Letter: Open Letter to the United States Congress: 8 February 2011,” February 8, 2011. Republished by c02science.

  9. James A. Wanliss. “What Can We Learn from the Japan Earthquake?”, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. Accessed February, 2012.

  10. E. Calvin Beisner. “Open Letter to Attorneys General about Climate Change,” Cornwall Alliance, June 10, 2016. Archived June 24, 2016. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6iVmM7y0O

  11. David Hasemyer. “Climate Fraud Investigation of Exxon Draws Attention of 17 Attorneys General,” InsideClimate News, March 30, 2016. Archived June 24, 2016. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6iVncbdxJ

  12. Ben Jervey. “State Investigations Into What Exxon Knew Double, and Exxon Gets Defensive,” Desmog, April 1, 2016.

  13. James Wanliss. “The Church of Global Warming,” Christian Post, July 5, 2016. Archived July 14, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  14. Open Letter Supporting Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator,” Cornwall Alliance, January 5, 2017. Archived January 19, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/xMash

  15. Ben Jervey. “Mapping EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt's Many Fossil Fuel Ties,” DeSmog, January 13, 2017.

  16. Ben Jervey and Steve Horn. “EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Gets Grilled on Fossil Fuel Ties at Confirmation Hearing,” DeSmog, January 18, 2017.

  17. PETITION” (PDF), February 23, 2017. Richard Lindzen. PDF Archived at DeSmog.

  18. Graham Readfearn. “Climate Science Denier Richard Lindzen's List of 300 “Scientists” Sent to Trump Is the Usual Parade of Non-Experts,” DeSmog, February 27, 2017.