John Droz

John Droz Jr.

Credentials

  • Masters Degree, Solid State Science, Syracuse University (1975). [1], [22]
  • B.S., Physics, Boston College (1968). [1]
  • B.S. Mathematics, Boston College (1968). [1]

Background

John Droz, Jr. is an anti-wind-power activist and founder of Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. Droz formerly served as Senior Fellow at American Tradition Institute (now known as E&E Legal Institute). [1]

He retired at age 33 after a successful career in real estate investing, but has also worked for GE: Aerospace Electronics (Utica, NY), Mohawk Data Sciences (Herkimer, NY), and Monolithic Memories (Cupertino, CA). [21]

In 2011, he became a member of the Board of Directors and scientific advisor to NC-20, an advocacy group that has been outspoken against restrictions on coastal development. He was listed as science advisor until at least 2012. [9]

Droz ran the website “Wind Power Facts” (now called Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions) which asserts that mainstream information about wind power is distributed primarily by industry lobbyists while the “real science” indicates that we should abandon wind power as a source of energy. AWED and Droz are also behind Ptcfacts.info, a website opposing production tax credits for the wind industry. [23], [24][26]

Droz also runs the website Mac vs. PC, where Droz writes that “It seems somewhat strange that I have to give credentials — or need to explain 'my motivation' — for presenting factual information.” He notes that “Most people would probably consider me a technology expert.” [27]

Stance on Climate Change

June 17, 2014

Droz has released a position document on climate change (emphasis added): [25]

“As a scientist I have been asked to elaborate a bit on my position regarding the Global Warming proposition — and how it relates to wind energy. These are very legitimate (and important) questions.

The main hypothesis put forward is technically called Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), where the fancy term “anthropogenic” means “man-made.”

Although I am not a climatologist, as a scientist I know how to do thorough and objective research. (BTW, skepticism is a key ingredient of true scientists.) In my capacity as a scientist, I have read literally hundreds of reports and studies on this climate issue, from numerous experts. After digesting these studies and reports, it is very clear to me that AGW is still a scientifically unresolved matter. This is what is called a hypothesis.”

Later in his document, he also claims to debunk “myths” related to climate change, then linking to a wide range of prominent climate change deniers as resources including WUWT by Anthony Watts, the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), Marc Morano's Climate Depot, Judith Curry's Climate Etc., the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change's CO2 ScienceFriends of Science, and the debunked Oregon Petition among other sources.

October 2, 2008

The following is from a paper by John Droz titled: “The Power of Energy”:

“Is Global Warming a scientifically resolved matter? No. There is some very convincing evidence (and scientists) that indicate that there is such a thing as Global Warming. But there are some very qualified scientists (with good evidence) that suggest just the opposite.

More importantly, statements often appearing in the media like 'the majority of scientists' believe in Global Warming, are meaningless. First of all, no legitimate survey has ever been done, and secondly, science is not about the number of people who advocate a position.” [2]

Key Quotes

January, 2012

In a PowerPoint presentation opposing the Pantego wind project, Droz said:

“When I first heard about wind energy I was a supporter. Quite frankly, I never liked the looks of turbines but felt that we would have to live with the unsightliness as a trade-off for the good I initially assumed they were doing. Then I did some research and Critical Thinking. My conclusion now (as a scientist, economist, and environmentalist) is that industrial Wind Energy is not based on sound science.” [3]

2012

The following is an archived excerpt from the “Toolkit of Information” on the Wind Power Facts website:

“A critical fact to understand is that just because a power source is an alternative, or a renewable, does NOT automatically mean that it is better than any conventional or fossil fuel source!” [4]

“90% of my time is spent on science. My focus is to try to educate citizens. Citizens could care less whether I have a peer-reviewed article.” [11]

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. [34]

Droz 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. [35]

The letter reads: [36]

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 8, 2017

John Droz, representing Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions, 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.” [18]

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. [19]

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. [20]

February 23, 2017

John Drox, Jr. 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). [16]

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. [16]

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. [17]

January 5, 2017

John Droz was a signatory to a Cornwall Alliance open letter supporting Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator under the Trump administration. [13]

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. [14]

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[15]

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

October 23, 2014

John Droz assembles a collection of anti-wind billboards and yard signs on WiseEnergy.org. Droz asks the website's visitors to send him “an example of an additional good wind related billboard … The criteria we are looking for,” he writes, “are: 1) universal applicability, 2) brevity [KISS], and 3) powerful message.” [12]

February 3, 2013

John Droz delivered a presentation titled “Science Under Assault” which suggests that modern climate science is being threatened by environmentalists, educators and the media. He highlights articles that claim environmentalism is a “new religion” with a primary goal to “undermine the authority of science,” and that mainstream climate science is based on “fiction.”

Facing South notes that Droz cites a number of less-than-credible sources:

“sources like WorldNetDaily, a website that promotes conspiracy theories about topics such as President Obama's citizenship; Quadrant, a conservative Australian magazine that was involved in a scandal over publishing fraudulent science; and the Institute for Creation Research, a Texas outfit that rejects evolution and promotes Biblical creationism and the notion that “All things in the universe were created and made by God in the six literal days of the Creation Week.” [10]

Sam Pearsall, a UNC environment and ecology professor and retired program manager for the Environmental Defense Fund described the presentation as “the most remarkable example of propaganda delivered as anti-propaganda” he had ever witnessed. 

August 2012

According to WHOIS records, John Droz registered the domain Ptcfacts.info on August 17, 2012. The website, titled “Wind Production Tax Credit Facts” is focused on preventing the renewal of the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) and includes directions and specifies wording on how to contact Congress to oppose it, including links to initiatives by Americans for Prosperity (AfP) and FreedomWorks. [28], [29]

June 2012

NC-20 brought forward a bill that would restrict how state agencies and planners predict sea-level change. An early version set out to ban the state from using current data models to predict sea-level change caused by climate change. A later version bans predictions of sea level rise “unless such rates are from statistically significant, peer-reviewed data and are consistent with historic trends.”

According to WRAL, that would essentially ban projections based on cliamate change as these results would be inconsistent with historic trends. The following is an excerpt from the NC-20 memo that was obtained by WRAL.com (emphasis added): [11]

Bottom Line: we got everything we asked for. I'll send the technical details later, but we got a commitment to totally abandon any reference to accelerated SLR. Instead, the State will use historic, linear sea level measurements to create future projections (about 8 inches by 2100 instead of the 56 inches once being considered) and the provision of standard deviations which are basically fluctuations around the average projection at any given year. This is a huge win for NC 20 counties which always seem to lose in regulatory negotiations. It proves once again that unity is the key to advancing the cause of equity for NC 20 in matters such as regulation and economic development.”

John Droz demanded a retraction by WRAL, claiming that NC-20 had not been involved in the regulation despite the above memo. 

May 21 - 23, 2012

John Droz was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). His speech, titled “Wind Energy: Based on Real Science?” can be viewed below. [30]

DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland's ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.

February, 2012

Droz was a member of a group who critiqued  the 2010 “NC Sea-Level Rise Assessment Report” by the Coastal Resource Commission's Science Panel that had stated sea levels in Carolina would rise one meter by 2100. [5]

January, 2012

Contributed a presentation opposing a proposed wind project in Beaufort County (NC). [6]

An article in the local paper, Beaufort County Now, reported that “Self-proclaimed physicist, economist and environmentalist John Droz. Jr. witnessed to the Beaufort County Commissioners that not only should the the Pantego Wind Farm project not be constructed, but no wind turbine generating power should be erected anywhere.”

Droz summarized his belief that “Wind energy is not a technically sound solution to provide us power, or to meaningfully reduce global warming,” “wind energy is not an economically viable source of power on its own,” and “wind energy is not environmentally responsible.” [3]

Droz is involved in setting up an activist network opposed to wind power and has developed a strategy to combat wind industry advocates by “communicate[ing] the Science message in the proper way to the public.”

His objectives include to “come up with an effective National PR Plan.”

Droz's list of “Our Typical Opponents” includes the wind industry, utilities supporting wind power, labour unions, most environmental organizations, pro-wind media, and many academic institutions. [7]

December 5, 2011

Was a presenter at a John Locke Foundation workshop titled “The Truth About Wind Power on the Coasts of North Carolina.” [8]

According to the event description, “This workshop will present an alternative view of wind power and what it would mean to North Carolina’s coastal communities. Participants will learn about wind power in general, including its intermittency problems, high costs, limited value and its environmental and economic impact. Myths will be countered, including why wind power would not play any meaningful role in energy security.”

The other presenters included David W. Schnare and Daren Bakst.

Affiliations

Publications

According to a search of Google Scholar, John Droz does not appear to have published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate or any other topic.

Resources

  1. Fellows & Advisors,” American Tradition Institute. Archived February 7, 2013. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/kEv1n

  2. John Droz. “The Power of Energy,” October 2, 2008. Available at SSRN.

  3. Does the Pantego Wind Project Make Sense?”, Power Point Presentation by John Droz, Jr., January 2012.

  4. Wind Power Facts: Toolkit of Information,” WindPowerFacts.info. Archived March 11, 2012. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/16M3j

  5. ATI Fellow, John Droz, Convinces State to Rethink Climate-Related Policy,” American Tradition Institute, March 1, 2012. Archived May 15, 2012. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/xYj3J

  6. Beaufort County Commissioners hear from citizens on separate issues,” Beaufort County Now, January 10, 2012.

  7. Why I Think Science is Our Best Strategy,” Power point presentation by John Droz, Jr. February, 2012.

  8. Workshop - “The Truth About Wind Power on the Coasts of North Carolina,” Crystal Coast Tea Party, November 17, 2011. Archived November 11, 2013. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OuEX6

  9. Board of Directors,” NC-20. Archived July 30, 2012. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/viyNn

  10. Sue Sturgis. “Climate conspiracy theorist returns to NC legislature, warns of threat from science 'elite',” Facing South, February 7, 2013. Archived May 10, 2013. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/PX7Ph

  11. Laura Leslie. “Sea-level bill: Who is John Droz?”, WRAL.com, June 6, 2012.

  12. John Droz. “PR-Sample Billboards,” WiseEnergy.org, October 23, 2014.

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

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

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. “Dear Mr. President” (PDF), retrieved from Competitive Enterprise Institute. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  19. Graham Readfearn. “Conservative Groups Pushing Trump To Exit Paris Climate Deal Have Taken Millions From Koch Brothers, Exxon,” DeSmog, May 10, 2017.

  20. Susanne Goldberg. “Conservative groups spend up to $1bn a year to fight action on climate change,” The Guardian, December 20, 2013. Archived May 12, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/TB2yy

  21. James Borden. “The Man WHo Makes Sea Level Rise Go Away,” Scientific American, September 30, 2013. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/odHVr

  22. Resume for Broker John Droz, jr.,“ Adirondack Real Escapes. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/3UoT5

  23. Wind Power Facts: Toolkit of Information,” WindPowerFacts.info. Archived June 11, 2012. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/iCnok

  24. Potpourri,” Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/waYxl

  25. “Global Warming: The Scientific View” (PDF). Document created by John Droz June 17, 2014. Retrieved from Black River Valley Macintosh User Group and converted to PDF.

  26. CONTACT US,” Wind Production Tax Credit Factsi. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URL:https://archive.is/QZLWe

  27. Person behind the website,” Mac vs. PC. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/xKToF

  28. Domain Dossier for ptcfacts.info. Accessed December 14, 2017.

  29. Contact Congress,” Wind Production Tax Credit Facts.

  30. Wind Energy: Based on Real Science?International Conferences on Climate Change. Archived December 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/QaxAB

  31. amnh18-feb4-petitionletter (PDF - Untitled). Retrieved from Watts Up With That.

  32. 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. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/tAIv4

  33. 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.

  34. 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. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/tAIv4

  35. 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.

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

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