Richard A. Keen
- Ph.D., Geography/Climatology, University of Colorado. 
Richard A. Keen is instructor emeritus at the University of Colorado Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC). Some sources have also described him as a “climatologist,” and others as a “meteorologist.” , 
According to Keen, he has experience as a meteorologist in the army and has “done some climate modeling when I was younger and less wise.” He does not mention receiving any training as a climatologist. 
He is the author or co-author of numerous books including Skywatch West: The Complete Weather Guide and The Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Clouds and Storms.
Stance on Climate Change
“Half or more of the warming since 1995 may due to the lack of large volcanic eruptions. […] The remaining climate change is presumably caused by other forces, such as solar variability, El Nino, Atlantic AMO warming in 1995, lower Albedo and maybe even a little greenhouse gas.” 
“Since the total direct impact of Carbon on climate is 0.2C, and US carbon production is no longer rising, controls such as Cap 'n Trade and Kyoto are ineffective solutions that will fail to solve a non-existent problem.” 
“”Earth has cooled since 1998 in defiance of the predictions by the UN-IPCC… . The global temperature for 2007 was the coldest in a decade and the coldest of the millennium … which is why 'global warming' is now called 'climate change.'” 
February 23, 2017
Richard Keen 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). 
“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. 
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. 
February 5-10, 2017
Richard Keen was a speaker at the Fourth Santa Fe Conference on Global & Regional Climate Change. According to the conference program (PDF), Keen's speech was titled “Volcanic Aerosol forcing of the Global Climate from Lunar Eclipse observations.” , 
It was the fourth in a series of conferences with the stated purpose of bringing together researchers “with varied interpretations of current and past global and regional climate change, to present the latest research results (observations, modeling and analysis), and to provide speaking and listening opportunities to top climate experts and students.” The first conference took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2001. Both the second and the third were in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2006 and 2011 respectively. 
April 27, 2015
July 7 - 9, 2014
DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here.
May 21 - 23, 2012
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.
May 27, 2011
Richard Keen was one of fourteen Amici, described as “well-qualified climate scientists,” who claimed that the “EPA's endangerment finding is not 'rational' and therefore arbitrary and capricious.”
“[T]he Earth's climate is not changing in an unusual or anomalous fashion. The EPA relied on instrumental data that were adjusted to exaggerate the increase in global temperatures.” 
Petitioners listed were:
- Timothy F. Ball
- Joseph S. D'Aleo
- Don J. Easterbrook
- Anthony Finizza
- William Happer
- Benjamin M. Herman
- Craig D. Idso
- Richard A. Keen
- Anthony R. Lupo
- Nicola Scafetta
- Roy W. Spencer
- George H. Taylor
- James P. Wallace III
- George T. Wolff
June 12, 2010
Presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) in Orlando, Florida. His presentation was titled “It's the Data, stupid! What's wrong with global warming.” 
August 2, 2009
Speaker at the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness 27th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. His presentation was titled “Volcanoes, Stars, and Gases, oh My! What's changing our climate?” 
March 8 - 10, 2009
Keen was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2). His talk was titled “Volcanoes and Climate Change Since 1980: A View from the Moon.” 
DeSmogBlog researched the funding behind Heartland's Second International Conference on Climate Change, and found that 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.
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November 19, 2008
Keen's signature was appended to a Cato Institute advertisement that criticizes comments made by President-Elect Barack Obama which had listed climate change as an urgent issue.
The ad states “We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated. Surface temperature changes over the past century have been episodic and modest and there has been no net global warming for over a decade now… .Mr. President, your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect.” 
October 14, 2008
“Dr. Richard Keen's 'Global Warming Quiz'” was posted on Roger Pielke's web blog and hosted at the skeptical ICECAP website (PDF). The quiz's closing remark is “Enjoy the warm climate while it lasts, and please make enough CO2 to feed a tree.” 
According to some sources, Keen had committed “blatant cherry picking of historical data with a collection of historical examples of warm periods and extreme weather events” in his interpretation of the Science. 
Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) — Conference speaker.
Heartland Institute — Conference speaker.
According to a search of Google Scholar, Richard A. Keen has published less than five articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate. Not all of those articles were directly related to climate change, and many were published over 20 years ago. It is also unclear whether all of his following articles were peer-reviewed:
- KT Redmond, DB Simeral, RA Keen. “Monitoring Seasonal and Long-term Climate Changes/Extremes in the Central Alaska Network” (PDF), FS.fed.us.
- Richard A. Keen. “Volcanic Aerosols and Lunar Eclipses,” Science, Vol. 222 no. 4627 (December 2, 1983), pp. 1011-1013.
- RA Keen. “Climate Data Analysis of Existing Weather Stations in around the Central Alaska Network (CAKN),” National Park Service Central Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network, April 2008.
- R A Keen. “Tropical convection and North American cyclones during the 1982-83 El Nino,” NOAA Proc. of the 9th Ann. Climate Diagnostics Workshop p 341-345 (SEE N86-11763 02-47); UNITED STATES; 1985.
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Case #09-1322, filed May 27, 2011. “COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE REGULATION, INC., ET AL., Petitioners, v. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND LISA P. JACKSON, ADMINISTRATOR” (PDF).
“Richard Keen,” ATOC. Accessed May 16, 2012.
“Clouds, Clouds, Clouds,” University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Accessed May, 2012.
“It's the Data, Stupid! What's Wrong with Global Warming | Richard A. Keen,” YouTube video uploaded by user “LibertyInOurTime”, February 5, 2012.
P. Gosselin. “Study Shows Half Of Warming Since 1980 Due To Clear Skies,” NoTricksZone, December 19, 2010.
“U. S. Senate Minority Report: More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims,” U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, December 11, 2008.
“Speakers,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Accessed May 16, 2012.
“Volcanoes, Stars, and Gases, Oh My! What's Changing Our Climate? | Richard A. Keen,” YouTube Video uploaded by user “LibertyinOurTime,”June 17, 2010.
“Speakers,” the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change, March 5, 2009. Archived April 27, 2010.
“With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true,” Cato Institute. Accessed May, 2012.
“Dr. Richard Keen's 'Global Warming Quiz',” Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr. Research Group News, October 14, 2008. Archived March 29, 2009.
“Climate Change and Picking Cherries with Richard Keen,” Greenfyre's, October 25, 2008.
“Dr. Richard Keen's 'Global Warming Quiz',” Climate Research News, October 15, 2008.
“Richard Keen,” SourceWatch.
“Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.
“World’s Leading Scientific ‘Skeptics’ of Man-Caused Global Warming Invite Public and Press to Lunch Event April 28 Just Outside the Vatican,” Heartland Institute. April 27, 2015. Archived May 29, 2015.
“Pope Francis Should Answer to ExxonMobil Rather Than God, Imply Climate Deniers,” DeSmogUK. April 27, 2015.
COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE REGULATION, INC., ET AL. (Petitioners) v. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND LISA P. JACKSON, ADMINISTRATOR, Respondents (PDF). Retrieved from World Climate Report. Archived.pdf on file at Desmog.
“Fourth Santa Fe Conference on Global & Regional Climate Change: Confirmed Speakers,” Cvent.com. Archived February 16, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OpWNT
“Program: Fourth Santa Fe Conference on Global and Regional Climate Change” (PDF), February 3, 2017. Retrieved from Cvent.com. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
“Fourth Santa Fe Conference on Global & Regional Climate Change,” Cvent.com. Archived February 16, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/cxZpk
Richard A. Keen. “Volcanic Aerosol Climate Forcing 1979-2015: Global values derived from Lunar Eclipse observations” (.docx), November 8, 2016. Retrieved from Cvent.com. Archived .docx on file at DeSmog.
“PETITION” (PDF), February 23, 2017. Richard Lindzen. PDF Archived at DeSmog.
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.