Roy Cordato


Roy Cordato


  • Ph.D., economics, George Mason University.
  • Bachelors of Music Education, Hartt School of Music.

Source: [1]


Roy Cordato's background is in music and economics and not climate science. Despite this,  DeSmogBlog has seen him portray himself as a “scholar” on climate change issues.

In this role, he became one of those “duped” by promoting a climate research paper that was proven to be a hoax.

According to his profile at the Heartland Institute's 6th International Conference on Climate Change:

“Roy Cordato is vice president for research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation. From 1993-2000 he served as the Lundy Professor of Business Philosophy at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. From 1987 – 1993 he was senior economist at the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) in Washington, DC. He has served as full-time economics faculty at the University of Hartford and at Auburn University and as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. His publications include Welfare Economics and Externalities in an Open Ended Universe (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992). In 2000 he received the Freedoms Foundation’s Leavey Award in Free Enterprise Education. He is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and former executive board member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.”

Stance on Climate Change

“You look at the models used to predict future warming, and you take those models and go back one hundred years and plug in the data and predict the warming we have today, they way overpredict. They're totally wrong with respect to the amount of warming we've had in the past one hundred years. And we see this over and over and over again. Hyperbole, using hysteria to get through a particular policy agenda.” [2]

Key Quotes

“Roy Cordato, vice president for research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation, said public concern over global warming reached its peak several years ago and has been diminishing in step with the declining economy ever since.” [3]

Key Deeds

March, 2008

Cordato was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's First International Conference on Climate Change.



According to Google Scholar, Cordato has not published any articles on the subject of climate change in peer-reviewed journals.

One of Cordato's articles for The Freeman gives a positive review of Climate Confusion. The book is authored by Roy Spencer and sets itself apart by “forsaking blindingly technical statistics” and describing issue of climate change in “simple terms.”

Cordato has spread his message of global warming skepticism through news sources including The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily, The Journal of Commerce, The Congressional Record, The Orange County Register, Human Events, National Review Online, The Washington Examiner, Tax Notes and numerous others.


  1. John Locke Staff, Fellows, & Scholars - Biographies: Dr. Roy Cordato,” The John Locke Foundation, Accessed December 3, 2011.

  2. Who is Roy Cordato,” DeSmogBlog, November 15, 2007 (see video).

  3. Climate Change Commission Gets a Cold Shoulder,” Carolina Journal Online, August 4, 2010.

  4. Roy Cordato,” (Website for the 6th International Conference on Climate Change).

  5. Archive for Roy Cordato,” The Freeman.

  6. Roy Cordato Literature Archive,” Ludwig von Mises Institute.