On October 14, noted global warming skeptic Christopher Horner spoke in Kresge Recital Hall, giving a talk entitled “A Dose of Sobriety about ‘Global Warming’ Alarmism, or Dude, Where’s My Warming?” Horner was brought to campus by the Knox Republicans to provide a contrast to the recent sustainability and environmental speakers on campus.
In his speech, Horner analyzed a wide variety of claims made by those in support of global warming, focusing at times on claims made by the most well known of the global warming ‘alarmists,’ namely Al Gore and his film An Inconvenient Truth, even showing a clip from the film.
Perhaps the most interesting claim analyzed by Horner is one that was central to An Inconvenient Truth’s thesis of global warming: that an increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide is causing an increase in Earth’s temperature. Horner showed through a PowerPoint presentation accompanying his talk that the graphs used in the film itself and subsequent printed materials did not support that claim.
Many other claims were analyzed by Horner in the course of his talk, and in all cases he urged the audience members to seek out the core information themselves, so that they could analyze it without anyone’s conclusions clouding their judgment. In a Letter to the Editor in last week’s TKS, called “On the ‘myth’ of global warming,” junior Meg Allen analyzed the veracity of his claims against the sources he provided. The letter can be found at http://www.theknoxstudent.com/newsroom/discourse/letters-to-the-editor-on-the-myth-of-global-warmin/.
According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute website, Christopher C. Horner serves as a Senior Fellow at CEI. As an attorney in Washington, D.C., Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts including the Supreme Court. He has written on numerous topics in publications ranging from law reviews to legal and industrial trade journals to print and online opinion pages, and is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism (Regnery, 2007), which spent half of 2007 on the New York Times bestseller list. Horner has testified before the United States Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Environment and Public Works, and works on a legal and policy level with numerous think tanks and policy organizations throughout the world.
Greenpeace has repeatedly targeted Horner, by stealing his garbage on a weekly basis, issuing press releases announcing with whom he dines and including his name in various publications including “A Field Guide to Climate Criminals” distributed at the UN climate meeting in Montreal in December 2005.