Craig D. Idso

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Craig D. Idso
United States
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materArizona State University, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Scientific career
FieldsAgronomy, Climatology, Geography
InstitutionsArizona State University, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
ThesisAmplitude and phase changes in the seasonal atmospheric CO2 cycle in the Northern Hemisphere (1998)
Doctoral advisorRobert Balling[1]

Craig D. Idso is the founder, former president and current chairman of the board of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change.[2][3] He is the brother of Keith E. Idso and son of Sherwood B. Idso.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

After growing up in Tempe Arizona, Craig Idso received his B.S. in Geography from Arizona State University, his M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1996,[5] and his Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University in 1998.[2][3] His doctoral thesis was titled, Amplitude and phase changes in the seasonal atmospheric CO2 cycle in the Northern Hemisphere.[6]


Craig Idso remains actively involved in several aspects of global and environmental change, including climatology and meteorology, along with their impacts on agriculture. Idso has published scientific articles on issues related to data quality, the growing season, the seasonal cycle of atmospheric CO2, world food supplies, coral reefs, and urban CO2 concentrations, the latter of which he investigated via a National Science Foundation grant as a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University. His main focus is on the environmental benefits of carbon dioxide. In addition, he has lectured in Meteorology at Arizona State University, and in Physical Geography at Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.[2][3]

An outspoken global warming skeptic known for claiming that rising CO2 levels will have mainly positive environmental effects, Idso attributes his views on global warming to not only his father, who has also long questioned the seriousness of global warming, but also to a confrontation that occurred between his father and then-Tennessee senator Al Gore. According to Idso, "What really brought me into the issue was when Al Gore went after my father when [Gore] was in the Senate and he rigged a Senate sub-committee meeting to go after my father and discredit his work."[7]

He is the former Director of Environmental Science at Peabody Energy,[2][8] and a science adviser to the Science and Public Policy Institute.[3]

Idso is a lead author of the reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC),[9][10] a project sponsored by the Heartland Institute.[11] An unauthorized release of documents indicate Idso received $11,600 per month in 2012 from the Heartland Institute.[12]

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Association of American Geographers, Ecological Society of America, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.[2][3]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Harkinson, Josh (4 December 2009). "No. 8: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (A.K.A. The Idso Family)". Mother Jones. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Chairman – Craig D. Idso". Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Personnel". Science and Public Policy Institute. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  4. ^ Avery, Dennis T. (November 4, 2003). "Global Warming and the Fortune of Species". Hudson Institute. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  5. ^ Idso, Craig D. (1996). "A semi-empirical approach to quantifying temperature trends at 193 locations in the conterminous USA from 1961-1990". University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  6. ^ Idso, Craig D. (1998). "Amplitude and phase changes in the seasonal atmospheric CO2 cycle in the Northern Hemisphere". Arizona State University. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  7. ^ Trzupek, Rich (6 January 2010). "The Heretics: Dr. Craig Idso – by Rich Trzupek". FrontPage Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  8. ^ Krummrich, Jo (November 18, 2001). "People in Business". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  9. ^ Idso, Craig; Singer, S. Fred (2009). Climate Change Reconsidered : The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change. Chicago: Heartland Institute. ISBN 978-1-934791-28-8. Archived from the original on 2012-01-04.
  10. ^ Idso, Craig D.; Carter, Robert M.; Singer, S. Fred (2011). Climate Change Reconsidered : 2011 Interim Report. Chicago: Heartland Institute. ISBN 978-1-934791-36-3.
  11. ^ McArdle, Megan (February 16, 2012). "Leaked Docs From Heartland Institute Cause a Stir—but Is One a Fake?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  12. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (February 17, 2012). "Heartland Institute faces fresh scrutiny over tax status". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-05.

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