Ross McKitrick

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Ross McKitrick
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Nationality Canadian
Education BA (Hons) (1988) economics, MA (1990) economics, PhD (1996) economics
Alma mater Queen's University
University of British Columbia
Occupation Economist
Employer University of Guelph
Organization Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute, Vancouver, B.C.
Member of the academic advisory boards of the John Deutsch Institute, Kingston, Ontario, and the Global Warming Policy Foundation
Known for climate change denial
Website McKitrick's home page

Ross McKitrick is a Canadian economist specializing in environmental economics and policy analysis. He is a professor of economics at the University of Guelph, and a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute. He is a member of the academic advisory boards of the John Deutsch Institute, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.

He has authored works about climate change issues, including co-authoring the book Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming in 2003. McKitrick produced a series of videos and articles for the Friends of Science in which he argued that there is a "pause" in global warming that reveals flaws in current climate change models.[1] The Friends of Science argue that the sun—not human emissions of GHG—is the main driver of climate change.[1]

Background[edit]

McKitrick gained his doctorate in economics in 1996 from the University of British Columbia, and in the same year was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph, Ontario. In 2001 he received an Associate Professorship and has been a full Professor since December 2008. He has also been a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute since 2002. He is a member of the academic advisory boards of the John Deutsch Institute, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.[citation needed] He currently lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and two children.[citation needed] He is a member of the St. John's Anglican church in Ancaster, Ontario.[2][third-party source needed]

Writing[edit]

He has authored works about economics and climate change issues.[3] The book Taken By Storm, co-authored with Christopher Essex in 2002, was a runner-up for the Donner Prize.[4] [5] [6] The book Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy was published by University of Toronto Press in 2011.[7] McKitrick was one of the most prominent figures to help promote the Hockey stick graph controversy.

McKitrick has said, "I have been probing the arguments for global warming for well over a decade. In collaboration with a lot of excellent coauthors I have consistently found that when the layers get peeled back, what lies at the core is either flawed, misleading or simply non-existent."[8]

McKitrick was a participant of the International Workshop on Econometric Applications in Climatology in June 2013.[9][third-party source needed]

The Global Warming Policy Foundation[edit]

McKitrick was chair of the academic advisory council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) in from December 2014 to December 2015.[10] The GWPF is a United-Kingdom-based think tank that promotes climate-change denial.[11] and warns against the "extremely damaging and harmful policies" proposed by governments to mitigate anthropogenic global warming.[12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "McKitrick on climate change: the "pause" in global warming. The flaws in climate models" (PDF), Friends of Science, 14 February 2015, retrieved 1 February 2016 
  2. ^ Ross McKitrick's Interests, accessed February 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Ross McKitrick Publications and Papers". 
  4. ^ Essex, C. and R. McKitrick (2002). Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming. Toronto: Key Porter Books. p. 11. ISBN 1-55263-212-1. the first edition of Taken By Storm...earned us a runner-up Donner Prize, and was a finalist for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Prize. 
  5. ^ "Past Winners 2002". http://www.donnerbookprize.com/. Retrieved 9 Nov 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "Vancouver economist wins Donner Prize". The Globe and Mail. 
  7. ^ R. McKitrick (2011). Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442610705. 
  8. ^ McKitrick, Ross (2 October 2009), "Flawed climate data", Financial Post, archived from the original on October 6, 2009 
  9. ^ Econometric Applications in Climatology
  10. ^ "New chairman of GWPF academic advisory council", GWPF, 4 January 2016, retrieved 1 February 2016 
  11. ^ Johnston, Ian (11 May 2014), "Nigel Lawson's climate-change denial charity 'intimidated' environmental expert", The Independent, archived from the original on May 11, 2014, retrieved 1 February 2016 
  12. ^ "Ed Miliband clashes with Lord Lawson on global warming". BBC News. news.bbc.co.uk. 6 December 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Launched today!" (Press release). The Global Warming Policy Foundation. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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