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[1]
Alma mater Queen's University
University of British Columbia[1]
Occupation Economist
Employer University of Guelph[1]
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[1]
Website McKitrick's home page

Ross McKitrick is a Canadian economist specializing in environmental economics and policy analysis. He is professor of economics at the University of Guelph; a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, a Canadian free-market public policy think tank; and a member of the academic advisory boards of the John Deutsch Institute, the Global Warming Policy Foundation,[1] and the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.[2]

He is noted as a climate change denalist, co-authoring the book Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming in 2003. He continues to publish research in economics, usually in the area of environmental policy, authoring Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy in 2010.


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 currently lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and two children.[1]


In 2002 with Christopher Essex, McKitrick co-wrote Taken By Storm, which was a runner-up for the Donner Prize.[1][3] He has since published research on palaeoclimate reconstruction, including co-authoring "Corrections to the Mann et. al. (1998) Proxy Data Base and Northern Hemisphere Average Temperature Series"[4] and "Hockey Sticks, Principal Components and Spurious Significance" with Stephen McIntyre.[5]

In 2007 McKitrick was co-author on a paper in the Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics arguing that "Physical, mathematical and observational grounds are employed to show that there is no physically meaningful global temperature for the Earth in the context of the issue of global warming".[6]

In 2009, he wrote a criticism of Earth Hour, saying, "I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity."[7]

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]

Econometric Applications in Climatology[edit]

McKitrick is the organizer and chair of the 1st International Workshop on Econometric Applications in Climatology, to be held at the University of Guelph, June 5-7, 2013. The keynote speaker will be oceanographer Carl Wunsch of MIT.[9][needs update]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ross McKitrick's Interests, accessed February 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Cornwall Alliance Advisory Board, accessed April 3, 2013.
  3. ^ Essex, C. and R. McKitrick (2002). Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming. Toronto: Key Porter Books. ISBN 1-55263-212-1. 
  4. ^ McIntyre, S. and R. McKitrick (2003). "Corrections to the Mann et al. (1998) Proxy Data Base and Northern Hemisphere Average Temperature Series" (PDF). Energy and Environment 14 (6): 751–771. [dead link]
  5. ^ Mcintyre, S. and R. McKitrick (2005). "Hockey sticks, principal components, and spurious significance" (PDF). Geophysical Research Letters 32 (3): L03710. Bibcode:2005GeoRL..3203710M. doi:10.1029/2004GL021750. [dead link]
  6. ^ Essex, Anderson & McKitrick, "Does a Global Temperature Exist?", 2007, Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics, Volume 32 No. 1
  7. ^ McKitrick, Ross (2009). "Earth Hour: A Dissent" (PDF). Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ Flawed climate data by Ross McKitrick, Financial Post, October 02, 2009.
  9. ^ Econometric Applications in Climatology

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