Book Forum

Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives

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Date and Time
May 4, 2011 4 - 5:30 PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, MIT; Bob Ryan, Fellow and past president of the American Meteorological Society and meteorologist for WJLA / ABC 7 News; moderated by Patrick J. Michaels, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and editor of Climate Coup.

Despite consistent evidence that climate change does not portend an apocalyptic future, global‐​warming alarmism is invading nearly every aspect of our lives. The newly published book Climate Coup is an antidote to this, confronting the exaggerations, opportunism, and myths about global warming that are altering the shapes of our lives and deeply impacting decisions about health, education, law, national defense, international development, trade, and academic publishing. Is any alarmism justified? Are all of the claims being made unrealistic and unsupported? What is the role of government? This special book forum will offer perspectives from two experts gifted in their ability to communicate their different points of view on global‐​warming policy to the public. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an exceptionally vigorous discussion of the evidence and impact of global warming.


Richard Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT, where he pursues groundbreaking research on the sensitivity of temperature to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide. He is recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s Meisinger and Charney Awards and the Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union — three of the most prestigious prizes in atmospheric science. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society; and a corresponding member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Human Rights. Dr. Lindzen holds AB, SM, and PhD degrees from Harvard University.

Bob Ryan is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and holds the Charles Franklin Brooks award from the Society for outstanding service. Well known in the Washington metropolitan area, Bob Ryan is a meteorologist for WJLA / ABC 7 News. In 1996, he was elected president of the AMS and he has also served the Society as Chair of the Committee of Broadcast Meteorology, Commissioner of Professional Affairs, and member of the Council of the Society. He is chair of the AMS Development Committee and most recently held an AMS Presidential Forum on the communication of weather and climate information. As a highly visible and very active communicator on climate change, Bob Ryan is uniquely qualified to comment on the interaction between government and climate science. He holds BS and MS degrees from SUNY‐​Albany.

Patrick J. Michaels (moderator) is senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute, a Distinguished Senior Fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, and a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists. He has authored and co‐​authored numerous books on climate change, including Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media and Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know.