The first Climate Change Awards were presented in July 2014 to ten outstanding scientists, economists, and activists. The awards were sponsored by seven organizations and each accompanied by cash stipends.
The award ceremonies took place at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change, an event hosted by The Heartland Institute and cosponsored by some 32 other organizations. The Climate Change Awards are not all from The Heartland Institute. Most awards have different sponsors, and Heartland only provides logistical support. Heartland created and hosts this Web site to promote award winners and award sponsors and to encourage others to sponsor awards and nominate candidates.
Dr. E. Calvin Beisner is national spokesman for The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, editor of the Cornwall Alliance’s electronic newsletter, and author or co-author of several major papers and articles on global warming produced by the Cornwall Alliance.
Dr. Alan Carlin, now retired, was a career environmental economist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1971 to 2009. His criticism of the agency’s draft Endangerment Finding led to efforts to silence him and orders to stop working on global warming issues. He chose to become a whistleblower, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute broke the story in June 2009.
Tom Harris is executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, a non-partisan group of independent scientists, economists, and energy and policy experts who are working to promote better understanding of climate science and policy worldwide.
Dr. Sherwood Idso, one of the world’s leading authorities on the effects of carbon dioxide on plants, is president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. Prior to 2001 he was a research physicist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked since 1967.
Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is chief policy advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI). He has held positions with the British press and in government, as a press officer at the Conservative Central Office and as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s policy advisor.
Dr. Patrick Moore is an internationally renowned ecologist and environmentalist. Beginning his career as an activist/leader in the Greenpeace movement he now concentrates on collaborative efforts aimed at finding environmental solutions. He speaks and lectures frequently at universities, community meetings, and conferences.
Dr. Arthur Robinson is a distinguished chemist, cofounder of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, and editor of the newsletter Access to Energy. He also works on the development of home schooling techniques and on the public dissemination of information on civil defense
Dr. S. Fred Singer was among the first and is still the most prominent scientist in the world speaking out against global warming alarmism. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of many books, including Climate Change Reconsidered (several volumes) and more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Dr. Willie Soon, an astrophysicist and a geoscientist, is a leading authority on the relationship between solar phenomena and global climate. His discoveries challenge computer modelers and advocates who consistently underestimate solar influences on cloud formation, ocean currents, and wind that cause climate to change.
Dr. Roy W. Spencer is a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He previously was a senior scientist for climate studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where he and Dr. John Christy received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites