James M. Taylor

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Attorney James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication produced by the Heartland Institute think tank, and devoted to "sound science and free-market environmentalism," which labels the scientific consensus on climate change as "alarmist." He is also a Senior Fellow for Heartland[1]


"Taylor received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law, where he was president of the local chapter of the Federalist Society and founder and editor-in-chief of the Federalist Voice"; "He has presented environmental analysis on the CBS Evening News, CNN, and Fox News Channel; on numerous national radio programs; and in virtually every major newspaper in the country."[2]

Previous employment

Taylor previously served as "managing editor of CCH Incorporated's disability law publications, where he became a nationally known expert and frequent speaker on a variety of employment law topics. Prior to that he was a legal analyst for Defenders of Property Rights, a public interest legal foundation." [1]

No climate expertise mentioned

It is unclear whether Mr. Taylor has any background in climate science.

The climate skeptic - criticizing climate science

Taylor has criticized climate change science through both his own publications and op/eds, and the Heartland Institute, which has consistently received funding from ExxonMobil. [3] While Taylor espouses through Environment and Climate News that climate change is neither a significant nor man-made problem, and that scientists who say it is are environmental extremists, others argue that a "major purpose of the publication has been to look at global warming from industry's perspective" rather than through the viewpoint of real science. [4]

Taylor is the author and coauthor of several articles including "What Climate Scientists Think about Global Warming," "State Greenhouse Gas Programs: An Economic and Scientific Analysis," and "New Source Review: An Evaluation of EPA's Reform Recommendations," each devoted to advancing his climate skeptic viewpoint.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Expert Profile", the Heartland Institute website, accessed February 2009.
  2. Heartland Institute bio, May 2011
  3. Marc Gunther, "ExxonMobil: Profits and Discontent", CNNMoney.com, May 2007.
  4. Bill Berkowitz, "Global warming skeptics plot new strategies to combat 'climate alarmists'", The BuzzFlash Blog, March 2008.

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