Larry Bell

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Larry Bell is a weekly columnist for Forbes Magazine with no evident climate expertise who writes columns dismissing climate science[1], [2]. He is listed as author of a Jan. 2011 book titled Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind The Global Warming Hoax, published through the Greenleaf Book Group, a vanity press.


Bell appears to have no background in climate science. His Forbes blurb states that "Weekly columnist Larry Bell is a professor at the University of Houston and author of Climate of Corruption"; his University of Houston professorship is in "Space Architecture", where he is director of the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) - an institution funded by the Sasakawa Foundation, which was founded by Ryoichi Sasakawa, "rightist and gambling figure" who was "the last living member of a group accused after World War II of the most serious war crimes" (and "gave millions of dollars to charity").[3]; the foundation is chaired by Sasakawa's son.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. Larry Bell (2011-01-05). The Climate Crisis Hoax. Retrieved on 2011-01-31.
  2. Larry Bell (2010-12-27). Hot Sensations Vs. Cold Facts. Retrieved on 2011-01-31.
  3. ? (?). Ryoichi Sasakawa, 96, Rightist And Gambling Figure in Japan - New York Times. ?. Retrieved on 2011-01-31. “a Japanese rightist who built a gambling empire and gave millions of dollars to charity, died on Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital. ...Mr. Sasakawa...was the last living member of a group accused after World War II of the most serious war crimes.”
  4. Jade Lindgaard (2010-11-11). When the past came back to haunt the Sasakawa Foundation. Mediapart. Retrieved on 2011-01-31. “Sasakawa Foundation in Japan... [has been] rebranded the Nippon Foundation... [A] note by US General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Japan at the end of the war, states that Sasakawa "is clearly one of the worst offenders, outside the military, in developing in Japan a policy of totalitarianism and aggression." The note recommends that he be retained in custody as a Class A war criminal suspect and tried before an International Military Tribunal in Tokyo. ... Ryoichi's son... is the current chair of the Nippon Foundation.”

Related SourceWatch articles

  • Belden H. Bell, a Heritage Foundation trustee (as is Steve Forbes), may be a relative. (Larry Bell, who is in a position to know, disagrees, saying in email "I am not familiar with Belden Bell and seriously doubt that we share a family tree. Bell seems like a relatively common name. Also doubt that he knows of me"; but multiple attempts to confirm this with Belden Bell have been unsuccessful.[1])

External resources

External articles

  • Michael Tobis and Scott Mandia (with input from Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann, and Kevin Trenberth) (2011-01-06). Forbes’ rich list of nonsense. RealClimate. Retrieved on 2011-01-31. “"...the underlying strategy is to pretend that no evidence that the climate is changing exists, so any effort to address climate change is a waste of resources. A recent piece by Larry Bell in Forbes, entitled “Hot Sensations Vs. Cold Facts”, is a classic example. Bell uses the key technique that denialists use in debates, dubbed by Eugenie Scott the “Gish gallop”, named after a master of the style, anti-evolutionist Duane Gish. The Gish gallop raises a barrage of obscure and marginal facts and fabrications that appear at first glance to cast doubt on the entire edifice under attack, but which on closer examination do no such thing. [In this column] he casts his attack not as an attack on science (his usual method) but on the media:..."”
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  1. Ahaynes asked B. Bell by phone & Facebook, in Jan-March 2011.