Robert C. Balling

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Dr Robert C. Balling, Jr is director of the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University, and a prominent climate change skeptic.

Global Warming Skeptic

Between December 1998[1] and September 2001[2] Balling was listed as a "Scientific Adviser" to the Greening Earth Society, a group that was funded and controlled by the Western Fuels Association (WFA), an association of coal-burning utility companies. WFA founded the group in 1997, according to an archived version of its website, "as a vehicle for advocacy on climate change, the environmental impact of CO2, and fossil fuel use."[3]

Balling has acknowledged that he had received $408,000 in research funding from the fossil fuel industry over the last decade (of which his University takes 50% for overhead). [4] Contributors include ExxonMobil, the British Coal Corporation, Cyprus Minerals and OPEC.

His views have led to his enthusiastic adoption by various members of the free-market Atlas Economic Research Foundation network. He writes regularly for the Cato Institute, Tech Central Station and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

His writings find him regularly in the company of other prominent climate change scholars, including Sallie L. Baliunas, and S. Fred Singer of the Science and Environmental Policy Project.

In August 2004 Balling told Business Week "I'm convinced there will be engineering schemes that will allow our children's children to have whatever climate they want". [1]



  • 1974: AB, Wittenberg University
  • 1975: MA, Bowling Green State University
  • 1979: PhD in geography from the University of Oklahoma



Contact information

Phone: (480) 965-6265
Fax: (480) 965-1473
E-mail: robert.balling AT

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Related SourceWatch Articles


  1. "Scientific Advisers", Greening Earth Society, website archived from December 1998.
  2. Greening Earth Society, "Scientific Advisers", Greening Earth Society, website archived from September 2001.
  3. "Join GES", Greening Earth Society website, archived from March 2005.
  4. Minnesota News Council hearing, Determination 118: Patrick Michaels, Robert Balling v. Star Tribune archived at
  5. Advisory Board, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, accessed September 19, 2008.

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