Craig Idso america first energyCraig Idso will be speaking at the America First Energy Conference.

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Craig Idso is the Chairman and former President of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (AKA Co2Science.org or CSCDGC). The Center’s stated mission is to “separate reality from rhetoric in the emotionally-charged debate that swirls around the subject of carbon dioxide and global change.” The center is ranked number eight on a list of the “Dirty Dozen of Climate Change Denial” compiled by Mother Jones in 2009.

Idso’s research and rhetoric suggests that increasing CO2 levels will be a net positive outcome for the planet. Idso has published his claim that, “Growth-enhancing effects of CO2 create an impetus for cooling” denying the warming effects of high CO2 emissions.  He has also said that, “atmospheric CO2 is not a pollutant, it is in fact the very elixir of life”.

Craig Idso served as Director of Environmental Science at Peabody Energy from 2001-2002. He has published work for the Greening Earth Society, a PR front group funded by the fossil fuel interest Western Fuels Association.

Idso is a lead author on Heartland’s “Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change”, a front designed to mimic the IPCC.   He has also been a speaker at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC has long attacked climate and science policy stating in 2011 that, “Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring, non-toxic and beneficial gas, and it poses no direct threat to public health”. ALEC was also named in the American Petroleum Institute’s Global Climate Science Communication Plan, which outlines strategies to undermine climate change science in government and public opinion.

Idso has been nominated for the Science Advisory Board, an entity created in 1978 to provide, “independent advice and peer review on the scientific and technical aspects of environmental issues to the EPA’s Administrator.” According to reports, it is very likely that the Heartland Institute recommended Idso for nomination.