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Paul Reiter is the Director for the Insects and Infectious Diseases unit of the Pasteur Institute and a visiting researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also a climate change skeptic and a speaker at the International Conference on Climate Change (2009). Reiter served as an expert reviewer on Working Group II of the Fourth Assessment Report [1], he also serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation[2]


Climate Change Skeptic

Although Reiter denies the anthropogenic effects on climate change, he admits that he is "not a climatologist, nor an expert on sea level or polar ice." He still contends that he knows "from talking to many scientists in many disciplines that this consensus is a mirage." [3] Reiter also sits on the Scientific and Economic Advisory Council of the Annapolis Centre for Science-Based Public Policy. The Annapolis Centre is "a US think tank that has received $763,500 in funding from ExxonMobil and has been very active in playing down the human contribution to global warming." [4] According to a January 16, 1997 Wall Street Journal article, "the Annapolis Center was at one time largely funded by the National Association of Manufacturers, one of the largest industry associations in North America." [4] Reiter is also listed as an author for Tech Central Station daily (TCS), an organization that until very recently was owned and operated by a Republican lobby firm called DCI Group. [4] Dr. Reiter gave a Cooler Heads Coalition briefing on May 3 2004 on Capitol Hill. He is also the lead author of a letter to The Lancet (June 2004) that criticizes two articles published in The Lancet (December 2003) claiming there is a strong link between the spread of malaria and increasing temperatures. [5]


Quotation

" I worry about climate change, but my concern is with the dissemination of fallacious logic to journalists who are more likely to focus on crisis than on reason. I stand firmly by my original message: however worthy the cause, the distortion of science to make dramatic predictions of unlikely disasters is not in the public interest. "[6]


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External Resources

  • Memorandum by Professor Paul Reiter to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs [5]

References

  1. "[1]"
  2. "[2]"
  3. "ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Paul Reiter", ExxonSecrets Website, accessed March 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Paul Reiter", Desmogblog Online, accessed March 2009.
  5. "[3]"
  6. "[4]"


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