Arthur B. Robinson

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Arthur B. Robinson is one of the three co-founders of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a group best known for organising a petition disputing the scientific evidence for human-induced global warming.[1] "Dr. Arthur B. Robinson joined the Board of Directors of The Heartland Institute in 2016. He is also a senior fellow for environment policy at Heartland." [1]

"Educated at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California at San Diego, UCSD, Dr. Robinson served as a faculty member of UCSD until co-founding the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine with Linus Pauling in 1973. Beginning with their initial work together on general anesthesia and the structure of water at Caltech in 1961, Pauling and Robinson carried out published research on a wide variety of topics from nuclear physics to nutrition until 1978. They ceased work together in 1978 because of a disagreement between them on the effects of ascorbic acid on the growth rate of cancer in mice. In 1981, Dr. Robinson, his wife, chemist Laurelee Robinson, Martin Kamen, and later joined by, R. Bruce Merrifield, cofounded the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine." [2]

On January 7, 2009, the Willamette Week reported that Robinson is "in the vanguard of a small but vocal and persistent collection of scientists, industry advocates and commentators who dismiss human culpability for climate change. ... Robinson’s critics say his analysis is simplistic, but it remains persuasive a decade later with powerful policymakers like U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a visible and effective player in blocking a bill to limit greenhouse-gas emissions last fall. 'The influence Robinson and the others have is to muddy the waters and delay action on global warming,' says Sheldon Rampton, research director for the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit organization that promotes media literacy. 'I thought he was thoroughly discredited years ago,' Rampton says. 'But the global-warming skeptics certainly haven’t given up. And they seem willing to promote anyone who can be half-plausibly sold as an expert.' Robinson’s views have been cited on Fox News, MSNBC and other national newscasts, such as Exposed: The Climate of Fear, an hourlong special report in 2007 by CNN Headline News’ Glenn Beck. The report relied heavily on Robinson’s findings to attack former Vice President Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth." [3]

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  1. "Arthur B. Robinson", Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine website, accessed November 2008.

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  • Tim Lambert (2010-10-15). Art Robinson interviewed. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-12-04. “[In this classic interview of Robinson by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow,] rather than elaborate on his views on hormesis (radioctive waste is good for you!) he just insisted that quotes from his own writing were lies in some unspecified way.”

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