Robert Balling Jr.

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

Controversial Relations and Positions

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). Contributors include ExxonMobil, the British Coal Corporation, Cyprus Minerals and OPEC.[1]

His views have led to his enthusiastic adoption by various members of the free-market extremist 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 sceptics, 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".[2]


  • Robert C. Balling, The Heated debate: greenhouse predictions versus climate reality, Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, April 1992, ISBN 0936488476
  • Robert C. Balling, Martin A. J. Williams, Interactions of Desertification & Climate, Oxford University Press, October 1995, ISBN 0340632178
  • Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling, The Satanic Gases: clearing the air about global warming, National Book Network, 2000 ASIN: 1882577914


European Academy for Environmental Affairs
European Science and Environment Forum
Environment & Climate News (Heartland Institute), Contributing Editor
Greening Earth Society, Advisor
International Policy Network

Contact information

Phone: (480) 965-6265
Fax: (480) 965-1473
E-mail: robert.balling AT
Website [3]

External Links


  1. ^, Minnesota News Council, Determination 118 ("In the Matter of the Complaint of Drs. Patrick Michaels and Robert Balling against The Star Tribune"), April 16, 1998
  2. ^, John Carey, "Global Warming", Business Week, August 16, 2004.