Who Is Russell Cook?

I am neither a scientist nor a trained journalist. I received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico and an Associates degree in graphic arts from the Al Collins School of Russell Cook headshotGraphic Design. I am no different than what many people on Earth are, a common citizen having reasonably adequate enough education and an inquisitive enough mind to observe and question contradictory stories in the media about global warming.

Starting back in October 2009, I have conducted research on an essentially full-time basis into the accusation that skeptic climate scientists are paid by industry to lie. I’ve shared my findings in numerous online articles at AmericanThinker.com, RedState.com, Breitbart.com, JunkScience.com and elsewhere. My conclusion can be readily summarized: the accusation appears to be a false claim, a myth generated by a small group of enviro-activists with significant direction from ex-Boston Globe reporter Ross Gelbspan. (For more about Ross Gelbspan, go here.)

I’ve been a nature-loving cheapskate recycler all my life. Until recently, I didn’t really give a rip about global warming because I remembered the big global cooling craze back in the ‘70s. Plus, I was aware of the skeptic scientists’ viewpoints I’d seen in an April 2000 PBS Nova/Frontline program, so I reasoned that the science in the issue was anything but settled.

But sometime in 2008 I heard politicians saying the science was settled, which prompted me to ask what justified that position. It was a simple question that was met with no answers, only the accusation that anyone who didn’t believe global warming is a man-made crisis must be a stooge for the fossil fuel industry. Since I was and still am not anybody’s stooge, I started to research that accusation, and still am researching it.

In December 2009 I compiled my initial research into the first of several articles for AmericanThinker on this narrow topic. Around the same time, I began hammering the PBS NewsHour to explain why they had never allowed skeptic climate scientist guests to offer detailed viewpoints on the program. As noted in my November 2015 piece here, I maintain an ongoing count of the global warming reporting bias of that program.

With my second AmericanThinker article focusing entirely on the skeptic smear, I thought I had enough to prompt a news outlet such as Fox News to look deeply into the matter and report about it beyond my limited private citizen means. Hindsight now tells me I hadn’t gathered enough for a compelling story.

After approximately 60 articles and blogs, it was time to take this whole effort up one level in intensity by launching this Web site in May 2013. (For more about this site, go here.) My goal has never changed, I’ll be more than happy to share my findings with any open-minded journalist who wants to know more about the smear of skeptic climate scientists.