John R. Christy is a vocal global warming opponent and a climate scientist at the University of Alabama. Though recognizing some warming of the Earth's temperature, Christy advocates that is not produced by man-made action nor is the increase cause for concern. Rather, Christy claims that warming will result in economic and even some environmental benefits.
In November 2000 Gov. Don Siegelman appointed him to be Alabama's State Climatologist. He was Awarded NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1991. In January 2002 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Christy received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois in 1987. According to Fortune magazine, "Christy is actually the environmental lobby's worst nightmare - an accomplished climate scientist with no ties to Big Oil who has produced reams and reams of data that undermine arguments that the earth's atmosphere is warming at an unusual rate and question whether the remedies being talked about in Congress will actually do any good."
Christy co-authored the text "Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths," which was published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 200. In a 2007 editorial in the Wall Street Journal, he wrote: "I'm sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see."
In 2009 written testimony to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, he wrote: "From my analysis, the actions being considered to 'stop global warming' will have an imperceptible impact on whatever the climate will do, while making energy more expensive, and thus have a negative impact on the economy as a whole. We have found that climate models and popular surface temperature data sets overstate the changes in the real atmosphere and that actual changes are not alarming."