RIP Fred Singer, climate sceptic from before we were born

Professor S. Fred Singer has died, aged 95.

Professor S. Fred Singer

Joseph Bast, of the Heartland Institute, knew Fred well, collaborating with him on several writing projects since 2007. Joseph says:

Fred Singer’s contribution to the international debate over climate change cannot be overstated. He was a pioneer, one of the first and most prominent scientists to debate his fellow scientists and criticize the false and exaggerated claims of environmentalists and politicians who claimed to be experts on the subject. Where others stayed silent out of fear of retaliation by activists in government and in universities, Fred was utterly fearless, willing to take the slings and arrows of critics in order to defend real (not political) science.

In addition to being a prolific writer himself, Fred encouraged countless others to write and speak out on the controversial subject of climate change. He was always available to comment on other people’s work and to encourage them to submit their work to academic journals or to work with think tanks that would publish and promote their ideas. He had a unparalleled international network of scholars with whom he corresponded frequently, the basis for what became the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

James Delingpole pens a tribute in which he says:

Godfather of Climate Skepticism, Humiliator of Al Gore. Singer was a climate skeptic, of course, not because he was funded by Big Oil, or the tobacco industry, or any of the other charges laid against him by alarmists – but simply because he cleaved to good science.

Professor Will Happer, of Princeton University, admired him:

Those of us who were privileged to know and admire Fred can most fittingly honor him by embracing his guiding principles as our own. Among these were: understanding more about our majestic universe, reverence for the truth in science and human affairs, justice, kindness, and never giving up.

A fine life has been lived.

Let me give Joseph Bast the last word:

God bless you, Fred Singer. May you rest in peace knowing you changed the world for the better and left behind generations of thinkers and doers inspired by your example and nurtured by your friendship.

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3 Thoughts on “RIP Fred Singer, climate sceptic from before we were born

  1. Gwan on 05/05/2020 at 5:03 pm said:

    WUWT featured a life story of Fred Singer when he died .
    He was a very bright person with a great mind and did amazing work for NASA.
    He was not afraid to speak up and say that the climate scam that other scientists are pushing is just that ___a scam.
    It is a great pity that a lot more scientists don’t speak up as well.

    • Brett Keane on 05/05/2020 at 7:52 pm said:

      Some do:
      But Thankyou, Fred.

      Our early wintry blast is likely part of the ‘Quiet Sun Effect, Tayler Instability, Cyclical Solar System Orbital Mechanics.

      Last year NH crops were flooded while immature. This year, an early Idaho warm period has caused a Potato Glut locally while New Yorkers are short of them, and of means to transport them. Because Covid.
      Just early signs of Greta’s Great Plan. A freeze-up is following. Fossil fuels overcome the worst of such problems, but welcome Green Idiots to your population reduction. You First, please……… Shoulda listened to Fred. When it really bites, Gold will not buy you enough food and medicine. Brett Keane, NZ

    • Brett Keane on 05/05/2020 at 10:01 pm said:
      And trolls should sleep on this and realise models are all they have. Not ever data, and always WRONG. When they have to feed themselves by them, they will realise too late….
      80000 papers and their ass is a donkey too. Brett

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