About the Contributors

Barry Bickmore (blog administrator):  Barry Bickmore is a geochemistry professor at Brigham Young University, an active Mormon, and an active Republican.  From 2008-2010 he was a County Delegate for the Republican Party.  Anything he posts here (obviously) represents his personal opinions, and does not necessarily reflect the position of his employer, Brigham Young University.

Bill Dinklage:  I’m an associate professor of Earth Science at Utah Valley University, and I love it!  I love teaching, and I do some research in tectonics and metamorphism of mountain belts, too.  I have a BA in physics from Carleton College (MN) and a PhD in geology from UC Santa Barbara.  I teach courses in physical geology, rocks and minerals, physical science, meteorology, and energy.  I’ve been keeping up with the climate change issue for over a decade and give public lectures on it occasionally.

Andrew Jorgenson: Andrew Jorgenson is an environmental macrosociologist and a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah where he is also affiliated with the university’s Environmental Studies Program, the Institute for Policy and International Affairs, and the Master of Statistics Program.  He has published extensively on the human dimensions of global environmental change in top peer reviewed journals in environmental sociology, ecological economics, international relations, and human ecology.  Much of this research focuses on the human drivers of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in comparative international perspective.  He is also a contributing member of the newly formed American Sociological Association Task Force on Climate Change.  Dr. Jorgenson has deep roots in Utah, with most of his extended relatives living in rural parts of the state where they work in agriculture and mining.

Note from Barry: I’m looking for more contributors, so let me know if you’re interested.


  1. Barry, hearing great things about your work.

    Hope you have a chance to look at my videos debunking Monckton,
    (and other things)


  2. Barry,

    I’m interested in contributing to your blog. I have a BS in physics from BYU ’75 and an MBA from Harvard ’79. I’m now retired from a career in semiconductor marketing (Intel, Mitsubishi) and living in Orem.

    I have followed the AGW debate for the last few years. I am a believer in moderate warming from co2 but I have strong doubts about the overall climate sensitivity assumed in the scary projections for catastrophic climate change. In fact, the climate sensitivity is the key unknown quantity being debated by the “warmer” and “skeptic” climate scientists.

    Most recently, I have turned my energies from debating CAGW to promoting energy sources that can be acceptable to “warmers” and “skeptics” alike since they are clean, low cost and 24/7. I am referring to LFTR the “green” nuclear energy.


    So if you are interested in a little AGW balance on your blog please let me know.

    • “I have followed the AGW debate for the last few years. I am a believer in moderate warming from co2 but I have strong doubts about the overall climate sensitivity assumed in the scary projections for catastrophic climate change. In fact, the climate sensitivity is the key unknown quantity being debated by the “warmer” and “skeptic” climate scientists.”

      This is 100% true.

      What we see is legitimate, correct and scientifically-based skepticism of the AGW alarmism, that is consistently ignored and treated as ‘anti-scientific’.

      Just look at the questions from the latest APS review on climate science. It’s about time we had honest dialog about these questions.

      • Patrick,

        Do you have some example? I find that much of the “skepticism” is really just a complete unwillingness to look at the full spectrum of evidence. THAT is anti-scientific. Do you have some basis upon which to judge which side is right in any of these disputes? If so, please explain.

  3. Aloha Professor Brickmore,
    I learned about you on climatecrocks. Peter Sinclair is my inspiration and his blog is my mentor — much of my AGW work in the newser.com NEWSER BY USERS page originates from ideas on climatecrocks.com. However, as often as possible I go to the “source” to do the summary which is posted on newser. Here’s the link to my summary of your YouTube presentation.
    You asked that it be passed on and this is one way I intend to do so.
    Here’s my entire “body of work” on newser — at least one if five of my summaries is on AGW and nearly half of them are on client science denial.
    Although i have lived in Hawaii most of my life, I feel a special kinship having been born and raised in Colorado, and having many Mormon relatives among my ex-wife’s family here in the islands. Please let me know if I may be of service “to the cause” in any way.
    Kokuaguy in Honolulu

  4. I watched your presentation: Climate Change: What We Know and How We Know It
    It’s really well done and I want to present it here in Luxembourg, translated.
    Would you accept to pass me your presentation and make use of it citing your name?

    • I’ll send you a link to download it. By the way, Luxembourg City is one of my favorite European cities. It feels sort of old and new at the same time.

  5. 29 Nov 2011


    Jon Huntsman has famously recognized the existence of climate change and the human role in contributing to it. But, as Utah governor, but what did he do about it?

    –Farrell S. Seiler, Chairman (a Republican)
    New Hampshire Carbon Action Alliance

    • He convened a blue-ribbon panel on climate change and its effects on the state, and then signed the Western Climate Initiative.

  6. I would love to sit down with Moncton for a few minutes and ask him a few really basic questions about the atmosphere and chemistry to really establish what he does know. Of course I know that he wouldn’t be able to answer them and he would probably go on the attack and call me all sorts of names and threaten to have me locked up. But it would be interesting.

    Keep up the excellent work Baz.

  7. Dear Climate Asylum,

    We need to conserve forests to deal with the climate change problem. A solution to the rainforest problem might be found in the second paragraph below–of which perhaps you can urge your readers to write to their representatives:

    People who have made correct predictions in the past, and/or have good BBB ratings, predict that another Great Depression could arise from the popping of our national debt and money printing bubbles. The latter could eventually cause hyper-inflation such as was seen in the early 1920’s Weimar Republic. We must stop printing more money—or we risk starvation, social unrest, and threats to our democratic freedoms.

    As for the national debt, I read that due to the drought there is expected to be a shortage of chocolate in the next few years. One of the more sustainable uses of the tropical rainforests is the harvesting of chocolate. If we purchase rainforest land for $75 an acre (we can pass a Constitutional Amendment if need be) and then sell it to chocolate makers for $2,500 an acre (with there being two or three billion acres,) then we can eliminate the current deficits for the next ten years. Perhaps by then the economy’s growth will be enough to cover it.

    Best regards, Jeanette Norman

  8. Barry – your writings (blathering) all rubbish. Go put of some of that mo-mo underwear and leave the thinking to adults.

    • I love insults from people who can’t spell.

  9. A two minute glance at this website. Bickmore is very anxious to let everyone know he is a Mormon and a Republican. The impression is given that those who disagree with him belong in the asylum. I would think that if Bickmore wanted to foster understanding about ‘climate change” he would leave politics and religion out of it and would respect those who disagree with him. If on the other hand Bickmore desires an adversarial atmosphere in his blog then bringing in politics, religion and a mocking attitude toward those who disagree he will succeed. Sorry just my two bits.

    • Packbear,

      The “asylum” moniker comes from John Huntsman’s “call me crazy” quote, so you are wrong about the meaning of the title. And I absolutely agree that politics and religion should be left out–if it were an ideal world where people assiduously sift through evidence, with no regard for where the information is coming from. But we both know that isn’t this world, don’t we?

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