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Lawrence Solomon


Lawrence Solomon

Lawrence Solomon
Born 1948
Bucharest, Romania
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Writer and Manager of Energy Probe Research Foundation
Organization Founder and managing director of the Energy Probe Research Foundation[1]
Children Essie and Catharine[2]
Solomon's blog at Energy Probe

Lawrence Solomon is a Canadian writer on the environment and the founder and executive director of Energy Probe, a Canadian non-governmental environmental policy organization and fossil fuel lobbyist group.[3] His writing has appeared in a number of newspapers, including The National Post where he has a column, and he is the author of several books on energy resources, urban sprawl, and global warming, among them The Conserver Solution (1978), Energy Shock (1980), Toronto Sprawls: A History (2007), and The Deniers (2008).[4]

Solomon opposes nuclear power based on its economic cost, is a global warming skeptic, and has been critical of government approaches and policies used to address environmental concerns.[5]

Career and environmental activities

Solomon writes that he was an adviser to President Jimmy Carter's task force on the environment in the late 1970s, which released The Global 2000 Report to the President in 1980.[6] He has a regular column in The National Post, and has written for The Globe and Mail, National Review Online, CBS News, and The Wall Street Journal. He was the editor and publisher of Next City magazine, now defunct.[6][7] He has also written for American Forests, an environmental conservation organization.[8]

Serving as executive director of the Urban Renaissance Institute, a division of Energy Probe, Solomon has advocated environmental protection, conservation, and safeguards throughout the world, especially in non-affluent nations.[9] He supports reforms in foreign aid, putting a stop to nuclear power expansion, and supports the privatization of transport projects and the expansion of toll roads.[6] "I note that Lawrence Solomon continues to advocate road tolls, and the privatization of the TTC (like London) for Toronto's transportation system." Bruce Campion-Smith [10] In his columns and his book Toronto Sprawls: A History, he blames government policy for exacerbating and encouraging sprawl.[11] He is a critic of subsidies to rural Canada,[12] and has criticized Ontario Hydro's actions and projects and their effects on Canada's environment.[13] He writes that he was very active during the 1970s and 1980s with Energy Probe in opposing attempts to expand the use of nuclear power in Canada.[14]

Global warming

In a series of articles and a companion book published in 2008, The Deniers, Solomon writes about scientists whose views and research promote a controversialist view of global warming in opposition to the consensus of thirty four National Academies of Science, the WMO the IPCC, the media and Al Gore. The book featured on C-SPAN's Book TV on May 11, 2008.[15] Reviews of the book have appeared in the Washington Times, Vancouver Sun, Alternatives Journal, and other publications.[16][17][18][19]

In December, 2008, an executive from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy sponsored a debate about global warming between Lawrence Solomon and Dr. Jay Gulledge of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, who took the opposite view.[20][21] Solomon's blog has been mentioned in U.S. News & World Report's website concerning carbon emissions reduction legislation.[22]

World Heritage Encyclopedia

Solomon has written that he has had negative experiences editing World Heritage Encyclopedia. He has written columns criticizing World Heritage Encyclopedia's articles on global warming and other topics, including his own World Heritage Encyclopedia biography page, saying that they were edited by "zealots" and that World Heritage Encyclopedia was "modern propaganda."[23][24][25][26][27] He has also criticized the World Heritage Encyclopedia edits of William Connolley.[28][29][30][31]

Clash of civilizations

On December 29, 2010, Solomon predicted a "clash of civilizations between Islam and the west," over the secession of southern Sudan. He predicted that northern Sudan would reject the secession, which would then pit "a club of non-Islamic nations" (including what he calls "Christian Kenya", "Christian Ethiopia" and Israel) against Islamic ones (including Iran). [32]

Green Beanery

In 2004, Solomon founded Green Beanery, a non-profit online merchant specializing in organic coffee beans produced by small, independent farmers.[33] The company is located in downtown Toronto and includes a cafe where customers can sample a wide variety of coffee.[34] The profits from Green Beanery go to Probe International.[34]

Published works

Solomon's books include:


  1. Also see List of Solomon articles, The National Post, accessed August 2, 2010.

External links

  • Desmogblog National Post's Solomon Ducks Correction; Repeats “Slander”
  • Desmogblog notes Calculated Lie is Still a Lie U.S. Chamber of Commerce Speaker Solomon Trading on His Fraudulent Book Title
  • Lawrence Solomon, Sourcewatch
  • National Post about scientists who "buck the conventional wisdom on climate science."
  • National Review, April 22, 2008.
  • The American Spectator, April 18, 2008.
  • The Washington Times, May 6, 2008.
  • details flaws in the theories on global warming", The Vancouver Sun, May 9, 2008. "An anti-nuclear, Toronto-based, urban-loving, 1970s peace activist who opposes subsidies to the oil industry might be the last person expected to detail cracks in the science of global warming...."
  • Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change contains links to various articles by Solomon.
  • Mark Milke, "Alberta to Bury Carbon, and its History", a Frontier Centre for Public Policy article dated 2008-07-16 referring to Lawrence Solomon's book The Deniers.

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