David E. Wojick

From Global Energy Monitor

David E. Wojick is a well-known and vocal climate change "skeptic", with strong links to the coal industry and a now-defunct coal industry front group called the Greening Earth Society. [1]

Wojick is not a climate scientist

Wojick has been described as a journalist and policy analyst. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Wojick has not published any research in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject of climate change.

Wojick, Coal and Electricity

Between December 1998[1] and September 2001[2] he was listed as a "Scientific Adviser" to the Greening Earth Society, a group that was funded and controlled by the Western Fuels Association (WFA), an association of coal-burning utility companies. WFA founded the group in 1997, according to an archived version of its website, "as a vehicle for advocacy on climate change, the environmental impact of CO2, and fossil fuel use."[3]

In his role as a "policy analyst," Wojick's client list has included AES Corporation,one of the largest electrical generation companies, with much of that in the form of coal, and Allegheny Energy, a company that generates 95% of its power from coal. The Chief of Naval Research and Greening Earth Society were also listed as former clients.[4]

Wojick was a columnist for the Electricity Daily, a now-defunct electrical industry trade magazine.[5]

Wojick and industry-funded “think tanks

Wojick is listed as "contributing editor" " to Environment and Climate News, a publication of the Heartland Institute, a US think tank at the forefront of the attack on climate change science. Heartland has received over half a million in funding from ExxonMobil, the largest oil company in the world. Wojick lists the Cato Institute and Citizens for a Sound Economy as some of his former "clients." [2]

Natural Resources Stewardship Project

Dr. David Wojick, PE, is listed among the "Allied Experts" of the energy industry lobbyists-controlled Natural Resources Stewardship Project, as an "Independent journalist and policy analyst, specializing in Kyoto issues". [3]

Climate Change Debate

Wojick is the owner of the list at ClimateChangeDebate.org.

Climate change and K-12 education

An anonymous donor called "Heartland Insider" released documents in February 2012 of the Heartland Institute's budget, fundraising plan, and Climate Strategy for 2012. The 2012 Climate Strategy stated that goals of the organization included working with David E. Wojick on "providing [K-12 school] curriculum that shows that the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain - two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers from teaching science."[6] Wojick would create twenty teaching modules a year, receiving $5,000 per module.[7]


"David Wojick is a consultant with OSTI in the area of information and communication science. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy of science and mathematical logic from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS in civil engineering from Carnegie Tech. He has been on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon and the staffs of the US Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Lab."—CENDI, 2004 [4]

"Wojick, a civil engineer who has a doctorate in epistemology, once taught in the Carnegie Mellon University economics and society department, led by 1978 Nobel laureate in economics Herb Simon, who died in 2001, and who was cited for his work in the politics of science. Wojick is an expert and consultant on the subject of how science and the understanding of science interact. He runs the Climatechangedebate.org web site."—Greenie Watch, December 6, 2006 [5]


The following are citations made either by or about David E. Wojick.

  • 1976: "David E. Wojick, (Asst. Prof. of Philosophy of Tech., Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, Pa.)" [6]
  • 1977: "David E. Wojick, (Prin., David E. Wojick Assocs., Pittsburgh, PA.)" [7]
  • 1995: "Dr. David E. Wojick, P.E., Coalition for a Workable Clean Air Program" [8]
  • 2000: "Science Advisor, Greening Earth Society" [9]
  • 2000: "a professional journalist and policy analyst specializing in climate change science and policy, in both capacities performing detailed analysis and commentary on the document and process at issue in this matter [First Draft National Assessment on Climate Change], including as an official technical reviewer" [10]
  • October 2000: "journalist and policy analyst" [11]
  • December 2000: "an American soils consultant and a prominent advocate of a soil-sinks strategy for the US government." [12]
  • March 2001: "covers climate policy for Electricity Daily and is a science adviser to the Greening Earth Society, as well as editor of the Web-based WashingtonPest.com." [13]
  • April 2001: "environmental consultant" [14]
  • December 2001: "President, ClimateChangeDebate.org" [15]
  • November 2002: "David E. Wojick, a journalist and a policy analyst who chooses to live in both Virginia and Ontario." [16]
  • November 2002: "environmental consultant and professional engineer" [17]
  • December 2002: "an independent climate science journalist and policy analyst who resides in Virginia and Ontario." [18]
  • June 2003: "Freelance Journalist" for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) [19]
  • June 2003: "Climate specialist and President, Climatechangedebate.org, Sioux. Lookout, Ontario/Star Tannery, VA." [20]
  • October 2003: "freelance journalist under contract to OSTI" [21]
  • October 2003: "an independent science journalist and policy analyst" [22]
  • January 2004: "David Wojick at SEPP" (Science and Environmental Policy Project) [23]
  • September 2004: DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Integration [24]
  • May 2005: "a consultant who writes on climate change, technology, and policy change, is a contributing editor to Environment & Climate News" (Heartland Institute) [25]
  • January 2006: "Senior Consultant", Innovations in Scientific Knowledge and Advancement (ISKA), http://www.osti.gov/iska, "A strategic initiative of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, US Department of Energy" [26]
  • April 2006: "energy consultant" [27]
  • June 2006: "Consultant, Innovations in Scientific Knowledge and Advancement, DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information" [28]
  • December 2006: "a Virginia scientist and journalist who is a skeptic about manmade global warming" [29]
  • Undated: Canadian Nuclear Association: "Independent Nuclear Power Experts Available to Speak with Media", Dr. David Wojick, P.E., "Senior Editor of Electricity Daily, Independent Canadian energy engineering expert, Sioux Lookout, Ontario." [30]

Contact Information

391 Flickertail Lane
Star Tannery, VA 22654
Phone: 540 858-3503
Email: dwojick AT direcway.com
Email: wojicklist AT direcway.com

Articles and resources


  1. "Scientific Advisers", Greening Earth Society, website archived from December 1998.
  2. Greening Earth Society, "Scientific Advisers", Greening Earth Society, website archived from September 2001.
  3. "Join GES", Greening Earth Society website, archived from March 2005.
  4. David Wojick, "Creative Cap and Trade Rule-Making Abounds", Emissions Trader, Emissions Marketing Association, Volume 4, Issue 2, February 2000.
  5. "Another False Alarm on Global Warming", Heartland Perspectives, Heartland Institute, May 2, 2005.
  6. Richard Littlemore, "Heartland Insider Exposes Institute's Budget and Strategy" Heartland Institute, Feb. 14, 2012.
  7. Brad Johnson, "INTERNAL DOCUMENTS: The Secret, Corporate-Funded Plan To Teach Children That Climate Change Is A Hoax" Think Progress, Feb. 14, 2012.

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