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New York, July 21, 2015—Columbia Law School Professor Michael B. Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, has been named Chair of the Faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

The appointment was made by Columbia University Provost John Coatsworth based on a vote of the Earth Institute’s faculty.  Gerrard, who succeeds School of Engineering and Applied Science Professor Peter Schlosser, will work closely with Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs and Executive Director Steven Cohen.

The Earth Institute comprises more than 30 research centers and some 850 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and students who focus on the world’s most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation to poverty, disease, and the sustainable use of resources.  Its academic work is directed by a faculty that consists of 50 professors from multiple disciplines within Columbia University’s Morningside, Lamont, and Medical campuses.

Gerrard is the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School. He teaches courses in environmental law, energy regulation, and climate change law and policy.  Gerrard joined the Law School faculty in 2009, and from 1979 through 2008, he practiced environmental law in New York, most recently as partner in charge of the New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP. He remains as senior counsel to the firm.

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  1. What concerns me about Professor Gerrard’s ascendency is his apparent lack of ANY scientific training and his apparent complete support for climate hysteria. I realize that the two often go hand-in-hand. But that makes him part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    Professor Gerrard should know that prevailing paradigms in science do not prevail forever, especially when largely based on ‘consensus,’ ‘authority,’ politics, and largesse. Proper science is only based on logic and evidence.

    Professor Gerrard would be well advised to follow the motto of the first scientific society, the Royal Society. Their motto “Take no one’s word for it” expressed the determination of the Fellows to avoid the domination of authority and to make decisions based on experiment.

    Unfortunately Gerrard seems to be convinced that sea levels are rising significantly, and we are responsible. That’s not true. He seems convinced that “Climate Change” is more than a truism and now caused exclusively by man. That’s not true. And he seems convinced that “clean energy” is the solution to a non-problem. That also is not true.

    In short, the lack of any scientific training seems to make it impossible for Professor Gerrard to make lasting and positive contributions to the earth’s environment.

    Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
    Corbett, Oregon USA

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