Today, Dr. Patrick Michaels of The CATO Institute (see Patrick J. Michaels
) called me to ask if I could distribute the attached proposed newspaper ad to you in the hopes of obtaining your endorsement for inclusion in a list after the letter. Dr. Michael tells me the text of the open letter is essentially fixed and only cosmetic changes will follow at this point.
Please let me know if you will allow CATO to include your name and affiliation on this crucially important public appeal to President Obama. Dr. Michaels informs me that, due to space-limitations it may not be feasible to include everyone’s endorsement but he hopes to get as many supporters as possible for this effort, regardless.
If they get a sufficient number of highly qualified endorsers, CATO plan to arrange that the attached open letter is published in newspapers this coming week, so we hope to hear whether or not you will allow your name to be included in the endorser list as soon as possible. Feel free to either contact Dr. Michaels directly at email@example.com or simply respond to this e-mail and I will forward endorsers’ names, with complete affiliations, to him.
Hope to hear from you very soon!
Tom Harris, Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), P.O. Box 23013, Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 4E2
Updated below from Pat Michaels
If you are interested in endorsing the attached ad, please contact Climatologist Patrick Michaels. It is a newspaper display ad, so not everyone can be included, but they hope to include as many as size permits. Please include brief sentence on bio and affilation. Thanks!
Note from Michaels:
I've attached the Cato ad. Askpeople to sign it PROMPTLY and send their response to me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attached is an ad that Cato Institute will be placing in major newspapers in the U.S. as soon as possible. It is the same format as one we sent out last month attacking a statement that all economists agreed with the need for the stimulus package. That one was highly successful and helped to frame civil discourse on the subject.
We believe we can do the same with respect to the notion that "the science is settled" on climate change, and I am asking your permission to use your name and affiliation in our ad. Please also note if you have an advanced degree in a pertinent field.
We want to get this out next week, so I am hoping you can respond soon!