Steve Goreham

Profile image Steve Graham speaking at the Heartland Institute’s 12th International Conference on Climate Change, screenshot via YouTube.

Steve Goreham


  • M.S. In Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.1About,” Accessed December 14, 2011.
  • MBA from the University of Chicago.2About,” Accessed December 14, 2011.


Steve Goreham is the Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America and the author of Climatism! Science, Common Sense, and the 21st Century’s Hottest Topic. He is a regular speaker at events and radio talk shows where he is sometimes described as a “climate change expert.”

Goreham’s profile on describes him as an engineer and business executive with extensive experience at Fortune 100 public companies and private firms. They describe his book, Climatism as an “overview of the science, politics, and energy policy implications of the world’s misguided efforts to stop global warming.”

Stance on Climate Change

”[…] the science clearly shows that global warming is due to natural causes, despite the tidal wave of world belief in man-made climate change.”3Climatism! the Book: Author’s Note,” Accessed June 24, 2011.

Key Quotes

“The global wind industry is built on a foundation of sand—the hypothesis that man-made global warming is destroying Earth’s climate.”4 “Steve Goreham: Wind energy’s house of cards” Energy Tribune, Aug. 31, 2010. Republished by petroleumworld. Accessed June 24, 2011.

Key Actions

April 23, 2018

The Climate Science Coalition of America, represented by Steve Goreham was among 22 groups signed on to an open letter asking President Trump to ignore recent criticism of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.5 “Coalition letter to the President on Scott Pruitt,” (PDF), Heartland Institute, 2018. Archived .pdf on file with DeSmog.

In a speech to the U.S. Senate, a group of Democratic senators identified the organizations as front groups for the Koch Brothers and other wealthy donors, nicknamed the “Web of Deceit.” The senators outlined how, in addition to funding from the Koch network, many of the groups use untraceable “dark money” funneled through groups like Donors Capital Fund and Donors Trust to influence legislation, particularly with regards to climate and pollution., represented by Lisa B. Nelson, was among 22 groups signed on to an open letter asking President Trump to ignore recent criticism of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Senator Whitehouse outlined it as “a web of deceit conceived and bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other self-interested billionaires to advocate for very selfish and unpatriotic policies.” Whitehouse added: “This web of deceit has infiltrated and populated the Trump administration, and it is swamping the interests of everyday Americans.6 Senator Whitehouse. “Time to wake up: Web of Deceit” April 23, 2018. URL:

The full list of pro-Pruitt signatories and their respective organizations is as follows:

May 9, 2017

Goreham was a speaker at the Friends of Science‘s fourteenth annual luncheon. Video of his speech below:7FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL EVENT, WITH ROBERT LYMAN & STEVE GOREHAM.” Archived July 21, 2017. URL:

March 24, 2017

Goreham was a speaker at the Heartland Institute‘s 12th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC12), appearing on a panel on “Sustainability.”8STEVE GOREHAM,” Archived April 7, 2017. URL:

Panel 5A: Sustainability

Panel 5A: Q&A

February 23, 2017

Goreham was a signatory of a petition (PDF) organized by Richard Lindzen of the Cato Institute urging President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the United Nations international convention on climate change (UNFCCC).9 “PETITION” (PDF), February 23, 2017. Richard Lindzen. PDF Archived at DeSmog.

“In just a few weeks, more than 300 eminent scientists and other qualified individuals from around the world have signed the petition below,” Lindzen wrote in the letter.10 “PETITION” (PDF), February 23, 2017. Richard Lindzen. PDF Archived at DeSmog.

DeSmog investigated the list, and found that only a small handful of the signatories could be considered “even remotely ‘qualified’ or ‘eminent’ — but not in the field of climate science.” The list included individuals “interested in climate,” and one signatory who only identified as an “emailer who wished to sign the petition” while some signers provided no affiliation or address whatsoever.11 Graham Readfearn. “Climate Science Denier Richard Lindzen’s List of 300 “Scientists” Sent to Trump Is the Usual Parade of Non-Experts,” DeSmog, February 27, 2017.

January 5, 2017

Steve Goreham was a signatory to a Cornwall Alliance open letter supporting Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator under the Trump administration.12Open Letter Supporting Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator,” Cornwall Alliance, January 5, 2017. Archived January 19, 2017. URL:

“Mr. Pruitt has also demonstrated understanding of and open-mindedness toward scientific insights crucial to the formulation and implementation of environmental regulation. He is prepared to hear all sides in debates over the risks and benefits of various activities that come under the purview of the EPA,” reads the letter.

On January 12, 2017, Senate Democrats raised conflict of interest concerns regarding Scott Prutt’s fossil fuel ties. Pruitt had spent years working to combat the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.13 Ben Jervey. “Mapping EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt’s Many Fossil Fuel Ties,” DeSmog, January 13, 2017.

In an open letter to the Office of Government Ethics, members of the Senate’s environmental panel commented:

“During his tenure as Attorney General of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt has blurred the distinction between official and political actions, often at the behest of corporations he will regulate if confirmed to lead EPA,” the letter said. “Public reporting based on documents produced by Freedom of Information Act requests illustrate how Mr. Pruitt and members of his staff have worked closely with fossil fuel lobbyists to craft his office’s official positions.”

Pruitt was further grilled on his fossil fuel ties at his confirmation hearing on January 18.14 Ben Jervey and Steve Horn. “EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Gets Grilled on Fossil Fuel Ties at Confirmation Hearing,” DeSmog, January 18, 2017.

Some notable signatories of the Cornwall Alliance letter, as of January 5, 2017, included:

August 2016

Steve Goreham is listed as a “Founding Member” of group named Climate Exit (Clexit) led by climate change denier Christopher Monckton. According to Clexit’s founding statement (PDF), “The world must abandon this suicidal Global Warming crusade. Man does not and cannot control the climate.”15The Clexit Committee comprises” (PDF), Archived.pdf on file at Desmog. 16 “After Brexit, Clexit” (PDF), Archived .pdf on file at Desmog.

Desmog reports on how the group grew in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. A key member of Clexit’s “60 well-informed science, business and economic leaders” is Hugh Morgan, a former board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia and former CEO of Western Mining Corporation with close ties to Australia’s Liberal party.17 Graham Readfearn. “After Brexit, Climate Science Denialists Form New Group to Call for a Clexit,” Desmog, August 3, 2016. 18Hugh Morgan AO,” Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Archived February 22, 2002. URL:

According to Clexit’s founding statement:

“If the Paris climate accord is ratified, or enforced locally by compliant governments, it will strangle the leading economies of the world with pointless carbon taxes and costly climate and energy policies, all with no sound basis in evidence or science […]”19 “After Brexit, Clexit” (PDF), Archived .pdf on file at Desmog.

July 7–9, 2014

Steve Goreham was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada.20Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.

DeSmog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland’s ICCC9, which can be found here.

Goreham’s spoke on panel 8, “Costs and Benefits of Renewable Energy,” along with Howard Hayden and Marita Noon. Video from the panel can be viewed below.

May 21–23, 2012

Steve Goreham was a speaker at the Heartland Institute‘s 7th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7).21 “International Conference on Climate Change, Program,” (PDF) Heartland Institute. Archived January 22, 2018.

DeSmog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland’s ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.

Goreham’s speech, titled “The Mad, Mad World of Climatism” can be viewed below.

June 30–July 1, 2011

Goreham was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change.22Steve Goreham: Sixth Internatinonal Conference on Climate Change,” Accessed December 14, 2011.

Research done by DeSmog found that 17 of the 43 sponsors of the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, including the Heartland Institute itself, have collectively received over $46 million from either Scaife Foundations, Koch Foundations, or ExxonMobil and its foundation.

Goreham’s speech, titled “Climategate: Iceburg or Ice Cube?” can be viewed below.

Nov 15, 2010

Spoke at a meeting of the White County Tea Party Patriots to discuss climate change.23White County Tea Party Patriots hosts Steve Goreham, Climate Science Coalition of America,” YouTube Video. Uploaded by WCTeaPartyPatriot on November 17, 2010.


Social Media


Goreham is the author of Climatism! Science, Common Sense, and the 21st Century’s Hottest Topic.

A media release describes the book: “Goreham demonstrates that climate change is due to natural causes, not man-made emissions of greenhouse gases. Therefore, humanity is engaged in a futile effort to control the Earth’s temperature, imposing severe policies that will limit our freedoms and radically transform our way of life.”

He also publishes skeptical articles at Climate Realists, and contributes to conservative websites such as Big Government.

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