Lawrence Solomon

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Lawrence Solomon
OccupationWriter and Manager of Energy Probe Research Foundation
OrganizationManaging director of the Energy Probe Research Foundation[1]
ChildrenEssie and Catharine[2]
WebsiteSolomon's blog at Energy Probe

Lawrence Solomon is a Canadian writer on the environment and the executive director of Energy Probe, a Canadian non-governmental environmental policy organization. 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).[3]

Solomon opposes nuclear power based on its economic cost, has promoted climate change denial, and has been critical of government approaches and policies used to address environmental concerns.[4]

In 2017 he wrote in the Financial Post that cycle lanes have become a major contributor to urban air pollution.[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 the defunct Next City magazine.[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 contrarian view of global warming in opposition to the consensus of thirty four National Academies of Science, the WMO and the IPCC.[15] Reviews of the book have appeared in the Washington Times, Vancouver Sun, Alternatives Journal, and other publications.[16][17][18][19] A number of reviewers point out that most of the scientists profiled in the book don’t actually deny climate change. These reviewers characterize the book as containing selective quotes of scientists' disagreements on the details of climate change in order to present the impression that there is no consensus on climate change. In fact, despite the title, they report that Solomon acknowledges in the book that "I … noticed something striking about my growing cast of deniers. None of them were deniers." [20][21]

Solomon's blog has been mentioned in U.S. News & World Report's website concerning carbon emissions reduction legislation.[22]

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). [23]

Green Beanery

In 2004, Solomon founded Green Beanery, a non-profit online merchant specializing in organic coffee beans produced by small, independent farmers.[24] The company is located in downtown Toronto and includes a cafe where customers can sample a wide variety of coffee.[25] The cafe opened in 2008 and closed in March 2020; the online business is to continue.[26] The profits from Green Beanery go to Probe International.[25]

Published works

Solomon's books include:


  1. ^ Lawrence Solomon, Energy Probe, accessed May 31, 2010.
  2. ^ The Deniers, dedication
  3. ^ Your Voice (4 November 2009). "Climate change: Munk Debates". CBC news. Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  4. ^ For his views on nuclear power, see Solomon, Lawrence. "The two blows that killed the industry Archived 2009-09-06 at the Wayback Machine, The National Post, August 1, 2001.
  5. ^ Solomon, Lawrence (2017-12-01). "Ban the Bike". Financial Post.
  6. ^ a b c "Lawrence Solomon biography", The National Post, accessed August 2, 2010. For the Global 2000 report, see Council on Environmental Quality and Department of State. "The Global 2000 Report to the President", Pergamon, 1980; this link courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations, accessed August 2, 2010.
  7. ^ "The Next City magazine, published and edited by Solomon, was started in 1995." Thomas Walkom Hydro thorn Energy Probe rooted on the right; Pro-privatization empire not part of environmentalism's whole-grain world August 23, 1997 page E.1 Toronto Star
  8. ^ Solomon, Lawrence. "Save the forests - sell the trees." American Forests Jan.-Feb. 1990: 48+.
  9. ^ Spence, Bruce, "Correlation does not equal causation." America's Intelligence Wire 11 Aug. 2003.
  10. ^ Toll roads safer, better maintained, expert says November 21, 1996 Toronto Star page A.20
  11. ^ Walks, R. Alan. "Toronto Sprawls: A History." Ontario History 100.1 (2008): 110+; Berridge, Joe. "Suburbia forever: nothing, it seems, can stop cities from growing ever outwards." Literary Review of Canada 15.7 (2007): 24+
  12. ^ You keep Yonge St.: Two writers from Alberta take on Lawrence Solomon's view that rural Canada is an unviable drag on cities. What about all those urban subsidies? May 15, 2004 America's Intelligence Wire (From Financial Post)
  13. ^ Solomon, Lawrence. "Ontario Hydro, 1906-2002." Toronto Life. 36. 8 (May 2002): 146.
  14. ^ Solomon, Lawrence, The Deniers, Richard Vigilante Books, 2007, pp. 2–3.
  15. ^ "Book Discussion on The Deniers". C-SPAN. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  16. ^ McBean, Gordon. "The danger of misinformation: the Deniers is so full of misinformation that it is impossible to list it all." Alternatives Journal 34.4 (2008): 37.
  17. ^ Shawn Macomber (2008-05-06). "The climate change deniers". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  18. ^ Mark Milke (2008-05-09). "'The Deniers' details flaws in the theories on global warming". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  19. ^ Ben-Peter Terpstra (January 11, 2009). "Book Review: The Deniers". Canada Free Press. Retrieved 2009-09-09.
  20. ^ Richard Littlemore (May 15, 2008), Climate change denier at least admits he's playing a game, Vancouver Sun, archived from the original on July 4, 2014, retrieved May 18, 2014
  21. ^ George Marshall (September 16, 2008), COOKING THE BOOKS: How to write a contrarian polemic on climate change, retrieved May 18, 2014
  22. ^ Barone, Michael (November 10, 2008), Barack Obama's Carbon Emissions Plan Might Be Flawed, U.S. News & World Report Online
  23. ^ Lawrence Solomon (2010-12-29). "Lawrence Solomon: To Islam's dismay, a new oil nation is born". Financial Post. Archived from the original on 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  24. ^ The Bay Street for baristas Archived 2012-08-26 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ a b "Roast-your-own coffee business goes green" (Press release). Green Beanery. 2004-09-15. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  26. ^ Manzocco, Natalia (2020-04-19). "Green Beanery shuts down permanently". Now. Toronto. Retrieved 2020-04-19.