|The fault in our stars|
James McCanney is an astronomy crank and a conspiracy theorist. He's chiefly known for his "electric comets" claims, or, as he dubs it, "The Plasma Discharge Comet Model", but he's also a fair example of crank magnetism and appears to believe in all kind of fringe ideas. In addition to pseudoscience, his website flogs survivalist supplies.
The radio show Coast to Coast AM styles McCanney "Professor," and drops the name Cornell in association with him. However, his academic qualification is M.S. in nuclear and solid-state physics and he has not taught at Cornell University since the 1980s.
Comets are negatively charged. Ergo, they grow by attracting positively-charged cosmic dust. This IS WRONG. Comets reduce in mass over their lifetimes.
The Apollo Moon landings didn't happen. No human could have survived transition through the Van Allen radiation belts. They could and they did. Evidence includes the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflectors left on the Moon, the Moon rocks, and the images of the landing sites returned from the narrow angle cameras of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. 
“”If you realize that comets are not dirty snowballs, they’re a discharge of the electrical conditions in the solar system, the first question out of everybody’s mouth would be, ‘well, can we use this for power?’ and the answer is ‘Yes!’ So what does that do to the people in control of the world? We’re talking about the bankers, the people in charge; they control the world through energy: oil, nuclear power, and coal. Those are the big ones. … These are very controlling forces, and if you took that away, one of their biggest tools to control the public would go away.
|—on Coast to Coast AM, 4 November 2010|
“”Planet X is real, and it’s going to come to us with a bunch of comets, and people murmuring about Planet X being out there is NASA preparing us for it.
|—on Coast to Coast AM, 16 February 2011|
- McCanney's curriculum vitae
- James McCanney's Nonsense: the Solar Wind from Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy
- VIRTIS detects water and carbon dioxide in comet’s coma — ESA Rosetta blog
- Halley loses 54,000 kg/second
- Wikipedia on Venus
- Lunar Retroreflectors, UCSD Physics Dept.
- Apollo 11 landing site from LRO NAC
He has his own publishing house, "J.M. McCanney Science Press" or "jmccanneyscience.com press".
- Planet-X, Comets and Earth Changes (self-published), ISBN 0972218602
- Surviving Planet-X Passage (a "supplementary" to the above work), ISBN 978-0972218634
- Atlantis to Tesla: The Kolbrin Connection (2003, self-published), ISBN 978-0972218641
- Principia Meteorlogia: The Physics of Sun Earth Weather (self-published, in multiple volumes?)
- Calculate Primes: Direct Propagation Of The Prime Numbers (2007, self-published), ISBN 978-0972218665
- The Diamond Principle (2010, self-published), ISBN 978-0982852002
- jmccanneyscience.com, his official website (contrary to the name, you won't find much science on it)
- McCanney's guest page on the Coast to Coast AM website, listing all his appearances on the program (as of March 2014, more than 50)
- James McCanney's Nonsense, the pages on McCanney at Phil Plait's old Bad Astronomy website
- Episode 120 - James McCanney's Views on Comets, Part 1, the first of a two part series on McCanney's claims at the Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast.
- Episode 121 - James McCanney's Views on Comets, Part 2, second of a two part series on McCanney's claims at the Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast.