- Company Name: Science and Public Policy Institute
- About Company: President: Robert Ferguson has 26 years of Capitol Hill experience, having worked in both the House and Senate. He served in the House Republican Study Committee, the Senate Republican Policy Committee; as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jack Fields (R-TX) from 1981-1997, Chief of Staff to Congressman John E. Peterson (R-PA) from 1997-2002 and Chief of Staff to Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ) in 2002. He has considerable policy experience in climate change science, mercury science, energy and mining, forests and resources, clean air and the environment. His undergraduate and advanced degrees were taken at Brigham Young University and George Washington University, respectively. Ferguson served active duty in the US Army from 1966-1970.
Chief Science Adviser: Willie Soon PhD. - Soon is an astrophysicist and a geoscientist interested in all aspects of the science. He writes and lectures both professionally and publicly on important issues related to the Sun, other stars, the Earth as well as general science topics in astronomy and physics. He is the author of "The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun-Earth Connection" Dr. Soon's honors include a 1989 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Graduate Scholastic Awards and a Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award from the University of Southern California for "the most representative Ph.D. research thesis" of 1991. In 2003, he was invited to testify in the United States Senate and was later recognized, with an award, for "detailed scholarship on biogeological and climatic change over the past 1000 years" by the Smithsonian Institution. In June 2004, he was presented with the Petr Beckmann award of the by Doctors for Disaster Preparedness for "courage and achievement in defense of scientific truth and freedom."
Chief Policy Adviser: Lord Monckton, UK: -- Christopher, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, was Special Advisor to Margaret Thatcher as UK Prime Minister from 1982 to 1986, and gave policy advice on technical issues such as warship hydrodynamics (his work led to his appointment as the youngest Trustee of the Hales Trophy for the Blue Riband of the Atlantic), psephological modeling (predicting the result of the 1983 General Election to within one seat), embryological research, hydrogeology (leading to the award of major financial assistance to a Commonwealth country for the construction of a very successful hydroelectric scheme), public-service investment analysis (leading to savings of tens of billions of pounds), public welfare modeling (his model of the UK tax and benefit system was, at the time, more detailed than the Treasury's economic model, and led to a major simplification of the housing benefit system), and epidemiological analysis. On leaving 10 Downing Street, he established a successful specialist consultancy company, giving technical advice to corporations and governments. His two articles in the Sunday Telegraph late in 2006 debunking the climate-change "consensus" received more hits to the newspaper's website than any other in the paper's history: the volume of hits caused the link to crash. His contribution to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 - the correction of a table inserted by IPCC bureaucrats that had overstated tenfold the observed contribution of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets to sea-level rise - earned him the status of Nobel Peace Laureate. His Nobel prize pin, made of gold recovered from a physics experiment, was presented to him by the Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester, New York, USA. He has lectured at university physics departments on the quantification of climate sensitivity, on which he is widely recognized as an expert, and his limpid analysis of the climate-feedback factor was published on the famous climate blog of Roger Pielke, Sr. His lecture to undergraduates at the Cambridge Union Society on climate change has been released by SPPI as Apocalypse? NO!, a full-length feature movie on high-definition DVD (available from www.greatswindle.com). Apocalypse? NO! been described by Professor Larry Gould of the University of Hartford, Connecticut, as the best film ever made on climate change.
Science Adviser: William Kininmonth - B.Sc (UWA), M.Sc (Colo State U), M.Admin (Monash U). William Kininmonth is a consulting climatologist who: worked with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for 38 years in weather forecaster, research and applied studies. For 12 years until 1998 he was head of its National Climate Centre; Project Manager of an Australian Government project of assistance to the Meteorology and Environmental Protection Administration of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah (1982-85); Australian delegate to the World Meteorological Organization’s Commission for Climatology (1982-1998) and served two periods on its Advisory Working Group (1985-89 and 1993-97). He participated in Expert Working Groups of the Commission and carried out regional training activities in relation to climate data management and climate monitoring; Between 1998 and 2002, consulted to the World Meteorological Organization, including coordinating an international review of the 1997-98 El Niño event and preparation of a WMO publication, Climate into the 21st Century (Cambridge); was a member of Australia’s delegations to the preparatory meetings for the Ministerial Declaration of the Second World Climate Conference (1990) and to the United Nations Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Framework Convention on Climate Change (1991-92). William Kininmonth is author of the book, Climate Change: A Natural Hazard (Multi-Science Publishing Co, UK – 2004)
Science Adviser: Robert M. Carter, Ph.D., - Bob Carter is a Research Professor at James Cook University (Queensland). He is apalaeontologist, stratigrapher and marine geologist of more than thirty years professional experience, and holds degrees from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Cambridge (England). He has held tenured academic staff positions at the University of Otago and James Cook University (Townsville),where he was Professor and Head of School of Earth Sciences between 1981 and1999. Bob has wide experience in management and research administration, including service as Chair of the Earth Sciences Discipline Panel of the Australian Research Council, Chair of the national Marine Science and Technologies Committee, Director of the Australian Office of the Ocean Drilling Program, and Co-Chief Scientist on ODP Leg 181 (Southwest Pacific Gateways). Dr. Carter has more than 95 research papers to his credit.
Science Adviser: Craig Idso, Ph. D., - Now serving as Chairman of the Board of Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, CRAIG D. IDSO is the Center’s founder and former President. Dr. Idso received his B.S. in Geography from Arizona State University, his M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and his Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University.Dr. Idso's current research focus is on carbon sequestration, but he remains actively involved in several other aspects of global and environmental change, including climatology and meteorology, along with their impacts on agriculture. Dr. Idso has published scientific articles on issues related to data quality, the growing season, the seasonal cycle of atmospheric CO2, world food supplies, coral reefs, and urban CO2 concentrations, the latter of which he investigated via a National Science Foundation grant as a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University. In addition, he has lectured in Meteorology at Arizona State University, and in Physical Geography at Mesa and Chandler-Gilbert Community Colleges.Dr. Idso is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences, Association of American Geographers, Ecological Society of America, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Science Adviser: James J. O'Brien, PhD -Director Emeritus, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies - Florida State University Robert 0. Lawton Distinguished Professor, Meteorology & Oceanography Texas A&M University, Ph.D., Meteorology, 1966 Texas A&M University, M.S., Meteorology, 1964 Rutgers University, B.S., Chemistry, 1957 Bio: http://www.coaps.fsu.edu/bios/obrien.html 1957-58 Chemist, E. I. dePont de Nemours and Company, Inc. 1958-60 Weather Officer, U.S. Air Force 1960-62 Technical Representative, E. I. dePont de Nemours and Company, Inc. 1962-65 NASA Trainee, Texas A&M University 1966-67 Advanced Study Group Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado 1967 (summer) Visiting Lecturer in Meteorology, Florida State University 1967-68 Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado 1969-72 Associate Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography, Florida State University 1969- Associate Member of the Institute of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics,present Florida State University 1969-1971 Visiting Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric (summers) Research, Boulder, Colorado 1972-1973 Visiting Professor, Department of Oceanography, Oregon State University 1972-74 Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography, Florida State University 1974-76 Program Director, Physical Oceanography, Office of Naval Research 1972 - Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography, Florida State present University 1985-Secretary of Navy Professor, Florida State University 1991-Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University 1994-Director, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies 1996 Adjunct Professor, University of Miami, Rosenthiel School of Atmospheric and Marine Science 1999- Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Award, Florida State University. see http://coaps.fsu.edu/people/obrien.shtml for additional data and awards.
Meteorology Adviser: Joe D'Aleo, PhD, CCM, AMS Fellow - Joseph D’Aleo has over 35 years experience in professional meteorology. He was the first Director of Meteorology and co-founder of the cable TV Weather Channel. Mr. D’Aleo was Chief Meteorologist at Weather Services International Corporation and Senior Editor for WSI’s popular Intellicast.com web site. He is a former college professor of Meteorology at Lyndon State College. He is the author of a Resource Guide on El Nino and La Nina. Mr. D’Aleo has frequently written about and made presentations on how research into ENSO and other atmospheric and oceanic phenomena has made skillful seasonal forecasts possible as well as the roles cycles in the sun and oceans have played in climate change. He is currently Executive Director of the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project.
- Company Background: The Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is a nonprofit institute of research and education dedicated to sound public policy based on sound science. Free from affiliation to any corporation or political party, we support the advancement of sensible public policies for energy and the environment rooted in rational science and economics. Only through science and factual information, separating reality from rhetoric, can legislators develop beneficial policies without unintended consequences that might threaten the life, liberty, and prosperity of the citizenry.
Though some say anthropogenic "global warming" is the most serious issue facing humankind, security of energy supply is a far more serious problem, since the fossil fuels that cause "global warming" may soon be exhausted. The Institute urges critical appraisal of legislative “climate fixes” for their social, political, and economic and security costs, along with their relative utility or futility.
Proposals demanding prodigious economic or political sacrifices for the sake of negligible climatic benefits should be rejected in favor of policies to address graver, more immediate concerns about which something constructive can actually be done.
SPPI meets its educational objectives through timely online publication of white papers, peer-reviewed reprints, personal briefings, PowerPoint presentations, blog entries, news stories and other educational materials containing editorials on topics of current concern and digests of recently published peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and books.