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More than 140 Organizations and Individuals Join CEI Letter to White House Backing Climate Review Panel

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), joined by 36 organizations and more than 100 individuals, sent a letter today to President Trump expressing strong support for the proposed President’s Commission on Climate Security. The proposed commission, which would be directed by world-renowned physicist Dr. William Happer of the National Security Council staff, would consist of a small number of distinguished experts on climate-related science and national security. It would conduct an independent review of the science underpinning the fourth National Climate Assessment and other official reports on climate change and its implications for national security.

Signatories to the letter include 37 free market, conservative, and scientific organizations and more than 100 individuals, including one Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Ivar Giaever, and a number of other prominent scientists.

Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment Myron Ebell said, “If the alarmists are truly confident in their claims, they should welcome a review which would put to rest the doubts that have been expressed by climate skeptics. The opposition to a critical review suggests that the alarmists know their case is built on hot air and not on sound science.”

The signatories write:

“In our view, an independent review of these reports is long overdue. Serious problems and shortcomings have been raised repeatedly in the past by highly-qualified scientists only to be ignored or dismissed by the federal agencies in charge of producing the reports. Among major issues that have been raised and that we hope the commission will scrutinize: the models used have assumed climate sensitivities to CO2 concentrations significantly higher than recent research warrants; the models used have predicted much more warming than has actually occurred; predictions of the negative impacts of global warming have been made based on implausible high-end emissions scenarios; the positive impacts of warming have been ignored or minimized; and surface temperature data sets have been manipulated to show more rapid warming than has actually occurred. An underlying issue that we hope the commission will also address is the fact that so many of the scientific claims made in these reports and by many climate scientists are not falsifiable, that is, they cannot be tested by the scientific method.”

“The conclusions and predictions made by these reports are the basis for proposed energy policies that could cost trillions of dollars in less than a decade and tens of trillions of dollars over several decades.  Given the magnitude of the potential costs involved, we think that taking the insular processes of official, consensus science on trust, as has been the case for the past three decades, is negligent and imprudent.  In contrast, major engineering projects are regularly subjected to the most rigorous and exhaustive adversarial review.  We suggest that climate science requires at least the same level of scrutiny as the engineering employed in building a bridge or a new airplane.       

“We note that defenders of the climate consensus have already mounted a public campaign against the proposed commission.  We find this opposition curious.  If the defenders are confident that the science contained in official reports is robust, then they should welcome a review that would finally put to rest the doubts that have been raised.  On the other hand, their opposition could be taken as evidence that the scientific basis of the climate consensus is in fact highly suspect and cannot withstand critical review.”

You can read the full letter on CEI.org <link> or below:

Washington, DC

18th March 2019

 

The Honorable Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.

Washington, DC 20500

Via e-mail

 

Dear President Trump,

The undersigned organizations and individuals write to express our strong support for the proposed President’s Commission on Climate Security.  It is our understanding that this commission, which is being planned and would be directed by Dr. William Happer of the National Security Council staff, is currently being considered by your senior White House staff and relevant Cabinet secretaries and agency heads.  The commission would consist of a small number of distinguished experts on climate-related science and national security. It would be charged with conducting an independent, high-level review of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and other official reports relating to climate and its implications for national security. Its deliberations would be subject to the transparency requirements of the Federal Advisory Committees Act.

In our view, an independent review of these reports is long overdue.  Serious problems and shortcomings have been raised repeatedly in the past by highly-qualified scientists only to be ignored or dismissed by the federal agencies in charge of producing the reports.  Among major issues that have been raised and that we hope the commission will scrutinize: the models used have assumed climate sensitivities to CO2 concentrations significantly higher than recent research warrants; the models used have predicted much more warming than has actually occurred; predictions of the negative impacts of global warming have been made based on implausible high-end emissions scenarios; the positive impacts of warming have been ignored or minimized; and surface temperature data sets have been manipulated to show more rapid warming than has actually occurred.  An underlying issue that we hope the commission will also address is the fact that so many of the scientific claims made in these reports and by many climate scientists are not falsifiable, that is, they cannot be tested by the scientific method.        

The conclusions and predictions made by these reports are the basis for proposed energy policies that could cost trillions of dollars in less than a decade and tens of trillions of dollars over several decades.  Given the magnitude of the potential costs involved, we think that taking the insular processes of official, consensus science on trust, as has been the case for the past three decades, is negligent and imprudent.  In contrast, major engineering projects are regularly subjected to the most rigorous and exhaustive adversarial review.  We suggest that climate science requires at least the same level of scrutiny as the engineering employed in building a bridge or a new airplane.       

We note that defenders of the climate consensus have already mounted a public campaign against the proposed commission.  We find this opposition curious.  If the defenders are confident that the science contained in official reports is robust, then they should welcome a review that would finally put to rest the doubts that have been raised.  On the other hand, their opposition could be taken as evidence that the scientific basis of the climate consensus is in fact highly suspect and cannot withstand critical review.

We further note that opponents of the proposed commission have already stooped to making personal attacks on Dr. Happer.  Many signers of this letter know Dr. Happer personally and all are familiar with his scientific career.  We know him to be a man of high capabilities, high achievements, and the highest integrity. 

It has been reported that some officials within your administration have proposed an internal working group as an alternative to an independent commission subject to FACA.  Insofar as an internal working group would consist of federal career scientists reviewing their own work, we think this alternative would be worse than doing nothing.

Although an independent commission of distinguished scientists would have high credibility, we do not mean to imply that its report should be the end of the matter.  We therefore suggest that the National Academies of Science and Engineering would be appropriate bodies to conduct an initial review of the commission’s report.

Mr. President, you have made a number of comments in recent years expressing doubts about the global warming consensus.  Many of the signers of this letter have been similarly skeptical.  Without prejudging the results, we think that a review of climate science produced by an independent, high-level commission would be a fair test for your views (and ours): either it would provide a sound basis for revising your views or it would confirm your views and confound your critics.  

For these reasons, we urge you to create by Executive Order a President’s Commission on Climate Security.  Thank you for considering our views.

Sincerely,

Myron Ebell, Director, Center for Energy and En-vironment

and Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Tim Huelskamp, Ph. D., President and CEO

and Joseph L. Bast, Founder and Senior Fellow

The Heartland Institute

 

Adam Brandon, President

FreedomWorks

 

Tim Chapman, Executive Director

Heritage Action for America

 

Thomas Pyle

President

American Energy Alliance

 

Thomas Schatz, President

Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Craig Rucker, President

and Marc Morano, Publisher, CFACT’s Climate Depot

Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)

 

Steve Milloy, Publisher

Junk Science

 

James L. Martin, Founder and Chairman

and Saulius “Saul” Anuzis, President

60 Plus Association

 

Dr. Thomas P. Sheahen, Chairman

and Kenneth Haapala, President

Science and Environmental Policy Project

 

Robert L. Bradley, Jr., CEO

Institute for Energy Research

 

Craig D. Idso, Ph. D., Chairman

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

 

Tom Harris, Executive Director

International Climate Science Coalition

 

Eunie Smith, President

Eagle Forum

 

Rick Manning, President

Americans for Limited Government

 

Craig Richardson, President

Energy and Environment Legal Institute

 

E. Calvin Beisner, Ph. D., Founder and National Spokesman

Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Crea-tion

 

Phil Kerpen, President

American Commitment

 

Mario H. Lopez, President

Hispanic Leadership Fund

 

Al Regnery, Chairman

Conservative Action Project

 

Bill Walton, Chairman

CNP Action, Inc.

 

Jennifer Fielder, CEO

American Lands Council

 

Tom DeWeese, President

American Policy Center

 

Andrew Langer, President

Institute for Liberty

 

David T. Stevenson, Policy Director

and Clinton S. Laird, Advisory Council

Caesar Rodney Institute

 

Rob Roper, President

Ethan Allen Institute

 

Kory Swanson, President and CEO

John Locke Foundation

 

Paul Gessing, President

Rio Grande Foundation

 

Jason Hayes, Director of Environmental Policy

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy

 

Kathleen Hartnett White, Senior Fellow and Di-rector, Armstrong Center for Energy and the En-vironment

Life: Powered, a Project of the Texas Public Poli-cy Foundation

 

Daniel Turner, Founder and Executive Director

Power the Future

 

John Droz, Jr., Founder

Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions

 

Alex Epstein, Founder

Center for Industrial Progress

 

Mark Mathis, President

Clear Energy Alliance

 

Mandy Gunasekara, Founder

Energy 45 Fund

 

Peter Ferrara, Chief Consultant

and David Wallace, President and Founder

FAIR Energy Foundation

Mark Anderson, Executive Director

and Karla Davenport, Producer

I Spy Radio

Affiliations of the individuals listed alphabetically below are given for identification purposes only.  Academic affiliations have been placed in parentheses to make this doubly clear. 

Peter F. Alexander, L. A., Landscape Architect Planner

J. Scott Armstrong, Ph. D., (Professor, University of Pennsylvania)

Charles R. Anderson, Ph. D., President and Principal Scientist, Anderson Materials Evaluation

Dennis T. Avery, Co-author (with S. Fred Singer) of Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years

Timothy Ball, Ph. D., Author of Human Caused Global Warming

Joe Bastardi, Chief Meteorologist, Weatherbell.com, Author of The Climate Chronicles

Charles G. Battig, M. S., M. D., Policy Adviser, The Heartland Institute

Denis Beller, Ph. D., Lt. Col., USAF (ret.), (Research Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Edwin X. Berry, Ph. D. (Physics), Climate Physics, LLC, Montana

Joseph Bevelacqua, Ph. D., CHP, RRPT, President, Bevelacqua Resources

Mark J. Block, CEO, Mother Nature’s Trading Company

Karl Bohnak, Chief Meteorologist, WLUC, Marquette, Mich.

Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, U. S. Navy (ret.)

William Butos, Ph. D., (Ferris Professor, Emeritus, Trinity College)

Mark L. Campbell, (Professor, United States Naval Academy)

Alan Carlin, Ph. D., Senior Analyst (ret.), Environmental Protection Agency, CarlinEconomics.com

Mark J. Carr, Channel Design Group

Jeffrey A. Casey, Ph. D., President, Rockfield Research, Inc.

Dr. Ian Clark, P. Geo., (Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Ottawa)

Dr. Imelda Connolly, Connolly Scientific Research Group

Dr. Michael Connolly, Connolly Scientific Research Group

Dr. Ronan Connolly, Center for Environmental Research and Earth Sciences (CERES)

Donn Dears, B. S., (Engineering), Senior Executive, General Electric Company (ret.), Author of Clexit for a Brighter Future

Paul deWitt, M. A., U. S. Navy (ret.)

David Deming, Ph. D. (Geophysics), (Professor of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma)

James D. Derbonné, Aerospace Engineer for Mercury, Apollo, Space Shuttle, and Space Station Programs, NASA (ret.)

Harold H. Doiron, Ph. D. (Mechanical Engineering), Chairman, The Right Climate Stuff Research Team, Engineer, NASA (ret.)

Becky Norton Dunlop, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources

George S. Dunlop, Former Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

John Dale Dunn, M. D., J. D., Policy Adviser, The Heartland Institute

Robert W. Endlich, M. S. (Meteorology), Principal, Cruces Atmospheric Sciences Forum, Lt. Col., USAF (ret.)

Vincent J. Esposito, Sc. D., former Westinghouse Vice President, (Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh)

Bruce M. Everett, Ph. D.

Peter Felker, Ph. D., Los Angeles, California

Neil L. Frank, Ph. D., former Director, National Hurricane Center

Patrick Frank, Ph. D., (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University)

Gordon J. Fulks, Ph. D. (Physics—University of Chicago)

Terry Gannon, Ph. D., Climateintro.com

Grace Germany, NASA (ret.)

Ivar Giaever, Ph. D., Nobel Prize Winner in Physics 1973

Leo Goldstein, M. Sc., President, Science for Humans and Freedom Institute

Laurence I. Gould, Ph. D., (Professor of Physics, University of Hartford)

Prof. Dr. Hermann Harde, (Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany)

Larry Hart, Hartco Strategies

Howard Hayden, Ph. D., (Professor Emeritus of Physics University of Connecticut)

Thomas Hayward, Admiral, U. S. Navy (ret.)

Dennis Hedke, Consulting Geophysicist, Hedke-Saenger Geoscience, Ltd.

Tom Hennigan, (Associate Professor of Organism Biology and Ecology, Truett McConnell University)

James H. Hollingsworth, M. A.

Mark L. Hopkins, BSEE, J. D, MLB

William B. Howard, B. S.

Christopher C. Hull, Ph. D., Senior Fellow, Americans for Intelligence Reform

Jon P. Kahler, M. S., Retired Meteorologist

Richard A. Keen, Ph. D., (Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science, University of Colorado)

Hugh Kendrick, Ph. D., P. E., Former Director, Plans and Analysis, Nuclear Reactor Research, U. S. Department of Energy

Sheryl Kaufman, Corporate Chief Economist (ret.), Phillips Petroleum Company

Madhav Khandekar, Ph. D., Scientist (ret.), Environment Canada

William L. Kovacs, J. D., Former Senior Vice President for Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs at a major trade association

Hans U. Kurr, Simultaneous Interpreter (ret.), United Nations

Gary Kyle, (Professor of Physics Emeritus, New Mexico State University)

David R. Legates, Ph. D., (Professor, University of Delaware)

Jay Lehr, Ph. D., Science Director, The Heartland Institute

Jonathan A. Lesser, Ph. D., President, Continental Economics, Inc.

Floy Lilley, J. D., Special Projects, Mises Institute

Anthony R. Lupo, (Professor, Columbia, Missouri)

Robert Lyman, Energy Economist, ENTRANS Policy Research Group

Matthew Malkan, Ph. D., Los Angeles, California

Martin J. Mangino, Ph. D., (Virginia Commonwealth University)

R. Timothy McCrum, J. D., Member of the DC and Supreme Court Bars, Washington, D. C.

Michael McKenna, Former Trump Transition head for Department of Energy, FERC, and NRC

Patrick J. Michaels, Ph. D., Past President, American Association of State Climatologists

Dennis M. Mitchell, CPA (ret.), Qualified Environmental Professional

Deroy Murdock, Contributing Editor, National Review Online

Miles J. Novy, M. D., (Emeritus Professor and Senior Scientist, Oregon Health Sciences University)

Dennis G. Ortega,

James M. Peacock, Aerospace Engineer (ret.) for Apollo, Sky Lab, and Space Shuttle Programs, NASA, U. S. Air Force Research and Development

Charles W. Pennington, M. S., MBA, Vice President, NAC International (ret.)

Charles A. Perry, Ph. D., Climatologist

John W. Peterson, Burke, Va.

Brian Pratt, Ph. D., (University of Saskatchewan)

A. G. Randol III, Ph. D., Virginia Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment

Allen Rogers, CEO, ALR Consulting

Bernard Rosenbaum, Senior Engineer (ret.), Propulsion and Power Division, NASA Johnson Space Center

James H. Rust, Policy Adviser, The Heartland Institute, (Professor of Nuclear Engineering (ret.), Georgia Tech)

Gary D. Sharp, Ph. D., Scientific Director, Center for Climate and Ocean Resources Study

Hal Shurtleff, Director, Camp Constitution

Willie Soon, Ph. D., Solar and Atmospheric Physicist

Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. (Meteorology), (University of Alabama Huntsville)

Charles N. Steele, Ph. D., (Herman and Suzanne Dettwiler Chair in Economics, Hillsdale College)

J. Eldon Steelman, Ph. D. (Electrical Engineering)

Ted Stout, D. C.

Szymon Suckewer, Ph. D., D. Sc. (Habilitation), (Professor Emeritus, Princeton University)

Michael C. Sununu, S. B. (MIT)

Daniel Sutter, (Professor of Economics, Troy University)

Brendon Swedlow, Ph. D, J. D., (Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University)

Thomas Tanton, Energy and Environment Legal Institute

Mitchell Taylor, Ph. D., (Adjunct Professor, Lakehead University), Former Member of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialists Group

Nancy J. Thorner, Lake Bluff, Ill.

David H. Tofsted, Ph. D. (Electrical Engineering), former Senior Research Physicist, U. S. Army Research Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range

Cecil Joe Tomlinson, Senior Principal Engineer (ret.), Boeing Company

Brian Gregory Valentine, D. Eng., U. S. Department of Energy, (University of Maryland)

Donald R. van der Vaart, Ph. D. (Trinity College, Cambridge), P. E., J. D., Former Secretary, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Phil Volker, President, ERF/WMG Companies, Inc.

Lance Wallace, Ph. D. (Astrophysics), EPA Office of Research and Development (ret.)

Anthony Watts, Meteorologist and Publisher, Watts Up With That?

Steven Weismantel, Connecticut Climate Realists

Chuck F. Wiese, Meteorologist, Weatherwise, Inc.

Adam Wildavsky, S. B. (MIT), Senior Software Engineer (ret.), Google

David Wojick, Ph. D.

George T. Wolff, Ph. D., Principal Scientist, Air Improvement Resources, Inc.

Thomas H. Wysmuller, Meteorologist, NASA (ret.), Founding Member of the Right Climate Stuff Team

Benjamin Zycher, Ph. D., Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute