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Alison Pechenick <[log in to unmask]>
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Engineers Without Borders <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:17:28 -0500
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Best wishes,


> Dear Dr. Burgmeier,
> Dr. Singer, an atmospheric physicist and founder of the The Science & 
> Environmental Policy Project, will be in town on March 28 for a press 
> conference at the State House and a speaking event regarding climate 
> change at Ira Allen. 
> Here is some background on Dr. Singer and his Institute:
> S. Fred Singer is internationally known for his work on energy and 
> environmental issues.   His areas of expertise include global climate 
> change and the greenhouse effect, depletion of the stratospheric ozone 
> layer, acid rain, air pollution, importance and future of the U.S. 
> space program, energy resources and U.S. energy policy.  A pioneer in 
> the development of rocket and satellite technology, he devised the 
> basic instrument for measuring stratospheric ozone and was principal 
> investigator on a satellite experiment retrieved by the space shuttle 
> in 1990.   He was the first scientist to predict that population 
> growth would increase atmospheric methane--an important greenhouse gas.
> Now President of The Science & Environmental Policy Project, a 
> non-profit policy research group he founded in 1990, Singer is also 
> Distinguished Research Professor at George Mason University and 
> professor emeritus of environmental sciences  at the University of 
> Virginia. His previous government and academic positions include Chief 
> Scientist, U.S. Department of Transportation (1987- 89); Deputy 
> Assistant Administrator for Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection 
> Agency (1970-71); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water Quality and 
> Research, U.S. Department of the Interior (1967- 70); founding Dean of 
> the School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences, University of 
> Miami (1964-67); first Director of the National Weather Satellite 
> Service (1962-64); and Director of the Center for Atmospheric and 
> Space Physics, University of Maryland (1953-62).
> Singer has received numerous awards for his research, including a 
> Special Commendation from the White House for achievements in 
> artificial earth satellites, a U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal 
> Award for the development and management of the U.S. weather satellite 
> program, and the first Science Medal from the British Interplanetary 
> Society. He has served on state and federal advisory panels, including 
> five years as vice chairman of the National Advisory Committee on 
> Oceans and Atmospheres. He frequently testifies before Congress.
> Singer did his undergraduate work in electrical engineering at Ohio 
> State University and holds a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton 
> University.  Ohio State also awarded him an honorary D.Sc.  He is the 
> author or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs, including 
> /Is There an Optimum Level of Population?/ (McGraw-Hill, 1971), /Free 
> Market Energy/ (Universe Books, 1984),  /Global Climate Change/ 
> (Paragon House, 1989), and /Unstoppable Global Warming : Every 1500 
> Years,  Natural climate cycles as seen in the geological record/  
> (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).  Singer has also published more than 400 
> technical papers in scientific, economic, and public policy journals, 
> as well as numerous editorial essays and articles in /The Wall Street 
> Journal, New York Times, New Republic, Newsweek, Journal of Commerce, 
> Washington Times, Washington Post/, and other publications. His 
> previous book, /Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished 
> Debate/, was published in late 1997 through the Independent Institute, 
> and again in 1999.
> The Science & Environmental Policy Project was founded in 1990 by S. 
> Fred Singer on the premise that sound, credible science must form the 
> basis for health and environmental decisions that affect millions of 
> people and cost tens of billions of dollars every year. A non-profit, 
> 501(c)3 educational group, its mission was to clarify the diverse 
> problems facing the planet and, where necessary, arrive at effective, 
> cost-conscious solutions.
> Over the years, SEPP's authoritative critiques of UN documents used to 
> shore up the Climate Treaty negotiated at the 1992 Rio de Janeiro 
> "Earth Summit" have been widely quoted. Its debunking of NASA's 
> announcement of "record" chlorine in the Arctic stratosphere (the 
> "ozone hole over Kennebunkport") attracted the attention of the press 
> and Congress. The Project has been tapped by both Democrats and 
> Republicans on Capitol Hill for objective, science-based information 
> on global warming, ozone depletion, chemical risk, clean air 
> standards, and other issues. The Project has been cited hundreds of 
> times by the major news media. Articles and editorials by 
> SEPP-affiliated scientists have been published in leading journals and 
> newspapers, including the /Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Detroit 
> News, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Memphis 
> Commercial-Appeal, Seattle Times, Orange County Register, The Bulletin 
> of the Atomic Scientists, New Straits Times/ (Malaysia), and /Finanz 
> und Wirtschaft/ (Switzerland), among many others.
> Today, with an expanded program of policy and research analysis, and 
> with an international network of scientists working /pro bono/, SEPP 
> has an impact far greater than its size might suggest. Not 
> surprisingly, /Outside/ magazine, a mainstream environment-oriented 
> publication with some 350,000 subscribers, has lauded SEPP President 
> S. Fred Singer as one of "The Ones to Watch."