> 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."