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FACTSHEET: Science and Environmental Policy Project, SEPP

DETAILS

1600 S Eads St. Suite 712-S, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703-920-2744
Climate skeptic S. Fred Singer founded Science and Environmental Policy Project in 1990. SEPP's mission is "to clarify the diverse problems facing the planet and, where necessary, arrive at effective, cost-conscious solutions."

SEPP's position on global warming claims: "Without firm evidence that an appreciable warming will occur as a result of human activities, or that its consequences would be harmful, there can be no justification for bureaucratic remedies or any action beyond a "no-regrets" policy of energy efficiency and market-based conservation" (http://www.sepp.org/keyissue.html). Other issues of concern include ozone depletion and "regulatory excess." SEPP was the author of the Leipzig Declaration, which was supposedly based on the "scientfic" conclusions drawn from a November 1995 conference in Leipzig, Germany, which SEPP organized with the European Academy for Environmental Affairs. SEPP publicly used the Declaration to suggest there is little scientific consensus on global warming. According to P.R. Watch, news reporters discovered that in the end, twenty-five of the signers were TV weathermen - a profession that requires no in-depth knowledge of climate research. Other signers included a dentist, a medical laboratory researcher, a civil engineer, and an amateur meteorologist. Of the 33 European signers, four of them could not be located, 12 denied ever having signed, and some had not even heard of the Leipzig Declaration. After discounting the signers whose credentials were inflated, irrelevant, false, or unverifiable, it turned out that only 20 of the names on the list had any scientific connection with the study of climate change (paraphrased from http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Leipzig_Declaration_on_Global_Climate_Change).

KEY QUOTES

"Climate science is not 'settled;' it is both uncertain and incomplete. The available observations do not support the mathematical models that predict a substantial global warming and form the basis for a control policy on greenhouse (GH) gas emissions. We need a more targeted program of climate research to settle major scientific problems."
Source: SEPP website

"Global agriculture will likely benefit from climate warming and increased precipitation; increased CO2 leads to more rapid plant growth; increased nocturnal and winter warming leads to a longer growing season. Farmers can and will adjust to climate changes."
Source: SEPP website

KEY DEEDS

14 May, 2002
Held a briefing at the National Press Club, along with Frontiers for Freedom and the Cooler Heads Coalition, entitled "Experts Discuss Why U.S. Should Withdraw From Kyoto Treaty."
Source: "Experts Discuss Why U.S. Should Withdraw From Kyoto Treaty," U.S. Newswire 5/14/02

21 April, 1998
Released a statement that "More than 15,000 scientists, [8/4/98: now about 17,000] two-thirds with advanced academic degrees, have now signed a Petition against the climate accord concluded in Kyoto (Japan) in December 1997." The petition said that "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth." Journalists and others investigating the petition, known as the Leipzig Declaration, had difficulty verifying the number and authenticity of the signatures.
Source: SEPP website

7 June, 2002
President S. Fred Singer signed a letter to President Bush, asking him to withdraw the "Climate Action Report 2002" and demand that it be rewritten based on "sound science." The letter also recommends that Bush "dismiss or re-assign all administration employees who are not pursuing your agenda, just as you have done in several similar instances."
Source: Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report 6/7/02

FUNDING

Science and Environmental Policy Project has received $20,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$10,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$10,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
project support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

KEY PEOPLE

S. Fred Singer
President and Board Member
Source: SEPP website

Frederick Seitz
Chairman, Board of Directors
Source: SEPP website

Candace Crandall
Policy research associate
Source: SEPP website

PEOPLE

Charles Gelman
Member, Board of Directors
Source: SEPP website

David L. Hill
Member, Board of Directors
Source: SEPP website

Bruce Ames
Science Advisor
Source: SEPP website

C. J. F. Bottcher
Science Advisor
Source: SEPP website

Tor Ragnar Gerholm
Science Advisor
Source: SEPP website

Henry R. Linden
Science Advisor
Source: SEPP website

Michel Salomon
Science Advisor
Source: SEPP website

Chauncey Starr
Science Advisor
Source: SEPP website

William A. Nierenberg
Board of Scientific Advisors
Source: SEPP Website (2006)

Hendrik (Henk) Tennekes
frequent contributor
Source: DeSmog Blog profile of Hendrik Tennekes

SOURCES

ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4390

Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report
Exxon Dimensions report 1998- Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4385

"Experts Discuss Why U.S. Should Withdraw From Kyoto Treaty," U.S. Newswire 5/14/02
http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/first/0514-108.html

SEPP website
http://www.sepp.org

Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report 6/7/02
http://www.cei.org/gencon/027,03051.cfm

SEPP Website (2006)
http://www.his.com/%7Esepp/boarddir.html

DeSmog Blog profile of Hendrik Tennekes
http://www.desmogblog.com/hendrik-tennekes