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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 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

SEPP website
http://www.sepp.org

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

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