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FACTSHEET: S. Fred Singer

DETAILS

President, The Science & Environmental Policy Project.
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Cato Institute. Advisory Board Member, American Council on Science and Health. Adjunct Scholar, National Center for Policy Analysis. Research Fellow, Independent Institute. Distinguished Research Professor, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University. Former Adjunct Fellow, Frontiers of Freedom. Former Fellow, Hoover Institution. Former Fellow, Heritage Foundation. Former Fellow, The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition. Editor, Global Climate Change newsletter.

Singer, a leading climate change skeptic and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other publications. In Feruary of 2012, internal documents from the Heartland Institute were released to the DeSmogBlog, which detailed a $5,000 per month stipend to Fred Singer for activites related to global warming denial. The documents and analysis are available at desmogblog.com.

In a February 2001 letter to the Washington Post, Singer denied receiving funding from the oil industry, except for consulting work some 20 years prior. SEPP, however, received multiple grants from ExxonMobil, including 1998 and 2000. In addition, Singer's current CV on the SEPP website states that he served as a consultant to several oil companies. The organizations Singer has recently been affiliated with - Frontiers of Freedom, ACSH, NCPA, etc. - have recieved generous grants from Exxon on an annual basis. Singer's publications include "The Scientific Case Against the Global Climate Treaty" (SEPP, 1997), "Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished Debate" (The Independent Institute, 1997) Singer signed the Leipzig Delcaration.

PhD in Physics, Princeton. Former Director, US National Weather Satellite Center. Former Professor of Environmental Sciences, Univeristy of Virginia (1971-94). Former Deputy Administrator EPA (1970-71). See: http://www.sepp.org/about%20sepp/bios/singer/cvsfs.html

QUOTES

Singer Letter to the Editor -Washington Post February 12, 2001 It is ironic that the attempt by two environmental activists to misrepresent my credentials [letters, Feb. 6] coincides with a sustained cold spell in the United States that set a 100-year record. As for full disclosure: My resume clearly states that I consulted for several oil companies on the subject of oil pricing, some 20 years ago, after publishing a monograph on the subject. My connection to oil during the past decade is as a Wesson Fellow at the Hoover Institution; the Wesson money derives from salad oil. S. FRED SINGER
Source: Fred Singer - Washington Post Letter to the Editor

KEY DEEDS

Wrote the Leipzig Declaration in 1996, arguing that there was no scientific consensus on global warming and therefore no grounds for an international agreement regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Singer claimed the Declaration was signed by "more than 100 European and American climate scientists". In fact, most of the signers were not climate experts, and many were not scientists.
Source: "A Fred of All Trades," Ozone Action, 1999

29 July, 1998
Testified before the House Small Business Committee that climate science did not justify the Kyoto Protocol and that climate change was not a legitimate concern.
Source: Transcript, S. Fred Singer's testimony before House Small Business Committee 7/29/98

8 March, 2007
Appeared in documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle"
Source: The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)

28 July, 2003
Co-author of Indpendent Institute report "New Perspectives in Climate Change: What the EPA Isn't Telling Us" criticizing the EPA's 2001 Climate Action Report.
Source: Independent Institute report 2003

DEEDS

In the January 2010 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, Singer was profiled in the top 17 “polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming.” In an excerpt of the article about “The Climate Killers,” Singer is described as “A former mouthpiece for the tobacco industry” who “is still wheeled out as an authority by big polluters determined to kill climate legislation.”
Source: thinkprogress.org 17 climate deniers

DeSmogBlog reported that Singer worked with an organization challenging the claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that second-hand tobacco smoke is bad for human health.
Source: desmogblog profile Fred Singer

According to internal fundraising and strategy documents fromt he HEartland Institute, Fred Singer recieves $5,000 per month from Heartland for his climate denial work.
Source: DeSmogBlog Heartland documents

KEY EVENTS

Experts Discuss Why United States Should Withdraw Its Signature From Kyoto; Whatever Happened To Global Warming Anyway?
http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/first/0514-108.html
The relationship of S. Fred Singer to the event: Speaker

EVENTS

Heartland Climate Conference 6
http://climateconference.heartland.org/about-2/speakers/
The relationship of S. Fred Singer to the event: Speaker

ORGANIZATIONS

Science and Environmental Policy Project
Source: SEPP website

American Council on Science and Health
Source: ACSH website 4/04

The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition
Source: CLEAR d-base

Cato Institute
Source: Cato Institute website 4/04

ECO or Environmental Conservation Organization
Source: CLEAR d-base

National Policy Forum
Source: CLEAR d-base

Frontiers of Freedom Institute and Foundation
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University
Source: Hoover Institution website 4/04

National Center for Policy Analysis
Source: NCPA website 4/04

Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy
Source: Weidenbaum Center website 4/04

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Source: Federalist Society website 4/04

Independent Institute
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Heritage Foundation
Source: Heritage Foundation "Policy Experts" website

Centre for the New Europe
Source: Singer talk at CNE: "Climate Policy from Rio to Kyoto" 9/6/00

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org

SOURCES

CLEAR d-base
CLEAR d-base

Hoover Institution website 4/04
http://www-hoover.stanford.edu

NCPA website 4/04
http://www.ncpa.org/

Weidenbaum Center website 4/04
http://wc.wustl.edu/index.html

Cato Institute website 4/04
http://www.cato.org

"A Fred of All Trades," Ozone Action, 1999
A case study of Dr. S. Fred Singer

Transcript, S. Fred Singer's testimony before House Small Business Committee 7/29/98

ACSH website 4/04
http://www.acsh.org/

Independent Institute website 4/04
http://www.independent.org/

Federalist Society website 4/04
http://www.fed-soc.org

SEPP website
http://www.sepp.org

Heritage Foundation "Policy Experts" website
http://www.policyexperts.org

Singer talk at CNE: "Climate Policy from Rio to Kyoto" 9/6/00
http://www.cne.org/pub_pdf/singer_climate_sep_00.PDF

Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06
http://www.ff.org

The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)
http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/index.html

Independent Institute report 2003
http://www.independent.org/publications/policy_reports/detail.asp?type=full&id=5

Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org
http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/

Fred Singer - Washington Post Letter to the Editor
S. Fred Singer, "My Salad Days", Letter to the Editor, Washington Post, February 12, 2001, page A20.
S. Fred Singer, "My Salad Days", Letter to the Editor, Washington Post, February 12, 2001, page A20.

thinkprogress.org 17 climate deniers

desmogblog profile Fred Singer
http://www.desmogblog.com/s-fred-singer

DeSmogBlog Heartland documents
http://www.desmogblog.com/heartland-confirms-it-mistakenly-emailed-internal-documents