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FACTSHEET: Frederick Seitz

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Chairman, Science and Environmental Policy Project.
Chairman Emeritus, George Marshall Institute. President Emeritus, Rockefeller University. Board Member, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. Former Science Advisory Board, The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition.

A June 2000 Business Week article referred to physicist Frederick Seitz as "the granddaddy of global-warming skeptics". Seitz was once a director and shareholder of a company that operated coal-fired power plants.

Dr. Seitz is a former President of the National Academy of Sciences, but the Academy disassociated itself from Seitz in 1998 when Seitz headed up a report designed to look like an NAS journal article saying that carbon dioxide poses no threat to climate. The report, which was supposedly signed by 15,000 scientists, advocated the abandonment of the Kyoto Protocol. The NAS went to unusual lengths to publically distance itself from Seitz' article. Seitz signed the 1995 Leipzig Declaration.

Seitz is a recipient of the National Medal of Science. "In 1983 he reeived the Fourth Vannevar Bush Award presented by the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation and the R. Loveland Memorial Award of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Seitz is currently a member of the New York City Commission for Science and Technology and has served as chair of the United States delegation to the U.N. Committee on Science and Technology for Development." (Seitz biography)

KEY DEEDS

In 1998, Seitz wrote and circulated a letter, asking scientists to sign a petition asking the Government to reject the Kyoto Protocol. Seitz signed the letter and identifed himself as a former president of the National Academy of Sciences. He also directed attention to a report by Dr. Arthur Robinson, which concluded that carbon dioxide posed no threat to climate. The report was not peer-reviewed, but was formatted to look like an NAS journal article. The NAS later issued a statement disassociating itself from the petition and the article.
Source: "Science Academy Disputes Attack on Global Warming," New York Times 4/22/98

ORGANIZATIONS

George C. Marshall Institute
Source: George Marshall Institute website 5/06

Science and Environmental Policy Project
Source: SEPP website

Accuracy in Media
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

Independent Commission on Environmental Education
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

CFACT - Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06

The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition
Source: "A New Disinformation Campaign, April 30, 1998"

Independent Institute
Source: Independent Institute website 4/04

SOURCES

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

SEPP website
http://www.sepp.org

"Science Academy Disputes Attack on Global Warming," New York Times 4/22/98
article by William K. Stevens

"A New Disinformation Campaign, April 30, 1998"
from Rachel's Environment & Health News
http://www.rachel.org/bulletin/bulletin.cfm?Issue_ID=521

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06
www.CFACT.org

George Marshall Institute website 5/06
http://www.marshall.org