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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 Ogden Corp., 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/petition 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' report.

Seitz signed the 1995 Leipzig Declaration.

Seitz was a recipient of the National Medal of Science in 1973. In 1983 he received the Fourth Vannevar Bush Award presented by the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation. He was also a recipient of the R. Loveland Memorial Award of the American College of Physicians in 1983.

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 Quotes

1998

"The United States is very close to adopting an international agreement that would ration the use of energy and of technologies that depend upon coal, oil, and natural gas and some other organic compounds.

This treaty is, in our opinion, based upon flawed ideas. Research data on climate change do not show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful. To the contrary, there is good evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful.

The proposed agreement would have very negative effects upon the technology of nations throughout the world, especially those that are currently attempting to lift from poverty and provide opportunities to the over 4 billion people in technologically underdeveloped countries."
Source: Petition Project: Letter from Frederick Seitz

29 May 2001

"[my point] is to caution the public and policy-makers against being rushed to action by scaremongers and the media who broadcast their message. For the science of climate change, despite what proponents of the theory of global warming claim, is hardly settled. It is filled with uncertainty.

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The science of climate change today does not call for rash action that could wreak havoc with economies worldwide and even cause worse damage to the environment over time. Indeed, the science tells us such self-inflicted economic damage is unnecessary, unwarranted and foolish. It is time that story came out."
Source: "Behind the Clouds of Fright," editorial by Fred Seitz, originally published in the Washington Times (reprinted by SEPP, scroll down).

Also see: "Despite media hype: Science of climate change unsettled" - editorial by Fred Seitz, published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 12, 2001, nearly identical to the Washington Times editorial.

1 December 2001

"We find the scientific evidence clearly indicates the global warming in the last 100 years is likely not due mostly to human activities.

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... we see that the scientific facts indicate that all the temperature changes observed in the last 100 years were largely natural changes and were not caused by carbon dioxide produced in human activities."
Source: "Do People Cause Global Warming?" Commentary co-written by Fred Seitz and Robert Jastrow, Heartland Institute.



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

Science and Environmental Policy Project
Source: SEPP website

Accuracy in Media
Source: Accuracy in Media website

Independent Commission on Environmental Education (ICEE)
Source: ICEE report website (via archive.org)

Atlantic Legal Foundation
Source: Atlantic Legal Foundation website

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Source: Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow website

The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC)
Source: TASSC website (via archive.org, organization is now defunct)

Independent Institute
Source: Independent Institute website (research fellows)



--Pvdl1969 06:13, 19 September 2007 (EDT) still adding info, lots of it!

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