About the Experts
Floyd Brown is a broadcaster and political strategist. He is chairman of the Western Center for Journalism, President of the Excellentia Inc., and a bestselling author (Slick Willie: Why America Cannot Trust Bill Clinton). Mr. Brown is a public speaker and writes a weekly column about politics, culture and economic issues for the Cagle Syndicate. He has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio shows including FOXNEWS’s The O’Reilly Factor, Sean Hannity, CNN, MSNBC, and many others. A graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Brown currently resides in University Place, Washington.
John A. Charles, Jr. has been President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute since May 2005.
Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Charles was executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council for 17 years. He served on dozens of local, state and federal commissions and advisory boards related to environmental protection. He has been an active participant in Oregon legislative proceedings and helped to author numerous environmental statutes in the areas of forest management, toxic substances, air pollution, watershed restoration and transportation. Mr. Charles received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976 and an M.P.A. from Portland State University in 1990.
Myron Ebell is director of energy and global warming policy at CEI. He also chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, which comprises over two dozen non-profit groups in this country and abroad that question global warming alarmism and oppose energy rationing policies. Prior to coming to CEI, Mr. Ebell was policy director at Frontiers of Freedom, a public policy advocacy organization founded by former U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop. While at Frontiers of Freedom, he worked on property rights, the Endangered Species Act, federal lands policies and global warming. He previously served as senior legislative assistant to Rep. John Shadegg, where he helped develop landmark legislation that would reform the Endangered Species Act. He also served as Washington representative of the American Land Rights Association and as assistant to the chairman of the National Taxpayers Union.
Mr. Ebell has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows, including the ABC Evening News, NBC Nightly News, PBS News Hour, BBC Newsnight, BBC World, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, MSNBC, ITN, Voice of America, Televisa, Sky TV, Al Jazeera, PBS’s NOW, Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume, The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity and Colmes. He has appeared on national television networks in Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland and Germany. He has appeared frequently on a variety of BBC radio news shows and on hundreds of radio talk shows. He has been published in a variety of publications, including USA Today, Washington Post, Human Events, Forbes, London’s Guardian, Newark Star Ledger, Riverside Press Enterprise, Philadelphia Inquirer, Manchester Union Leader, Anchorage Daily News and Environmental Law Forum. A native of Baker City, Oregon, Mr. Ebell holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. He also did graduate work at the University of California at San Diego and at Peterhouse, Cambridge University.
Robert Ferguson has twenty-six years of Capitol Hill experience, having worked in both the House and the Senate. He served in the House Republican Study Committee and the Senate Republican Policy Committee, as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jack Fields (R-TX) from 1981-1997, as Chief of Staff to Congressman John E. Peterson (R-PA) from 1997-2002, and as Chief of Staff to Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ) in 2002. He has considerable policy experience in climate change science, mercury science, energy and mining, forests and resources, clean air and the environment. His undergraduate and advanced degrees were taken at Brigham Young University and George Washington University, respectively. Mr. Ferguson served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1966-1970.
Kenneth Green, an environmental scientist by training, studied environmental policy for more than ten years at think tanks in California and Canada prior to joining the American Enterprise Institute. In 2001, he served as an expert reviewer for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has authored numerous policy studies, magazine articles, newspaper columns, encyclopedia and book chapters, and even a textbook for middle school students entitled Global Warming: Understanding the Debate.
Dr. Green served as the executive director of the Environmental Literacy Council from 2005 to 2006 and was the chief scientist at the Fraser Institute from 2002 to 2005. Before moving to the Fraser Institute, he served as the Chief Scientist and Director of the Environmental Program at the Reason Foundation for eight years.
Dr. Green received a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in molecular genetics from San Diego State University, and a D.Env in environmental science and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Christopher C. Horner serves as a Senior Fellow at CEI. As an attorney in Washington, D.C., Horner has represented CEI, scientists and members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts, including the Supreme Court. He has written on numerous topics in publications ranging from law reviews, to legal and industrial trade journals, to print and online opinion pages. He is the author of two best-selling books: Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed (Regnery, 2008) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism (Regnery, 2007), which spent half of 2007 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Mr. Horner has testified before the United States Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Environment and Public Works. He works on a legal and policy level with numerous think tanks and policy organizations throughout the world. He has provided legal, policy and political commentary several hundred times each on both television and radio, in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia, including scores of visits each on the Fox News Channel, Court TV and MSNBC, with repeat visits on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, BBC, CNN, CNN International, ITN, CBC, Bloomberg and Reuters Television. Mr. Horner has been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has guest-hosted television commentary programs and makes weekly appearances on nationally and regionally syndicated radio shows in America.
A frequent contributor to the Washington Times, National Review Online and TechCentralStation.com opinion pages, Mr. Horner is a guest columnist for United Press International and OpinionEditorials.com. He has contributed regularly to the Brussels legislative news magazine EU Reporter, Energy Tribune and Spain’s Actualidad Economica. He received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, where he received the Judge Samuel Breckenridge Award for Advocacy.
Drew Johnson is president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an innovative state-focused free market think tank and watchdog organization. As an authority on free market economic issues and campaigns and elections, Mr. Johnson frequently appears on local and national television and radio talk shows and newscasts. He has appeared on television programs including Hannity and Colmes, Glenn Beck, The Big Story with John Gibson and Hannity’s America. His national radio appearances include NPR’s All Things Considered, The Ed Shultz Show, the BBC, The Lars Larson Show and The Andrew Wilkow Show.
David Kreutzer is the Senior Policy Analyst in Energy Economics and Climate Change at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. In this position, he researches how energy and climate change legislation will affect economic activity at the national, local and industry levels. Before joining Heritage in February 2008, Mr. Kreutzer was an economist at Berman and Company, a Washington-based public affairs firm. From 1984 to 2007, he taught economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he also served as Director of the International Business Program. He was a Visiting Economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1994 and a visiting economics instructor at Ohio University in the early 1980s.
Mr. Kreutzer’s research has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Political Economy, The National Tax Journal, Economic Inquiry, The Southern Economic Journal and The Journal of Energy and Development. He has written for mainstream media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Journal of Commerce, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. He earned a doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 1984. He also has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Virginia Tech.
Marlo Lewis, Jr. is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he writes on global warming, energy policy, and other public policy issues. Prior to joining CEI in April 2002, he served as Director of External Relations at the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles, California. During the 106th Congress, Dr. Lewis served as Staff Director of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs.
Dr. Lewis has been published in The Washington Times, Investors Business Daily, TechCentralStation, National Review and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. He has appeared on various television and radio programs, and his ideas have been featured in radio commentary by Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy.
Before joining CEI for his first tenure with the organization in 1993, Dr. Lewis served as Research Director for the grassroots organization, Citizens Against Government Waste. Earlier, he was a Staff Consultant to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade, a Special Assistant at the State Department Bureau of Inter-American Affairs and Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Claremont McKenna College. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Claremont McKenna College.
Ben Lieberman, a specialist in energy and environmental issues, is a Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. At Heritage, Lieberman has developed expertise in the Clean Air Act, global warming and the effects of environmental policy on energy prices. He has testified before Congress on several occasions and appeared on news programs on NBC, CBS, FOX, CNBC and MSNBC.
Mr. Lieberman’s commentaries have been published in major newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun-Times, Detroit News, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, Orange County Register and San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as magazines and journals such as Forbes, BusinessWeek, National Review, The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard.
Before joining Heritage in 2005, Mr. Lieberman served as associate counsel and director of air quality policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bar associations, having received his law degree from George Washington University in 1993. A certified public accountant since 1989, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland in 1988.
Ann McElhinney is a documentary film director and producer. In 2008 she produced and directed “Not Evil, Just Wrong,” a film examining the devastating consequences of the global warming hysteria. The film highlights the tragic consequences of the first triumph of the environmental movement, the ban on DDT, which has resulted in the needless deaths of more than 40 million children and adults in the developing world.
Ms. McElhinney also produced and directed “Mine Your Own Business” (2006), the first documentary asking difficult questions of the environmental movement. As a result, 80 NGOs, including Greenpeace, called for the film to be banned when it was screened in the National Geographic auditorium in Washington. She has made documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). She was featured in and was the Associate Producer of the highly controversial documentary “Return to Sender” (2005) for CBC.
Ms. McElhinney has written for or contributed to an array of international media organizations including ABC (U.S.), BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland), The Sunday Times and the Irish Times. She is a regular contributor to talk radio in the U.S. and has most recently contributed to the Dennis Miller and Randi Rhodes show. She has worked as a journalist and filmmaker in the U.S., Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Ghana and Uganda.
Patrick J. Michaels is a Distinguished Senior Fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Michaels was a research professor of Environmental Sciences at University of Virginia for thirty years and is a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. His writing has been published in the major scientific journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and Science, and in popular serials such as the Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, and Journal of Commerce. He was an author of the climate “paper of the year,” awarded by the Association of American Geographers in 2004. Dr. Michaels has appeared on most of the worldwide major media. He holds A.B. and S.M. degrees in biological sciences and plant ecology from the University of Chicago and received a Ph.D. in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1979.
Todd Myers is director of the Center for the Environment at Washington Policy Center, launched in 2003. The Center for the Environment focuses on free market solutions to environmental issues. It seeks to bring balance to the environmental debate and to promote the concept that human progress and prosperity work in a free economy to protect the environment. Mr. Myers has been with the Washington Policy Center since 2004 and formerly served as Director of Communications for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Director of Public Relations for the Seattle SuperSonics, and Director of Public Affairs for the Seattle Mariners. He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington.
Todd Wynn joined Cascade Policy Institute in July 2008 as a policy analyst conducting climate change and energy policy research and analysis. He attended Virginia Military Institute and California State University, Long Beach, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics. He received his Masters Degree in International and Developmental Economics at the University of San Francisco. While studying at the University of San Francisco, Mr. Wynn worked abroad in India on climate change impact research. In collaboration with the International Crop Research Institute of the Semi-Arid Tropics, he produced a report that described the possible damages of an increase in global temperatures and potential adaptation methods for rural Indians. Mr. Wynn has been published in numerous newspapers and journals and speaks extensively on climate change and energy issues across the state of Oregon.