Speakers

Dennis Avery
Dennis T. Avery has been a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute since 1989. Prior to that, he was a senior analyst in the U.S. Department of State (1980–88), where he won the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1983. He also holds outstanding performance awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He writes a weekly column on environmental issues that is distributed to the Knight-Ridder-Tribune chain of newspapers. He is coauthor, with S. Fred Singer, of the New York Times bestseller Unstoppable Global Warming — Every 1,500 Years (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) and author of Global Food Progress (Hudson Institute, 1991) and Saving the Planet With Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of High-Yield Farming (Hudson Institute 1995, 2d edition 2000).

Joe Bastardi
The Co-chief Forecaster at Weatherbell Analytics, with Joe D. Aleo, and new acquisition Dr. Ryan Maue, Joe Bastardi is an institution in the science of weather prediction. Many companies across a multitude of industries, from energy to retail, have profited from his forecasts. His exceptional skills are rooted in a comprehensive understanding of global oscillations and in-depth analysis of historical weather patterns. Mr.Bastardi’s analog approach, which finds similarities between current and historical weather patterns, allows him to make an accurate forecast, sometimes in defiance of computer model consensus. Mr. Bastardi built a large private client services business.Additionally, Mr. Bastardi was well known for his blog featuring the popular videos The Atmospheric Avenger and the Raging WeatherBull at Weatherbell.com. His reputation for making bold and accurate forecasts has landed him on major television programs including Fox News Live, The O’Reilly Factor, The Colbert Report, CBS’ The Early Show, Imus in the Morning, and many others. Mr. Bastardi graduated from Pennsylvania State University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology. He is the only known meteorologist to have ever lettered Division I in wrestling, a skill he has needed to use given the attacks on him in the climate fight.

 

Alan Carlin, U.S. EPA

Alan Carlin retired recently after more than 38 years as a senior analyst and manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked both on the economics and the physical science aspects of environmental pollution control, including supervising the production of pollutant assessment reports similar in concept to EPA’s greenhouse gas endangerment report. His work on energy-related issues spans more than 40 years both at EPA and The RAND Corporation. He has written about 35 professional papers in economics and the physical sciences, including 10 on energy and/or climate change. In March 2009 he authored a highly critical internal review of EPA’s draft report on endangerment from greenhouse gases, which resulted in his reassignment to other research and an attempt to suppress his comments, but later attracted considerable press attention when made public in June 2009. He has long worked at the interface between public policy, economics, and the physical sciences. He holds a B.S. in physics from Caltech and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.

Robert Bob Carter, Hon. FRSNZ
Robert Carter is a marine geologist and environmental scientist with 40 years’ professional experience. He has held academic positions at Otago University and the University of Adelaide and is currently a research professor at James Cook University (Queensland), where he was head of the School of Earth Sciences between 1981 and 1999. He is a former director of the Australian Office for the Ocean Drilling Program and has served on many national and international research committees, including the Australian Research Council. He is a former chairman of the Marine Science and Technologies Award Committee and the National Committee on Earth Sciences. He is an overseas honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Carter’s current research on climate change, sea-level change, and stratigraphy is based on field studies of Cenozoic sediments from the Southwest Pacific region and includes the analysis of marine sediment cores collected during Ocean Drilling Program Leg 181 in the South Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand.

 

Walter Cunningham
Walter Cunningham is best known as pilot of Apollo 7, the first manned flight test of the Apollo Program to land a man on the Moon. He is a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot with the rank of colonel and 4,500 hours pilot time. He is a successful businessman, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, lecturer, author, and host of a radio talk show. He is a member of the astronaut hall of fame. His writings and involvement with energy and the environment date back to 1970, when he was one of three founders of The Earth Awareness Foundation, an environmental concern organization. From 2000 to 2005, he was a member of the advisory board for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Harold Doiron
Dr. Harold Doiron is best known for his expertise and experience in eliminating unstable vibrations in liquid propellant rockets caused by interactions of structural vibrations, propellant feedline liquid propellant flow oscillations, and resulting rocket engine thrust oscillations. He organized and led the NASA/industry team that successfully eliminated this “pogo stick vibration problem” from the Space Shuttle design.

 

Paul Driessen
John Droz
John received undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Boston College, and a graduate degree in Physics from Syracuse University. He subsequently worked for GE: Aerospace Electronics (Utica, NY), Mohawk Data Sciences (Herkimer, NY), and Monolithic Memories (Cupertino, CA). After retiring at 34 he began a 30+ year commitment as an environmental advocate. During that time he was a leading individual on NY state-wide issues (e.g. water quality and water extraction). Two areas of interest and expertise (science and the environment) have merged with his focus on energy matters, especially wind power. John’s basic position is that we should be taking genuine science-based measures to solve our energy and environmental issues. In 2011 John was selected to be on the Board of Directors, as well as the Science Advisor, of the NC coastal advocacy group, NC-20. In 2011 John was also selected to be a Senior Fellow at American Tradition Institute.

 


John Dunn
John Dale Dunn is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has practiced medicine in several states. He currently serves as a medical officer at the Brown County Sheriff’s office and as a civilian physician at Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas. He is a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute and contributing writer to Environment & Climate News and Health Care News. He has been admitted to the bar in several states. He was a member of the Defense Research Institute from 1991 to 2004 and has served as a legal consultant in more than 10 states. He has held several adjunct professorships and has served as a lecturer in health law, medical malpractice, and emergency medicine/risk management since 1979.
Myron Ebell
Myron Ebell is director of the Center for Energy & Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and president of Freedom Action, a web-based grassroots activist group dedicated to putting freedom on the offensive. He also chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition—28 nonprofit groups (including the Heartland Institute) that oppose global warming alarmism and energy-rationing policies.  He previously worked at Frontiers of Freedom, founded by former Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.), for Representative John Shadegg (R-Az.), and for the American Land Rights Association. While working for Rep. Shadegg, he helped put together landmark legislation that would reform the Endangered Species Act so that it could not violate people’s private property rights.   A native of Baker County, Oregon, where he grew up on a cattle ranch, Mr. Ebell earned degrees at Colorado College and the London School of Economics and did graduate work at the University of California, San Diego, and at Peterhouse, Cambridge University.  The Business Insider named him third on their list of the Ten Most-Respected Global Warming Skeptics and commented, “Myron Ebell may be enemy #1 to the current climate change community.”  Seven Members of the British House of Commons introduced a resolution condemning him “in the strongest possible terms.” Greenpeace featured him in their Field Guide to Climate Criminals. And Rolling Stone named him a top “Misleader” on global warming along with Senator James Inhofe and the late novelist Michael Crichton.

 

Willis Eschenbach
Willis Eschenbach is a well-known independent climate researcher, posting regularly on two science blogs, ClimateAudit and Watts Up With That. His climate work has been cited in newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, the Guardian, the Australian Herald-Sun, and the London Telegraph. His motto is “Retire early … and often,” and he has worked at dozens of different trades. He worked as a consultant to the Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development on village-level use of renewable energy in more than 20 countries. He spent 17 of the past 25 years living and working (and surfing) on various islands in the South Pacific and currently resides in Northern California.
Peter Ferrara
Peter Ferrara is a Heartland senior fellow for entitlement and budget policy, a senior fellow at the Social Security Institute, and the general counsel of the American Civil Rights Union. He served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan, and as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under the first President Bush. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is author of The Obamacare Disaster, from the Heartland Institute, and President Obama’s Tax PiracyFerrara’s latest book (June 2011) is America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb: How the Looming Debt Crisis Threatens the American Dream-and How We Can Turn the Tide Before It’s Too Late.

 

Larry Gould

William M. Gray, Ph.D.
William Gray has worked in the observational and theoretical aspects of meteorological research for more than 50 years. He has been with the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University since 1961. He has specialized in the global aspects of tropical cyclones for his entire professional career. Current areas of research include: 1) tropical cyclone structure, movement and intensity change; 2) seasonal hurricane prediction; 3) tropical and meso-scale rain systems; 4) ENSO variability and 5) climate change and global warming research. He pioneered Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts, which he has been issuing for the past 27 years. He is a recipient of the Neil Frank Award from the National Hurricane Conference and the Banner I. Miller and Jule Charney Awards from the American Meteorological Society. He is the author or coauthor of more than 80 published papers and more than 60 extensive research reports. He has graduated 20 Ph.D. students and 50 M.S. students.

 

Kenneth Haapala
Kenneth Haapala is executive vice president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, compiler of The Week That Was, and a contributor to the NIPCC reports. He is an energy and economics modeler and past president of the oldest science society of Washington.
Howard Hayden
Howard Hayden, professor of physics emeritus in the Physics Department of the University of Connecticut, is editor of The Energy Advocate, a monthly newsletter promoting energy and technology. His research interests include ionic and atomic collisions, charge transfer, ionization, energy loss, energy-level crossings, ion-surface collisions, ion implantation, relativity considerations, and energy for society (fossil fuels, nuclear, hydro, wind, biomass, photovoltaics, solar heating). He is the author of, among other publications, The Solar Fraud: Why Solar Energy Won’t Run the World (Vales Lake Publishing LLC, 2002, 2d edition 2005) and A Primer on CO2 and Climate (Vales Lake Publishing LLC, 2007)

 

Tom Harris
Tom Harris is executive director of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project in Ottawa, Ontario. For the past 10 years he has been working intensively with a growing team of independent scientists and engineers to promote a sensible approach to a range of energy and environmental issues. He has 30 years’ experience working as a mechanical engineer and project manager, science and technology communications professional, and media and science and technology advisor to a former opposition senior environment critic. He has written or edited newspaper and magazine articles, letters to the editor and open letters to government and education officials; project-managed, wrote and coedited a major climate change video for media and government involving leading climate experts; coordinated media engagement (print, radio and television) and official testimony before House of Commons committees for leading climate scientists; coordinated preparation and delivery of ‘plain language’ material to the public, media and Members of Parliament for their own education about the flaws in the science backing the need for greenhouse gas controls; and organized and wrote all supporting documentation for a number of press conferences on climate change.
Roger Helmer
Roger Helmer was first elected to the European parliament in 1999, and has been kept very busy ever since representing the interests of his 4.1 million constituents from in the East Midlands. In June 2004 he was re-elected for a second term, and currently sits on several committees: Unemployment, Petitions, Constitutional Affairs and the Parliament’s Temporary Committee on Climate Change. During the 1999/04 parliament, Helmer was also a very active member of the “interparliamentary delegation” to ASEAN (the nations of South East Asia), plus Korea. In the new parliament these two areas have been split and Roger now sits as a full member on the Korea delegation. During the course of his long business career before 1999, he spent a total of twelve years running businesses in East and South East Asia as a resident, so he brings a wealth of detailed knowledge of the region to his work on these interparliamentary delegations. Roger has also recently been given new membership of the delegation to Croatia following its accession to the EU. Born in 1944, Helmer  attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Southampton (1955 – 62), and then won a State Scholarship to Churchill College, Cambridge, where he read mathematics, graduating in 1965 with a B.A. and subsequently an M.A.

 

Craig Idso
Craig D. Idso is the founder and former president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and currently serves as chairman of its board of directors. Idso’s current research focus is on carbon sequestration, but he remains actively involved in several other aspects of global and environmental change, including climatology and meteorology, along with their impacts on agriculture. Idso has published scientific articles on issues related to data quality, the growing season, the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbon dioxide, world food supplies, coral reefs, and urban carbon dioxide concentrations, the latter of which he investigated via a National Science Foundation grant as a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University. He has lectured in meteorology at Arizona State University and in physical geography at Mesa and Chandler-Gilbert Community Colleges. He is the former director of environmental science at Peabody Energy in St. Louis, Missouri and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences, Association of American Geographers, Ecological Society of America, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Madhav Khandekar
Madhav Khandekar is a former research scientist from Environment Canada and is presently on the editorial board of the Journal of Natural Hazards (Kluwer). He is an environmental consultant on extreme weather events and a scientist with the Natural Resources Stewardship Project. He has worked in the fields of weather and climate for nearly 50 years and has published more than 120 papers, reports, and book reviews and a monograph on ocean surface wave analysis and modeling (Springer-Verlag 1989). Khandekar is one of the external reviewers for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1997 Second Assessment Report.

 

Richard Keen
Vaclav Klaus
Václav Klaus is president of the Czech Republic, first elected in February 2003. An economist by education, he was worked in research at the Institute of Economics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Czechoslovak State Bank. He has held academic posts at the Forecasting Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Charles University, and the Prague School of Economics. In 1989, he began his political career as Federal Minister of Finance. He has also served as Deputy Prime Minister of the Czecho-Slovak Federation; chairman of the Civic Forum; and co-founder and chairman of the Civic Democratic Party. He became prime minister of the Czech Republic in 1992, and in that role took part in the peaceful division of Czechoslovakia and the foundation of an independent Czech Republic. In 1996, he successfully defended his position as prime minister in the elections to the Chamber of Deputies, but he resigned after the break-up of the government coalition in November 1997. After the early elections of 1998, he became chairman of the Chamber of Deputies for a four-year term of office.

 

Craig Loehle
Craig Loehle, Ph.D. worked at the Department of Energy Laboratories before joining the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement in 1998. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers in forestry, ecology, geophysics, modeling, and other fields. His current research focuses on climate change, landscape ecology, and wildlife habitat relations.
Sebastian Luning
Dr. habil. Sebastian Lüning, born in 1970, holds a doctorate in geology/palaeontology and has been working for 20 years on the reconstruction of natural ecological changes of the geological past. After research at the Universities of Wales, London, Manchester and Bremen, he took on a visiting professorship at the University of Vienna in 2005/2006. He has received several awards both for his university studies and academic research. Since 2007 Sebastian has been working as Africa expert with an oil and gas company. Together with Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt he co-authored the book “Die kalte Sonne” (The cold sun) which was published in Germany in February 2012 and highlights the important role of natural climate cycles in past and current climate change. Planning of an english version of this book is underway. In their blog at www.kaltesonne.de they review on a daily basis new scientific papers and other developments in the climate discussion.

 

 

Anthony Lupo

Patrick Michaels
Patrick Michaels is a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia and senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute. 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. Michaels is a contributing author and reviewer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His writing has been published in major scientific journals as well as in popular serials. He was an author of the climate “paper of the year” awarded by the Association of American Geographers in 2004. He appears regularly on television and radio talk shows as an expert on the subject of climate change. According to Nature magazine, Michaels may be the most popular lecturer in the nation on the subject of global warming.

 

Julian Morris
Julian Morris is executive director of International Policy Network (www.policynetwork.net), a London-based think-tank, and a visiting professor at the University of Buckingham. He holds degrees in economics and law and has published widely on matters relating to the environment, health, technology, and development. He is the author or editor of many papers and books, including Sustainable Development: Promoting Progress or Perpetuating Poverty (Profile Books, 2002) and Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999). Morris is co-editor, with Dr Indur Goklany, of the Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development (www.ejsd.org) and a member of the editorial board of Energy and Environment. Prior to founding International Policy Network in 2001, he was director of the environment and technology programme at the Institute of Economic Affairs, also in London.
Harrison Schmitt
Harrison “Jack” Schmitt is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut, university professor, and U.S. Senator. He is the twelfth and last person to walk on the Moon; he and his crewmate Eugene Cernan were the last two to walk there. Cernan was the last person to walk on the moon (when they left), but Schmitt was the last person to leave the lunar module and step on the moon (when they arrived). In August 1975, Schmitt resigned from NASA to seek election as a Republican to the United States Senate representing New Mexico. He served one term and, notably, was the ranking Republican member of the Science, Technology, and Space Subcommittee. Since his Senate term, he has been a consultant in business, geology, space, and public policy. Schmitt is chair of the NASA Advisory Council, whose mandate is to provide technical advice to NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin. Schmitt is an adjunct professor of engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the founder and serves as chairman of Interlune Intermars Initiative Inc., an organization whose goal is to advance the private sector’s acquisition and use of lunar resources.

 

Jim Sensenbrenner
F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (Jim) represents the Fifth Congressional District of Wisconsin. He has served the district since his election in November 1978, after serving 10 years in the Wisconsin State Legislature. He serves on the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Science and Technology. He also serves as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, as well as the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. He is the former chairman of the Judiciary Committee and former chairman of the House Committee on Science, where he solidified his reputation as an independent leader on science issues. Throughout his public life, Jim has been at the forefront of efforts to eliminate wasteful government spending and protect the interests of American taxpayers. He has regularly been cited by the National Taxpayers Union as one of the most fiscally responsible House Members and is well known for completing his financial disclosure forms down the penny. He did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he majored in political science. He then earned his law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968.

S. Fred Singer, Ph.D.
S. Fred Singer is internationally known for his work on energy and environmental issues. With Craig Idso, he is coauthor of Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). In 2007, he coauthored Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years with Dennis Avery. A pioneer in the development of rocket and satellite technology, he devised the basic instrument for measuring stratospheric ozone and was principal investigator on a satellite experiment retrieved by the space shuttle in 1990. He was the first scientist to predict that population growth would increase atmospheric methane — an important greenhouse gas. Now president of the Science & Environmental Policy Project, a non-profit policy research group he founded in 1990, Singer is also professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. He has held positions with the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior, University of Miami, National Weather Satellite Service, and University of Maryland. He is a research fellow at The Independent Institute, has received numerous awards for his research, and frequently testifies before Congress.

 

 

Willie Soon, Ph.D.
Willie Soon is both an astrophysicist and a geoscientist based in Cambridge, MA. He is the receiving editor in the area of solar and stellar physics for the journal New Astronomy. He writes and lectures both professionally and publicly on important issues related to the sun, other stars, and the Earth as well as general science topics in astronomy and physics. He is the author of The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun-Earth Connection. Soon was recognized with an award for detailed scholarship on biogeological and climatic change over the past 1,000 years by the Smithsonian Institution. In 2004, he was presented with the Petr Beckmann Award by Doctors for Disaster Preparedness for “courage and achievement in defense of scientific truth and freedom.” The views expressed by Willie Soon are strictly his and do not reflect those of any institutions.

 

H. Leighton Steward
H. Leighton Steward, Ph.D. is chairman of the PlantsNeed CO2 and CO2 Is Green non-profit corporations and the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University. He is a geologist, environmentalist, author, and former energy industry executive. He has written on the loss of the Mississippi River wetlands system, global climate change, and nutrition and health. He represented the energy industry on presidential missions to the former Soviet Union and Turkey (Bush 41) and to Pakistan (Clinton). He is on the boards or boards of visitors of the Southwest Research Institute, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, EOG Resources, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He has been presented with many environmental awards, including a prestigious EPA environmental excellence award, and was twice chairman of the Audubon Nature Institute and chairman of the National Wetlands Coalition for 10 years. His current interests are in educating people and lawmakers on the tremendous benefits of carbon dioxide for the plant and animal kingdoms as well as the misplaced blame on CO2 in causing global climate change.
Brian Sussman

 

 

Anthony Watts
Anthony Watts is a 25-year broadcast meteorology veteran and currently chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio. He got his start as on-air meteorologist for WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Indiana and at KHSL-TV in Chico, California. In 1987, he founded ItWorks, which supplies broadcast graphics systems to hundreds of cable television, television, and radio stations nationwide. ItWorks supplies custom weather stations, Internet servers, weather graphics content, and broadcast video equipment. In 2007, Watts founded SurfaceStations.org, a Web site devoted to photographing and documenting the quality of weather stations across the United States.
Thomas Wysmuller
Thomas Wysmuller has worked as a meteorologist for the Royal Dutch Weather Bureau in Amsterdam, and then for five years as an intern for NASA throughout the agency both before, during, and after the moon landings. He is routinely invited back to give science and meteorology lectures at NASA Field Centers. The polynomial regression mathematics, algorithms, or code he personally produced after leaving NASA is being used by virtually every climate scientist on the planet, either embedded in their models or employed in their analysis. After leaving the agency, Wysmuller applied his NASA management skills to help turn around internal operations of one of the nation’s premier insurance companies, saving thousands of careers in the process. He was highlighted in Horizons, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics’ special issue for NASA’s 50th anniversary. He continues lecturing on the meteorology of climate all over the world, and has done so for more than a decade.

 

Todd Wynn
Todd Wynn is the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Before joining ALEC, Mr. Wynn was Vice President of Cascade Policy Institute, a public policy research organization in Oregon. While at Cascade, Mr. Wynn worked with legislators to form freedom-oriented, less burdensome energy policy and presented to citizens and activists groups on the proper role of government in regards to energy and other environmental policies. He has published over 75 articles and reports on energy and environmental policy issues and spoke to hundreds of civic and activist groups and conferences across the Pacific Northwest and the nation. He received his Masters in International and Developmental Economics at the University of San Francisco and attended Virginia Military Institute and California State University, Long Beach where he received his Bachelor degree in Business Economics.