Science and Public Policy Institute
OverviewThe Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is a non-profit organization in the United States whose mission seems to be focused on downplaying the significance of global warming and arguing against the need to do anything about it. It was founded in 2007.
source: official site, retrieved 2009-02-15; site includes brief bios
- President: Robert Ferguson
- Chief Science Adviser: Willie Soon PhD.
- Chief Policy Adviser: Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
- Science Advisers:
- William Kininmonth - B.Sc (UWA), M.Sc (Colo State U), M.Admin (Monash U).
- Robert M. Carter, Ph.D., Research Professor at James Cook University (Queensland).
- Craig Idso, Ph. D., Chairman of the Board of Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
- James J. O'Brien, PhD -Director Emeritus, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University
- Meteorology Adviser: Joe D'Aleo, PhD, CCM, AMS Fellow; Executive Director of the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project.
The SPPI’s chief science advisor is Willie Soon, a Harvard astrophysicist also associated with the Oregon Institute for Science and Medicine ... Other science advisors include William Kininmonth, Robert M. Carter, David Legates, Craig D. Idso, James J. O’Brien, and Joseph D’Aleo, all of whom except O’Brien and Legates were involved with the 2008 NIPCC report. The chief policy advisor is Sir Christopher Monckton, an AGW opponent from the UK with no relevant science credentials, also involved with the 2008 NIPCC report. Legates, the Delaware State Climatologist, was a commenter on Patrick Michaels' most recent climate change skepticism book at an event at the Cato Institute, and is a climate scientist whose fourth-most-cited paper has received 226 citations. D'Aleo, first director of meteorology for The Weather Channel, has a 1970 M.S. in meteorology and has not published any academic work since. Kininmonth, with an M.Sc. degree (not sure in what) was the former head of the Australian National Climate Center. Craig Idso has a Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University and is founder and chairman of the board of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change; his fourth-most-cited paper has received 20 citations.