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Lee C. Gerhard
Lee C. Gerhard
- Ph.D., Geology. University of Kansas, 1964.
- M.S., Paleontology minor. University of Kansas, 1961.
- B.S., Geology. Syracuse University, 1958.
Gerhard is a retired geologist from the University of Kansas. He has government and industry experience in petroleum exploration, research and exploration program management, oil and gas regulation, and reservoir geology.
His profile at Thomasson Partner Associates, Inc. describes him as as an Honorary Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, past president and Honorary Member of that society's Division of Environmental Geosciences, an Honorary Member of the Association of American State Geologists, and an Honorary Member of the Kansas Geological Society.
Stance on Climate Change
- “…some argue that the Arctic is melting, with the warmest-ever temperatures. One should ask, 'How long is ever?' The answer is since 1979. And then ask, “Is it still warming?” The answer is unequivocally 'No.' Earth temperatures are cooling.” 
- “Global temperature peaked in 1998 on the current 60-80 year cycle, and has been episodically declining ever since. This cooling absolutely falsifies claims that human carbon dioxide emissions are a controlling factor in Earth temperature.” 
“We also know a lot about Earth temperature changes:
- Global temperature changes naturally all of the time, in both directions and at many scales of intensity.
- The warmest year in the U.S. in the last century was 1934, not 1998. The U.S. has the best and most extensive temperature records in the world.
- Global temperature peaked in 1998 on the current 60-80 year cycle, and has been episodically declining ever since. This cooling absolutely falsifies claims that human carbon dioxide emissions are a controlling factor in Earth temperature.
- Voluminous historic records demonstrate the Medieval Climate Optimum (MCO) was real and that the “hockey stick” graphic that attempted to deny that fact was at best bad science. The MCO was considerably warmer than the end of the 20th century.
- During the last 100 years, temperature has both risen and fallen, including the present cooling. All the changes in temperature of the last 100 years are in normal historic ranges, both in absolute value and, most importantly, rate of change.” 
May 20, 1996 - April 1, 1997
Engaged in a debate titled “The Wernarian Syndrome: Aspects of global climate change: an analysis of assumptions, data, and conclusions: Debate on Global Climate Change” at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
Gerhard performed the same debate at the Tulsa Geological Society. 
March 21 -24, May 21 1999
Spoke on “Climate Science” at the Ohio Oil and Gas Association on March 24, 1999.
Also spoke on “Climate Science” at Leadership Kansas, Pittsburg Kansas on May 21, 1999. 
Spoke on “Climate Change” at the Division of Professional Affairs Forum of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. 
Aug, 1999; October 15, 1999; November 5, 1999
Was the “all-convention luncheon speaker” at the AAPG Rocky Mountain Section where he spoke on “Climate Change: Reality Check.”
Gerhard gave a similarly-titled speech at the University of North Dakota Leonard Symposium on October 15, 1999 and then at the University of South Florida on November 5. 
February 24, 2000 - March 29, 2001
Gerhard spoke on the “Geological Constraints on Global Climate” at the Kentucky Geological Survey in February 24.
He gave the same speech at the Colorado School of mines on March 23, at the AAPG annual meeting in New Orleans on April 16, at the University of Oklahoma on March 29, 2001, at the University of Wisconson-Platteville on April 5, 2001, at the Fort Worth Geological Society on November 12, 2001, and at the Wyoming Geological society on November 16, 2001. 
Gerhard and Associates — Consultant and Independent Petroleum Geologist.
Supron Energy Corp — Exploration Manager, Rocky Mountain Division (1981 - 1982).
Sinclair Oil and Gas Company — Region Stratigrapher (1965 - 1966), Exploration Geologist (1964 – 1965).
American Association of Petroleum Geologists* — Member. Past co-chair of “The Climate Change Issues Committee.”
- The Natural Resources Stewardship Project (NRSP) — Past “Allied Expert.” The NRSP is now defunct.
“In recent decades global temperatures have risen. Yet, our planet has been far warmer and cooler than today many times in the geologic past, including the past 10,000 years.”
Lee C. Gerhard has published mainly on the subject of resource geology in the oil and gas sector. Many of Gerhard's publications on climate appear in journals published by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists:
Gerhard, Lee C. (author and editor), William E. Harrison, and Bernold M. Hanson. Geological Perspectives of Global Climate Change. Eds., 2001. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Studies in Geology.
- Gerhard, L. C., 1996, “The Wernerian Syndrome: Aspects of Global Climate Change: An analysis of Assumptions, Data, and Conclusions.” Environmental Geosciences, v. 3, n. 4, p. 204-210.
- Gerhard, L. C., and Bernold H. Hanson, 200. “Ad Hoc Committee on Global Climate Issues.” Annual Report: Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 84, n. 4, p. 466-471.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2001. “Moderating the Climate Debate.” Amer. Association of Petroleum Geologists. www.aapg.org.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2001. “What is it that We Can Control?”. The AAPG Explorer, February 2001, p. 32-34.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2001. “Moderating the Climate Debate.” Oklahoma City Geological Society Website, http://www.ocgs.org/.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2001. “Dialogue on Global Warming: Inadequate science leaves climate debate subject to political expediency.” Oil & Gas Journal. July 16, 2001. p. 20-26.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2002. “Is the Climate Really Changing, and Why Do We Care?” The Professional Geologist. V. 39, n. 1,2, p. 15.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2002, “The End of the Climate Debate?” The Professional Geologist, v. 39, n. 9, p. 12-14.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2002. “Ending the Climate Debate, Learning to Live in the Real World.” Houston Geological Society Bulletin, v. v, 45, n. 3, p.55-56.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2004. “Climate Change: Conflict of observational science, theory, and politics.” American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 88, p. 1211-1220).
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2004. “The human trap: By focusing on unsubstantiated claims of man-made global warming, we are left with little planning for adaptation to inevitable climate change.” Financial Post, v. 7, n. 26, p. FP19.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2006. “Climate Change: Conflict of observational science, theory, and politics: Response to discussion by Bryan Lovell.” American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 90, p. 409-412.
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2006. “Comment: Testing Global Warming Hypotheses.” Geotimes, v. 51, n. 9, September, 2006, p. 7 (47).
- Gerhard, Lee C., 2007. “Review of Global Warming and Global Cooling; Evolution of Climate on Earth.” American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 91, pp. 1732-1733.
“Curriculum Vitae, Lee C. Gerhard” (PDF), Thomasson Partner Associates, Inc.
“Fact-based Climate Debate.” Lawrence Journal World. Dec 16, 2009.
“Fact-based Climate Debate.” Heartland Institute Policy Document, Dec 16, 2009.
“Curriculum Vitae, Lee C. Gerhard” (PDF). Thomasson Partner Associates, Inc.