VA-SEEE

VA-SEEE

 Background

The Northern Virginia Chapter of Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment (VA-SEEE) is a coalition whose goal is to “influence public policy in the areas of energy and environment, and to provide sound information to politicians, the media, and the public in the Commonwealth.” [1]

VA-SEEE describes its mission as to “influence our policy makers toward decisions based on good science and real world understanding.”

Members include prominent climate change skeptics S. Fred Singer and Kenneth Haapala.

According to the group's Facebook page (the only source which appears to discuss the group's formation), VA-SEEE considers itself as a “grassroots organization” and was founded by S. Fred Singer of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) to help “educate the public” on climate change and energy issues. [2]

Stance on Climate Change

The following excerpt is from an article published by S. Fred Singer in the (New Delhi) Financial Chronicle on Sept 1, 2009:

“Human activities are not influencing the global climate in a perceptible way. Climate will continue to change, as it always has in the past, warming and cooling on different time scales and for different reasons, regardless of any human action. I would also argue that–should it occur–a modest warming would be on the whole beneficial.” [3]

 Funding

[Pending further investigation.]

Key People

According to their website as of May, 2012: [1]

  • William Sargent — Chapter President, Northern Virginia.
  • Charles Battig — Chapter President, Piedmont.
  • Martin Mangino — Chapter President, Richmond.
  • John McNair — Chapter President, Shenandoah.
  • Brett Newman — Chapter President, Tidewater.
  • S. Fred Singer
  • Randy Randol
  • Kenneth Haapala

 Actions

May 21 - 23, 2012

VA-SEEE is listed as a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's 2012 International Conference on Climate Change. [4]

October 22, 2011

Had a joint meeting with the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) discussing “Climate Change Reconsidered,” the 2011 report of the skeptic NIPCC.

The NIPCC is a panel of “experts” funded by the Heartland Institute and coordinated with SEPP to dispute the reports of the official Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Guest speakers at the VA-SEEE / SEPP event included Fred Singer, Kenneth Haapala, and Charles Battig. [5]

VA-SEEE lists their “products” as the two NIPCC reports.

March 17, 2011

Charles Battig represented VA-SEEE at a Jefferson Area Tea Party event to discuss the U.N's “sustainability agenda” and how their policies are “openly dedicated to global government control over every aspect of our lives …” [6]

November 18, 2009

SEEE member Kenneth Haapala testified against the EPA, claiming they had “reverted to Medieval science” by ignoring how “The earth's climate is subject to natural variation.”

According to Haapala, who is not a scientist (his degree is in economics), having more carbon dioxide would be beneficial:

“Carbon dioxide is a necessary food for green plants, thus necessary for life on this planet as we generally recognize it. As discussed in the second report, thousands of experiments and observations show that virtually all food crops and green plants thrive better in an atmosphere enriched in carbon dioxide and better resist stress such as draught, or insect attacks. Contrary to EPA claims, Carbon dioxide enrichment, condemned by these regulations, is a benefit to agriculture, humanity, and the planet.” [7]

Related Organizations

 Resources

  1. What is SEEE, Really!!”, Northern Virginia Chapter of SEEE, August 27, 2009.

  2. About - Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment-Virginia (Facebook profile).

  3. S. Fred Singer. “Climate Change: Natural and Unstoppable,” Financial Chronicle, September 1, 2009. Republished by the Northern Virginia Chapter of SEEE.

  4. Cosponsors,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Accessed May 19, 2012.

  5. Heartland Events: Climate Change Reconsidered: A joint meeting update of SEPP and VA-SEEE at VCU,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed May, 2012.

  6. Sustainability Forum on 3/17 in Charlottesville, VA,” Fifth District Watchdog, March 3, 2011.

  7. Ken's EPA Testimony,” Northern Virginia Chapter of SEEE, November 19, 2009.