Donn Dears

Donn D. Dears


  • B.S., Engineering, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1952). [1]


Donn D. Dears is president of TSAugust. He contributes to,, and He is a retired GE company senior executive.

He has worked for GE as an engineer and later led an organization that serviced GE steel mills, electric utilities, refineries, oil drilling and production facilities, and open pit and underground mining operations. [1]

Dears was Venture Manager at GE where he negotiated joint ventures and acquisitions focused on the oil and power generation industries. He has also been the General Manager of GE's Apparatus Service Division's Programs Department. [2]

Stance on Climate Change

“…it's clear to me that CO2 isn’t the main cause of warming, and is probably only a small, if not tiny factor in warming.

“This is where CO2 becomes part of a religion, because there is considerable scientific evidence that CO2 is not a major cause of global warming.

“My motivation in writing articles is to provide Americans with factual information about energy issues, because so much information in the media is factually incorrect – and even worse, distorted by an obsession with CO2.” [3]

Key Quotes

“The major obstacle to achieving energy independence and the reindustrialization of America is politics – specifically, overzealous environmental groups such as Greenpeace.” [4]

“Clearly, we do not yet have the necessary proven technologies or technologies having sufficient scale to dramatically cut CO2 emissions. Forging ahead without the needed technologies will cause severe economic harm by cutting our supply of electricity and reducing America's standard of living.” [5]

Key Deeds

February 23, 2017

Donn Dears was a signatory of a petition (PDF) organized by Richard Lindzen of the Cato Institute urging President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the United Nations international convention on climate change (UNFCCC). [12]

In just a few weeks, more than 300 eminent scientists and other qualified individuals from around the world have signed the petition below,” Lindzen wrote in the letter.

DeSmog investigated the list, and found that only a small handful of the signatories could be considered “even remotely ‘qualified’ or ‘eminent’ — but not in the field of climate science.” The list included individuals “interested in climate,” and one signatory who only identified as an “emailer who wished to sign the petition” while some signers provided no affiliation or address whatsoever. [13]

January 5, 2017

Donn Dears was a signatory to a Cornwall Alliance open letter supporting Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator under the Trump administration. [10]

Mr. Pruitt has also demonstrated understanding of and open-mindedness toward scientific insights crucial to the formulation and implementation of environmental regulation. He is prepared to hear all sides in debates over the risks and benefits of various activities that come under the purview of the EPA,” reads the letter.

On January 12, 2017, Senate Democrats raised conflict of interest concerns regarding Scott Prutt's fossil fuel ties. Pruitt had spent years working to combat the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. [11]

In an open letter to the Office of Government Ethics, members of the Senate's environmental panel commented:

During his tenure as Attorney General of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt has blurred the distinction between official and political actions, often at the behest of corporations he will regulate if confirmed to lead EPA,” the letter said. “Public reporting based on documents produced by Freedom of Information Act requests illustrate how Mr. Pruitt and members of his staff have worked closely with fossil fuel lobbyists to craft his office's official positions.”

Some notable signatories of the Cornwall Alliance letter, as of January 5, 2017, included:

May 21 - 23, 2012

Donn Dears was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). [6]

DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland's ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.

May, 1999

Established TSAugust which he describes as a volunteer organization focused on energy issues. [2]



According to a search of Google Scholar, Donn Dears has not published an article in a peer-reviewed journal on any subject.


  1. Founder,” TSAugust. Accessed May, 2012.

  2. Donn Dears,”  Linkedin Profile. Accessed May, 2012.

  3. Religion or Science,” Power For USA, January 31, 2012.

  4. The Gift that Keeps Giving Part II,” Power For USA, May 4, 2012.

  5. Don Dears. “Cap & Trade Realities for CO2 Emissions,” George C. Marshall Institute, June 1, 2008.

  6. Speakers,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Accessed May, 2012.

  7. Homepage, Accessed May, 2012.

  8. About Author,” Carbon Folly. Accessed May, 2012.

  9. About,” Power For USA. Accessed May 18, 2012.

  10. Open Letter Supporting Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator,” Cornwall Alliance, January 5, 2017. Archived January 19, 2017. URL

  11. Ben Jervey. “Mapping EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt's Many Fossil Fuel Ties,” DeSmog, January 13, 2017.

  12. PETITION” (PDF), February 23, 2017. Richard Lindzen. PDF Archived at DeSmog.

  13. Graham Readfearn. “Climate Science Denier Richard Lindzen's List of 300 “Scientists” Sent to Trump Is the Usual Parade of Non-Experts,” DeSmog, February 27, 2017.