Ken Haapala

Ken Haapala

Credentials

  • MS (Economics), Economic Modeling, Energy Economics. [1]

Background 

Ken Haapala is the President of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) and an expert at The Heartland Institute. He has also been a regular contributor to the Heartland Institute's Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) reports. [17], [18]

Haapala is the compiler of SEPP's ”The Week That Was,” a weekly newsletter on climate news, with a “News You Can Use” section that highlights articles and papers primarily written by climate change deniers. Haapala's background is in energy and economics modeling. [18] 

In January, 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Kenneth Haapala to serve on the administration's team handling appointments for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the federal agency overseeing the NOAA. [19]

Stance on Climate Change

July, 2015

In a Heartland Institute statement, Haapala declared:

”The EPA stated that it based its finding on three lines of evidence. These lines of evidence do not exist, or no longer exist. They are: (1) a distinct human fingerprint in the atmosphere over the tropics; (2) late 20th century warming was unusual; and (3) climate models predict that human-caused warming would become dangerous to humans in the 21st century. No one, including the National Academy of Sciences, has been able to find the distinct human fingerprint except those who falsely claim such a warming is uniquely human-caused.” [8]

March, 2008

Happala is an endorser of the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change which declares, among other points, that: [2]

there is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity has in the past, is now, or will in the future cause catastrophic climate change.”

Key Quotes

January 24, 2017

In a Heartland Insitute Press Release, Haapala commented on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline executive orders: [27]

Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil over land. When the Keystone XL pipeline was proposed, it made economic sense to build it. Not only was it to be built with private money, it made far more economic sense than many of the so-called ‘shovel ready’ jobs in the ‘stimulus bill’ funded by taxpayers. Whether it still makes economic sense is now up to the developers, not the arbitrary political whims of Washington.

Stopping the Dakota Access pipeline after 98% of the pipeline was laid down was an example of how the greens infected political decisions in Washington. The pipeline was to be drilled almost 100 feet below the riverbed of the Missouri, not placed on it. But, that made little difference to those stopped it.

Let’s hope that President Trump’s decisions are a sign of better times to come.”

July, 2015

“[It's] past time [to end the scare and] stop the madness of wasting great sums of money on EPA’s imaginary threat.” [8]

The EPA claimed that carbon dioxide emissions are pollutants that endangers human health, even though carbon dioxide is necessary for life on this planet,” Haapala reports. “Green plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis to create the food plants and animals need to survive.” [8]

November, 2009

The following is from Haapala's testimony on the EPA, published at the Northern Virginia Chapter of SEEE (Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment):

“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.” [3]

He added that “The EPA has failed to present any compelling physical evidence that man’s emissions of Greenhouse Gases caused the 20th Century warming. Instead, it has relied on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its faulty computer models that are biased, obsolete, and wrong.” [3]

Key Deeds 

January, 2017

Kenneth Haapala was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve on the administration's team handling appointments for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the federal agency overseeing the NOAA. [19]

An NOAA employee told McClatchy DC that he and a number of his colleagues were alarmed by Trump's selection of Haapala:

NOAA doesn’t get as much attention as EPA, but it is a pretty big target for people that want to shut down climate change science and findings they find objectionable,” The employee siad. 

December 12, 2016

Ken Haapala was an attendee at a private meeting also attended by Trump's EPA Transition team lead Myron Ebell on Capitol Hill. E&E News reported that the event was not open to the public or to the press and Ebell refused to give any details. The event was hosted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and held in the hearing room of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. The EPW committee is chaired by Senator James Inhofe who, like Trump, has described human-caused climate change as a hoax. [13]

DeSmog reported that the event featured the “Who's Who of Climate Science Deniers.”  Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts, who spoke at the event, also wrote that the meeting was a gathering of the Cooler Heads Coalition and then listed some of the participants on Facebook: [14], [15]

Malcolm Roberts Facebook Post

Names mentioned above included:

DeSmog also noted that three of the attendees—Myron Ebell, Randy Randol, and Steve Milloy—had all been part of the Global Climate Science Communications Team in the late 1990s, a group organized by the American Petroleum Institute. According to an early memo, the group said “victory will be achieved when […] Average citizens 'understand' (recognize) uncertainties in climate science; recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the 'conventional wisdom'.” [16]

July 8 - 10, 2016

Ken Haapala was a speaker at 34th Annual Meeting of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, co-sponsored by Access to Energy, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, and Physicians for Civil Defense. [12]

Haapala spoke alongside S. Fred Singer, both representing the Science and Environmental Policy Project. Singer's portion of the presentation focused on “Paris COP-21,” while Haapala spoke on “Legal Actions of EPA, CPP, and SCOTUS.” [12]

DDP listed the following speakers at their event: [12]

May 18, 2016

Kenneth Haapala was a signatory to a full page color advertisement in The New York Times titled “Abuse of Power” (PDF) sponsored by The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).  The ad serves as an open letter from 43 signatories including organizations and individuals in response to  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, and the coalition of Attorneys General investigating groups denying man-made climate change[9], [10]

Attempts to intimidate CEI and our allies and silence our policy research are unconstitutional,” said CEI president Kent Lassman. “The First Amendment protects us and everyone has a duty to respect it – even state attorneys general.  CEI will continue to fight for all Americans to support the causes in which they believe.” [9]

The Competitive Enterprise Institute received a subpoena from AG Walker on April 7, 2016. On April 20, CEI filed an objection to the subpoena calling it “offensive,” “un-American,” and “unlawful,” and are contending that AG Walker is “violating CEI’s First Amendment rights.”  [9]

The “freedom of speech” argument was echoed by ExxonMobil's legal team, as well as numerous other conservative groups including the Pacific Legal Foundation, and Heritage Foundation and the recently-formed Free Speech in Science Project, a group created by the same lawyers who defended the Competitive Enterprise Institute in the past. [11]

The CEI letter lists the following signatories:

October 9, 2014

Ken Haapala is quoted in the Heartland Institute's press release, “Heartland Institute Climate Experts Comment on 18 Straight Years of No Global Warming,” which states “the global mean surface temperature has not risen for 18 consecutive years. This extends the so-called 'pause' in global warming to a new record, one not predicted by the climate models of the United Nations' International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).” Haapala writes: [7]

The EPA claimed that carbon dioxide emissions are pollutants that endangers human health, even though carbon dioxide is necessary for life on this planet. Green plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis to create the food plants and animals need to survive.

The EPA stated that it based its finding on three lines of evidence. These lines of evidence do not exist, or no longer exist. They are: (1) a distinct human fingerprint in the atmosphere over the tropics; (2) late 20th century warming was unusual; and (3) climate models predict that human-caused warming would become dangerous to humans in the 21st century. No one, including the National Academy of Sciences, has been able to find the distinct human fingerprint except those who falsely claim such a warming is uniquely human-caused.

Late 20th century warming stopped about 18 years ago. Climate models cannot explain why, even though, according to the White House, federal expenditures on climate science and programs to fight global warming/climate change amount to about $22.5 billion a year. There is no scientific reason to assume significant warming will occur in the future from human carbon dioxide emission.

The EPA and the Obama administration have embarked on a program of eliminating electricity generation from even the most efficient and cleanest modern coal-fired power plants, without carbon capture and storage – a technology untested for general application. All this is based on a perceived threat to human health that cannot be shown to exist. It is past time to stop the madness of wasting great sums of money on EPA’s imaginary threat to human health.” [7]

July 7 - 9, 2014

Ken Haapala was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada. [6]

DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here.

May 21 - 23, 2012

Haapala was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 7th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). His speech as titled “Wind and Solar: The Past or the Future”: [23]

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. [24]

June 2011 

Haapala was listed as a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC6). [25] 

February 12, 2010

Haapala contributed to the “Petition For Reconsideration of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change” (PDF) in February, 2010. The collective reports are the result of a cooperation between the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. [26]

Filers included S. Fred Singer, Co-founder of SEPP, and Sam Kazman, General Counsel of CEI. The report opposed the EPA's endangerment finding for greenhouse gases. According to the summary, “in our view, this Endangerment Finding was unjustifiably based on unscientific reports by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and scientifically indefensible global temperature datasets.” [26]

March 2008

Ken Haapala attended at the Heartland Institute's 2008 International Conference on Climate Change and subsequently signed the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change. [1]

Affiliations 

Publications

Haapala's “The Week That Was” series is regularly republished on the WUWT blog. [28]

He was a contributor to the NIPCC report, “Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate” (PDF). [29]

Resources

  1. Endorsers of the Declaration Present at the Conference in New York City.” ICSC.

  2. Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change,” International Climate Science Coalition.

  3. Ken's EPA Testimony,” Northern Virginia Chapter of SEEE, November 18, 2009.

  4. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: SEPP.

  5. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Ken Haapala.

  6. Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.

  7. Ken Haapala. “Heartland Institute Climate Experts Comment on 18 Straight Years of No Global Warming,” Heartland Institute, October 9, 2014. Archived October 16, 2014.

  8. Michael F. Haverluck. “Is worry over 'global warming' cooling down?” OneNewsNow.com, October 15, 2014. Archived July 26, 2015.

  9. CEI Runs “Abuse of Power” Ad In New York Times,” Competitive Enterprise Institute, May 18, 2016. Archived May 31, 2016.

  10. “Abuse of Power: All Americans have the right to support causes they believe in” (PDF), Competitive Enterprise Institute. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  11. Steve Horn. “Exxon's Lawyer in Climate Science Probe Has History Helping Big Tobacco and NFL Defend Against Health Claims,” DeSmogBlog, May 10, 2016.

  12. DDP 34th Annual Meeting – July 2016,” Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. Archived July 22, 2016. Backup archive url: http://archive.is/oRn3j

  13. George Cahlink. “Trump EPA adviser Myron Ebell meets with Hill aides,” E&E News, December 12, 2016.

  14. Graham Readfearn. “Donald Trump’s Aide at EPA Myron Ebell Meets with Who’s Who of Climate Science Deniers,” DeSmog, December 13, 2016.

  15. Yesterday I spoke at an event for the Competitive Enterprise Institute called Cooler Heads Coalition in Washington. […]” Facebook post by Malcolm Roberts - QLD Senate - One Nation, December 13 at 6:38 pm. Archived image on file at DeSmog.

  16. Global Climate Science Communications Plan (1998),” SourceWatch.

  17. “The Week That Was: 2016-05-14 (May 14, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org)” (PDF), The Science and Environmental Policy Project, May 14, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  18. KENNETH HAAPALA,” The Heartland Institute. Archived February 1, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/GCy3q

  19. Another alarm for scientists: Trump’s pick to guide NOAA transition,” McClatchy DC, January 30, 2017. Archived February 1, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/ZotfU

  20. SEPP Editorial in (in TWTW Dec 5, 2009),” Science and Environmental Policy Project. Archived February 1, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/pzIRM

  21. Marc Morano. “Update: More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims,” Alex Hogan, June 16, 2011. Archived May 11, 2013. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/gkfza

  22. What is SEEE, Really!! Northern Virginia Chapter of SEEE, August 27, 2008. Archived February 1, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/Ngc3n

  23. Ken Haapala, ICCC7,” The Heartland Institute. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  24. Brendan DeMelle. “Heartland Denial-a-Palooza Sponsors Have Received $67 Million From ExxonMobil, Koch and Scaife Foundations,” DeSmog, May 22, 2012.

  25. Speakers,” International Conference on Climate Change. Archived October 8, 2011. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/nMjDq

  26. “In Re: Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act; Final Rule, 74 FR 66,495 (Dec. 15, 2009)” (PDF), United States Environmental Protection Agency, Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0171, February 12, 2010. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  27. PRESS RELEASE: HEARTLAND INSTITUTE EXPERTS COMMENT ON KEYSTONE XL, DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE EXECUTIVE ORDERS,” The Heartland Institute, January 24, 2017. Archived February 1, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/iuwrZ

  28. Anthony  Watts. “Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #252,” Watts Up With That, December 18, 2016. Archived February 1, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/DlKFR

  29. “Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate” (PDF), The Heartland Institute, April, 2008. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.