Ken Haapala

Ken Haapala


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


Ken Haapala is the Executive Vice President of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP). Haapala has contributed to the the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) reports.

Haapala regularly contributes to “The Week That Was,” a weekly SEPP update on climate news, with a “News You Can Use” section that highlights articles and papers written by climate skeptics. 

Stance on Climate Change 

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 

“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]

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]

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

Key Deeds 

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).” [7] Haapala writes:

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).

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.

June 2011 

Speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change. 

March 2008

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



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.      

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

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


  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?”, 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: