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Scientists’ Call for EPA to Immediately Reopen its GHG Endangerment Finding


October 17, 2017

Electricity Consumers Fully Support Scientists’ Letter to EPA Calling for Immediate Reopening of its GHG Endangerment Finding

 Key Points: 

  1. This Letter from over 60 highly credentialed scientists states that: “We the undersigned are individuals who have technical skills and knowledge relevant to climate science and the GHG Endangerment Finding. We each are convinced that the 2009 GHG Endangerment Finding is fundamentally flawed and that an honest, unbiased reconsideration is in order.”
  2. The letter states further that: “If such a reconsideration is granted, each of us will assist in a new Endangerment Finding assessment that is carried out in a fashion that is legally consistent with the relevant statute and case law.  We see this as a very urgent matter – – – – “
  3. The Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council fully endorses the recommendations of these scientists because recent research has definitively validated that: once certain natural factor (i.e., solar, volcanic and oceanic/ENSO activity) impacts on temperature data are accounted for, there is no “natural factor adjusted” warming remaining to be attributed to rising atmospheric COlevels. That is, these natural factor impacts fully explain the trends in all relevant temperature data sets over the last 50 or more years. At this point, there is no statistically valid proof that past increases in atmospheric CO2concentrations have caused what have been officially reported as rising, or even record setting, global average surface temperatures (GAST.)
  4. Moreover, additional allnew, research findings demonstrate that adjustments by government agencies to the GAST record render that record totally inconsistent with published credible temperature data sets and useless for any policy purpose.
  5. These new results conclusively invalidate the claims based on GAST data of “record warming” in recent years, and thereby also invalidate the so-called “lines of evidence” on which EPA claimed to base its 2009 CO2 Endangerment Finding.
  6. If the Endangerment Finding is not vacated, whether the current administration likes it or not, it is certain that electric utility, automotive and many other industries will face ongoing EPA CO2regulation.
  7. This scientifically illiterate regulation will raise U.S. energy prices thereby reducing economic growth and jobs as well as our National Security.
  8. The Electricity Consumers Council therefore, based on this new scientific evidence, must insist that the EPA grant the “very urgent” request of these scientists“that an honest, unbiased reconsideration is in order.”

Finally, we know that many more scientists would have been pleased to sign this letter if they had only known about it. Scientists may ask to have their name added by simply sending their info to [email protected].

Full Letter with signatories at link below:

October 16, 2017

The Honorable Scott Pruitt


Environmental Protection Agency

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator Pruitt:

You have pending before you two science-based petitions for reconsideration of the 2009 Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases, one filed by the Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council, and one filed jointly by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Science and Environmental Policy Project.

We the undersigned are individuals who have technical skills and knowledge relevant to climate science and the GHG Endangerment Finding. We each are convinced that the 2009 GHG Endangerment Finding is fundamentally flawed and that an honest, unbiased reconsideration is in order.

If such a reconsideration is granted, each of us will assist in a new Endangerment Finding assessment that is carried out in a fashion that is legally consistent with the relevant statute and case law.

We see this as a very urgent matter and therefore, request that you send your response to one of the signers who is also associated with a petitioner, SEPP.

Thank you,

Kenneth Haapala, President

Science and Environmental Policy Project

P.O. Box 1126

Springfield, VA 22151

One of the Petitioners


Supporting Petitions – Expertise in Climate Science and Related Fields


Dr. Ralph B. Alexander

Former Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit

Author, “Global Warming False Alarm”

Ph.D., Physics, University of Oxford

B.S., Physics, University of Western Australia

El Dorado Hills, CA


William D. Balgord, Ph.D.

President, Environmental & Resources Technology, Inc.

Ph.D. geochemistry, Pennsylvania State University

M.A., geology, University of Missouri

B.S., chemistry, Millsaps College


Dr. Tim Ball

Ph.D., Historical Climatology

MA, University of Manitoba

BA, University of Winnipeg

Victoria, Canada


James R. Barrante, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry

Southern Connecticut State University

Author: “Global Warming for Dim Wits”


Joe Bastardi

BS Meteorology Penn State University

Chief Long Range Forecaster, Accuweather

Advisor on climate and weather issues for media and industry 

Co-founder and Chief Meteorologist, Weatherbell Analytics LLC


David J. Benard

Co-inventor of the Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser

Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois

Newbury Park, CA


Dr. Edwin X Berry

Climate Physics, LLC

Certified Consulting Meteorologist

PhD, Physics, University of Nevada

MA, Physics, Dartmouth College

BS, Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Bigfork, Montana


John Blethen, Retired

Following climate science closely since the 1970s.

Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University


David Boleneus

Consulting geologist, geophysicist, and wheat grower (current)

U.S. Geological Survey research geologist (retired)

MS Geology, Louisiana State University

Thesis: Calcium carbonate precipitation in tropical oceans

BS Geology, Eastern Washington University

Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs

United States Navy (Retired) 


David J. Bufalo, P.E.

Retired Licensed Professional Engineer, Missouri and Colorado

BS Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Denver, Colorado


Dr. Roger Burtner

Principle, Remote Sensing Exploration

Retired Senior Research Associate, Chevron Oil Field Research Company

Ph.D., Geology, Harvard, M.S., Geology, Stanford University

B.S., Geology, Franklin & Marshall College

Fullerton, CA


Dr. Alan Carlin

Retired Senior Analyst and manager, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.

Author, Environmentalism Gone Mad, Stairway Press, 2015.

Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

BS, Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.


John Coleman

Retired, Former Professional Member of the American Meteorological Society

Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year in 1982, Founder of The Weather Channel

Meteorologist on Television for 61 years including Good Morning America

BS Journalism, University of Illinois

Las Vegas, Nevada


William F. Condon, Ph. D.

Professor Emeritus and Past Chair of Chemistry, Southern Connecticut State University


Joseph S. D’Aleo

Certified Consulting Meteorologist, AMS Fellow

Chair AMS Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting

ABD, Air Resources, New York University

BS, MS Meteorology, University of Wisconsin


Dr. Harold H. Doiron

Retired VP-Engineering Analysis and Test Division, InDyne, Inc.

Ex-NASA JSC, Aerospace Consultant

B.S. Physics, University of Louisiana – Lafayette

M.S., Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston


Terry W. Donze

Geophysicist for 46 years, Author – Climate Realism: Alarmism Exposed, Xulon Press

BS – Geological Engineering, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology


John Droz, jr.


Founder of Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED)

Morehead City, NC


Dr. Don J. Easterbrook

Emeritus Professor of Geology, Western Washington University

Author, editor of 10 books, over 150 journal publications

Ph.D., Geology, University of Washington, Seattle

M.S., Geology, University of Washington, Seattle

B.S., Geology, University of Washington, Seattle


Robert W. Endlich, Lt Col USAF, (Ret)

Advanced Weather Officer, Chi Epsilon Pi, Meteorology Honor Society

M.S., Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University

Basic Meteorology, Texas A&M University

B.A, Geology, Rutgers University

Las Cruces, NM 


Dr. Neil Frank

Former Director, National Hurricane Center

Ph.D. Meteorology, Florida state University

Fulshear, Texas


Dr. Gordon J. Fulks

Gordon Fulks and Associates

PhD Physics, The University of Chicago Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research

MS Physics, The University of Chicago

BS Physics, The University of Chicago

Corbett, Oregon


Melin O. Glerup

BS and MS Geological Engineer and Petroleum Geologist

Retired Texaco, Inc. Executive and Consulting Geologist

Member of two Climate Study Groups (last 12 years) and geologist for 47 years

San Tan Valley, AZ


Steve Goreham

Executive Director, Climate Science Coalition

Author, Outside the Green Box: Rethinking Sustainable Development, New Lenox Books

BS and MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana

MBA, University of Chicago


Laurence I. Gould, PhD

Professor of Physics, University of Hartford

Past Chair (2004) New England Section of the American Physical Society


Dr. William Happer

Professor of Physics Emeritus, Princeton University

Ph.D., Physics, Princeton University, 1964

BS, Physics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1960


Dr. Howard C. Hayden

Prof. Emeritus of Physics, UConn

Ph.D., Physics, University of Denver

M.S., Physics, University of Denver

B.S., Physics, University of Denver

Pueblo West, CO

Admiral Thomas B. Hayward (ret)

Chief of Naval Operations


Joe Hennessey

Consulting Meteorologist, Sacramento, California

Provided meteorological advice, data analyses, wind farm planning and WindPro modelling to National Power which had over 2,000 MW of projects in Australia and Hawaii.

MS Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University

BS Meteorology, University of Utah,

BS Mathematics, Marquette University


Dr. Richard A. Keen (Emeritus)

Instructor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

PhD, Geography/Climatology, University of Colorado


William W. Little, Ph.D.

Professor of Geology at Brigham Young University, Idaho

Owner of W.W. Little Geological Consulting

Ph.D. in geology, University of Colorado, Boulder

M.S. in geology, Brigham Young University

B.S. in geology, Brigham Young University

Rexburg, ID


Dr. David R. Legates

Professor of Geography, University of Delaware, CCM, American Meteorological Society

Ph.D., Climatology, University of Delaware

M.S., Geography, University of Delaware

B.A., Mathematics & Geography, University of Delaware


Jay Lehr

Science Director, The Heartland Institute, Author/editor 30 books on science

Ph.D., University of Arizona Environmental Science

B.S.E. Princeton University

Ostrander Ohio


Richard E. McFarland

Retired recursive computing expert

40 years NASA, ARC SimLab

Graduate studies in Math, Stanford

BA Physics, UC Berkeley

Banning, CA


Dr. Troy Milliken

Chemistry Professor, Holmes Community College

Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

BS, Polymer Science, Penn State University

Jackson, MS


H. Michael “Mike” Mogil

How the Weatherworks

NCIM Past President (2015-2017)
Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cliff Ollier

Emeritus Professor, Geologist

University of Western Australia

B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Sc., Bristol


James M. Peacock

Charter Member of The Right Climate Stuff Research Team

NASA JSC Aerospace Engineer (Apollo Missions)

USAF R&D, Air Force Special Weapons Center

B.S. in M.E. Texas A & M University


Ron W. Pritchett

Professional Geological Scientist (AIPG) #7063

Lone Tree, CO


Tom Quirk

Nuclear physicist, board member of electricity, gas and transport businesses

MSC Melbourne,

D Phil MA Oxford, fellow of three Oxford colleges

SMP Harvard Business School Melbourne

Victoria, Australia


Dr. Arthur G. Randol III

Co-Founder, VA Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment

Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering Sciences, University of Florida

M.S.E., Nuclear Engineering Sciences, University of Florida

B.S., Mechanical Engineering-Nuclear Option, University of Notre Dame


Dr. Chad Rodekohr

Professor of Physics, Presbyterian College

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University

M.S. Physics, Auburn University

B.S Aviation Management, Auburn University

Clinton, South Carolina


Richard L. Sauer, PE, MASCE, Col, Ret, USAR

M.S. in Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame

S/C Environmental Systems Engineer, NASA, Retired, TRCS Member

League City, TX


Dr. Thomas P. Sheahen

Ph.D., Physics, M.I.T.

B.S., Physics, M.I.T.


Dr. Willie Soon

Independent Scientist, 26+ years’ experience in Sun and Climate Science research

Ph.D., University of Southern California, Aerospace Engineering, “Nonequilibrium kinetics in high-temperature gases”


John Turner

B.Sc.; Dip. Ed.; M.Ed. (Hons); Grad. Dip. Ed. Studies


Dr. James P. Wallace III

Jim Wallace & Associates LLC

Ph.D., Economics, Minor in Engineering, Brown University

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brown University

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Brown University


George T. Wolff, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist, Air Improvement Resource, Inc.

Former Chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee

Ph.D., (Environmental Sciences), Rutgers University

M.S., (Meteorology), New York University

B.S., (Chemical Engineering), New Jersey Institute of Technology

Macatawa, MI


Dr. Kenneth C. Young

Faculty member, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona

Ph.D., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

M.S., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

B.S., Chemistry, Arizona State University

Petrolia, CA

Supporting Petitions – Expertise in Energy or Public Health and Welfare, and Related Fields


Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., M.D.

Pulmonologist in private practice

Doctor of Medicine, WVU School of Medicine

Board Certified, Internal Medicine

Board Certified, Pulmonary Diseases

Helvetia, W. Va.


E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Founder and National Spokesman

The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Author of numerous books regarding Climate Policy and the Poor.

Expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate and energy policy, U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, 2006, and Energy & Environment Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, 2009

Ph.D., History, University of St. Andrews, 2003

M.A., Economic Ethics, International College, 1983

B.A., Religion and Philosophy, University of Southern California, 1978


Dr. Roger H. Bezdek

President, MISI, Washington, D.C.

Founding Member, Cavendish Energy LLC, Fort Worth, Texas. Previously served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

Research Director at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Author of four books and over 100 published papers on the economics of climate change and related issues.

Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Donn Dears

Retired, General Electric Company senior executive, expert on energy issues

Author, Clexit, Nothing to Fear, and Carbon Folly

Graduate, GE’s three-year Manufacturing Management Program

Multiple general manager assignments including, GM of Engineering Department providing technical support to worldwide network of GE facilities.

USN Veteran Korean War

BS, with honors, United States Merchant Marine Academy

The Villages, Florida


John Dale Dunn, MD, JD

Lecturer, retired Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center.

Clinical Instructor Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

Policy advisor, American Council on Science and Health of New York City and Heartland Institute of Chicago.

Member, Louisiana and Texas Bar; Medical Officer, Sheriff, Brown County, Texas.


James E. Enstrom

Interests include important effects of ozone and PM 2.5

MPH, Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles

M.S. and Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University 

B.S., Physics, Harvey Mudd College


Thomas D. Hennigan

Associate Professor of Ecology and Organism Biology

M.P.S. Environmental Science and Forest Biology, SUNY, Syracuse, NY

B.S. Natural Resources Management, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK


Paul D. Hoffman

Publicist, Hope Springs Media

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Led the US Delegation to the World Heritage Committee, 2002-06

B.A., Economics/Biology, University of California at San Diego, Revelle College


Dr. Craig D. Idso

Chairman, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

Co-Editor, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)

Ph.D. Geography, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

M.S. Agronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

B.S. Geography, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


Steve Milloy


LLM, Securities Regulation, Georgetown University Law Center

JD, University of Baltimore School of Law

MHS, Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

B.A., Natural Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Franklin E. (Ed) Payne, M.D.

Associate Professor of Family Medicine (retired)

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University

Augusta, GA


Cornelis J. F. Smit,

Founder and CEO (now retired), Environmental Health Services (Aust) Pty. Ltd

Co-founder and Director, The Galileo Movement

B.Sc., University of Melbourne,

Certified Industrial Hygienist (AIHA)

Noosaville, Qld., Australia


H. Leighton Steward

Geologist, environmentalist, author, and retired energy industry executive.

Regional EPA Administrator’s Award for environmental excellence.
Chairman of the Board of The Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at SMU

Past Chairman of the National Wetlands Coalition

Twice Chairman of the Audubon Nature Institute.

Serves on the boards of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, EOG Resources, The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and the Southwest Research Institute.

Dr. S. Stanley Young

Worked in the pharmaceutical industry on all phases of pre-clinical research.

Member of the American Council on Science and Health Board of Scientific Advisors.

Authored or co-authored over 50 papers including six “best paper” awards.

Fellow of the American Statistical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Adjunct professor of statistics at North Carolina State University, the University of Waterloo and the University of British Columbia where he co-directs thesis work.

B.S., MES and a Ph.D., North Carolina State University.