Vested Interests? Surely Not!
By Paul Homewood
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. The USGCRP began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-606), which called for "a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change."
Led by a team of Principals from each of the USGCRP’s 13 participating agencies, the USGCRP engages in a variety of activities aimed to strengthen and strategically direct climate change research in the United States, and improve the flow of that information to policy-makers, federal, state, and local decision-makers, and the public.
Under the auspices of the program, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee or NCADAC, was set up, and they have just issued a Draft Climate Assessment Report. We saw yesterday how their alarmist claims about floods had been totally contradicted by the experts at the USGS a few months ago, a fact that hardly bodes well for their accuracy or objectivity.
Since then I have had a look at some of the sixty members of the council, as shown on their website.
- David Gustafson, Monsanto – He now serves on various Monsanto teams looking at the new imperatives and constraints placed on agriculture by man-made global warming, hypoxia, and other environmental challenges.
- Sharon Hayes, Computer Sciences Corporation – Dr. Hayes leads a team focused on developing and executing strategies aimed at making CSC a leader in the emerging climate change, energy and sustainability market.
- Susanne Moser, Moser Consulting – Susanne Moser is Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research Consulting in Santa Cruz, California. Her work focuses on adaptation to climate change, resilience, decision support, and effective climate change communication in support of social change.
- Lindene Patton, Zurich Financial Services- She is responsible for product development and risk management related to climate change.
- Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists – Say no more!
- Daniel Abbasi, GameChange Capital LLC – Daniel R. Abbasi is Managing Director of GameChange Capital LLC, a private equity investment firm to provide startup and growth capital to companies offering scalable and profitable solutions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
- TM Bull Bennett, Kiksapa Consulting – He began Kiksapa Consulting, LLC in 2009 and continues to work with Tribes and Tribal Colleges providing science education, research opportunities and investigating climate impacts on habitats and marginal populations.
- Maria Blair, American Cancer Society.
- Jan Dell, CH2MHill – Ms. Dell is a Vice President in the Energy and Water Division of CH2M HILL. CH2M HILL is a global program management, engineering, design and construction company.
- Mary Gade, Gade Environmental Group – Mary Gade is currently the President of Gade Environmental Group, LLC, an international consulting firm that provides strategic advice on energy, climate and environmental issues.
- Arthur Lee, Chevron Corporation – Arthur Lee is a Chevron Fellow and Principal Advisor of Environment and Climate Change at Chevron Services Company. He advises management on the business aspects of global climate change and technology deployment issues.
- Michael McGeehin, RTI International – Michael McGeehin is a senior environmental health epidemiologist at the Research Triangle Institute with a PhD in environmental health sciences. His work focuses on investigating the associations between global climate change and human health outcomes, population vulnerability assessments, health impact assessments, and qualitative and quantitative integrated climate change and human health assessments.
- Henry Schwartz, HGS Consultants – Dr. Schwartz is an internationally recognized leader in environmental and civil engineering. Now an independent consultant.
- Joel Smith, Stratus Consulting – Joel B. Smith, a Principal with Stratus Consulting, has been analyzing climate change impacts and adaptation issues for over 20 years.
I am sure they are all extremely worthy souls, and will bring a lot of useful knowledge to the issues at hand.
But I wonder how many of them, or their companies, stand to make a bob or two.