Last updated on: 2/11/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

S. Fred Singer, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Despite all the tax breaks and special treatment, the Energy Information Administration, in its Annual Energy Outlook 2003, projects wind will supply 27/100 of 1 percent of U.S. energy consumption in 2025. Fossil energy sources would supply 87.27 percent of U.S. energy consumption that year–more than 320 times the contribution of wind energy. Legislators should weigh these costs and benefits and realize that investing in wind farms is truly a losing proposition.”

“Calculating the Full Cost of Wind Energy,” www.heartland.org, June 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
  • President and Founder, Science and Environmental Policy Project, 1989-present
  • Research Fellow, The Independent Institute
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Climate Change Expert, The Heartland Institute
  • Advisory Editor, Regulation
  • Founding Member, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
  • Distinguished Research Professor, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University, 1994-2000
  • Chief Scientist, US Department of Transportation, 1987-1989
  • Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, US Environmental Protection Agency, 1970-1971
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water Quality and Research, US Department of the Interior, 1967-1970
  • Founding Dean, School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences, University of Miami, 1964-1967
  • Director, National Weather Satellite Service, 1962-1964
  • Director, Center for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of
    Maryland, 1953-1962
Education:
  • PhD, Physics, Princeton University
  • AM, Physics, Princeton University
  • BEE, Electrical Engineering, Ohio State University
Other:
  • The Science and Environmental Policy Project, founded by S. Fred Singer, received $20,000 from Exxon between 1998 and 2000.
  • Recipient, Special Commendation from the White House for achievements in artificial Earth satellites
  • Recipient, US Department of Commerce Golad Medal Award
Quoted in:
  1. Are Humans Substantially Responsible for Global Climate Change Today?