Who is Richard Somerville?

Source:  SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

Dr Richard Somerville seems to have made a lot of noise in the Congressional hearings. This is one summary of his appearance.

The most effective minority witness, IMO, was Dr. Richard Somerville, whose testimony updates the continual ? and predictable ? refrain that ?climate change is even worse than we previously predicted.? Much of Somerville?s testimony is drawn from a report he co-authored called the Copenhagen Diagnosis.”

Dr Somerville is an active promoter of the climate change agenda and is a member of the Advisory Board at the Aspen Global Change Institute. He is its former chairman and was IPCC AR4 WG1 Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Historical Overview of Climate Change Science. The Aspen Institute is particularly well funded and the Global Change Institute seperately receives “generous funding” from government and several foundations.

Aspen Global Change Institute  Board of Directors

Dr. Martin Hoffert
Chairman of the Board
Professor of Physics
New York University

Mr. John Katzenberger
Aspen Global Change Institute

Dr. Ken Caldeira, Vice President
Department of Global Ecology
Carnegie Institution of Washington

Dr Caldeira took part in the NRDC Acid Oceans film and is an IPCC author. Dr Chris Field, the founding director of the Stanford Global Ecology Centre where Dr Caldeira works, is an AR5 working group II co-chair. The Technical Support Unit for WGII Impacts and adaptation, will be based at Stanford Carnegie Institute.

Advisory Board
Dr. Rick Chappell
Director of Science and Research Communications
Professor of Physics
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Pamela Matson (One of the 18 scientists in the “letter to Congress”)
Professor and Dean
Earth Sciences
Stanford University

Dr. Richard C.J. Somerville (One of the 18 scientists in the “letter to Congress”)
Professor of Meteorology
University of California, San Diego
Chair, Climate Research Division
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dr. Stephen H. Schneider
Department of Biological Sciences
Stanford University
(Although showing 2011 update, they don’t seem to realise Dr Schneider is deceased)

Dr. Don J. Wuebbles
Director, Environmental Council
Prof., Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Illinois

Dr. Vaclav Smil, FRSC
Distinguished Professor
University of Manitoba
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Dr Somerville said recently “It is silly to imagine that thousands of climate scientists worldwide are engaged in a massive conspiracy to fool everybody.” I would agree with him, the number is not as great as that,it is in the hundreds, but they are very well funded and their influence is enormous. Wherever you look the same names appear.