SPPI Personnel 2016

President: Robert Ferguson has 26 years of Capitol Hill experience, having worked in both the House and Senate. He served in the House Republican Study Committee, the Senate Republican Policy Committee; as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jack Fields (R-TX) from 1981-1997, Chief of Staff to Congressman John E. Peterson (R-PA) from 1997-2002 and Chief of Staff to Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ) in 2002. He has considerable policy experience in climate change science, mercury science, energy and mining, forests and resources, clean air and the environment. His undergraduate and advanced degrees were taken at Brigham Young University and George Washington University, respectively. Ferguson served active duty in the US Army from 1966-1970. He was recently elected as a State Delegate in Utah in 2015.

Chief Policy Adviser: Lord Monckton, UK: — Christopher, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, was Special Advisor to Margaret Thatcher as UK Prime Minister from 1982 to 1986. On leaving 10 Downing Street, he established a successful specialist consultancy company, giving technical advice to corporations and governments. Lord Monckton’s knowledge of the science and politics behind “global warming” is noted for its breadth and depth. He has given speeches, lectures, and university seminars in the US and all over the world, is widely consulted by governments, corporations, and professors, and has authored numerous papers on the climate issue for the layman, as well as for the scientific journals. Many of his papers are published at His lecture to undergraduates at the Cambridge Union Society on climate change has been released by SPPI as Apocalypse? NO! Currently Lord Monckton has written another major paper, Climate Trends Reconsidered, which demonstrates the startling and ever-growing gap between official predictions of disaster and real-world observations and measurements, all of which – unlike the predictions – are comfortably within the natural variability of the climate.

Science Adviser: William Kininmonth – B.Sc (UWA), M.Sc (Colo State U), M.Admin (Monash U). William Kininmonth is a consulting climatologist who: worked with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for 38 years in weather forecaster, research and applied studies. For 12 years until 1998 he was head of its National Climate Centre; Project Manager of an Australian Government project of assistance to the Meteorology and Environmental Protection Administration of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah (1982-85); Australian delegate to the World Meteorological Organization’s Commission for Climatology (1982-1998) and served two periods on its Advisory Working Group (1985-89 and 1993-97). He participated in Expert Working Groups of the Commission and carried out regional training activities in relation to climate data management and climate monitoring; Between 1998 and 2002, consulted to the World Meteorological Organization, including coordinating an international review of the 1997-98 El Niño event and preparation of a WMO publication, Climate into the 21st Century (Cambridge); was a member of Australia’s delegations to the preparatory meetings for the Ministerial Declaration of the Second World Climate Conference (1990) and to the United Nations Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Framework Convention on Climate Change (1991-92). William Kininmonth is author of the book, Climate Change: A Natural Hazard (Multi-Science Publishing Co, UK – 2004)

Science Adviser: Craig Idso, Ph. D., – Now serving as Chairman of the Board of Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, CRAIG D. IDSO is the Center’s founder and former President. Dr. Idso received his B.S. in Geography from Arizona State University, his M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and his Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University. Dr. Idso’s current research focus is on carbon sequestration, but he remains actively involved in several other aspects of global and environmental change, including climatology and meteorology, along with their impacts on agriculture. Dr. Idso has published scientific articles on issues related to data quality, the growing season, the seasonal cycle of atmospheric CO2, world food supplies, coral reefs, and urban CO2 concentrations, the latter of which he investigated via a National Science Foundation grant as a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University. In addition, he has lectured in Meteorology at Arizona State University, and in Physical Geography at Mesa and Chandler-Gilbert Community Colleges. Dr. Idso is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences, Association of American Geographers, Ecological Society of America, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Meteorology Adviser: Joe D’Aleo, CCM, AMS Fellow – Joseph D’Aleo has over 35 years’ experience in professional meteorology. He was the first Director of Meteorology and co-founder of the cable TV Weather Channel. Mr. D’Aleo was Chief Meteorologist at Weather Services International Corporation and Senior Editor for WSI’s popular web site. He is a former college professor of Meteorology at Lyndon State College. He is the author of a Resource Guide on El Nino and La Nina. Mr. D’Aleo has frequently written about and made presentations on how research into ENSO and other atmospheric and oceanic phenomena has made skillful seasonal forecasts possible as well as the roles cycles in the sun and oceans have played in climate change. He is currently Executive Director of the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project.

Doctor David Legates: Professor Legates is a climatologist who specializes in hydroclimatology (water), statistical methods, climate change, and environmental education. His research focuses on precipitation – its measurement, analysis, and assessment of extreme events – as well as statistical evaluation of climatological methodologies. He has earned the Certified Consulting Meteorologist status from the American Meteorological Society and in 1999, he was awarded the Boeing Autometric Award for best paper in image analysis and interpretation. Professor Legates has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and monograph series and has made more than 200 professional presentations. Currently, Professor Legates is the Director of the Delaware Environmental Observing System at the University of Delaware and serves as the Delaware State Climatologist. He also is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and an Adjunct Professor in the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Program and the Department of Statistics. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and Geography (double major – cum laude) at the University of Delaware in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of Delaware in 1988. He spent 9½ years as a professor at the University of Oklahoma and 1½ years as a professor at Louisiana State University before returning to the University of Delaware in 1999.