Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.

The Battle of Lexington

 

For the past 20 years, I have attended the Battle of Lexington reenactment which takes place on Patriot’s Day-a holiday in Massachusetts and Maine.  Over the years, I have brought family members, friends, homeschoolers, and since 2009, Camp Constitution campers and staff.   Since the creation  our YouTube channel, we have videotaped the event, and this year was no exception.   Patriot’s Day  falls on a Monday in the week of the actual date of the event, April 19.  The reenactment, true to the actual time of the battle, takes place at 5:30 AM.   I recommend that attending the reenactment be placed  high on your  “bucket list.”  Camp Constitution will always honor the memory of the brave men who answered the alarm.

 

The Weekly Sam: The Benefits of Private and Home Schools

Sam Blumenfeld was a fixture at homeschool conferences.  Here is a lecture Sam gave to a group in the early 1990s on the benefits of private Christian and home schools.

Please visit and sign up for the Blumenfeld Archives  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/ Help us spread Sam’s work for and wide.  Consider a donation to Camp Constitution via our PayPal account accessed from our website’s homepage  https://campconstitution.net 

  Camp Constitution’s Report for the 1st Quarter of 2019

Camp Constitution’s Report for the 1st Quarter of 2019
 
YouTube Channel:  We reached one million views in early March, and average over 1.200 views per day with close to 4,500 subscribers. Debbie Bacigalupi’s class on Agenda 21 from last year’s camp is one of the top performers with  50,000 views.  We are converting many of Sam Blumenfeld’s audios from the archive and uploading them on our channel. 

The Sam Blumenfeld Archive:  475,000 visits.  34,000 Alpha-Phonics downloaded, and 4,500 Alpha-Phonics Instructions Workbook downloaded.  Thanks to the efforts of our webmaster Eric Conover, we wrote a foreword to the “Alpha-Phonics” where we suggested that viewers make donations and provided a link to our PayPal account.

Podomatic:   We are usually in the top 10 for the “conservative right” category which has about 160 shows.  We had 316 downloads of our radio show, and over 1,800 visits

Facebook Page:   We have over 1,800 people who like our page, and reach an average of 400 per week. 

Speaker’s Bureau:   We had nine speaking engagements where we conducted power point presentations on Agenda 21, the plastic bag ban, the U.S. Constitution, and the Dangers of an Article V Convention.  These presentations were conducted in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Virginia.  We booked approximately 12 engagements over the next few months

 Information Tables:    We had information tables at several events including the Homeschoolers of Maine’s Annual Convention where we participated in a workshop. 
 
 Camp Constitution Press:  Thanks to one of our supporters, we reprinted ElementaryCatechism on the U.S. Constitution with a foreword by Ruth Harper.  We recently found an unpublished manuscript by Sam Blumenfeld entitled School-Induced Dyslexia and How It Deforms a Child’s Brain, and plan to put it in print over the next few months.

Camp Constitution Book Sales:    We raised approximately $1,000 from our sale of donated books on Amazon and Facebook, and had numerous books donated to us over the past quarter.  We updated our on-line book store or shop and will be adding to the inventory over the next few months. 

Camp Constitution Media:  We attended and videotaped  the annual Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House hosted by the Massachusetts Family Institute, a presentation on the life of Joseph Warren by historian Christian Di Spina sponsored by the Sons of the Revolution, and a press conference we sponsored with Professor Willie Soon, and Joe D’Aleo, co-founder of the Weather Channel.

Article V Convention:    With Norman Tregenza’s help, we organized a group of people to testify in favor of a New Hampshire resolution to rescind its state’s Article V application.  While the resolution was tabled, we got word that it has a good change of passing it next year.  We distributed literature on the problems of an Article V Convention at the Pennsylvania State House, and gave a presentation on the subject to a well-attended group in Virginia.  We sent out E-mail alerts to our supporters around the country, and on our  Camp Constitution Radio Show  and the radio shows we guest host, we interviewed experts on Article V including Robert Brown and Joe Wolverton.

Camp Constitution in the News:   Thanks to Professor Soon’s influence in the “climate realism” community, a letter to the editor I wrote on Boston’s plastic bag ban, was turned into an article and published on approximately 15 on-line sources including the Heartland Institute, CFACT and Canada Free Press. It also appeared as a front page story in a Boston newspaper.   Our Agenda 21 Cable TV interview in Rutland, Vermont was covered by several media outlets.  Our lawsuit against the City of Boston generated an article on World Net Daily, and the New Boston Post.

 Radio and Cable TV: In addition to our weekly radio show, we guest hosted three radio shows, and appear as regular guests every other week on the Dianna Ploss Show which airs on WSMN-AM 1590 Nashua, NH. We were interviewed on several cable TV and on-line shows.
 
Special Projects:   The documentary Unsustainable is under production and we will have several our instructors participating in the program including Debbie Bacigalupi, Professor Willie Soon, Lord Christopher Monckton, Tom DeWeese, Dave Kopacz and me.  Since we will be at our annual family camp, the documentary’s director, James Jaeger will film the interviews at camp. 

      And, we are busy promoting, planning and scheduling activities and classes for what we hope will be our best family camp in our history. 
 
       How can you help? Here are a few suggestions:
       
       1, Pray that God will continue to bless our efforts.
 
        2, Become a donor.  Donations can be made via our PayPal account accessed  from our website          http://www.campconstitution.net
 
     3, Attend our annual family camp or, if you can’t attend, help sponsor a worthy young person or family.
 
     4, Sponsor a camp speaker and/or host a “What is Camp Constitution Presentation.”

     5, Subscribe, view and share our videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7ME18Q1xiqcrPEn5h5FbA
 
      Thanks to all of you who make our camp program possible.
 
       Hal Shurtleff, Director
      Camp Constitution

The Weekly Sam: Sam Blumenfeld and Dr. Seuss

Sam Blumenfeld was a critic of Dr. Seuss whose real name was Theodor Giesel.  Sam would explain that his children’s books were designed to introduce as few words as possible.  I received a daily trivia E-mail asking which Dr. Seuss book only had 50 words.  Here is the answer:

 I do not like green eggs and ham, or different words—those I can’t stand! When Theodor S. Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote “The Cat in the Hat”, he challenged himself to use a limited amount of words after reading a “Life” magazine article about illiteracy rates. After its success, his publisher, Bennett Cerf, bet the children’s author $50 that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 words. It was this bet that catalyzed the creation of “Green Eggs and Ham”, which has since become Dr. Seuss’ best-selling title. Though Cerf allegedly never paid his dues, Giesel won in the long run with over 200 million copies of the book being sold worldwide.”

Sam explained that by the time a child is three years old, he has a 2,000 word vocabulary that he has learned all on his own.   Books authored  by the likes of Dr. Seuss artificially stunt the growth of children’s vocabulary.

Visit and share the Sam Blumenfeld Archives:    http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Constitution Supports the President’s Commission on Climate Security

Mr. Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute asked Camp Constitution to be one of the many organizations and individuals that endorsed the proposed President’s Commission on Climate Security. We are honored to be a part of this project.

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Washington, DC 20500
Via e-mail
Dear President Trump,

The undersigned organizations and individuals write to express our strong support for
the proposed President’s Commission on Climate Security. It is our understanding that
this commission, which is being planned and would be directed by Dr. William Happer
of the National Security Council staff, is currently being considered by your senior
White House staff and relevant Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. The commission
would consist of a small number of distinguished experts on climate-related science and
national security. It would be charged with conducting an independent, high-level
review of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and other official reports relating to
climate and its implications for national security. Its deliberations would be subject to
the transparency requirements of the Federal Advisory Committees Act.

In our view, an independent review of these reports is long overdue. Serious problems
and shortcomings have been raised repeatedly in the past by highly-qualified scientists
only to be ignored or dismissed by the federal agencies in charge of producing the
reports. Among major issues that have been raised and that we hope the commission
will scrutinize: the models used have assumed climate sensitivities to CO2
concentrations significantly higher than recent research warrants; the models used have
predicted much more warming than has actually occurred; predictions of the negative
impacts of global warming have been made based on implausible high-end emissions
scenarios; the positive impacts of warming have been ignored or minimized; and surface
temperature data sets have been manipulated to show more rapid warming than has
actually occurred. An underlying issue that we hope the commission will also address is
the fact that so many of the scientific claims made in these reports and by many
climate scientists are not falsifiable, that is, they cannot be tested by the scientific
method.
The conclusions and predictions made by these reports are the basis for proposed
energy policies that could cost trillions of dollars in less than a decade and tens of
trillions of dollars over several decades. Given the magnitude of the potential costs
involved, we think that taking the insular processes of official, consensus science on
trust, as has been the case for the past three decades, is negligent and imprudent. In
contrast, major engineering projects are regularly subjected to the most rigorous and
exhaustive adversarial review. We suggest that climate science requires at least the
same level of scrutiny as the engineering employed in building a bridge or a new
airplane.

We note that defenders of the climate consensus have already mounted a public
campaign against the proposed commission. We find this opposition curious. If the
defenders are confident that the science contained in official reports is robust, then they
should welcome a review that would finally put to rest the doubts that have been
raised. On the other hand, their opposition could be taken as evidence that the
scientific basis of the climate consensus is in fact highly suspect and cannot withstand
critical review.

We further note that opponents of the proposed commission have already stooped to
making personal attacks on Dr. Happer. Many signers of this letter know Dr. Happer
personally and all are familiar with his scientific career. We know him to be a man of
high capabilities, high achievements, and the highest integrity.
It has been reported that some officials within your administration have proposed an
internal working group as an alternative to an independent commission subject to
FACA. Insofar as an internal working group would consist of federal career scientists
reviewing their own work, we think this alternative would be worse than doing
nothing.

Although an independent commission of distinguished scientists would have high
credibility, we do not mean to imply that its report should be the end of the
matter. We therefore suggest that the National Academies of Science and Engineering
would be appropriate bodies to conduct an initial review of the commission’s report.
Mr. President, you have made a number of comments in recent years expressing doubts
about the global warming consensus. Many of the signers of this letter have been
similarly skeptical. Without prejudging the results, we think that a review of climate
science produced by an independent, high-level commission would be a fair test for
your views (and ours): either it would provide a sound basis for revising your views or it
would confirm your views and confound your critics.

For these reasons, we urge you to create by Executive Order a President’s Commission
on Climate Security. Thank you for considering our views.
Sincerely,
Myron Ebell, Director, Center for Energy and
Environment
and Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Tim Huelskamp, Ph. D., President and CEO
and Joseph L. Bast, Founder and Senior Fellow
The Heartland Institute
Adam Brandon, President
FreedomWorks
Tim Chapman, Executive Director
Heritage Action for America
Thomas Pyle
President
American Energy Alliance
Thomas Schatz, President
Citizens Against Government Waste
Craig Rucker, President
and Marc Morano, Publisher, CFACT’s Climate Depot
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)
Steve Milloy, Publisher
Junk Science
James L. Martin, Founder and Chairman
and Saulius “Saul” Anuzis, President
60 Plus Association
Dr. Thomas P. Sheahen, Chairman
and Kenneth Haapala, President
Science and Environmental Policy Project
Robert L. Bradley, Jr., CEO
Institute for Energy Research
Craig D. Idso, Ph. D., Chairman
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global
Change
Tom Harris, Executive Director
International Climate Science Coalition
Eunie Smith, President
Eagle Forum
Rick Manning, President
Americans for Limited Government
Craig Richardson, President
Energy and Environment Legal Institute
Phil Kerpen, President
American Commitment
Mario H. Lopez, President
Hispanic Leadership Fund
Al Regnery, Chairman
Conservative Action Project
Bill Walton, Chairman
CNP Action, Inc.
Jennifer Fielder, CEO
American Lands Council
Tom DeWeese, President
American Policy Center
Andrew Langer, President
Institute for Liberty
David T. Stevenson, Policy Director
and Clinton S. Laird, Advisory Council
Caesar Rodney Institute
Rob Roper, President
Ethan Allen Institute
Kory Swanson, President and CEO
John Locke Foundation
Paul Gessing, President
Rio Grande Foundation
Jason Hayes, Director of Environmental Policy
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Kathleen Hartnett White, Senior Fellow and Director,
Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment
Life: Powered, a Project of the Texas Public Policy
Foundation
Daniel Turner, Founder and Executive Director
Power the Future
John Droz, Jr., Founder
Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions
Alex Epstein, Founder
Center for Industrial Progress
Mark Mathis, President
Clear Energy Alliance
Mandy Gunasekara, Founder
Energy 45 Fund
Peter Ferrara, Chief Consultant
and David Wallace, President and Founder
FAIR Energy Foundation
Mark Anderson, Executive Director & Host
and Karla Davenport, Co-Owner & Producer
Affiliations of the individuals listed alphabetically below are given for identification
purposes only. Academic affiliations have been placed in parentheses to make this
doubly clear.
Peter F. Alexander, L. A., Landscape Architect Planner
J. Scott Armstrong, Ph. D., (Professor, University of Pennsylvania)
Charles R. Anderson, Ph. D., President and Principal Scientist, Anderson Materials
Evaluation
Dennis T. Avery, Co-author (with S. Fred Singer) of Unstoppable Global Warming:
Every 1,500 Years
Timothy Ball, Ph. D., Author of Human Caused Global Warming
Joe Bastardi, Chief Meteorologist, Weatherbell.com, Author of The Climate Chronicles
Charles G. Battig, M. S., M. D., Policy Adviser, The Heartland Institute
E. Calvin Beisner, Ph. D., Founder and National Spokesman, Cornwall Alliance for the
Stewardship of Creation
Denis Beller, Ph. D., Lt. Col., USAF (ret.), (Research Professor, Department of
Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Edwin X. Berry, Ph. D. (Physics), Climate Physics, LLC, Montana
Joseph Bevelacqua, Ph. D., CHP, RRPT, President, Bevelacqua Resources
Mark J. Block, CEO, Mother Nature’s Trading Company
Karl Bohnak, Chief Meteorologist, WLUC, Marquette, Mich.
Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, U. S. Navy (ret.)
William Butos, Ph. D., (Ferris Professor, Emeritus, Trinity College)
Mark L. Campbell, (Professor, United States Naval Academy)
Alan Carlin, Ph. D., Senior Analyst (ret.), Environmental Protection Agency,
CarlinEconomics.com
Mark J. Carr, Channel Design Group
Jeffrey A. Casey, Ph. D., President, Rockfield Research, Inc.
Dr. Ian Clark, P. Geo., (Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
University of Ottawa)
Dr. Imelda Connolly, Connolly Scientific Research Group
Dr. Michael Connolly, Connolly Scientific Research Group
Dr. Ronan Connolly, Center for Environmental Research and Earth Sciences (CERES)
Donn Dears, B. S., (Engineering), Senior Executive, General Electric Company (ret.),
Author of Clexit for a Brighter Future
Paul deWitt, M. A., U. S. Navy (ret.)
David Deming, Ph. D. (Geophysics), (Professor of Arts and Sciences, University of
Oklahoma)
James D. Derbonné, Aerospace Engineer for Mercury, Apollo, Space Shuttle, and Space
Station Programs, NASA (ret.)
Harold H. Doiron, Ph. D. (Mechanical Engineering), Chairman, The Right Climate
Stuff Research Team, Engineer, NASA (ret.)
Becky Norton Dunlop, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Former Virginia
Secretary of Natural Resources
George S. Dunlop, Former Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources
and Environment, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil
Works
John Dale Dunn, M. D., J. D., Policy Adviser, The Heartland Institute
Robert W. Endlich, M. S. (Meteorology), Principal, Cruces Atmospheric Sciences
Forum, Lt. Col., USAF (ret.)
Vincent J. Esposito, Sc. D., former Westinghouse Vice President, (Adjunct Professor,
University of Pittsburgh)
Bruce M. Everett, Ph. D.
Peter Felker, Ph. D., Los Angeles, California
Neil L. Frank, Ph. D., former Director, National Hurricane Center
Patrick Frank, Ph. D., (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University)
Gordon J. Fulks, Ph. D. (Physics—University of Chicago)
Terry Gannon, Ph. D., Climateintro.com
Grace Germany, NASA (ret.)
Ivar Giaever, Ph. D., Nobel Prize Winner in Physics 1973
Leo Goldstein, M. Sc., President, Science for Humans and Freedom Institute
Laurence I. Gould, Ph. D., (Professor of Physics, University of Hartford)
Prof. Dr. Hermann Harde, (Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany)
Larry Hart, Hartco Strategies
Howard Hayden, Ph. D., (Professor Emeritus of Physics University of Connecticut)
Thomas Hayward, Admiral, U. S. Navy (ret.)
Dennis Hedke, Consulting Geophysicist, Hedke-Saenger Geoscience, Ltd.
Tom Hennigan, (Associate Professor of Organism Biology and Ecology, Truett
McConnell University)
James H. Hollingsworth, M. A.
Mark L. Hopkins, BSEE, J. D, MLB
William B. Howard, B. S.
Christopher C. Hull, Ph. D., Senior Fellow, Americans for Intelligence Reform
Jon P. Kahler, M. S., Retired Meteorologist
Richard A. Keen, Ph. D., (Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science, University of
Colorado)
Hugh Kendrick, Ph. D., P. E., Former Director, Plans and Analysis, Nuclear Reactor
Research, U. S. Department of Energy
Sheryl Kaufman, Corporate Chief Economist (ret.), Phillips Petroleum Company
Madhav Khandekar, Ph. D., Scientist (ret.), Environment Canada
William L. Kovacs, J. D., Former Senior Vice President for Environment, Technology,
and Regulatory Affairs at a major trade association
Hans U. Kurr, Simultaneous Interpreter (ret.), United Nations
Gary Kyle, (Professor of Physics Emeritus, New Mexico State University)
David R. Legates, Ph. D., (Professor, University of Delaware)
Jay Lehr, Ph. D., Science Director, The Heartland Institute
Jonathan A. Lesser, Ph. D., President, Continental Economics, Inc.
Floy Lilley, J. D., Special Projects, Mises Institute
Anthony R. Lupo, (Professor, Columbia, Missouri)
Robert Lyman, Energy Economist, ENTRANS Policy Research Group
Matthew Malkan, Ph. D., Los Angeles, California
Martin J. Mangino, Ph. D., (Virginia Commonwealth University)
R. Timothy McCrum, J. D., Member of the DC and Supreme Court Bars, Washington,
D. C.
Michael McKenna, Former Trump Transition head for Department of Energy, FERC,
and NRC
Patrick J. Michaels, Ph. D., Past President, American Association of State
Climatologists
Dennis M. Mitchell, CPA (ret.), Qualified Environmental Professional
Deroy Murdock, Contributing Editor, National Review Online
Miles J. Novy, M. D., (Emeritus Professor and Senior Scientist, Oregon Health Sciences
University)
Dennis G. Ortega,
James M. Peacock, Aerospace Engineer (ret.) for Apollo, Sky Lab, and Space Shuttle
Programs, NASA, U. S. Air Force Research and Development
Charles W. Pennington, M. S., MBA, Vice President, NAC International (ret.)
Charles A. Perry, Ph. D., Climatologist
John W. Peterson, Burke, Va.
Brian Pratt, Ph. D., (University of Saskatchewan)
A. G. Randol III, Ph. D., Virginia Scientists and Engineers for Energy and
Environment
Allen Rogers, CEO, ALR Consulting
Bernard Rosenbaum, Senior Engineer (ret.), Propulsion and Power Division, NASA
Johnson Space Center
James H. Rust, Policy Adviser, The Heartland Institute, (Professor of Nuclear
Engineering (ret.), Georgia Tech)
Gary D. Sharp, Ph. D., Scientific Director, Center for Climate and Ocean Resources
Study
Hal Shurtleff, Director, Camp Constitution
Willie Soon, Ph. D., Solar and Atmospheric Physicist
Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. (Meteorology), (University of Alabama Huntsville)
Charles N. Steele, Ph. D., (Herman and Suzanne Dettwiler Chair in Economics,
Hillsdale College)
J. Eldon Steelman, Ph. D. (Electrical Engineering)
Ted Stout, D. C.
Szymon Suckewer, Ph. D., D. Sc. (Habilitation), (Professor Emeritus, Princeton
University)
Michael C. Sununu, S. B. (MIT)
Daniel Sutter, (Professor of Economics, Troy University)
Brendon Swedlow, Ph. D, J. D., (Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University)
Thomas Tanton, Energy and Environment Legal Institute
Mitchell Taylor, Ph. D., (Adjunct Professor, Lakehead University), Former Member of
the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialists Group
Nancy J. Thorner, Lake Bluff, Ill.
David H. Tofsted, Ph. D. (Electrical Engineering), former Senior Research Physicist,
U. S. Army Research Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range
Cecil Joe Tomlinson, Senior Principal Engineer (ret.), Boeing Company
Brian Gregory Valentine, D. Eng., U. S. Department of Energy, (University of
Maryland)
Donald R. van der Vaart, Ph. D. (Trinity College, Cambridge), P. E., J. D., Former
Secretary, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
Phil Volker, President, ERF/WMG Companies, Inc.
Lance Wallace, Ph. D. (Astrophysics), EPA Office of Research and Development (ret.)
Anthony Watts, Meteorologist and Publisher, Watts Up With That?
Steven Weismantel, Connecticut Climate Realists
Chuck F. Wiese, Meteorologist, Weatherwise, Inc.
Adam Wildavsky, S. B. (MIT), Senior Software Engineer (ret.), Google
David Wojick, Ph. D.
George T. Wolff, Ph. D., Principal Scientist, Air Improvement Resources, Inc.
Thomas H. Wysmuller, Meteorologist, NASA (ret.), Founding Member of the Right
Climate Stuff Team
Benjamin Zycher, Ph. D., Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Maine’s Governor Janet Mills Refuses to Sign Homeschool Week Proclamation Which Has Been Done By Every Governor Since 1988

Maine’s Governor Janet Mills has refused to sign a proclamation to acknowledge the first week of May as Homeschool Education Week even though every governor has signed the proclamation since 1988.  Her reason:  It isn’t justified since there aren’t a sufficient amount of homeschoolers.  It is estimated that there are over 6,000 homeschooled students in Maine, 12,000 parents. and several thousand others who volunteer their time with homeschool support groups.   The Governor’s claim that a proclamation isn’t warranted due to the few numbers of homeschoolers is at best disingenuous.  Her very first proclamation was given to Mr. George Smith:    http://www.georgesmithmaine.com/articles/georges-outdoor-news/february/2019/governor-mills-honors-me-proclamation

Camp Constitution interviewed Mr. Isiah Larey of Homeschoolers of Maine at their well-attended annual convention in Rockport on Saturday explaining  the petition his group created  urging the Governor to reconsider

 

 

The petition reads:

Readers are encouraged to sign the petition and share it with other.

 

 

Call to Action: Sign Myron Ebell’s Letter to President Trump Urging the Creation of a President’s Commision on Climate Security

Dear Cooler Heads and Allies,

You are invited to sign the joint letter pasted below to President Trump urging him to appoint a President’s Commission on Climate Security.  The details are explained in the letter.  The deadline for signing is Thursday, 14th March by 12 noon EDT.

You may sign as an organization or as an individual.  Organizations and the person signing on their behalf will be listed first and organization logos will appear on the left margin of the letter.  Individuals will be listed after all organizations.

Please follow the instructions carefully.  Just replying to me with “I’m on” will not do it.

Please send the information requested by hitting Reply All to this e-mail or, which is the same thing, by addressing Myron.Ebell@cei.org andRichard.Morrison@cei.org.  You will receive confirmation by return e-mail within a day that your e-mail has been received and that you are listed on the letter.

The letter will be sent to President Trump at the White House, to several key staffers in the White House, and to the signers at the same time.  It will then be released to the media and the public.  All signers are invited to post the final joint letter on their web sites, send it around, and publicize it.

The deadline for signing is 12 Noon EDT on Thursday, 14th March.

Thanks, Myron.

 For Organizations:

____Yes, please sign my organization to the joint letter to President Trump in support of creating a President’s Commission on Climate Security.

 Name of Organization:

 Name of person:

 Title:

 E-mail address:

 For Individuals

___­­_Yes, please sign me on to the joint letter.

____I understand that any affiliation listed will appear in parentheses.  For example: Isaac Newton (Trinity College, Cambridge).  There will be a note that affiliations are for identification purposes only.  But if you don’t want to list an affiliation, then you may want to put something else like: Truth or Consequences, New Mexico;

Name:

Title or degree optional:

(For example: Professor, Ph. D., State Senator, former Member of Congress, etc.)

Affiliation or other ID:    

 

 E-mail address:

 Deadline: 12 Noon EDT, 14th March 2019.

 Send to: Myron.Ebell@cei.org and to Richard.Morrison@cei.org.

DRAFT

 Dear President Trump,

The undersigned organizations and individuals write to express our strong support for the proposed President’s Commission on Climate Security.  It is our understanding that this commission, which is being planned and would be directed by Dr. William Happer of the National Security Council staff, is currently being considered by your senior White House staff and relevant Cabinet secretaries and agency heads.  The commission, consisting of a dozen or so leading atmospheric scientists, would be charged with conducting an independent, high-level review of the fourth National Climate Assessment, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, and several other official reports on climate science and would be subject to the transparency requirements of the Federal Advisory Committees Act.

In our view, an independent review of these reports is long overdue.  Serious problems and shortcomings have been raised repeatedly in the past by highly-qualified scientists only to be ignored or dismissed by the federal agencies in charge of producing the reports.  Among major issues that have been raised and that we hope the commission will scrutinize: the models used have assumed climate sensitivities to CO2 concentrations significantly higher than recent research warrants; the models used have predicted much more warming than has actually occurred; predictions of the negative impacts of global warming have been made based on implausible high-end emissions scenarios; the positive impacts of warming have been ignored or minimized; and surface temperature data sets have been manipulated to show more rapid warming than has actually occurred.  An underlying issue that we hope the commission will also address is the fact that so many of the scientific claims made in these reports and by many climate scientists are not falsifiable, that is, they cannot be tested by the scientific method.

The conclusions and predictions made by these reports are the basis for proposed energy policies that could cost trillions of dollars in less than a decade and tens of trillions of dollars over several decades.  Given the magnitude of the potential costs involved, we think that taking the insular processes of official, consensus science on trust, as has been the case for the past three decades, is negligent and imprudent.  In contrast, major engineering projects are regularly subjected to the most rigorous and exhaustive adversarial review.  We suggest that climate science requires at least the same level of scrutiny as the engineering employed in building a bridge or a new airplane.

We note that defenders of the climate consensus have already mounted a public campaign against the proposed commission.  We find this opposition curious.  If the defenders are confident that the science contained in official reports is robust, then they should welcome a review that would finally put to rest the doubts that have been raised.  On the other hand, their opposition could be taken as evidence that the scientific basis of the climate consensus is in fact highly suspect and cannot withstand critical review.

We further note that opponents of the proposed commission have already stooped to making personal attacks on Dr. Happer.  Many signers of this letter know Dr. Happer personally and are familiar with his scientific career.  We know him to be a man of high capabilities, high achievements, and the highest integrity.

It has been reported that some officials within your administration have proposed an internal working group as an alternative to an independent commission subject to FACA.  Insofar as an internal working group would consist of federal career scientists reviewing their own work, we think this alternative would be worse than doing nothing.

Although an independent commission of distinguished scientists would have high credibility, we do not mean to imply that its report should be the end of the matter.  We therefore suggest that the National Academies of Science and Engineering would be appropriate bodies to conduct an initial review of the commission’s report.

Mr. President, you have made a number of comments in recent years expressing doubts about the global warming consensus.  Many of the signers of this letter have been similarly skeptical.  Without prejudging the results, we think that a review of climate science produced by an independent, high-level commission would be a fair test for your views (and ours): either it would provide a sound basis for revising your views or it would confirm your views and confound your critics.

For these reasons, we urge you to create by Executive Order a President’s Commission on Climate Security.  Thank you for considering our views.

Sincerely,

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment

Competitive Enterprise Institute

1310 L Street, N. W., Seventh Floor

Washington, DC 20005, USA

Tel direct: (202) 331-2256

Tel mobile: (202) 320-6685

E-mail: Myron.Ebell@cei.org

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Camp Constitution’s YouTube Channel Reaches Over One Million Views

 

Camp Constitution’s YouTube Channel  recently reached over one million views.  We started the channel in July of 2010, and despite the excellent content, we received a modest amount of views over the years.  But that changed in the summer of 2016 when we were able to dedicate more time promoting  the channel.   Within a short time, we were averaging well over 1,000 views a day.

Our most viewed videos are Professor Willie Soon’s first class at the 2017 camp, close to 150,000, several by Mrs. KrisAnne Hall, and the class conducted by Debbie Bacigalupi at last year’s camp which has received close to 50,000 views.  Our content includes classes, and activities at our annual camps, presentations of our speakers at various events, Camp Constitution Radio shows, on the spot interviews, and events which we attend.  We have created playlists of our instructors, our annual camps, and topics such as Agenda 21, and the U.S. Constitution.

My thanks to all of you who have helped us reach this milestone.   Please continue to introduce our channel to your friends, neighbors, fellow Liberty activists.  One of the most effective ways to introduce out channel to new potential viewers is to copy and paste links to our various videos in the comments sections of on-line articles.

Here is a link to our channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/CampConstitution If you haven’t already, please subscribe, view, share, and promote our channel.

 

Hal Shurtleff, Director

Camp Constitution