Kenneth Haapala is president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), compiler of “The Week That Was” newsletter, and a contributor to the reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). He is an energy and economics modeler and past president of the oldest science society of Washington.
Trained as a quantitative economist, Haapala has created and analyzed a diverse array of numerical models. For example, in 1977 he reported how government energy models used to predict the world would run out of oil and the U.S. out of natural gas by the end of the 20th century were inappropriate for the task, and why. That was his last federal government contract.
As an investment economist advising clients on diverse, long-term investments, he became aware of how government environmental policies, with poor scientific justification, are being used to manage important industries and control local land use. He has written a number of papers on environmental and energy issues.