Jeffrey Salmon

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Jeffrey T. Salmon is a former Dick Cheney speechwriter, former Marshall Institute Executive Director, and a global warming skeptic. He is currently (Jan. 2010[1]) Deputy Director for Resource Management in the Department of Energy's Office of Science, where he oversees decisions on its grants and budget[2] - apparently including climate research.[3]

Under the George W. Bush administration, he had risen to Associate Under Secretary for Science at the DOE, then "burrowed in" the summer before Bush left office.[4].



1985[1] Ph.D. in World Politics[1],[5] (or International Relations[6]), Catholic University of America


  • circa 1988, Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University[5] (was there in Nov 1988)[8]
  • 2001-2002, Senior Policy Advisor to (and Director of Speechwriting for) Secretary of the Department of Energy Spencer Abraham[5]
  • 2002-?, Chief of Staff to the Director of the Office of Science at the DoE[1]
  • mid 2008 - present, Deputy Director for Resource Management in the Office of Science at the DoE[4],[1]

Climate actions

As the Marshall Institute's representative on the Global Climate Science Team, Salmon "participated in the development of a now-notorious oil industry-sponsored plan to wage a campaign against the mainstream science community on global warming."[9]

Salmon founded the Environmental Literacy Council in 1997.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Office of Science - Deputy Director for Resource Management (biography). Department of Energy. Retrieved on 2010-01-07. “Dr. Jeffrey Salmon joined the Department of Energy in March 2001, as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary. In 2002, he joined the Office of Science as the Chief of Staff to the Director of the Office of Science. He later moved to the newly created office of the Under Secretary for Science as the Associate Under Secretary. Prior to coming to the Department of Energy, Dr. Salmon worked on Capitol Hill, in the Department of Defense, the National Defense University, and the private sector. Dr. Salmon received his Ph.D. in World Politics at the Catholic University of America in 1985. As Deputy Director for Resource Management, Dr. Salmon will be responsible for managing the following offices within the Office of Science: Program Direction and Analysis; Grants and Contracts; Budget; Business Policy and Operations; Human Capital Resources; and The Office of Scientific and Technical Information. As one of three Deputy Directors of the Office of Science, Dr. Salmon will report to the Director of the Office of Science.”
  2. Juliet Eilperin and Carol D. Leonnig (2008-11-22). Bush Appointees Land Career Science Jobs With Seemingly Unrelated Backgrounds. Retrieved on 2009-12-30. “"It's ludicrous to have people who do not have a scientific background, who are not trained and skilled in the ways of science, make decisions that involve resources, that involve facilities in the scientific infrastructure," said James McCarthy, a Harvard University oceanographer who is president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "You'd just like to think people have more respect for the institution of government than to leave wreckage behind with these appointments."”
  3. Office of Science - Director of the Office of Science. Department of Energy. Retrieved on 2010-01-07. “In FY 2009, the Office of Science received $4.758 billion in appropriations with an additional $1.6 billion from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. With these funds, the Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees – and is the principal federal funding agency of – the Nation’s research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences. In addition, the Office of Science manages fundamental research programs in basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, and computational science. In addition, the Office of Science is the Federal Government’s largest single funder of materials and chemical sciences, and it supports unique and vital parts of U.S. research in climate change, geophysics, genomics, life sciences, and science education.”
  4. 4.0 4.1 Matt Corley (2009-03-31). Hersh: Cheney ‘Left A Stay Behind’ In Obama’s Government, Can ‘Still Control Policy Up To A Point’. Think Progress. Retrieved on 2009-12-30. “Some of the burrowed former political appointees have close ties to Cheney, such as Jeffrey T. Salmon, who was a speechwriter for Cheney when he served as defense secretary. In July [2008], he was named deputy director for resource management in the Energy Department’s Office of Science”
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 WWS Alliance Signing Ceremony - 12 June, COEX Intercontinental Seoul Hotel (Salmon bio). ICSTI WorldWideScience (2008-06). Retrieved on 2010-01-10. “Dr.Jeffrey Salmon is Associate Under Secretary for Science at United States Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to taking this position, he was Chief of Staff in the Department’s Office of Science and before that Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Speechwriting for Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. He came to DOE from the George Marshall Institute, where he served as Executive Director; he was also Senior Fellow and member of the executive committee of the Environmental Literacy Council, a group he founded in 1997. Dr. Salmon worked at the Department of Defense where he was Senior Speechwriter to three Secretaries of Defense and was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at the National Defense University. He received his PhD in world politics from The Catholic University of America.”
  6. Board Of Advisors Biographies. Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest - Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia. Retrieved on 2009-12-30. “...a consultant to the General Advisory Committee of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from The Catholic University of America.”
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dr. Jeffrey Salmon. The Marshall Institute. Retrieved on 2010-01-05. “Dr. Jeffrey Salmon was Executive Director of the George C. Marshall Institute from 1991 to 2001. Previously he was senior speechwriter to Secretaries of Defense Dick Cheney and Caspar Weinberger and Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.”
  8. "US defense strategy undergoing momentous changes", Lewiston Daily Sun (Google News Archive) (1988-11-26). Retrieved on 2010-01-07. "Defense spending flattened after a large increase during President Reagan's ... Jeffrey Salmon of the National Defense University pointed out..." 
  9. 9.0 9.1 What is a climate disinformation activist and former Cheney speechwriter doing as #2 at DOE Science?. Climate Science Watch (2007-07-10). Retrieved on 2009-12-30.

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