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- M.D., Tulane University.
- M.S., Electrical Engineering, Tulane University.
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, Tulane University.
Charles Battig is a retired physician with a postgraduate degree in electrical engineering. In 2009 he was appointed president of the Piedmont Chapter of Virginia Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment (VA-SEEE) by S. Fred Singer.
VA-SEEE, described as a “grassroots organization,” was founded by climate change skeptic Fred Singer who is also president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP). The VA SEEE appears closely related to SEPP and is also connected to the “Climate Chance Reconsidered” report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). 
According to his bio at the Jefferson Area Tea Party, Battig “has pursued an active interest in climate issues prompted by the discovery of a rich history of climatologists here: Professor S. Fred Singer, Patrick Michaels, Dennis Avery, and M. Mann, and the lack of local coverage of the topic other than the Al Gore catastrophe promotion.” 
According to Battig's website, “As there was no active local voice countering the 'Al Gore' version of climatology, I decided to become the local a 'climate reality' activist.” He has regularly attended the Heartland Institute's International Conferences on Climate Change. 
Stance on Climate Change
“[Professor Michael Mann's] unsubstantiated claims of manmade climate changes being 'near-certain linked to human activity' neglects solar, cosmic particle, water vapor, natural rhythms of ocean and atmospheric circulations amongst many incompletely understood climate factors.” 
“Documents show a small cabal of climate scientists actively suppressed dissenting views, denied opposing views publication in journals they control and fostered manipulation of temperature data to conform to global warming dogma.”
“It is proclaimed that failure to impose a new, worldwide energy rationing system and wealth redistribution scheme will provoke a global climate meltdown. A global government is promoted to administer the redistribution of wealth and energy. Government, industry, research institutions and the financial community are giddy with the prospects of a trillion-dollar-a-year funding source. Our own government is pushing 'cap and trade' as necessary because 'the science is settled.'
“There may be ample reason now to believe there is 'something rotten in the state of Denmark.'
“The scientific community and the public deserve a full and open investigation of the data behind the conclusions made to support the global-warming theory.” 
“Mankind and nature can both benefit by the intelligent development of natural resources needed by a growing global population. Cordoning off resources at one location leads to greater potential environmental damage at another.” 
May 21 - 23, 2012
DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland's ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.
At the end of the conference Joseph Bast revealed that the Heartland Institute has no plans for future ICCCs.
January 23, 2012
Spoke at a SEPP/VA-SEEE forum with fellow climate change skeptics Fred Singer and Kenneth Haapala. The topics included the “status of global warming science and the divergence between models and observations.” 
October 22, 2011
Battig was a guest speaker at a joint meeting of SEPP and VA-SEEE at Virginia Commonwealth University that introduced the 2011 report of the “Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change” called “Climate Change Reconsidered.” 
The report was funded by the Heartland Institute, and unlike the official IPCC report, scientists contributing to the NIPCC are paid for their efforts. The report is a joint project of the Heartland Institute, the Centre for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (CSCDGC), and the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP). 
The Albemarle County voted to end the county’s membership in the Cool Counties initiative, a nationwide non-binding agreement that suggests steps to reduce energy use and carbon emissions and sets a goal of 80 percent carbon dioxide emission reductions by 2050.
This was after opposition by Charles Battig among others who opposed the initiative. , 
VA-SEEE — President, Piedmont Chapter.
Battig has published numerous letters and articles in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, American Thinker, and local press.
He has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate change.
“Dr. Charles Battig,” Jefferson Area Tea Party. Accessed May, 2012.
Info- Scientists and Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment-Virginia (Facebook). Accessed May, 2012.
“About,” Climate Reality. Accessed May, 2012.
Charles Battig's (unpublished) letter to the Washington Post, October 10, 2010 (.doc). Retrieved from Climate Reality.
“Investigate data behind global-warming theory,” (Letter to the Editor), Daily Progress, December 6, 2009. Archived December 10, 2009.
“Nature is Not a Fragile Basket Case” (Letter to the Editor), The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2012. (PDF) retrieved from Climate Reality.
“The Week That Was: 2012-1-07 (January 7, 2012),” (PDF), The Science and Environmental Policy Project.
“Heartland Events: Climate Change Reconsidered: A joint meeting update of SEPP and VA-SEEE at VCU,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed May, 2012.
“DenialGate Highlights Heartland's Selective NIPCC Science,” SkepticalScience, February 18, 2012.
“2011 Was an Incredible Year as Agenda 21 Becomes a Major Issue,” American Policy Center.
Aaron Richardson. “Albemarle votes to end Cool Counties membership,” The Daily Progress, September 7, 2011.
Don Mikulecky. “Updated:Climate Change and Global Warming do not affect Virginia,” Daily KOS, February 9, 2012.