Samuele Furfari

Samuele Furfari

 Credentials

  • PhD, Applied science in Chemical Engineering, Free University of Brussels (1982). [1]

 Background

Samuele Furfari teaches Geopolitics of Energy at the Free University of Brussels where he obtained his PhD in coal gasification (his thesis was on the “transformation of coal into hydrocarbons”). He is a senior official in the European Commission on energy issues and sustainable development and has worked with the Directorate General for Energy and Transport. [2], [3]

He has published several books (in French) in which he is skeptical of man-made climate change. His books include “101 quesitons sur l'énergie,”  “Politique et géopolitique de l'énergie” (Technip, 2012), “L'écologie au pays des Merveilles” (Bourin Editeur, 2012).  

Furfari is also the president of the Association of Evangelical Protestant Churches of Belgium. [4]

Stance on Climate Change

“… there really is no imminent danger [in climate change]. Recall that we announced an increase in the temperature of 4°C in a century or 0.04°C per year, no thermometer has measured this.” [5]

Key Quotes

“Putting our hope in environmentalism is the latest innovation of the Devil to keep man from the love and grace of God. Should C.S. Lewis have written The Screwtape Letters today he would probably add 'environmentalism' to the list of Satan's tricks. Planting trees is not part of the Gospel, even if man has always and rightly planted trees.” [6]

Key Deeds

September, 2012

Samuele Furfari is registered to speak at a “Gas Power to Europe” conference which will “address the key role of Gas to Power in meeting the challenges of the UK and Europe's energy requirements.” [7]

Hosted by the Gas to Power journal, the conference will sets out to “investigate the challenges associated with developing and financing gas to power generation infrastructure and investments” and is aimed at technical specialists and buyers within electricity utilities and power companies, as well as banking, legal, infrastructure development, corporate and project finance experts.

March 17, 2012

Led a seminar titled “Ecology and Ethics: A Different View” at the Institute of Leadership & Ethics.

According to the event description, “Ecology will be given its due place by analyzing facts, not fears - in the clear light of the Bible instead of hidden agendas. Behind sometimes a pseudo-scientific position on ecology, the worship of nature has returned to a world where God has been put aside. On the pretext of “saving our planet,” the development of poorer countries is jeopardised.” [4]

March 1, 2012

Held a conference on the “surprise emergence of unconventional gas.” In a later discussion with the European Energy Forum, Furfari describes how hydraulic fracturing and the use of new naturural gas reserves will supposedly put off hitting “peak gas.”

According to Furfari, “Natural gas, which is in overabundant supply, is now becoming a serious alternative fuel.” [8]

February 29, 2012

Published Politique et géopolitique de l'énergie, a book that argues demand for oil and gas will eventually stabilize, and that there isn't a pressing need to search for alternative energy sources.

Furfari also believes in the use of unconventional gas reserves which requires fracking. According to Furfari, “Not using these reserves is inconceivable.” [9]

April 3, 2009

Furfari presented at the Climate and Energy presentation and debate at Sint Genesius Rode. Note that one of the authors of the presentation summary (PDF) was fellow skeptic Anne Debeil.

The objective of the conference was to “re-open the debate on climate and energy matters especially in the scientific world.”

The conference included presentations by well-known climate change skeptics including Fred Goldberg who concluded that “there are several natural phenomena that can explain the warming we saw between 1979 and 1998.”

Furfari spoke on “Geopolitical Energy Policy and Energy Supply Security.” According to Debeil's summary, “We will be dependent on oil for transportation for many years in the future. That is not a problem as oil reserves will be discovered or exploited in function of demand.” Coal, according to Furfari's presentation, is also an option because modern coal plants are supposedly “a cheap and good environmental solution.” [10]

 Affiliations

Furfari has associated with a number of Belgian climate change skeptics (now under investigation by DeSmogBlog) including:

  • Henri Masson
  • S. Fred Singer
  • Anne Debeil — A BP employee connected to SEPP and the Heartland Institute.
  • Göran Johnson
  • Michael Limburg — Vice President of the European EIKE skeptic organization.
  • Alain Préat
  • Corentin de Salle
  • David Clarinval — Local Beligan politician.
      

 Publications

According to a search of Google Scholar, Furfari has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate.

A full list of Furfari's publications is available at his website at the Free University of Brussels.

Notable Books:

  • Politique et géopolitique de l'énergie. Technip (2012).
  • O Mundo e a Energia Desafios geopoliticos. Eixo Atlantico (2010).
  • Dieu, L'Homme et la nature. Bourin Editeur (2010).
  • Prospective for Clean Use of Coal in the European Community. Gordan and Breach Science Publishers (1999).

 Resources

  1. CV of Prof. Samuele Furfari. Retrieved from ULB website, September 7, 2012.

  2. Sergio Ferreira. “Geopolitics of Energy with Samuele Furfari,” Leonardo Energy, June 20, 2007.

  3. Les membres du Département: Samuel FURFARI,” Universite Libre De Bruxelles. Accessed September 7, 2012.

  4. ILE Breakfast Seminar March 17: 'Ecology and Ethics',” Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, February 7, 2012.

  5. 101 questions sur l'énergie, Page 80. Translated with Google Translate.

  6. Samuele Furfari. “A Response to Scott Sabin's 'Whole Earth Evangelism':  THE GLOBAL CONVERSATION - CHRISTIANITY TODAY - LAUSANNE MOVEMENT Ecology, the New Opium of the People,” Dieu, l'Homme et la nature, July 8, 2010.

  7. Gas to Power Europe,” Gas to Power Journal. Accessed September 8, 2012.

  8. Samuele Furfari talks about the surprise emergence of unconventional gas,” European Energy Forum, March 4, 2012.

  9. Marie-Martine Buckens . “Samuele Furfari: 'Use of fossil fuel inevitable in medium term',” Europolitics, August 31, 2012.

  10. “Climate and Energy presentation and debate, 3rd of april 2009, Sint Genesius Rode” (PDF), Summary by Lars Myrén and Anne Debeil.

  11. Reflet, June 2007 issue (PDF).

  12. Furfari, l’anti-vert,” Eglises & écologies (E&E), August 7, 2010.

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