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Shepherd to host global warming debate February 7

ISSUED: 29 January 2008
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd to host global warming debate Feb. 7)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University will host Global Warming: Man vs. Nature on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. The debate intends to focus on the two opposing views regarding the observable temperature increases currently being seen on Earth and global warming as a result of man's influence versus global warming as a component of broad cycles with man a minor player in the end result.

The debate will feature Allan Tweddle, a long-term member of the West Virginia Environmental Council and an active environmentalist in West Virginia, and Dr. Joel Katzin, who has spent time teaching and researching physics.

Tweddle has attended training with the Climate Project in Nashville, Tennessee, on the implication of global warming and the data behind Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Tweddle has been instrumental in making West Virginia legislators aware of issues ranging from the impact of legalizing the use of overweight coal trucks in southern West Virginia to turning off diesel school buses when not in use.

Katzin holds a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics from the University of Maryland and pioneered the use of group techniques to successfully teach quantitative problem solving to non-mathematically inclined students. As a defense scientist he developed algorithms and conceptual designs leading to the solution of seemingly intractable strategic and tactical military problems. He brings his physics credentials directly to bear on the science behind global warming and the alternatives to the one cause scenario presented in the media and by Gore.

This presentation is made possible by funding from Allegheny Power.

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Allegheny Power is underwriting the cost of the Global Warming: Man vs. Nature debate. Pictured above Greg Rogers (l.), general manager of operations for Allegheny Power, presents a check for $1,000 to Dr. Mark Stern, vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Edward Snyder, chair of the Institute of Environmental Studies.


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