February 2024 In-Person/Virtual Meeting

Monday, February 12, 2024
6:00 - 7:30 pm

For those attending in-person this meeting will be held at the following location:
Pellissippi State Community College
Ned R. McWherter Technology Building, Room 126

Note: ETGS members participating virtually will receive an email with info for attending/logging into the meeting.


February 2024 Presentation

A Geologist Looks at Climate change Claims
Using the scientific method to evaluate climate change (global warming)

"There is no global climate crisis, only a global crisis of knowledge"


Dick Merrill

Abstract / Memo

The current so called climate crisis is a product of the apocryphal and hyperbolic language of the news media and politicians. Forecasts of climate change causing increasing floods and severe storms have proven false, and only serve to scare the public and our children.

The scientific method calls for looking at all the data available in order to arrive at a valid hypothesis. This has not been done with the climate debate. We are told co2warms the climate, but there is almost no scientific evidence for co2 warming the climate. Much of what has been published in the news media has been based on failed climate models. Models are tools for science but they are not science. We will examine climate factors such as, flooding, extent of artic and Antarctica ice, sea level rise risks and whether storms and wild fires are getting larger or stronger, along with greenhouse gas theory. And yes the Polar bears are doing fine.


Mr. Merrill received his B.S. degree in Geology from the Ohio State University in 1964. After a year working for a geophysical survey crew, and as a well site geologist, he attended graduate school at The Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, receiving a M.S. degree in Geology in 1972. He went to work, in 1967, for Shell Oil Company in their New Orleans offshore office where she spent 12 years in various geologic and Petroleum engineering positions, in both domestic and international regions. From 1978 until his retirement in 2005 he held management positions in several independent Oil and Gas entities in Houston. The last several years of his career was as a consulting geologist and geological engineer concentrating on economic evaluations of petroleum producing properties, including a year evaluating properties in the former Soviet Union. After spending 35 plus years in the humid south, he escaped to an aviation airpark in Chuckey, Tennessee where he loves with his lovely wife Virginia, his airplane and his miniature dashound "Charlie".

Greetings, and welcome to the February 12, 2024 ETGS hybrid meeting.

If you attend via Zoom as a courtesy please mute your cell phone or the microphone in your laptop/tablet to minimize background noise and feedback echos. We will also make an effort to mute all participants - at least until the presentation is finished. Please use the chat feature to type any comments or questions you may have. We recommend that you send questions for the speaker to "everyone" so all participants can see the question. In the interest of time, we may hold the Q&A at the end of the presentation.

We will create an in-person and virtual attendance list. It is not always possible to tell who is participating on-line, especially for those joining by phone, so please email
etgs@live.com to be listed on the attendance sheet. Let us know exactly how your name should appear on the list. We will add a note explaining the lack of signatures due to remote participation and have an ETGS officer sign as usual.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try this online format. As always, we welcome and appreciate your feedback and suggestions for improvement.


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