Doctors for Disaster Preparedness

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Doctors for Disaster Preparedness
Founded 1984
Type 501(c)(3)
Tax ID no. 592414338
Focus Disaster Preparedness
Location
Key people

Jane M. Orient, President

Arthur B. Robinson, Vice-President
Revenue $58,633
Website www.ddponline.org

Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Tucson, Arizona.[1] Its Facebook page states that the group "promotes homeland defense and prudent preparedness for disasters of all kinds". The group is closely affiliated with the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, a politically conservative advocacy group, with which it shares an address and administrative staff.[2]

DDP was described by The Guardian as a "fringe political group" and as a "truly bizarre lobby group". Its primary focus has been on promoting the "skeptical" view that man-made global warming is not real or not an important concern.[2] The group awards the Petr Beckmann Award, named in honor of Petr Beckmann, a libertarian electrical engineer who claimed to have debunked Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.[3]

Affiliations[edit]

Doctors for Disaster Preparedness share the same address with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.[1][2][4]

Petr Beckmann Award[edit]

The 'Petr Beckmann Award for courage and achievement in defense of scientific truth and freedom' is awarded at the annual meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. The award is named for Petr Beckmann, an electrical engineer and libertarian who claimed to have debunked Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.[3] The Guardian described the Beckmann Award as "handed out by obscure rightwing lobbyists".[3] The following people have received this award:

Morano's selection was criticized in The Guardian, as Morano had previously republished the email address of a climate scientist who had received death threats. Morano wrote of climate scientists: "I seriously believe we should kick them while they're down. They deserve to be publicly flogged."[3]

Political views[edit]

Regarding the controversy over the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the melt rate of Himalayan-glaciers,[15] Doctors for Disaster Preparedness President Jane Orient said: "The data, all the data, needs to come to light, ...Thousands of scientists are capable of assessing it. The only reason to keep it hidden, locked in the clutches of the elite few, is that it decisively disproves their computer models and shows that their draconian emission controls are based on nothing except a lust for power, control and profit."[16]

After the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Doctors for Disaster Preparedness President Jane Orient argued that concerns about the disaster were exaggerated and the accident should not deter the United State from using nuclear power.[17]

Doctors for Disaster Preparedness President Jane Orient supports the building of civil defense shelters in case of a terrorist attack.[18] After a reported increase in fallout-shelter construction since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, she was quoted as saying, "They're treating me less like a crazy woman than they did before."[19]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Inc". National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). 
  2. ^ a b c Hickman, Leo (June 4, 2010). "Climate sceptics and fringe political groups are an unhealthy cocktail". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hickman, Leo (July 13, 2010). "Climate sceptic Morano's 'courage' award is a vicious irony". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Inc". National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). 
  5. ^ a b "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Inc - Form 990". National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). 2010. 
  6. ^ "Jane M. Orient, M.D. - AAPS Executive Director". Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. 
  7. ^ "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine - Form 990". National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). 2010. 
  8. ^ "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter". Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. September 1995. 
  9. ^ "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter". Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. September 1996. 
  10. ^ "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter". Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. July 1997. 
  11. ^ "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter". Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. July 1998. 
  12. ^ "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter". Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. July 2000. 
  13. ^ "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter". Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. July 2003. 
  14. ^ "Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter". Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. July 2004. 
  15. ^ Rose, David (January 24, 2010). "Glacier scientist: I knew data hadn't been verified". Daily Mail. 
  16. ^ Koprowski, Gene J. (January 20, 2010). "U.N. Panel's Glacier-Disaster Claims Melting Away". Fox News. 
  17. ^ Orient, Jane M. (March 18, 2011). "Don't Panic Over Fukushima — But Do Something". The New American. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  18. ^ Orient, Jane M. "A Question after the Attack: Where Are the Shelters? - Civil Defense: the Forgotten Defense". Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  19. ^ "Booming Business For Bomb Shelters". CBS News. February 11, 2009. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 

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