Thomas J. Manning Responds

Brad Lofton sent me this today.


From: “Brad Lofton”
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:54:58 -0400


Thank you for providing my correspondence on your blog. Here is an e-mail below from VSU professor Tom Manning who has experience in biomass research and instruction. He has supported our project enthusiastically from the beginning. I would appreciate you including this as well.



From: Thomas J Manning []
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:37 AM
To: ‘Bradley J Bergstrom’
Cc: ‘ReplyTo:’; ‘Cc: Allan Ricketts’
Subject: FW: Thank you to the Valdosta Board of Education

Dr. Bergstrom,

I believe you are playing a game of semantics with your disparaging argument concerning my qualifications (quote below). Some key points:

1. I did address the county commission on this topic over a year ago – in a public forum at a scheduled meeting.

2. I am editor-in-chief of the environmental science journal “Florida Scientist.” We focus on environmental and ecological issues in the Southeast and the Caribbean. This is a peer reviewed journal that has an international distribution.

3. While the focus of my research program is not biomass, it is focused on developing a commercially viable “green synthesis” process related to a local product. We have given talks and published abstracts on Biomass. These have ranged from student talks/presentations at VSU to published abstracts distributed by the American Chemical Society. You can find these on a number of search engines. is an example.

4. I also teach courses in physical chemistry (thermodynamics) and environmental chemistry where we cover the science, technology and some regulations associated with biomass in great detail.

My first and last communication on this matter. Tm

“Dr. Manning is a VSU chemistry professor. Dr. Manning did not attend the public hearing on the Wiregrass plant, nor did he submit any comments during the public review. His “research page” on his website does not indicate “biomass” as a topic he is researching, and a citation search of thousands of scientific journals (i.e. all the peer-reviewed ones) for “manning” and “biomass” turns up zero publications by Tom Manning on biomass.”

From: Brad Lofton []
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 10:08 AM
To: ‘Thomas J. Manning’
Subject: FW: Thank you to the Valdosta Board of Education


Appended was a copy of Lofton’s previous message and some other messages before that, all already in the blog.