6th International Conference on Climate Change
Restoring the Scientific Method
The Heartland Institute hosted its Sixth International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, DC on June 30 - July 1, 2011 at the Marriott Wardman Park. Watch video, download MP3s and see the PowerPoint presentations here.
Dozens of think tank cosponsors and hundreds of scientists gathered in an effort to “restore the scientific method” to its rightful place in the debate over the causes, consequences, and policy implications of climate change.
The theme of the conference, “Restoring the Scientific Method,” acknowledged the fact that claims of scientific certainty and predictions of climate catastrophes are based on “post-normal science,” which substitutes claims of consensus for the scientific method. This choice has had terrible consequences for science and society.
Abandoning the scientific method led to the “Climategate” scandal and the errors and abuses of peer review by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The scientists who spoke at this conference, and the hundreds more who attended, are committed to restoring the scientific method. This means abandoning the failed hypothesis of man-made climate change, and using real science and sound economics to improve our understanding of the planet’s ever-changing climate.
Heartland has been very active in the global warming debate, publishing books and monographs, maintaining multiple Web sites providing information on the issue, and in 2009, publishing Climate Change Reconsidered, a comprehensive reply to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Scores of other organizations were invited to be co-sponsors to help supply speakers and promote the event to their members and supporters. Sponsors of previous ICCCs have included Americans for Tax Reform, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Science and Public Policy Institute, and Science and Environmental Policy Project.
The event was open to the public. Federal and state elected officials attended for free.