Scientists and Policy Analysts Confirmed to Speak at 2008 International Conference on Climate Change

January 25, 2008
Harriette Johnson

(Chicago, Illinois - January 25, 2008) Twelve speakers have been confirmed for the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, to take place March 2-4 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square in New York. The conference is being organized by The Heartland Institute, a national nonpartisan think tank based in Chicago.

The experts who will speak at the event represent a global community of scientists and policy analysts who question the theory of man-made climate change. They contend there is no consensus in the scientific community that human activity is the cause of global warming.

Scientists, economists, and policy experts whose work has focused on some dimension of climate change, particularly challenging popular misconceptions about the causes, extent, and consequences of the modern warming, will present a side of the debate often ignored by the mainstream media and shunned by government bodies.

The global warming debate that the public and policymakers usually see is one-sided, dominated by government scientists and government organizations agenda-driven to find data that suggest a human impact on climate and to call for immediate government action. There is another side, but in recent years it has been denied a platform from which to speak.

"The debate over whether human activity is responsible for some or all of the modern warming, and then what to do if our presence on Earth is indeed affecting the global climate, has enormous consequences for everyone in virtually all parts of the globe," noted Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute.

"Proposals to drive down human greenhouse gas emissions by raising energy costs or imposing draconian caps could dramatically affect the quality of life of people in developed countries, and, due to globalization, the lives of people in less-developed countries too," Bast noted.

The confirmed speakers are:

David Archibald

Geologist

Summa Development Limited.

Perth, WA, Australia

david.archibald@westnet.com.au

Will Alexander

Professor Emeritus

Department of Civil and Biosystems Engineering

University of Pretoria, South Africa

alexwjr@iafrica.com

Chris Horner

Senior Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Washington, DC

chorner@cei.org

Jay Lehr

Science Director

The Heartland Institute

Chicago, IL

lehr@heartland.org

Bryan Leyland

Engineer

International Climate Science Coalition

Auckland, New Zealand.

bryanleyland@mac.com

Ross McKitrick

Associate Professor

Department of Economics

University of Guelph

Ontario, Canada

rmckitri@uoguelph.ca

Patrick Michaels

Research Professor

Environmental Sciences

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

pmichaels@cato.org

Christopher Monckton

Viscount of Brenchly

former Policy Advisor to Margaret Thatcher

United Kingdom

monckton@mail.com

Jim O'Brien

Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor

Meteorology and Oceanography

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

jim.obrien@coaps.fsu.edu

Tim Patterson

Professor

Department of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology)

Carleton University

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

tpatters@earthsci.carleton.ca

Paul Reiter

Professor

Institute Pasteur

Unit of Insects and Infectious Diseases

Paris, France

preiter@pasteur.fr

George Taylor

Department of Meteorology

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

taylor@coas.oregonstate.edu


To view the tentative schedule or register for this event, please visit http://www.heartland.org/NewYork08/newyork08.cfm.

Additional cosponsors and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about the event, contact James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute, at 941-776-5690 or email at taylor@heartland.org. For more information about The Heartland Institute, please contact Harriette Johnson, media relations manager at 312/377-4000 or email at hjohnson@heartland.org.