Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Joins Speaker List for Heartland Institute Climate Conference

April 25, 2012

Vice-Chairman of House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to Deliver Plenary Address

The Heartland Institute is pleased to announce Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) will join more than 40 speakers, scores of scientists, and some 500 attendees at the Seventh International Conference on Climate Change, which runs from Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23 at the Hilton Chicago hotel.

Sensenbrenner is vice-chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which has jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, NASA, NOAA, and several other federal agencies. He joins a speaker line-up addressing the theme “Real Science, Real Choices” that includes:

  • Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic
  • Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 mission
  • Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 mission
  • Harold Doiron, former NASA scientist
  • Thomas Wysmuller, former NASA scientist
  • Joe Bastardi, chief forecaster, WeatherBell
  • Roger Helmer, MP, Britain

See full list of speakers and a detailed description of the conference below.

What: Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-7)

Theme: Real Science, Real Choices

Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

When: Monday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Media: Open to all media. Request press credentials here.


The Heartland Institute will host the Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-7) from Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23, immediately following the NATO Summit also taking place in Chicago. Heartland will be joined by dozens of think tank cosponsors and hundreds of scientists who understand the need for a real debate about the causes, consequences, and policy implications of climate change.

Real Science, Real Choices

This year’s conference theme is “Real Science, Real Choices.” The program features approximately 60 scientists and policy experts speaking at plenary sessions and on three tracks of concurrent panel sessions exploring what real climate science is telling us about the causes and consequences of climate change, and the real consequences of choices being made based on the current perceptions of the state of climate science.

Major developments on the science front since the last ICCC took place last summer in Washington, DC include publication of a new report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) updating its 2009 report, Climate Change Reconsidered, and a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on extreme weather events and climate change.

The past year was marked by major retreats in the U.S. and other developing nations from government subsidies and investments in solar and wind power. The widely publicized bankruptcies of companies including Solar Trust of America and Solyndra, and slow economic growth and fiscal crises afflicting many European countries, have forced policymakers around the world to reconsider the costs and consequences of basing energy choices on fear of man-made global warming.

Climategate and Fakegate

On November 22, 2011, a second batch of emails among scientists working at the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit was released by an unknown whistle-blower. “Climategate II” revealed prominent scientists concealing data, discussing global warming as a political cause rather than a balanced scientific inquiry, and admitting to scientific uncertainties that they denied in their public statements.

Like an earlier release of emails on November 19, 2009, on the eve of the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Climategate II caused an uproar in the scientific community and a further drop in public belief in man-made global warming. But a series of friendly investigations of the Climategate affair, along with the timely expiration of the statute of limitations for the offense of failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests, spared the scientists involved from any legal penalties.

On February 20, 2012, another global warming scandal broke, this one involving criminal behavior that is likely to be much more difficult to cover up. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, confessed to using fraud to obtain confidential corporate documents from The Heartland Institute and arranging for them to be posted online. The scandal became known as Fakegate because Gleick also circulated a fake memo he claimed outlined Heartland’s “climate strategy.”

In his confession, Gleick said “a rational public debate is desperately needed.” We agree, which is why we have repeatedly invited scientists with wide-ranging views to speak at these conferences. Indeed, we even invited Peter Gleick to speak at a Heartland event, an invitation he turned down on the very day he began his fraud.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dennis Avery, senior fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Joe Bastardi, chief forecaster, WeatherBell
  • Alan Carlin, U.S. EPA (retired)
  • Robert “Bob” Carter, James Cook University (Queensland, Australia)
  • Walter Cunningham, astronaut, Apollo 7
  • Harold Doiron, former NASA scientist
  • Willis Eschenbach, former consultant, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • William “Bill” Gray, Colorado State University (emeritus)
  • Kenneth Haapala, Science and Environmental Policy Project
  • Tom Harris, International Climate Science Coalition
  • Howard Hayden, professor of physics (emeritus), University of Connecticut
  • Roger Helmer, MP, Britain
  • Craig Idso, founder, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
  • Madhav Khandekar, Journal of Natural Hazards
  • Vaclav Klaus, president, Czech Republic
  • Donna Laframboise, feminist, author
  • Craig Loehle, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement
  • Sebastian Lüning, author, Die Kalte Sonne (The Cold Sun)
  • Ross McKitrick, associate professor of economics, University of Guelph
  • Tim Patterson, professor of geology, Carleton University
  • Jim Sensenbrenner, U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin
  • S. Fred Singer, University of Virginia (emeritus)
  • Willie Soon, astrophysicist
  • Leighton Steward, PlantsNeedCO2.org and CO2IsGreen.org
  • Brian Sussman, author, Climategate and Eco-Tyranny
  • Anthony Watts, WattsUpWithThat.com; chief meteorologist, KPAY-AM, Chico, CA
  • Thomas Wysmuller, former meteorologist, Royal Dutch Weather Bureau

ICCC History

Past conferences have taken place in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and Sydney, Australia and have attracted nearly 3,000 participants from 20 countries. The proceedings have been covered by ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, the BBC,The New York Times, The Washington PostLe Monde, and most other leading media outlets.

Past ICCCs have featured presentations by members of Congress, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, and scientists who view themselves as “skeptics” as well as “alarmists.” Atmospheric scientist Scott Denning, who believes in man-made global warming, spoke at ICCC-4 in 2010 and ICCC-6 in 2011. Hear his remarks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkL6TDIaCVw

Attendance Information

ICCC-7 is open to the public. Registration is required. More information is available at the conference Web site. For media credentialsregister here or contact Tammy Nash at tnash@heartland.org or 312-377-4000. For more information about The Heartland Institute, visit our Web site or contact Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org or 312/377-4000.

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