12 New Speakers Confirmed for 2008 International Conference on Climate Change

Published February 6, 2008

(Chicago, Illinois – February 6, 2008) A dozen new scientists, policy experts, and economists have been confirmed as speakers 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 new speakers join a growing list of experts from around the world who question the presumption of man-made climate change. They contend there is no scientific consensus that human activity is the cause of global warming or that warming will be catastrophic.

The conference will give international scientists, economists, and policy experts who focus on some dimension of climate change a venue to challenge misleading evidence about the causes, extent, and consequences of the modern warming. They will present a side of the debate often ignored by the mainstream media and dismissed by government.

“The scientific community is split down the middle on whether future warming would be moderate and benign, or severe and harmful,” noted Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute.

“Most scientists don’t believe we can predict what future climates will look like,” Bast continued. “They are deeply skeptical of the reliability of computer models, the basis for all claims that future warming with be any different from the moderate warming of the past century. And there is no agreement at all on what, if anything, we should about global warming.

The newly confirmed speakers are:

Scott Armstrong
Wharton School of Business
University of Pennsylvania
[email protected]

Robert Balling
Professor of Climatology
Arizona State University
[email protected]

Don Boudreaux
Department of Economics
George Mason University
[email protected]

Bob Carter
Marine Geophysical Laboratory
James Cook University
Queensland, Australia
[email protected]

Fred Goldberg
Associate Professor
Royal School of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden
[email protected]

Ken Green
Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute
[email protected]

Craig Idso
Vice President
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
[email protected]

Marc Morano
Communications Director
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
[email protected]

Benny Peiser
Social Anthropologist
Liverpool John Moores University
[email protected]

Eric Rey
President and CEO
Arcadia Biosciences
[email protected]

Tom Segalstad
University of Oslo
[email protected]

Paul Waggoner
Distinguished Scientist
Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station
[email protected]

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 [email protected].

For more information about The Heartland Institute, please contact Harriette Johnson, media relations manager at 312/377-4000 or email at [email protected].