Diverse Organizations Agree to Co-Sponsor 2008 International Conference on Climate Change

Published February 13, 2008

(Chicago Illinois – February 13, 2008) The Business & Media Institute, Congress of Racial Equality, and Frontiers of Freedom Institute have agreed to co-sponsor the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, joining 15 other co-sponsoring organizations and the event’s principal sponsor, The Heartland Institute.

The conference will take place on March 2-4 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square in New York City. Hundreds of scientists, scholars, and policy analysts are expected to attend the event to discuss the latest scientific evidence challenging the unproven notion that human activity is the cause of global warming.

Conference organizer James M. Taylor, a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing editor of its monthly publication, Environment & Climate News, is preparing a two-day program with five tracks of concurrent sessions covering the science, economics, and politics of climate change. The cosponsoring organizations will recruit speakers and guests and promote the event.

“The global warming debate that the public and policymakers usually see is one-sided,” noted Taylor, “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, if only to fund their own continued research, but often to achieve political agendas entirely unrelated to the science of climate change.

“There is another side,” Taylor continued, “but in recent years it has been denied a platform from which to speak.” The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change will provide that platform, he said.

The event’s three new cosponsors are (in alphabetical order):

  • Business & Media Institute – The Business & Media Institute (BMI) was founded in 1992 to analyze and expose the anti-free enterprise culture of the media. It audits the media’s coverage of the free enterprise system in an effort to bring balance to economic reporting and to promote fair portrayal of the business community in the media. BMI is the economics division of the Media Research Center, and it is the only organization in the world dedicated to the unique challenge of correcting misconceptions about free enterprise in the media.

Contact: Scot Christenson, Director of Communications
phone 703/683-9733
[email protected]

  • Congress of Racial Equality – Founded in 1942, CORE is the third oldest and one of the “Big Four” civil rights groups in the United States. CORE was the first civil rights organization in the U.S. to have been awarded special non-governmental consultative status (NGO) at the United Nations. CORE is currently assigned to two of the United Nations’ most prestigious departments–the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO).

Contact: Brian McLaughlin, Publicist
phone 212/598-4000 ext. 1107
[email protected]

  • Frontiers of Freedom Institute – Frontiers of Freedom Institute promotes the development of public policy based on such principles as individual freedom, limited government, and free enterprise. Among its founding 10 tenets, the organization holds that to remove sound science from public policy is legislative and regulatory malpractice, and to employ junk science in public policy is unethical and irresponsible. Government mandates and regulations, it notes, too often exceed constitutional authority, waste resources, erode freedom, diminish property rights, and produce harmful unintended consequences.

Contact: Belinda Rankin, Vice-President of External Relations
phone 703/246-0110 ext. 102
[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].