NEW YORK, NY, March 2, 2009 — Attendance at the second annual International Conference on Climate Change in New York City, produced by the Heartland Institute, has surpassed last year’s conference total with nearly a week yet to go.
Registrations have been accepted from more than 525 scientists, economists, policy advisors, activists, and media representatives, topping the total of 500 attendees at the first meeting of global warming skeptics in New York last March.
The 2009 conference from March 8-10 will confront the question, “Global warming: was it ever really a crisis?” More than 75 of the world’s elite climate scientists and weather experts will offer new information and data showing that Earth’s moderate warming during the 20th Century was not primarily the result of human activity and certainly has not reached crisis proportions.
“This is the world’s largest-ever gathering of global warming skeptics,” said Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, which is producing the conference. “Those numbers demonstrate the shift in momentum toward climate realism and sound science. We all hope that President Obama is listening.”
The Obama administration has outlined a far-reaching policy initiative based on the assumption that the Earth faces a warming crisis and human activity is to blame for it.
Heartland Executive Vice President Dan Miller said, “All conference expenses will be covered by admission fees and individual and foundation donors to Heartland. No corporate dollars for the event were solicited or accepted. Cosponsors of the event, numbering more than 55, did not pay a fee or make a donation to cosponsor. The 25-year-old Heartland Institute has not received any money from the Koch or Scaife foundations in at least a decade.”
The Heartland Institute, principal sponsor of the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change, is a national nonprofit research and education organization based in Chicago. Founded in 1984, its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.
For more information about the conference and journalist accreditation, visit www.heartland.org.
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