Expert Availability: 2008 International Conference on Climate Change

Published March 12, 2008

(Chicago, IL – March 12, 2008) Scientists and policy experts who addressed the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, which attracted more than 500 people from around the world to New York City on March 2-4, are available for media interviews.

This inaugural gathering of climate change skeptics included scientists, economists, scholars, and policy analysts from more than two dozen countries. All contend that modern global warming will be moderate in impact and is natural in occurrence, driven not by human activity but by natural climate cycles.

You may contact the experts directly at the email address or phone numbers listed below. To learn more about The Heartland Institute, call Harriette Johnson, Heartland’s media relations manager, at 312/377-4000 or send an email to [email protected].

J. Scott Armstrong, Ph.D.
J. Scott Armstrong, professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, is a founder of the Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Forecasting, and International Symposium on Forecasting. He is the creator of and editor of Principles of Forecasting (Kluwer 2001), an evidence-based summary of knowledge on forecasting. In 1996, he was selected as one of the first six “Honorary Fellows” by the International Institute of Forecasters. He has been doing research on forecasting for nearly half a century.

[email protected]
phone 610-622-6480

John Coleman
John Coleman has been a TV weatherman in Champaign, Peoria, and Chicago, Illinois; Omaha, Nebraska; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and New York City. He was the original weathercaster on what was then the brand-new ABC network morning program, Good Morning America. He stayed seven years, then founded The Weather Channel, serving as its CEO and president during the startup and its first year of operation. After The Weather Channel he became weather anchor at WCBS-TV in New York and then at WMAQ-TV in Chicago, before moving to Southern California to join the independent television station, KUSI-TV in San Diego, in what he fondly calls his “retirement job.”

[email protected]
phone 858-505-5041

Steven J. Milloy, J.D., M.L.
Steven J. Milloy is a portfolio manager of the Free Enterprise Action Fund, an activist mutual fund dedicated to defending and promoting the free enterprise system; founder and publisher of, a popular Web site dedicated to exposing and debunking efforts to misuse science to advance social and political agendas; and a columnist for has garnered numerous awards, including being named a “Top Resource” and one of the “Most Popular” health news Web sites by Yahoo!; “One of the 50 Best Web Sites of 1998” by Popular Science; and a “Hot Pick” by the journal Science. Milloy has testified on risk assessment and Superfund before the U.S. Congress; and has lectured before numerous organizations. He is the author of several books, including Junk Science Judo: Self-defense Against Health Scares and Scams (Cato Institute, 2001) and has written more than 400 published commentaries on a variety of business and junk science topics.

[email protected]
phone 301-258-2852

Roy W. Spencer, Ph.D.
Roy W. Spencer is a principal research scientist for the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. In the past, he has served as senior scientist for climate studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Spencer is the recipient of NASA’s Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and the American Meteorological Society’s Special Award for his satellite-based temperature monitoring work. He is the author of numerous scientific articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals. His areas of research expertise include satellite temperature data, hurricanes, the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance, the evangelical movement and global warming, and general climate change issues.

[email protected]
phone 256-961-7960