New York, NY, March 6, 2009–The American astronaut who shot the iconic photo of Earth called “The Blue Marble” says the planet is in peril–“but not from global warming.”
Jack Schmitt–an Apollo 17 astronaut who walked on the moon in 1972, in the last such mission–is among more than 70 scientists, economists, and policy experts who will confront the subject of global warming at the second International Conference on Climate Change in New York City March 8-10.
Schmitt argues that the real peril to the planet comes from the widespread rejection of sound science on the global warming question. Scientists who take a skeptical view of global warming, he says, “are being intimidated” by others when they disagree with the idea that burning fossil fuels has led to increased global temperatures and higher sea levels.
“They’ve seen too many of their colleagues lose grant funding when they haven’t gone along with the so-called political consensus that we’re in a human-caused global warming crisis,” Schmitt said.
Schmitt will be available for interviews during the conference, March 8-10, at the Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (corner of 45th Street).
Accredited media representatives will be provided complimentary registration at the conference, which addresses the question, “Global warming: Was it ever really a crisis?”
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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.