Four Co-Sponsors Named to ‘Climate Skeptics’ Conference

Published January 22, 2008

(Chicago Illinois – January 22, 2008) On March 2-4, hundreds of the world’s leading global warming “skeptics” will meet in New York at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square to present their ideas and report the latest scientific evidence challenging Al Gore’s claim that the scientific debate over global warming is over.

The conference is being organized by The Heartland Institute, a national nonpartisan think tank based in Chicago. More than 300 scientists, economists, and policy experts from around the world are expected to attend the two-day conference, with five tracks of concurrent sessions covering every aspect of the science, economics, and politics of climate change.

“The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for the hundreds of scientists, economists, and policy experts who dissent from the so-called ‘consensus’ on global warming,” said Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute. “This is their chance to speak out.”

Four organizations have announced they will cosponsor the conference, committing to recruit speakers and guests and promote the event. They are (in alphabetical order):

  • Americans for Tax Reform — Founded in Washington, DC in 1985 by Grover Norquist at the request of President Ronald Reagan, ATR promotes public policies that would lead to a system in which taxes are simpler, fairer, flatter, more visible, and lower than they are today. ATR sponsors the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, calculation of Cost of Government Day, and serves as a national clearinghouse for the grassroots taxpayers’ movement by working with approximately 800 state and county level groups.

Contact: John Kartch, Director of Communication
phone 202/785-0266
[email protected]

  • George C. Marshall Institute — Founded in 1984, the George C. Marshall Institute is committed to improving the use of science in making public policy about important issues for which science and technology are major considerations, with a current focus on national security and the environment. The Institute has sponsored a critical examination of the scientific basis for global climate change policy since 1989 with the intent of promoting a clear understanding of the state of climate science and assess the implications for public policy.

Contact: Mark Herlong, Program Director
Phone 202/296-9655
[email protected]

  • International Climate Science Coalition — An international association of scientists and concerned individuals who wish to ensure the public is given complete, accurate, and unbiased information about the science of climate change. It aims to promote better public understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change and to encourage open discussion about appropriate responses. Two panels of distinguished scientists and policy experts from more than a dozen countries oversee the Coalition’s research and educational efforts.

Contact: Terry Dunleavy MBE, Director
Auckland, New Zealand
[email protected]

  • Texas Public Policy Foundation — Founded in 1989, TPPF is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan research institute based in Austin, Texas, committed to improving Texas government through generating academically sound research and data on state issues. The findings are recommended to opinion leaders, policymakers, media, and the general public. In 2007, the TPPF Center for Natural Resources released several policy primers and papers on free-market solutions to environment issues that were sent to elected Texas officials for consideration.

Contact: David Guenthner, Director of Media Relations and Government
Phone 512/472/2700
[email protected]

To view the tentative schedule or register for this event, please visit

Additional cosponsors and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about the event, contact James Taylor, senior fellow for environment 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].