Four More Organizations to Co-Sponsor 2008 International Conference on Climate Change

Published February 8, 2008

(Chicago Illinois – February 8, 2008) The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change has attracted four new cosponsors, bringing to 18 the number of organizations joining 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.

“Quite simply,” said Heartland Senior Fellow James Taylor, principal organizer of the conference, “the debate is not settled. There is no consensus.”

Taylor is preparing a two-day program with five tracks of concurrent sessions covering every aspect of the science, economics, and politics of climate change. the cosponsoring organizations have committed to recruiting speakers and guests and promoting the event.

“‘The end of the world’ is still the best front-page banner headline ever concocted to sell newspapers,” said Jay Lehr, Ph.D., science director of The Heartland Institute. “Global climate models now substitute for gospels, stories about what might happen if we continue to sin, or go forth and sin no more.

“But these models, when run on actual climate data from the past, do not validate the past, and when fed accurate information they do not in fact predict a climate Armageddon,” Lehr noted.

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

  • Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise — Founded in 1974, the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise is an educational foundation that focuses on the protection of free markets from big government. Its primary goals are to protect the economic system upon which the prosperity of America was founded, and to educate the American public on free enterprise and the consequences of governmental interference in that system.

Contact: Ron Arnold, Executive Vice President
phone 425/454-9470
[email protected]

  • Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE) — Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, CARE is an information clearinghouse, addressing the need to guarantee access to affordable energy for all Americans. The group aims to broaden the nation’s public policy discussion about energy issues and provide citizens with sound science and common-sense information that will inform their energy decisions.

Contact: Marita K. Noon, Executive Director
phone 505/239-8998
[email protected]

  • Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow — Founded in 1985, the Committee for A Constructive Tomorrow emphasizes the development of safe and affordable technologies to address a growing world population and limited financial resources. CFACT’s public-policy framework on the environmental debate adds a balanced perspective, focused on ensuring adequate supplies of food, energy, clean water, and essential human services for now and future generations. CFACT hosts”Just the Facts,” a talk radio show that is broadcast on 300 stations daily.

Contact: Craig Rucker Executive Director
phone 202/429-2737
[email protected]

  • The Independent Institute — Established in 1985, The Independent Institute works to redefine the debate over education, environment, health, and law, and to extract the politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate. Former president Ronald Reagan made the following observation about the group: “The Independent Institute has a well-deserved reputation for rigorous analysis of critical public policy issues and for pointing the way toward reform in government. … I am happy to commend you for the clarity of your insights, not least those into the nature and blessings of economic freedom.”

Contact: Wendy Honett, Publicity Manager
phone 510/632-1366 ext. 116
[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 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].