Fourth International Climate Change Conference to Be Held in Chicago in May 2010

Published August 7, 2009

CHICAGO — More than 500 of the world’s leading climatologists, economists, and public policy leaders will convene in Chicago May 16-18, 2010 at the fourth International Conference on Climate Change, organized by The Heartland Institute.

Keynote speakers and panelists will focus on new data and research that contradicts claims by global warming alarmists that global temperatures have reached crisis levels and that human activity is the primary cause of that “crisis.”

The conference will be held as the ranks are growing of world scientists whose research shows global warming is not a crisis, and that the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by human activity played an insignificant role in the moderate warming experienced in the twentieth century.

Most recently, more than 60 prominent German scientists last month publicly dissented from man-made global warming fears in an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The signers included several whose names appeared on the 2007 United Nations report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is the scientific basis for world governments’ efforts to restrict carbon emissions and slow the pace of economic growth.

Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, said, “Since Heartland and its allies produced the first international conference of global warming skeptics in March 2008 in New York City, the science has grown ever more persuasive that global warming is not a crisis. Legislative attempts such as the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that squeaked out of the U.S. House last June would cause great harm to the economy and the world’s social fabric.”

Hundreds of domestic and international federal and state legislators, scientists, economists, business people, and policy activists attended the three previous conferences in New York City and Washington D.C. Coverage in print and new-media outlets was extensive, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and leading newspapers and online sites from dozens of countries.

Names of confirmed speakers for the Chicago conference will be released later this year.

The two-and-a-half day conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 540 North Michigan Avenue, opening with a keynote presentation Sunday, May 16, 2010 and concluding with a plenary session on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 18.

The Heartland Institute released the 2009 report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Climate Change Reconsidered, at the third international conference in Washington. The 880-page book of peer-reviewed science contradicts the claims of global warming alarmists and brings together into a single authoritative document a point-by-point challenge to the latest reports of the United Nations’ IPCC.

Bast said, “None of the IPCC’s principal claims is left standing. No objective reader can walk away from the NIPCC report without realizing how weak the case is for alarm over global warming. Global warming simply is not the crisis so many politicians and activists claim it is. It never was.”

The Heartland Institute is a 25-year-old national nonprofit research and education organization based in Chicago and devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

For more information, contact Dan Miller, [email protected], or Tammy Nash, [email protected], call (312) 377-4000, or visit the “Climate Change Reconsidered” Web site at