‘Green Jobs’ Skeptic To Keynote Conference

Published May 14, 2009

Economist Gabriel Calzada, who ignited a controversy by challenging the purported benefits of “green job” creation, will keynote the Third International Conference on Climate Change June 2 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Calzada, an economics professor at King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain, authored a study earlier this year that concluded Spanish government subsidies and spending on green energy to boost job creation kill on average 2.2 jobs for every green-collar job they create. Using the same mathematical formula, the U.S. could see 6 million jobs evaporate if the Obama administration’s green-jobs push is successful.

Dr. Calzada is one of more than 20 world-renowned economists and scientists who will dissent against the asserted “consensus” on the causes and severity of climate change and global warming at the June 2 event at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue NW.

The conference theme, “Climate Change: Scientific Debate and Economic Analysis,” reflects the fact that the scientific debate is not over, and that economic analysis is more important than ever, now that legislation seriously is being considered to fix a problem that may not exist.

Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, which together with more than 35 co-sponsoring organizations is producing the conference, said, “The real science and economics of climate change support the view that global warming is not a crisis, and that immediate action to reduce emissions is not necessary. This is, in fact, the emerging consensus view of scientists outside the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and most economists outside environmental advocacy groups.”

Other featured speakers include Dr. Roy Spencer, whose work with NASA demonstrated last month that April continued to reflect a lack of significant warming of global temperatures. The Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite reported that April 2009 temperatures were just 0.09 degrees Celsius warmer than temperatures that predominated 30 years ago when NASA first began taking precise global temperature measurements with its satellites.

Also presenting will be U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), former astronaut Harrison Schmitt, and meteorologist Anthony Watts, who found laughably incompetent siting of National Weather Service equipment to record U.S. temperatures.

For more information about speakers, to arrange interviews, or to register for the conference contact Dan Miller at (312) 377-4000 or [email protected] or Tammy Nash at (312) 377-4000 or [email protected]. More information also is available on The Heartland Institute’s Web site at www.heartland.org.