Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore to Speak at 9th International Conference on Climate Change

Published May 7, 2014

Patrick Moore Joins “World’s Biggest Gathering of ‘Skeptic’
Scientists and 
Policy Experts” at Conference
in Las Vegas on July 7–9


CHICAGO – Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore will give one of the keynote addresses at the 9th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) from July 7–9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Moore, who helped found Greenpeace in 1971 and served as its president and international director, left the organization in 1986. He wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Earth Day 2008 that he could not remain with Greenpeace, because “the environmental movement is not always guided by science.” Moore wrote, “Greenpeace has evolved into an organization of extremism and politically motivated agendas.” Good environmental stewardship, he concluded, “requires that science, not political agendas, drive our public policy.”

“We are happy to welcome Patrick Moore to his first International Conference on Climate Change,” said Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, which is hosting the conference for the ninth time. “He will find a welcome audience of open-minded scholars and civic and business leaders who are eager to hear his insights on the modern environmental movement.”

Hundreds of the world’s most prominent “skeptics” of the claim that human activity is causing a climate crisis will be at the conference to review the latest climate research and discuss the policy implications of government energy and environmental policies.

To learn more about ICCC9 and register for media credentials, visit the conference Web site.

The conference will feature 10 plenary addresses and 21 break-out sessions featuring nearly 60 speakers. Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Roy Spencer, principal research scientist for the University of Alabama

  • Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov, Space Research Sector of the Pulkovo Observatory

  • Joe Bastardi, chief forecaster at Weatherbell Analytics

  • Hon. George Christensen, member of the Australian Parliament

  • Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, editor of Energy & Environment, a peer-reviewed science journal

  • Dr. Patrick Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute

  • John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel

  • Dr. Craig Idso, founder and former president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

  • Dr. Anthony Lupo, professor of atmospheric science, University of Missouri

  • Dr. S. Fred Singer, emeritus professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia

  • William Kininmonth, climatologist, Australasian Climate Research Institute

  • Dr. Jennifer Marohasy, biologist, Centre for Plant and Water Science, Central Queensland University

  • Lord Christopher Monckton, former science advisor to Margaret Thatcher and chief policy advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute

  • Dr. Hal Doiron, a retired NASA rocket scientist who worked in the Apollo Program

  • Anthony Watts, chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio and publisher of “Watts Up With That,” the most-read climate blog in the world

Visit the Web site for the conference for more information on speakers and a preliminary schedule.

The Economist magazine in 2012 called Heartland “the world’s most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change.” Heartland has organized and hosted eight International Conferences on Climate Change since 2008. These events have attracted extensive international attention to the debate taking place in the scientific community over the causes and consequences of climate change.

Heartland’s ninth climate conference will coincide with the release of the fifth volume of the Climate Change Reconsidered series by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). The third volume, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science, was released in September 2012. (Read the Summary for Policymakers.) The fourth volume, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, was released in April. The fifth volume, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Human Welfare, Energy and Policies, will be released digitally prior to the conference and publicly released there.

Visit for extensive background on all five reports.

Previous Heartland climate conferences have featured 187 scientists, economists, and climate policy experts from around the world and attracted more than 4,000 participants. Nearly 300 videos of presentations can be found at the archive site for the conferences. Among the conference cosponsors this year is FreedomFest, which is holding its annual gathering in Las Vegas from July 9–12 at Planet Hollywood.

For more information about The Heartland Institute and the 9th International Conference on Climate Change, contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at [email protected] or 312/377-4000.