Heartland Institute Announces Keynote Speakers For International Conference On Climate Change

Published March 3, 2009

New York, NY, March 3, 2009 — The second International Conference on Climate Change will offer new scientific data and fresh looks at some of the most pressing issues in the global warming debate.

The conference runs March 8-10 in New York City, and will bring together more than 500 attendees including more than 75 scientists, economists, policy experts and political leaders as they confront the theme “Global warming: was it ever really a crisis?”

Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic and current president of the European Union, will keynote conference the opening Sunday evening. Dr. Klaus is expected to step up his criticism of former vice president Al Gore and others whom he accused in Davos, Switzerland of “misusing” climate change “for radically constraining the functioning of markets and the market economy all around the world.”

Also speaking Sunday evening will be Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the most articulate global warming skeptics. Dr. Lindzen is expected to be critical of some of his fellow skeptics who focus on a single force to explain climate change, such as the sun’s activity. Dr. Lindzen’s presentation dramatizes that even among skeptics; the science of global warming is far from settled.

Jack Schmitt, a NASA astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon and former U.S. Senator from New Mexico, will contend that scientists “are being intimidated” if they disagree with global warming alarmists. A former U.S. senator from New Mexico, Schmitt added: “they’ve seen too many of their colleagues lose grant funding when they haven’t gone along with the so-called political consensus that we’re in a human-caused global warming crisis.”

Among other important presentations:
J. Scott Armstrong of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, says the World Wildlife Federation has collected donations by raising the alarm that polar bears are headed for extinction. Now a Wharton School professor who teaches advertising is asking whether the campaign is an example of false advertising.

Don Easterbrook of Western Washington University is expected to produce new data showing that Earth has entered a new phase of global cooling that may last three decades and be more severe than the cooling of 1945 to 1977.

Joe D’Aleo of the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project will provide new data showing that global temperatures in five of the last seven decades since World War II – including the current decade – have cooled while CO2 has continued to rise, contrary to global-warming orthodoxy.

Michelle Foss of the University of Texas Center for Energy Economics will argue that claims for healthy growth in green jobs is illusory.

William Gray of Colorado State University will make the case that alarmists have hijacked the American Meteorological Association.

Roger Helmer, a U.K. member of the European Union, will argue that the EU’s cap-and-trade method for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases done nothing to reduce emissions. The European system is rife with fraud, has created a new and expensive layer of bureaucracy, and introduced serious market distortions.

Nir Joseph Shaviv from Hebrew University in Jerusalem will present new evidence of the link between cosmic rays, the Sun and Earth’s climate.

If you wish to speak to arrange interview time with any of the speakers, contact:
CONTACT: Dan Miller ([email protected]) Tel. (312) 377-4000
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Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, producer of the event along with more than 55 co-sponsors, said, “In the past nine months, the science has grown even more convincing that global warming is not a crisis. The crisis has been cancelled by sound science and common sense.”

Heartland Executive Vice President Dan Miller said, “All conference expenses will be covered by admission fees and individual and foundation donors to Heartland. No corporate dollars for the event were solicited or accepted. Co-sponsors of the event, numbering more than 55, did not pay a fee or make a donation to co-sponsor. The 25-year-old Heartland Institute, has not received any money from the Koch or Scaife foundations in at least a decade.”

Media registration for the Conference will be outside the Julliard Room on the north side of the Fifth Floor of the Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (corner of 45th Street). Any special electronic or other technical needs of broadcast media, bloggers, etc. should be discussed with Heartland in advance of the conference.

For more information about the conference and journalist accreditation, visit www.heartland.org.
The Heartland Institute, principal sponsor of the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change, is a national nonprofit research and education organization based in Chicago. Founded in 1984, its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

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