Heartland Plans Fourth Climate Conference

Published February 9, 2010

CHICAGO  — With the debate over global warming shifting in a surprising direction, the fourth International Conference on Climate Change will convene in Chicago May 16-18.

More than 70 of the world’s elite climate scientists and economists will meet to develop the theme of the conference, “Reconsidering the Science and Economics,” produced by The Heartland Institute and some 50 co-sponsors.

“These past six months have not been good for the alarmist camp,” understated James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy at Heartland and manager of the conference. “Emails disclosed by a whistle-blower at the University of East Anglia show that key climate data supporting the purported crisis from rising global temperatures were doctored or manipulated, and scientists with contrary data were ignored or blackballed from peer-reviewed journals.”

Additionally, Taylor noted, the cap-and-trade scheme to tax carbon emissions is dead in the U.S. Senate. The director of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change —whose reports are the bible of the global warming alarmists—has lost support from key allies for conflicts of interest, and they are demanding his resignation. And an increasing majority of the public in the U.S. is skeptical about the causes and severity of global warming.

“It’s time to step back and reconsider what we know and what we don’t know about the science and economics of global warming—especially the costs and benefits of proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Taylor said. “The fourth International Conference on Climate Change will do exactly that.”

Among the confirmed presenters at the conference are scientists Dr. Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dr. Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama at Huntsville and economists Dr. Robert Mendelsohn of Yale University and Dr. Gabriel Calzada of King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

Other international luminaries include Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov of the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, Dr. Fred Goldberg of the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Dr. Helen Roe of Queens University in Belfast, and Dr. Garth Paltridge of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Oceans Studies in Australia.

Some 700 policymakers, opinion leaders, elected national and state legislators, media as well as scientists and economists are expected at the conference, which opens with a keynote address Sunday, May 16, and concludes Tuesday afternoon, May 18, at the Marriott Hotel on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.

For further information about registration, the program, and speakers, go to www.globalwarmingheartland.org.

Or contact Dan Miller or Tammy Nash at The Heartland Institute, [email protected] or [email protected].