International Flavor in May Climate Conference

Published April 8, 2010

Mirroring the worldwide forum where the debate over climate change takes place, the fourth International Conference on Climate Change May 16-18 in Chicago will feature more than 27 foreign experts from a dozen nations.

“Global warming alarmism is in retreat all around the world,” observed James M. Taylor, director of the conference. “Public polling data show a global decline in climate change fears, and nations around the world are pulling back on their willingness to subject citizens to carbon dioxide rationing. Presenters at the fourth International Conference on Climate Change will present facts that confirm the wisdom of the public’s rejection of carbon dioxide restrictions.”

Among the leading climate scientists and economists from abroad are:

* Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the Space Research Laboratory at the Pulkovo Observatory and head of the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

* Dr. Gabriel Calzada, associate professor of economics at King Juan Carlos University in Spain and director of applied economics courses at the Environmental Science Faculty. Dr. Calzada authored a 2009 study that showed two private-sector jobs in Spain were pre-empted out of existence for every purported “green” job created by new government policies.

* Dr. Eigil Friis-Christensen, director of the Danish National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark.

* Dr. Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera, theoretical physicist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

* Andrei Illarionov, who served six years ending in 2005 as chief economic advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

* Stephen McIntyre, editor of Climate Audit, the Canadian Web site that was instrumental in revealing severe problems in data that recreated past global temperatures.

* Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner, emeritus professor of paleogeophysics and geodynamics at Stockholm University, Sweden.

* Dr. Ian Plimer, chairman of Mining Geology at the University of Adelaide in Australia and emeritus professor of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne.

They will join more than 60 other elite scientists, economists, and policy makers as they address the theme “Reconsidering the science and economics of climate change.” The conference is produced by The Heartland Institute, a 26-year-old Chicago-based think tank that in 2008 and 2009 hosted three international conferences challenging the claim that a consensus exists among scientists that global warming has brought Earth to a crisis point and that human activity primarily is to blame.

The conference is open to the public. Some 1,000 scientists, economists, business people, state and federal legislators and regulators, thought leaders, and media representatives are expected to attend the event, at the Marriott Hotel on Michigan Avenue.

Conference director Taylor noted, “Our speakers don’t all agree on the causes, extent, or consequences of climate change or what, if anything, should be done. We invited these top scientists and economists to share their latest research, and engage in respectful debate.”

Complimentary registration is available to qualified print, broadcast, and online journalists. For more information, contact Dan Miller or Tammy Nash at The Heartland Institute, [email protected] or [email protected].

The nonprofit Heartland Institute is funded by 1,700 donors. No corporate donor provides more than 5 percent of its $7 million annual budget.