Columnist Andrew Revkin, reporting from the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change (“Cool View of Science at Meeting on Warming,” March 4), wrote that only 19 of the more-than-500 people in attendance came to the front of the room when scientists were asked to participate in a photo op.
As Mr. Revkin knows, that request was made at the last minute, after the room had nearly emptied after lunch. Unfortunately, his delight in reporting such a poor response has been re-reported widely.
We made a similar request the next day before our lunch guests left the room. More than three times as many people responded. Even that underestimates the number of scientists in attendance at the event, as several had left for their homes by that time.
Joseph L. Bast ([email protected]) is a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute and organizer of the 2008 International Climate Change Conference.