PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute to Present Latest Climate Science in Poland During COP-24

Published November 15, 2018


The Heartland Institute, globally recognized as the leading think tank promoting skepticism of man-caused catastrophic global warming, will present the latest science on the climate in Katowice, Poland, host city of the United Nations’ 24th Conference of the Parties (COP-24). Heartland’s event, featuring two scientists and three experts on climate and energy policy in the United States and Europe, will be held at the Vienna House East Katowice from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time.

This event will also feature the public debut of a new 1,000-page report from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) titled Climate Change Reconsidered: Fossil Fuels. It is the latest in what is now a five-volume, 4,000-plus page series stretching back to 2009 critiquing the work of the UN’s IPCC.

What: Presentations on latest climate science

Who: Craig Idso, Ph.D., founder, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change; Horst-Joachim Lüdecke, Ph.D., spokesman, European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE); Dennis Avery, director, Center for Global Food Issues; James Taylor, senior fellow, The Heartland Institute; Wolfgang Müller, general secretary, EIKE.

Where: Vienna House Katowice, Ulica Sokolska 24, 40086 Katowice, Poland

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (local time)

Media contact (OPEN PRESS): Jim Lakely, [email protected], 312-731-9364.

This event will be live-streamed starting at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET).

The Heartland Institute is attending COP-24 in Katowice with NGO-Observer credentials during the first week, reporting from the conference site on Monday, Tuesday morning (before Heartland’s science and policy event), and Wednesday. The following statement from James Taylor, senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, may be used for attribution.

“Each year the verdict becomes stronger and clearer that the scientific evidence debunks global warming alarmism. While the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties frantically searches for reasons to justify its continued existence, The Heartland Institute is proud to present the science that debunks U.N. alarmism.

“We will also be presenting examples of real-world evidence contradicting important U.N. climate claims. We will be delivering the truth that the only thing ‘settled’ about the global warming debate is that U.N. climate reports have little credibility. Skeptics present a far better scientific case.”

The December 4 event at the Vienna House Katowice – just one kilometer away from the COP-24 site – will include the first public presentation of Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels. That will be followed by 30-minute presentations by Dr. Idso, Dr. Lüdecke, Mr. Avery, and Mr. Taylor, as well as a group discussion about the latest climate data and the goings-on at COP-24.

In October, NIPCC posted a draft version of the Summary for Policymakers of Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels, which can be reviewed here. The Heartland Institute serves as the publisher of the NIPCC volumes.


Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels assesses the costs and benefits of the use of fossil fuels (principally coal, oil, and natural gas) by reviewing scientific and economic literature on organic chemistry, climate science, public health, economic history, human security, and theoretical studies based on integrated assessment models (IAMs). It is the fifth volume in the Climate Change Reconsidered series and, like the preceding volumes, it focuses on research overlooked or ignored by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Previous volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered series were published in 200920112013, and 2014. Those volumes — along with separate executive summaries for each report— are available for free online on this site. Use the links on this page or use the pull-down menu that appears when clicking on the tab titled “Volumes” at the top of this page. Print copies can be ordered at The Heartland Institute’s online store or at

The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) is an international network of climate scientists sponsored by three nonprofit organizations: the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), and The Heartland Institute. It was convened in 2013 to provide an independent review of the reports produced by the United Nations’ IPCC.

Outline of Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels (Summary for Policymakers)

Table of Contents


Part 1: Foundations

  1. Environmental Economics
  2. Climate Science

Part II: Benefits of Fossil Fuels

  1. Human Prosperity
  2. Human Health
  3. Environmental Benefits

Part III: Costs of Fossil Fuels

  1. Air Pollution
  2. Human Security
  3. Cost-benefit Analysis

Appendix 1: Acronyms

Appendix 2: Authors, Contributors, and Reviewers


Horst-Joachim Lüdecke, Ph.D., is a German physicist for fluid mechanics and emeritus professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, Germany. He is the author of textbooks on climate change and a critic of the hypothesis of man-made global warming. He is an active member and press spokesman of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE).

Dr. Lüdecke studied physics and then researched in the field of nuclear physics. In BASF Ludwigshafen he created one of the first German pressure surge programs, published numerous papers on stationary and transient pipe flow and chemical engineering, and worked on numerical computer models for the flow processes in pipelines and supply pipe networks.

Since his retirement from regular teaching, Dr. Lüdecke has been involved in climate research. He published the non-fiction books CO2 and Climate Protection, and Energy and Climate, and conducted research in the field of statistical analysis of temperature series. Dr. Lüdecke regularly delivers lectures and writes on climate science in the public square.

Craig Idso, Ph.D., is the founder, former president, and currently chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. The Center was founded in 1998 as a non-profit public charity dedicated to discovering and disseminating scientific information pertaining to the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide enrichment on climate and the biosphere. The Center produces a weekly online newsletter, CO2 Science, and maintains a massive online collection of editorials on and reviews of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles relating to global climate change. Dr. Idso – along with Dr. S. Fred Singer and Dr. Robert Carter – has been a lead author of all five volumes of the Climate Change Reconsidered series.

Dr. Idso’s research has appeared many times in peer-reviewed journals, including Geophysical Research Letters, Energy & Environment, Atmospheric Environment, Technology, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Journal of Climate, and The Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science. Dr. Idso is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment; CO2, Global Warming and Coral Reefs; and Enhanced or Impaired? Human Health in a CO2-Enriched Warmer World.

Dr. Idso earned a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University. He was a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University and has lectured in Meteorology at Arizona State University. Dr. Idso is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences, Association of American Geographers, Ecological Society of America, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Dennis Avery is the director of the Center for Global Food Issues and a senior fellow at both The Heartland Institute and the Hudson Institute. With Dr. S. Fred Singer, he is coauthor of Unstoppable Global Warming – Every 1,500 Years, which spent weeks on The New York Times best-seller list in early 2007. Avery is the author of Global Food Progress 1991 (Hudson Institute, 1991) and Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of High-Yield Farming (Hudson Institute, 1995). The second edition of Saving the Planet was published in 2000.

Avery writes a weekly column on environmental issues that are widely regarded across the country and internationally. He has been quoted in publications ranging from Time and The Washington Post to The Farm Journal. Avery’s article, “What’s Wrong with Global Warming?” was published in the August 1999 issue of Reader’s Digest. Avery studied agricultural economics at Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin. He holds awards for outstanding performance from three different government agencies and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1983.

James Taylor is a senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism. Taylor has presented energy and environment analysis on CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, PBS Frontline, CBS Evening News, ABC World News, and other TV and radio outlets across the country. He has been published in every major newspaper in the country.

He has been a featured presenter at conferences sponsored by such groups as the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, National Foundation of Women Legislators, State Policy Network (SPN), CPAC,  ato Institute, Heritage Foundation, and European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE).

Wolfgang Müller is general secretary of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) Germany’s leading think tank for climate and energy policies. Before co-founding EIKE he worked for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Germany and abroad as project director Southern Africa and country representative in Zimbabwe. Prior to this he spent three years in India undertaking research on the deregulation of the Indian economy and its impact on Indian industries.

Müller studied at the University of Konstanz Germany and graduated in 1991 as M.A. in Business Administration/Major: International Relations (Structural Adjustment Programmes in Sub Sahara Africa). He is member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Friedrich August von Hayek Society, board member of the Institute for Free Enterprise in Berlin and serves on the Advisory Board of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation in Katowice, Poland.

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