Rep. Lamar Smith to Speak at Tenth International Conference on Climate Change

Published May 27, 2015

Heartland Institute Conference June 1112 in Washington, DC to Feature
Chairmen of Key Committees in Both Houses of Congress

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, will deliver the luncheon keynote speech at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC.

Smith’s participation in ICCC10, organized by The Heartland Institute, means the chairmen of both key climate and energy committees in Congress will speak on the opening day. U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is delivering the breakfast keynote address at 8 a.m.

See the schedule for ICCC10 here, and register to attend as media at this link.

Smith’s committee has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

“We’re honored to welcome Chairman Smith to his first International Conference on Climate Change,” said John Nothdurft, director of government relations at The Heartland Institute. “With Sen. Inhofe scheduled to speak that morning, the public and the press can hear about the climate and energy agenda for the 114th Congress straight from the chairmen themselves.”

The two-day conference features five keynote speeches, five climate award presentations, and 14 panel discussions. The public may attend the event by registering at this link.

Speakers will explore the following questions, which are key to implementing sound public policy:

■ Is climate science sufficiently advanced to allow accurate forecasts of future global temperature changes and weather?

■ Are temperatures more likely to cool than warm in the next century?

■ Should policies adopted at the height of the global warming scare be repealed and replaced with pro-environment, pro-energy, and pro-jobs policies?

■ Given the new science and economics of climate change, isn’t it time for a fresh start to the debate over what, if anything, to do about global warming?

Among the topics speakers will discuss at the conference:

■ Satellite data show the global atmospheric temperature has not risen since the late 1990s – 18 years and four months – while human carbon dioxide emissions over that period represent 25 percent of all emissions since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, which began 150 years ago.

■ Sea-level rise has not accelerated beyond the trend that began at the end of the previous ice age.

■ The total amount of polar ice at the two poles is almost unchanged since satellites first measured it in the early 1970s.

Among the policy questions the conference will explore:

■ Is the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere a net positive or net negative for plant life, animals, and human prosperity?

■ What is the cost of restrictions on energy generation and consumption imposed by the Obama administration and the United Nations?

■ Is it moral to withhold affordable and reliable energy from impoverished people living in the United States and those in developing countries?

To see videos from the nine previous International Conferences on Climate Change, click here.

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