Scientists and Policy Analysts Confirmed to Speak at 2008 International Conference on Climate Change

Published January 25, 2008

(Chicago, Illinois – January 25, 2008) Twelve speakers have been confirmed for the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, to take place March 2-4 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square in New York. The conference is being organized by The Heartland Institute, a national nonpartisan think tank based in Chicago.

The experts who will speak at the event represent a global community of scientists and policy analysts who question the theory of man-made climate change. They contend there is no consensus in the scientific community that human activity is the cause of global warming.

Scientists, economists, and policy experts whose work has focused on some dimension of climate change, particularly challenging popular misconceptions about the causes, extent, and consequences of the modern warming, will present a side of the debate often ignored by the mainstream media and shunned by government bodies.

The global warming debate that the public and policymakers usually see is one-sided, dominated by government scientists and government organizations agenda-driven to find data that suggest a human impact on climate and to call for immediate government action. There is another side, but in recent years it has been denied a platform from which to speak.

“The debate over whether human activity is responsible for some or all of the modern warming, and then what to do if our presence on Earth is indeed affecting the global climate, has enormous consequences for everyone in virtually all parts of the globe,” noted Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute.

“Proposals to drive down human greenhouse gas emissions by raising energy costs or imposing draconian caps could dramatically affect the quality of life of people in developed countries, and, due to globalization, the lives of people in less-developed countries too,” Bast noted.

The confirmed speakers are:

David Archibald
Summa Development Limited.
Perth, WA, Australia
[email protected]

Will Alexander
Professor Emeritus
Department of Civil and Biosystems Engineering
University of Pretoria, South Africa
[email protected]

Chris Horner
Senior Fellow
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Washington, DC
[email protected]

Jay Lehr
Science Director
The Heartland Institute
Chicago, IL
[email protected]

Bryan Leyland
International Climate Science Coalition
Auckland, New Zealand.
[email protected]

Ross McKitrick
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
University of Guelph
Ontario, Canada
[email protected]

Patrick Michaels
Research Professor
Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
[email protected]

Christopher Monckton
Viscount of Brenchly
former Policy Advisor to Margaret Thatcher
United Kingdom
[email protected]

Jim O’Brien
Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor
Meteorology and Oceanography
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
[email protected]

Tim Patterson
Department of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology)
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
[email protected]

Paul Reiter
Institute Pasteur
Unit of Insects and Infectious Diseases
Paris, France
[email protected]

George Taylor
Department of Meteorology
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
[email protected]

To view the tentative schedule or register for this event, please visit

Additional cosponsors and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about the event, contact James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute, at 941-776-5690 or email at [email protected]. For more information about The Heartland Institute, please contact Harriette Johnson, media relations manager at 312/377-4000 or email at [email protected].