Sununu Addresses Climate Change Conference ; Link to “Politics of Global Warming”

Published March 10, 2009

John H. Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire and chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush, delivered a keynote address to the largest-ever gathering of climate change “skeptics” in New York City this morning.

Sununu is among more than 80 scientists, economists, and policy experts confronting the subject of global warming at the second International Conference on Climate Change, hosted by The Heartland Institute and 60 cosponsoring organizations.

“Since basic hard science is more difficult to bias, they [resort] to modeling,” Sununu said of those who crusade for the theory of man-made global warming. “And since critics will take the time to examine their assumptions, they make the models big, obscure, and full of complex feedback structures much too abstract to debate in a public forum.

“In the past,” Sununu said, “when [alarmists] tried some of this on population explosion and global starvation, or global cooling, or their Malthusian vision of a world running out of resources, they were thwarted by nature and technology. Over time, we are confident that nature will thwart them again. Their computer model-generated output may give them the result they want for press releases, but nature is not impressed.”

The full text of Sununu’s remarks is available online at

For more information about the second International Conference on Climate Change, including additional proceedings as they are made available by the speakers, visit The conference opened Sunday, March 8 and closes at 3:00 pm today, March 10.