Thirty-two Organizations Cosponsor Ninth International Conference on Climate Change

Published June 30, 2014

Number of Sponsors Illustrates Range and Depth of Skepticism about Man-Made Global Warming.

Thirty-two organizations, including several well-known think tanks and advocacy organizations, are cosponsoring an event billed as “the world’s largest gathering of global warming skeptics” in Las Vegas July 7–9. The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC9) features 60 of the world’s leading scientists and policy experts who are skeptical of man-caused global warming.

The sponsoring groups represent a wide swath of organizations working to advance free markets and sound science, including The Heritage Foundation, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and George C. Marshall Institute.

“This is a great show of unity in opposition to the global warming alarmism of President Obama and radical environmental groups,” said Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, the leading organizer and host of the event. “Having all these organizations endorse this conference means skepticism about man-made global warming continues to spread and gain respectability.”

Global Warming Debate
The debate over the causes and consequences of global warming (or “climate change”) is one of the great controversies of the modern era. While environmental activists and some politicians claim “the debate is over” and call for immediate action to reduce man-made greenhouse gas emissions, others say the science points to only a very small human impact – too small to warrant concern – and the costs of trying to prevent global warming far exceed the benefits.

Ninth International Conference on Climate Change
The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change is expected to attract nearly 1,000 speakers, scientists, and guests willing to question whether man-made global warming is a problem worth addressing. The event has 32 cosponsors and features 60 prominent scientists and economists as keynoters or panelists.

Click here to register for media credentials for the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, July 7–9.

The program features three concurrent tracks of information – science, public policy, and communications – with five plenary sessions and 21 break-out sessions. Ten individuals will receive awards recognizing their contributions to global warming skepticism. Click here to see the schedule of events, and click here to see the list of award winners.

Below is a list of co-sponsors, in alphabetical order, including a brief description of the organizations and quotes for attribution.

Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance
The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is a grassroots advocacy and activist organization dedicated to standing up for hardworking Australian taxpayers against special-interest groups. We oppose the high taxes, wasteful spending, and crippling red tape that are hurting Australian families and businesses, and we provide a voice for everyone who opposes the big-government agenda.

“The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is once again delighted to cosponsor the ICCC,” said Tim Andrews, executive director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “With Australia set to repeal our destructive tax on carbon dioxide, we look forward to other countries following suit through learning from the experts at the conference, and rejecting failed policies based on alarmism and not real science.”

Ayn Rand Institute
The Ayn Rand Institute offers a variety of educational experiences to promote Ayn Rand’s philosophy and her principles of reason, rational self-interest, and laissez-faire capitalism. Our perspective on issues of the day are based on the principles of a free society: laissez-faire capitalism, its moral foundations, its life-promoting consequences, and the pro-reason culture required.

The real battle isn’t over the environment. It’s about freedom. Blue challenges today’s radical Green ideas, contending economic development is not the enemy but the best friend of environmental stewardship; CO2 is life not pollution; and the world needs more people. Blue is a movement to replace Green.

“I’m so pumped to hear and meet some of the most well-qualified and well-known critics of green alarmism in the world at the ICCC9,” said J.D. King, director of Blue, a documentary that kicks off an alternative to the out-of-control Green movement.

Carbon Sense Coalition, Australia
The Carbon Sense Coalition is a voluntary group of people concerned about the extent to which carbon is wrongly vilified in Western societies, particularly in government, the media, and in business circles. We aim to restore balance and reason to the carbon debate, and to explain and defend the key role of carbon in production of most of our energy for heat, light, and transportation, and all of our food.

“The Carbon Sense Coalition is proud to endorse the Heartland Climate Conference and happy to be a co-sponsor,” said Viv Forbes, chairman of Carbon Sense Coalition, Australia. “This is an important conference to illustrate that there is no consensus on the science, and considerable logic and evidence to indicate that carbon dioxide does not control world climate.”

Center for Industrial Progress
The Center for Industrial Progress is a for-profit think-tank that offers a positive alternative to the anti-industrial Green movement. CIP pursues its mission through thought-leading content, high-impact messaging, and world-class training for a new generation of industrial advocates.

Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise
The Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation, was founded on July 4, 1976, the bicentennial of the American Revolution. We are here to continue that Revolution of liberty, free enterprise, and individual initiative. We research and disseminate through speakers, conferences, and publications.

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change provides regular commentary and original research in the world-wide scientific quest to determine the climatic and biological consequences of the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content, publishing material weekly in its CO2 Science magazine. The center also partners with The Heartland Institute and the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) to produce the official reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

The Colder Side of Global Warming
The Colder Side of Global Warming© is a website answering questions about climate and exposing problems in describing its effects. Speaking engagement availability is highlighted on the home page, and CO2 and Temperature disconnect as well as HadCRUT 3 vs 4 differences (designed to mislead?) are highlighted. The “Media” page is worth a comprehensive look!

Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)
Founded in 1985, CFACT strongly believes the power of the market combined with the applications of safe technologies could offer humanity practical solutions to many of the world’s pressing concerns. With an impressive scientific advisory board, aggressive collegiate program, CFACT Europe, United Nations representation, Adopt-A-Village project, global social responsibility program, and “Just the Facts” national radio commentary, CFACT continues to offer positive solutions to today’s global challenges.

Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Our mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. We make the uncompromising case for economic freedom because we believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish.

Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
A coalition of theologians, pastors, ministry leaders, scientists, economists, policy experts, and committed laymen, the Cornwall Alliance is an evangelical voice promoting environmental stewardship and economic development built on Biblical principles.

“This conference is a tremendous opportunity for policymakers, educators, and concerned citizens to become familiar with the outstanding scientific reasons why fighting global warming by reducing CO2 emissions will harm America’s and the world’s poor,” said E. Calvin Beisner, founder and national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. “The scientists, economists, and others gathered for this meeting are not only brilliant but also courageous. They deserve respect and support from every American concerned for integrity in science and in government.”

Energy Makes America Great Inc.
Energy Makes America Great Inc. and its companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE), educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

EPICC Institute
At the EPICC Institute – Energy Policy Issues and Climate Change – we believe the evidence regarding anthropogenic climate change is far from complete and compelling. While global warming alarmists are driving change through the media focused on distancing the world from fossil fuels, we have identified a strategic direction for meeting future energy needs. This direction will minimize carbon emissions and provide the world with reliable and affordable energy, stimulating economic growth and job creation.

FreedomFest is an annual festival where free minds meet to celebrate “great books, great ideas, and great thinkers” in an open-minded society. It is independent, non-partisan, and not affiliated with any organization or think tank. Founded and produced by Mark Skousen since 2002, FreedomFest invites the “best and the brightest” from around the world to talk, strategize, socialize, and celebrate liberty. FreedomFest is open to all and is purely egalitarian, where speakers, attendees, and exhibitors are treated as equals.

George C. Marshall Institute
The George C. Marshall Institute was established in 1984 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation to conduct technical assessments of scientific issues with an impact on public policy. We publish reports, host roundtables and workshops, and collaborate with institutions that share our interest in basing public policy on scientific facts.

The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.
Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. owns seven television stations around the state of Minnesota. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS (KSTP-TV, LLC), Minneapolis/St. Paul’s ABC affiliate, was the first television station to sign on the air in the upper Midwest. Others are KSTC- TV (Minneapolis/St. Paul), KSAX-TV (Alexandria), KRWF-TV (Redwood Falls), WDIO-TV (Duluth), WIRT-TV (Hibbing) and KAAL-TV (Rochester/Austin). HBI also owns three television stations in New York, three television stations in New Mexico, and 30 radio stations in Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, Phoenix, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. Hubbard Media Group, a division of HBI, owns and operates REELZCHANNEL, the national cable and satellite network that is all about movies. F&F Productions is one of the oldest privately held mobile production facilities providers in the United States and is a subsidiary of HBI.

Illinois Coal Association
The Illinois Coal Association is the professional trade organization responsible for the promotion of Illinois coal. The ICA represents the coal industry in Illinois in governmental affairs, public relations, and related matters. The ICA is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1878, comprised of Illinois coal companies, operating under policies set by the organization’s board of directors.

International Climate Science Coalition
The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) is a non-partisan group of independent scientists, economists, and energy and policy experts working to promote better understanding of climate science and related policy worldwide. We aim to help create an environment in which a more rational, open discussion about climate issues emerges, thereby moving the debate away from implementation of costly and ineffectual “climate control” measures. Instead, ICSC encourages assisting vulnerable peoples to adapt to climate variability and continuing scientific research into the causes and impacts of climate change. ICSC also focuses on publicizing the repercussions of misguided plans to “solve the climate crisis.” This includes, but is not limited to, “carbon” sequestration as well as the dangerous impacts of attempts to replace conventional energy supplies with wind turbines, solar power, most biofuels, and other ineffective and expensive energy sources.

Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute provides training to conservatives in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and communications. Since 1979, more than 147,000 conservative activists, students, and leaders around the world have been trained. Graduates include members of Congress, state legislators, local officials, media personalities, and conservative organization leaders.

Liberty Coin Service
Our mission is to provide you, whether a novice or an experienced collector, or a precious metals investor, with strictly graded quality coins and paper money, a wide selection of hobby supplies, historical documents, and other interesting pieces of history.

Liberty Foundation of America
The Liberty Foundation of America seeks to educate policymakers and citizens on the free market and principles of state primacy targeting key states to shape the debate on America’s future, specifically over energy, jobs, agriculture, and other key issues.

Media Research Center
As the nation’s premier media watchdog, the Media Research Center has been documenting, exposing, and neutralizing liberal media bias since 1987. The MRC’s unwavering commitment to this single mission using empirical research and analysis has influenced how millions of Americans perceive so-called objective news reporting. Contributions to the MRC are tax-deductible.

Nanoland Group
Nanoland Group is involved with scientific research related to climate changes and its adverse effects and developing scientific films focusing on the effects of climate change. We are currently conducting a global scientific film project about climate change titled “It’s Tomorrow.” The film broadly deals with climate change and the myth that has been created about global warming and its adverse effects on Earth’s environment. The film will be shot in two parts with a feature-length format and will be entirely produced in the USA, and is scheduled to be released in 2015.

Power for USA
Power for USA provides information on energy issues. Each article published on provides information that is essential for understanding whether government policies improve or worsen the availability and use of energy. Fracking, the generation of electricity, and jargon such as CCS, NGCC, and IGCC is made clear.

“The information provided by Heartland on global warming and climate change is both refreshing and important,” said Donn Dears, owner of the Power for USA website. “The conference provides ample opportunity for many more people to see the work being done by a large number of organizations.”

Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
The Science and Environmental Policy Project is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization. Its mission is to educate politicians, the media, and the public on the importance of scientific rigor in establishing environmental policy and related policies. SEPP does not solicit financial support from industry groups, government entities, or NGOs.

“We are excited to be once again co-sponsoring an International Conference on Climate Change,” said S. Fred Singer, chairman of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP). “Climate realists do not doubt the existence of climate change itself, but are skeptical of the simple-minded proposal to stop the climate from changing – or even to slow the process significantly – by replacing coal and oil to generate electric power and run cars with expensive and intermittent wind and solar energy.

“Scientific data demonstrate convincingly that global temperatures have not risen for the past 15 or more years in spite of the measured ten percent rise in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases,” Singer said. “Yet politicians and many scientists influenced by politics continue to ignore the overwhelming importance of natural causes of global warming and cooling; they – and not skeptical scientists – are the real deniers, The observed facts will always win out over artificial manmade theoretical models attempting to simulate the real climate on computers.

“On behalf of the board of directors of SEPP, I congratulate The Heartland Institute for organizing ICCC9 and for its many important publications about climate change – especially the Climate Change Reconsidered” series of reports written by scientists of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC),” Singer said. “We also thank the Chinese Academy of Sciences for translating and publishing some of these reports.”

Sovereignty International, Inc.
Sovereignty International, Inc., focuses on threats to national sovereignty in public policies, international treaties and agreements, and in educational and cultural trends. Representatives of Sovereignty International have attended U.N. meetings around the world since the mid 1990s, reporting back to American audiences through live radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, and printed special reports.

Stairway Press
Stairway Press is a fiercely independent publisher of climate-related books focusing on topics where the public debate is engaged. Libertarian-leaning SP fights mindless dogma across the entire political spectrum. Bestselling authors include Ilana Mercer, Tim Ball, Denis Rancourt, Joseph Olson, Charles Platt, Ken Coffman, and David J. Cord.

To Kill an Error
To Kill an Error is a novel about global warming intended to popularize the skeptical view of human-caused global warming. It asks readers to question commonly held beliefs about one of the most contentious issue of modern times. While the author’s skepticism about the long-term commercial viability of wind energy goes back almost 40 years, the bulk of his research has taken place in the past four years. Although the book is fiction, the factual elements are largely based on the public stances taken by both sides of the global warming debate.

“I am thrilled to be part of the ICCC9,” said Jed van de Poll, author of To Kill an Error, who added he has been a “dedicated follower” of the live-streams of previous conferences.

Virginia Scientists and Engineers for Energy and the Environment
Virginia Scientists and Engineers for Energy and the Environment (VA-SEEE) is a coalition of like-minded professionals advocating public policies regarding energy and environment based on verifiable science, not emotional appeal. Society benefits when impartial physical evidence and reason are guiding principles, not when they are ignored or replaced by dogma.

For more information about The Heartland Institute, contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at [email protected] or 312/377-4000.

The Heartland Institute is a 30-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.