Top Scientists at Conference

Published April 1, 2009

The second International Conference on Climate Change featured some of the world’s leading climate scientists. In addition to keynoters Czech President Vaclav Klaus, MIT scientist Richard S. Lindzen, and astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, the following headliners were expected to speak:

* William Gray, Colorado State University, leading researcher into tropical weather patterns.

* Stephen McIntyre, primary author of Climate Audit, a blog devoted to the analysis and discussion of climate data. He is a devastating critic of the temperature record of the past 1,000 years, particularly the work of Michael E. Mann, creator of the infamous “hockey stick” graph. That graph—thoroughly discredited in scientific circles—supposedly proved that mankind is responsible for a sharp increase in greenhouse gases.

* Arthur Robinson, curator of a global warming petition signed by more than 32,000 American scientists, including more than 10,000 with doctorate degrees, rejecting the alarmist assertion that global warming has put the Earth in crisis and is caused primarily by mankind.

* Willie Soon, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

* Roy Spencer, University of Alabama at Huntsville, principal research scientist and team leader on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

— Dan Miller