Second International Conference on Climate Change
The Second International Conference on Climate Change sponsored by The Heartland Institute was held March 8-10 2009 in New York.
The key question of the Conference of "Global warming: Was it ever really a crisis?”
Other key questions asked were:
How do present temperatures compare to the Medieval Warm Period 1,000 years ago?
What is the track record for forecasts made by computer models? By the IPCC?
How long will the Earth’s recent cooling trend last?
What are the current effects of climate change on, and the future outlook for, the polar regions?
How much of the warming during the 20th century was natural and how much was man-made?
Does the rejection by the U.S. Senate of “cap and trade” legislation mean political action is unlikely in the future?
Does India’s and China’s refusal to cap or reduce their emissions spell the end of international agreements on climate change?
Does new evidence reveal greater negative feedbacks from rising CO2 levels than models assume?
Who profits from global warming alarmism?
About 800 scientists, economists, legislators, policy activists, and media representatives attended the event, which took place at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. Produced by The Heartland Institute and 60 co-sponsoring organizations, the conference is devoted to answering questions overlooked by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Headliners among the 80 presenters included:
Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic and of the European Union. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he declared, “Environmentalism and the global warming alarmism is challenging our freedom. I’m afraid that the current crisis will be misused for radically constraining the functioning of the markets and market economy all around the world.”
American astronaut Dr. Jack Schmitt--the last living man to walk on the moon--a geologist Ph.D. who has contended he has seen “too many of [my] colleagues lose grant funding when they haven’t gone along with the so-called political consensus that we’re in a human-caused global warming.”
William Gray, Colorado State University, who claims global warming alarmists have hijacked the American Meteorological Society.
Richard Lindzen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s leading experts in dynamic meteorology, especially planetary waves.
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.
Don Easterbrook, professor of geology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, who will present new data showing “the most recent global warming that began in 1977 is over, and the Earth has entered a new phase of global cooling.”