The Heartland Institute’s Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-7) took place in Chicago, Illinois from Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
Videos of the presentations are available at Heartland’s Climate Conference Archive Site.
The conference ended on a high note, with speakers and attendees agreeing that realists have taken the lead in the ongoing scientific debate, that the public is now strongly on their side, and that the coming elections are likely to cause the reversal of the anti-energy and anti-science policies of the recent past.
Approximately fifty speakers addressed nearly 300 audience members eager to learn the truth about the causes and consequences of climate change. Especially noteworthy speakers included Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, Congressman James Sensenbrenner, European Parliament member Roger Helmer, and former astronauts Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Walter Cunningham.
This year’s theme was “Real Science, Real Choices.” Scientists, doctors, and economists from Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Norway, and the U.S. addressed everything from the latest research on solar cycles and cosmic rays to paleoclimatology, extreme weather events, renewable fuels, and contemporary temperature records. A panel composed of former NASA astronauts, scientists and administrators described how NASA is damaging its reputation for sound science by issuing false and exaggerated predictions of future climate change.
The conference was cohosted by a record 60 think tanks and other civic and business groups, including organizations in Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Nigeria. Well-known cosponsors based in the U.S. include the Acton Institute, American Conservative Union, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Americans for Tax Reform, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Reason Foundation. Invitations were extended to more than 50 scientists who support the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s perspective, but none agreed to attend.
Sun News, a television network in Canada, conducted interviews with many of the speakers and hosts of the conference and produced an hour-long special report on the conference. Ezra Levant’s introduction to that report can be viewed here.
Liberty Institute has been a partner of Heartland Institute for some years now. The Institute has been distributing copies of the 800 page report “Climate Change Reconsidered”, prepared by the Non-Governmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). If you would like to receive a complimentary copy, please write to info@LibertyInstitute.org.in
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By: Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute, New Delhi. Liberty Institute believes in changing the intellectual climate.
The theme of the 7th International Conference on Climate Change was “Real Science, Real Choices.” We featured approximately 50 scientists and policy experts speaking at plenary sessions and panel discussions exploring what real climate science is telling us about the causes and consequences of climate change, and the real consequences of choices being made based on the current perceptions of the state of climate science.
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