Climate Realism

I’m in the heart of Manhattan attending the Heartland Institute’s 2009 International Conference on Climate Change: Was it Ever Really a Crisis?

The conference is a gathering of global warming skeptics or more accurately climate realists. Many distinguished scientists, like Patrick Michaels Richard Lindzen are on the program. Tonight’s opening keynote speaker is Vaclav Klaus former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Some may remember Klaus’ 2007 broadside against global warming alarmism in the Financial Times, where he said:

As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning. The environmentalists ask for immediate political action because they do not believe in the long-term positive impact of economic growth and ignore both the technological progress that future generations will undoubtedly enjoy, and the proven fact that the higher the wealth of society, the higher is the quality of the environment. They are Malthusian pessimists.

Other notables attending are Lord Christopher Monkton, the former Thatcher advisor who challenged Al Gore to a debate and never got a response; Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep you Misinformed. Greenpeace was caught rifling through his garbage as part of a smear campaign.

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There are several tracks in the program, including the economics and politics of climate change. I will be attending most of those to better understand tactics and strategy to help fight the alarmists here in Maryland, who are doing their damndest to make life more expensive for all of us.

More to come…

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