By Richard S. Lindzen, Ph.D. Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
"CO2 for different people has different attractions. After all, what is it? - it’s not a pollutant, it’s a product of every living creature’s breathing, it’s the product of all plant respiration, it is essential for plant life and photosynthesis, it’s a product of all industrial burning, it’s a product of driving - I mean, if you ever wanted a leverage point to control everything from exhalation to driving, this would be a dream. So it has a kind of fundamental attractiveness to bureaucratic mentality.”
On March 8-10, 2009, The Heartland Institute will host the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change, a three-day conference in New York City bringing together leading scientists, economists, legislators, and policy analysts from around the world to discuss climate change and related issues.
The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change will take place at the Marriott Marquis Times Square Hotel, 1535 Broadway, in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate the sharing of information among climate experts and generate international media attention to the fact that many scientists believe global warming is not a crisis.
The first conference, held in March of this year, was an unqualified success. The conference was extensively covered by the international media and allowed more than 100 global warming experts to share information and ideas regarding the latest science, economics, and politics regarding global warming.
Hosting the conference for the second consecutive year will be The Heartland Institute, a 24-year-old national nonpartisan think tank based in Chicago. “All of the event’s expenses are being covered by individual and foundation donors to Heartland,” said Dan Miller, executive vice president of the institute. “No corporate dollars earmarked for the event were solicited or accepted.”
The 2009 New York conference expected to draw up to 1,000 scientists and experts who feel the global warming crisis has been “cancelled” by new scientific discoveries. The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change will serve as a platform for scientists and policy analysts from around the world who question the theory of man-made climate change. This year’s theme, “Global Warming Crisis: Cancelled,” calls attention to new research findings that contradict the conclusions of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. “Last March we proved that the skeptics in the debate over global warming constitute the center or mainstream of the scientific community, while the alarmists are on the fringe,” said Heartland President Joseph Bast. “In the past six months, the science has grown even more convincing that global warming is not a crisis. Opinion polls and political events, including the defeat of ‘cap-and-trade’ legislation in the U.S. Senate, also suggest this ‘crisis’ is over. It has been cancelled by sound science and common sense.”
See release with list of speakers here.
Colorado Rep. Kevin Lundberg
Global Warming Policies Are Not Based on Scientific Evidence. Where are the Facts? The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) challenges President-elect Obama to provide any evidence that the opinions he cited in his first major policy statement on global warming are based in reality. RSCC chairman, Rep. Kevin Lundberg, said “It sounded more like something a Hollywood speech writer would put together for a movie script, rather than a serious policy statement for a president-elect.”
Meanwhile time to respond to EPA Rulemaking is growing short (deadline November 28, 2008). If you want an easy way to comment, you can use this model comment here. You can add (or subtract) anything to that you want. Heritage Foundation has a similar site here. It is important not only to have good comments, but a good number of comments. Hopefully we can inject some rationality into the process.
By Chris Horner
The press is reporting that California Representative Henry Waxman, a very liberal Congressman representing Beverly Hills, has defeated Michigan Representative John Dingell in a secret vote and will become the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
To get an idea of what to expect from Waxman, consider the following quip from CEI’s Chris Horner: “Funny how Dems elected a guy to chair Energy and Commerce who opposes both.” If only it were funny. As we noted in an earlier post, expect Waxman to push hard for energy rationing policies to placate his ultra rich, Hollywood constituents.
November 7, 2008
Interviews with Dr. Hans Labohm On MatrixNewsnetwork.com and Dr. Bob Carter and Dr. Bill Kininmonth Australian Environment Foundation conference in Canberra and Dr. Khandekar in Canada
See the presentations on climate change by Bob Carter & Bill Kininmonth made at the recent Australian Environment Foundation conference in Canberra as detailed below.
Bob Carter AEF 2008 Pt 1
Bob Carter AEF 2008 PT 2
Bob Carter AEF 2008 Pt 3
Bob Carter AEF 2008 PT 4
Video with Dr. Madhav Khandekar, formerly of Environment Canada and a frequent Icecap contributor here.
Video of the late great Reid Bryson on CNBC in December 2007, his last video interview. He died in June 12, 2008 at the age of 88.
See this video Not Evil Just Wrong on a movie hopefully coming to a theatre/school near you.
Also read this interview of Ian Plimer by Lateline Business in Australia.
The family of Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of such historic and prehistoric science fantasies as Jurassic Park,Timeline and The Andromeda Strain, says the author has died in Los Angeles. Crichton died on Tuesday at age 66. He had been privately battling cancer, his family said. “Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand,” his family said in a statement.
BBC could not help add this comment in their story: “Crichton’s 2004 bestseller State of Fear caused controversy when it cast doubt on the dangers of global warming. Environmentalists said his novel was marring efforts to pass legislation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”
A tribute compilation by Marc Morano of stories on Michael Chrichton’s efforts on behalf of a less politiczed and more data oriented view on climate change can be found here. See Crichtons Address “Aliens Cause Gobal Warming” from 2003 reproduced by the Wall Street Journal on November 7, 2008 here.
Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, MIT
"What historians will definitely wonder about in future centuries is how deeply flawed logic, obscured by shrewd and unrelenting propaganda, actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that CO2 from human industry was a dangerous, planet-destroying toxin. It will be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world - that CO2, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison. See more here. From TWTW November 1, 2008 by Dr. Fred Singer available here.
By Dr. Richard S. Lindzen note to Benny Peiser
"The developing world early realized that carbon control was a ploy to constrain their development into meaningful competitors. Now they are matching the cynicism of the developed world.
Rajendra Pachauri simultaneously helped prepare a climate report for the Government of India that argues that climate change will not be a problem for India, while, as head of the IPCC, he preaches that climate change will bring doom and disaster to the rest of the world, and urges the west to become vegetarian. Somehow, the cynicism seems remarkably clear to many - even if the Nobel Peace Prize Committee fails to notice it.”
Richard S. Lindzen
Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA