Skeptics of climate change gathering in Las Vegas

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The 9th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) organized by skeptics of climate change and wholeheartedly believing that humans are not impacting the world’s weather in a measurable degree will gather July 7–9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The organizers, The Heartland Institute organizers are touting that Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who dropped out of the movement, will give one of the keynote addresses at the conference.

According to Moore’s biography, he helped found Greenpeace in 1971 and served as its president and international director before leaving Greenpeace in 1986. He wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Earth Day 2008 that he could not remain with Greenpeace, because “the environmental movement is not always guided by science.” Moore wrote, “Greenpeace has evolved into an organization of extremism and politically motivated agendas.” Good environmental stewardship, he concluded, “requires that science, not political agendas, drive our public policy.” He has switched his rhetoric to claiming that climate change is not overwhelmingly caused by humans, and this is quite a switch from his 70s and early 80s contentions.

“We are happy to welcome Patrick Moore to his first International Conference on Climate Change,” said Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, which is hosting the conference for the ninth time. “He will find a welcome audience of open-minded scholars and civic and business leaders who are eager to hear his insights on the modern environmental movement.” The U.S.-based Heartland Institute is known as one of the most vocal anti-climate change organizations in the world.

Heartland claims hundreds of the world’s most prominent “skeptics” of the claim that human activity is causing a climate crisis will be at the conference to review their latest sponsored climate research and discuss the policy implications of government energy and environmental policies. The conference website for registering is available here: conference Web site.

The conference will feature 10 plenary addresses and 21 break-out sessions featuring nearly 60 speakers. Confirmed speakers other than Moore include:

  • Roy Spencer, Ph.D., principal research scientist for the University of Alabama
  • Habibullo Abdussamatov, Ph.D., Space Research Sector of the Pulkovo Observatory
  • Joe Bastardi, chief forecaster at Weatherbell Analytics
  • Hon. George Christensen, member of the Australian Parliament
  • Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, editor of Energy & Environment, a peer-reviewed science journal
  • Patrick Michaels, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute
  • John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel
  • Craig Idso, Ph.D., founder and former president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
  • Anthony Lupo, Ph.D., professor of atmospheric science, University of Missouri
  • S. Fred Singer, Ph.D., emeritus professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia
  • William Kininmonth, climatologist, Australasian Climate Research Institute
  • Jennifer Marohasy, Ph.D., biologist, Centre for Plant and Water Science, Central Queensland University
  • Lord Christopher Monckton, former science advisor to Margaret Thatcher and chief policy advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute
  • Hal Doiron, Ph.D., a retired NASA rocket scientist who worked in the Apollo Program
  • Anthony Watts, chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio and publisher of “Watts Up With That,” the most-read climate blog in the world

Heartland’s ninth climate conference will coincide with the release of the fifth volume of the Climate Change Reconsidered series by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). The third volume, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science, was released in September 2012. The fourth volume, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, was released in April. The fifth volume, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Human Welfare, Energy and Policies, will be released digitally prior to the conference.

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