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Hundreds of scientists to attend; conference organizers to challenge "myth of global warming crisis".

Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic and current President of the European Union, is scheduled to give the keynote address at the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change.

The conference is devoted to scientists and policymakers skeptical of human-induced global warming, and is intended in part as a counterpoint to the UN IPCC-organized climate conferences. It is being held March 8-10 in New York City.

Some of the many scientists scheduled to speak include:

  • Richard Lindzen, atmospheric physics, MIT
  • Willie Soon, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Nir Shaviv, astrophysicist, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • William Gray, atmospheric science, Colorado State University
  • Fred Singer, atmospheric science, University of Virginia
  • Tim Patterson, paleoclimatology, Carleton University
  • David Legates, Delaware State Climatologist
  • Syun Akasofu, University of Alaska, founder International Arctic Research Center,
  • Fred Goldberg, Secretary-General, Swedish Royal Institute of Technology

Appearing as well will be ex-US Senator and Apollo moonwalker Jack Schmitt, who also has a Ph.D in earth science.

The event is expected to draw 1,000 participants, double the size of the 2008 conference. It is being hosted by the Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. According to Heartland, the event is funded entirely from personal and institutional donors, with no corporate funding accepted.

DailyTech will be providing live coverage from the conference floor.

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Funny the anti-warmers can't even agree...
By Marlin1975 on 2/18/2009 8:13:13 AM , Rating: -1
Richard Lindzen; "he accepts that the warming has occurred" of course he was also one of the people in the "The Great Global Warming Swindle" show that was shown to outright lie and make stuff up.

Willie Soon; Whom got his funding from the American Petroleum Institute. I guess this is like all the scientists and doctors that said cigs did not cause cancer and so forth and they got their funding from Cig makers.

and on and on...

Way to go asher, another great article from Daily Trash.

By Aloonatic on 2/18/2009 8:29:17 AM , Rating: 2
Weren't most of the scientists grossly misquoted and such in that program, mush to their annoyance? Not sure about the specific guy that you referenced however.

There's a difference in saying that warming has occurred and that it has occurred explicitly because of man made Co2 etc though. It'd be easy to be misquoted as saying that the former existed, to appear as if you said the latter. Again, I'm not sure if that's what he said but it something that seems to happened from time to time.

As for funding, it's a sticky wicket to debate either way as many scientists say that they can't get grants unless their studies aims are to show that man made warming exists and then on the other "side" you get these petroleum firms funded studies as you point out.

The whole debate is a complete mess, usually with the extreme and often absurd claims on both sides making it into the media. I wish these damn scientists would sort themselves out and tell me what to think and believe. Thank god I live in New Labour Britain where my government is already do that for me on many issues.

RE: Funny the anti-warmers can't even agree...
By whiskerwill on 2/18/2009 8:45:30 AM , Rating: 4
Good job of spreading FUD. The film that was actually shown to outright lie was Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth:

"Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, represents 'partisan political views' and must be treated as such by teachers in British schools, a British High Court judge has indicated.
" The British court was swayed by numerous factual inaccuracies portrayed in the movie . Among them:

-- The film claims global warming is responsible for the gradual retreat of the alpine glacier atop Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. Scientists have conclusively demonstrated no such link exists.
-- The film presents graphs indicating that fluctuating carbon dioxide levels have always preceded and caused global temperature fluctuations. In fact, temperature changes have always preceded carbon dioxide changes.
-- The film suggests global warming caused Hurricane Katrina. Few hurricane experts believe this, and substantial scientific evidence indicates global warming is having no impact on hurricane frequency or intensity.
-- The film asserts global warming is causing Central Africa's Lake Chad to dry up. In fact, land use practices are causing the drying up of Lake Chad, and Central Africa is in an unusual and prolonged wet period.
-- The film asserts global warming is leading to polar bear deaths by drowning. Yet the only documented drowning deaths occurred due to a freak storm, and polar bear numbers are growing substantially.
-- The film claims global warming threatens to halt the Gulf Stream and initiate a new ice age. The vast majority of scientists who have studied the issue have determined such a scenario is implausible.
-- The film asserts global warming is causing the destruction of coral reefs through bleaching. Scientists have identified other causes for coral bleaching and have additionally noted bleaching is a natural process by which coral continually selects ideal symbiotic algae.
-- The film asserts Greenland is in danger of rapid ice melt that will raise sea levels by 20 feet or more. The scientific consensus is that any foreseeable Greenland ice melt will be gradual and will take centuries to substantially raise sea levels.
-- The film asserts the Antarctic ice shelf is melting. In fact, only a small portion of Antarctica is getting warmer and losing ice mass, while the vast majority of Antarctica is in a prolonged cold spell and is accumulating ice mass.
"Also highlighted in court arguments was Al Gore's admission in Grist Magazine that 'I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it [global warming] is.'
"As a result of the partisan political nature of Gore's film, school teachers will not be allowed to show the movie without telling their students the film is scientifically controversial

RE: Funny the anti-warmers can't even agree...
By danrien on 2/18/2009 8:55:52 AM , Rating: 2
All of those claims are made by the Heartland institute (FTA), which thus leads me to believe that they have their own bias. Never judge a judgment from somebody with a bias.

RE: Funny the anti-warmers can't even agree...
By danrien on 2/18/2009 8:57:02 AM , Rating: 2
Never judge a judgment from somebody with a bias.

Sorry, 8AM and no coffee.

Should be:

Never trust a judgment from somebody with a bias.

By Dreifort on 2/18/2009 9:54:35 AM , Rating: 5
or never trust a post from someone that hasn't had coffee

By kbehrens on 2/18/2009 10:42:54 PM , Rating: 3
Actually those "claims" were the official findings of the British Court System, after hearing expert testimony from hundreds of witnesses.

By dever on 2/18/2009 12:01:52 PM , Rating: 4
got his funding from the American Petroleum Institute
You're right to follow the money. It's always about money and power.

Now, check your amounts. Global Warming proponents receive billions per year. Scientists who depart from the government imposed consensus have gotten a few tens of thousands from a few corporations. They also get the privilege of having their life ruined by environmental zealots and any chance of future government funding abolished.

Now, look down at your shirt that says "question authority" and give it a try.

By porkpie on 2/18/2009 12:51:56 PM , Rating: 1
Willie Soon; Whom got his funding from the American Petroleum Institute.
7 years ago, the API gave Soon $5,000 to help fund one of his studies. Just this year alone, climate modellers like Hansen got a $140 million payout in the stimulus bill for spreading climate alarmism. That's on top of the billions governments and environmental groups have already given them. In the EU now, you can't even ask for a government research grant unless you implicitly accept manmade global warming.

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