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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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RE: eu president?
By Marlin1975 on 2/18/2009 8:14:53 AM , Rating: -1
There is not. But asher would not let a little thing like facts get in the way of another anti-warming article.

RE: eu president?
By LukFilm on 2/18/2009 8:18:58 AM , Rating: 2
The Czech Republic is for six months considered the head of the European Union, so I guess that's where the "EU President" notion comes from, but as stated above, there is no such position.

RE: eu president?
By AlexWade on 2/18/09, Rating: 0
RE: eu president?
By whiskerwill on 2/18/2009 8:41:57 AM , Rating: 5
Even the ultra-liberal Huffington Post calls him the EU President:

So does the Washington Post:

Even the British Press calls the position "EU President":

Keep living in your dream world.

RE: eu president?
By AlexWade on 2/18/2009 10:49:16 AM , Rating: 1
I was not disputing the article, nor the author. I was not debating over titles. I was making a point that both sides of the debate cherry-pick whatever fits their ideal. However, and I didn't say this, my experience has shown that the pro-climate change crowd are the worst offenders in the regard.

I was not taking a shot at Michael Asher. I basically stated I know the authors' tendencies. Authors plural. Whenever I see a pro-climate change article, I know it is Jason Mick. And so forth.

RE: eu president?
By Murloc on 2/18/2009 11:33:27 AM , Rating: 1
these are newspapers, right?
Journalists invent things that do not exists.
There is no UE president.

RE: eu president?
By masher2 on 2/18/2009 11:38:21 AM , Rating: 5
The President of the European Union Council is typically referred to as the "President of the EU". This is not a "journalist's invention", but simple commonplace usage.

RE: eu president?
By Marlin1975 on 2/18/09, Rating: -1
RE: eu president?
By omnicronx on 2/18/2009 12:25:40 PM , Rating: 4
Like I said before, asher does not let a little thing like facts get in his way.
Whatever you want to call it, he is the new figurehead, case closed. This has absolutely no baring on the facts presented in the article.

p.s I find the best way to discount the facts, is to focus your attention on something else.. *hint* *hint*..

RE: eu president?
By masher2 on 2/18/2009 12:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
Attempting to prove an argument with Wikipedia is risky business. On strictly technical terms, Barack Obama didn't win an election in November, either -- the electors could have gathered in D.C. and legally appointed Gary Coleman president, had they wished -- but almost everyone still speaks of the popular vote as "electing the president".

By the same token, there is indeed a "president of the EU", accoding to customary usage of the term.

RE: eu president?
By Apprentice777 on 2/18/2009 1:45:09 PM , Rating: 4
Hey Asher great article. (Even though I think it's really just reporting a factual event) It saddens me to see you being attacked personally. How sad it is for us when we start to attack people for having a different point of view.

I hope you’ll keep up the good work. I know you don’t need my help, but I enjoy your blogs and I hope you don’t ever let anyone intimidate you from speaking out on the subject. It’s refreshing to hear both sides of the issue.

RE: eu president?
By pliny on 2/20/2009 9:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
You're not reading these quotes properly. Neither Huff nor the WP call him the EU president. The presidency they refer to is that of the Czech republic, which holds on rotation for 6 months. Klaus' only connection is that he is the ceremonial president of Czech. What Huffpost actually says, quoting the Times, is:
The views of President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, 67, have left the government of Mirek Topolanek, his bitter opponent, determined to keep him as far away as possible from the EU presidency, which it took over from France yesterday.

And WP says, correctly:
The Czech Republic took over the European Union's six-month rotating presidency on New Year's Day amid substantial apprehension across the continent...
Vaclav Klaus, who holds the largely ceremonial presidency of the Czech Republic...

The Guardian is talking about a totally different position, as you can tell by:
Tony Blair launched his campaign to become the first fully-fledged President of the European Union yesterday...

The Guardian was writing a month ago - Klaus is not mentioned.

RE: eu president?
By SoCalBoomer on 2/23/2009 1:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
Dude - in your OWN post:

from the EU presidency , which it took over from France yesterday.


Tony Blair launched his campaign to become the first fully-fledged President of the European Union yesterday...

So on the one hand, you say there's no EU Presidency and yet the quotes YOU post use the very term. . .legitimately.

Internal consistency is needed.

So let's see - there's the President of the EU Parliament:

From the WP article:
For New EU President. . .

From the International Herald Tribune: Europe:
Now he has inherited the ideal pulpit to air his views: the EU presidency itself.

Whether the term is 100% accurate, it's pretty obvious that the position of President of the EU, President of the EU Council, President of the EU Parliament - whatever - has authority/gravitas/weight/political heft.

RE: eu president?
By pliny on 2/24/2009 11:12:44 PM , Rating: 2
No, from your own quotes, with altered emphasis:
from the EU presidency, which it took over from France yesterday.
Tony Blair launched his campaign to become the first fully-fledged President of the European Union yesterday...

Do either of these imply that Mr Havel (who is not "it") is the current president of the European Union?

In your other quotes the EU president referred to is the Czech republic.

RE: eu president?
By SoCalBoomer on 2/25/2009 1:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
You missed my point - that there IS a EU presidency of some type and that it is often referred to as being a person.

And you aren't reading the articles for what they're saying, you're reading them for what you want to hear.

RE: eu president?
By Marlin1975 on 2/18/09, Rating: -1
"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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