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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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The race to the bottom at DailyTech
By lucasb on 2/18/2009 7:37:37 PM , Rating: -1
Nice try of argument from authority.
Present a eurosceptic as president of the EU (oh, the irony) with zero background on climate science as an authoritative figure in a "conference" (a PR event in reality) sponsored by a front group of the oil industry (presented as a non-partisan think tank).
The usual suspects (Roy Spencer, Richard Lindzen, Ross McKitrick, Patrick Michaels, Steven Milloy, Marc Morano) will be present.
The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change is the place to be if you're a right-winger (paleocon, neocon, libertarian, it doesn't matter), have/had deep connections with the oil and tobacco industries and vinculations with right-wing think-tanks (The Heartland Institute, The Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, The American Enterprise Institute, The Discovery Institute, The Hudson Institute, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, The Competitive Enterprise Institute and other trash). Also, you have to agree with the following beliefs:
- Global warming/climate change is the cover for some sort of liberal/socialist conspiracy.
- Environmentalism is a far-left ideology and thus it's dangerous.
- Environmentalism is a serious threat to mankind, civilization, modern society and progress.
- Liberals can't do science with their liberal arts degrees.
- Second-hand smoking is junk science. It's another example of the liberal agenda on science.
- HIV does not exist and/or it isn't the cause of AIDS.
- The ban of DDT has costed millions of lifes.
- Evolution isn't a fact, it's only an unproven theory. At best, you can accept microevolution.
- The ozone depletion has nothing to do with CFCs. This is another liberal scare propagated by the liberal media.
- Organic food is of inferior quality, can't feed the global population, produces more waste and it's less nutritious.
- Ronald Reagan is a national hero. He was the true Messiah, not that black guy called Barack Hussein Obama.

masher, you're being noticed in the science community:
Most reckless extrapolation of short term trends:
Michael "All global warming has been erased" Asher (Daily Tech)

DailyTech has become a cespool of right-wingers and nutjobs.

RE: The race to the bottom at DailyTech
By thepalinator on 2/18/2009 9:04:33 PM , Rating: 5
Nice try of argument from authority.
You mean something like saying over and over, "there is consensus" or "the science is finally settled"?

Honestly, if the best argument you can bring up to support your global warming argument is these sorts of insults, disinformation, and personal attacks, you've already lost the debate.

RE: The race to the bottom at DailyTech
By lucasb on 2/18/09, Rating: 0
By clovell on 2/19/2009 12:34:03 PM , Rating: 4
> If by debate you mean bringing over and over again discredited theories (solar cycle, it's cooling, warming is good, it happened before, etc), cherry-picked data, nitpicking datasets, ad hominem attacks against Mann, Gore (an idiot BTW but this isn't relevant to climate change), Hansen, NASA, the IPCC, liberals/progressives, claiming conspiracy theories (New World Order, marxism, pressure to publish pro-AGW papers to ensure funding, etc) and other nonsense then the debate is almost lost, at least in the USA, where scientific iliteracy is widespread. If denialists win the communication war, those of us in the rest of the (reality) world can only hope that the worst predictions turn out to be false.

If by communication, you mean intentionally manipulating raw data collected at the public's expense using 'adjustments' that you refuse to disclose, then maybe you're onto something. If you mean leaving forcing agents out of statistical models, such as negative feedback effects, urban heat island effects, etc., then maybe you're getting warmer. If you're also referring to the fact that none of the doomsday models have accurately predicted both past and future events - you get the idea.

The reason people here don't ascribe to AGW is because we have a higher degree of scientific literacy than most(this is a tech site). The fact that you've got to throw monickers such as 'denialist' and 'right-winger' about smacks of the Geocentric Dogma of the Middle Ages that ground the wheels of scientific progress to a standstill.

Let me be very clear with this - if you can't stand the heat of the debate over the data, then get out of the damned kitchen.

RE: The race to the bottom at DailyTech
By kbehrens on 2/18/2009 10:41:47 PM , Rating: 3
Present a eurosceptic as president of the EU (oh, the irony) with zero background on climate science
He seems to know a hell of a lot more than Al Gore does.

I bet Gore wins the "which one uses more electricity" contest though.

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