The Heartland Institute is at it again. They are holding another climate advocacy meeting whose purpose is to push the ideas of their non-science free market conservative lobbying group. Their mission statement is to protect their corporate membership from any regulations that might be forthcoming to deal with the science of climate change. Just as they did, and continue to do, by denying that smoking causes cancer. And yes, one of the speakers is S. Fred Singer, the octogenarian who once pushed the idea that "smoking doesn't cause cancer, people who smoke cause cancer" (as well as that the ozone hole didn't exist and that a moon of Mars was hollow and made by ET).
So what "new science" will they offer? Well, none. In fact, the vast majority of speakers are not even scientists. They are Heartland Institute staff, other free market lobbyists, economists, conservative politicians, and other denialists who don't study climate science. Sure, there are the usual handful of skeptics (but not John Christy, who is trying to distance himself given that his own data shows the planet is warming). But who are the keynote speakers?
Harrison Schmitt: Former Apollo 17 astronaut and politician, now on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Institute. No climate research.
Steve McIntryre: Mining executive. No science training. No climate research.
Pat Michaels: Does some climate science. Most notable for telling the attendees at the earlier Heartland Institute climate meeting that "the earth is still warming, CO2 is the reason...so get over it."
George Allen: Politician, former Virginia Governor and Senator, now a free market lobbyist. No climate research.
James Inhofe: Republican politician and uber-denialist. No climate research.
Richard Lindzen: Climate scientist at MIT.
Jay Lehrer: Heartland Institute. No climate research.
Roy Spencer: Climate scientist at UAH (he works with Christy, and their data confirms earth is still warming)
Julian Morris: International Policy Network (UK based free market lobbying group). No climate research.
Lord Christopher Monckton: British peer, former conservative advisor, no science training at all. No climate research.
So, 10 keynote speakers, of which 7 have done zero climate research. One of the 3 scientists has told the attendees that global warming is real and humans are causing it. Another holds views contrary to the vast majority of all climate scientists. And the third not only holds views contrary to the vast majority of all climate scientists, he also believes that Intelligent Design is science.
The rest of the speakers follow the same trend - mostly non-science free marketeers, politicians, and lobbyists. Of course, they do have a few scientists who have actually studied climate science. Perhaps they will engage the denialists at their own conference.
Now if you were going to hold a conference about climate change, might you not want to feature more actual scientists? And why are there none of the vast majority of scientists who have concluded that global warming is real and human activity is the cause?
Perhaps because this is a lobbying meeting and not a science meeting.
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