Letting off steam in NYC
What do the president of the Czech Republic and the last living man to walk on the moon have in common?
Answer: they both have a thing about climate change “alarmists”
Both angry men are giving speeches at what’s being billed as the world’s largest ever meeting of climate change sceptics, in New York City.
Organised by the Heartland Institute – a US public policy think tank dedicated to free market solutions – the conference will centre around the question: “Global Warming: Was it Ever Really a Crisis?”
One of the pre-event adverts led with the statement:
Tens of thousands of scientists now say the media and environmental advocacy groups have it all wrong, that global warming is not a crisis. They point to a cooling trend in global temperatures since 2000, past warming and cooling cycles that were not man-made, and new evidence that carbon dioxide is not a very powerful greenhouse gas.
You can also watch a couple of the Institute’s short promos here.
Amongst the keynote speakers is Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.
Klaus, who has an academic background in economics, is giving a talk this morning (Tuesday) entitled “We Should Not Make Big Changes over Climate Change”.
Other notable presenters include: Jack Schmitt, the last living astronaut to walk on the moon; Roy Spencer, the principal research scientist on NASA’s Aqua satellite; and Richard Lindzen of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s leading experts in dynamic meteorology.
Meanwhile, over in Copenhagen this week more than 2000 climate scientists will be discussing their latest research ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change that will take place in the city in December.
I’m guessing the outlook at that event will be rather different.