Monday, March 16, 2009

International Conference on Climate Change

Because the MSM did not report on this, I direct you to the website of The Heartland Institute that sponsored the three-day event in New York.  (Not to be confused with the emergency luau in Copenhagen recently.)

Ronald Bailey, a correspondent of Reason magazine was there, and he gives us a series of reports of the meet.  He writes Among the Global Skeptics on March 9, What Planetary Emergency on March 10, and the final day's Clouding Up Man-Made Global Warming.

Excerpts from the report of the last day:

At the luncheon, retired NASA climatologist John Theon rose to lament the fact that he hadn't fired James Hansen, the head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and an ardent advocate of the idea that man-made global warming is a catastrophe in the making. The audience burst into applause when Theon called Hansen an "embarrassment." In 1988, Hansen launched global warming as a public policy issue in his testimony before a congressional committee. Theon admitted that he actually couldn't have fired Hansen, who had powerful political protectors, most notably then-Senator and later Vice President Al Gore. So had Theon tried to do it, it's much more likely that he himself would have been out on the street rather than Hansen.

Theon told the audience that while he remained silent on the issue of global warming when he retired from NASA, he now felt he needed to speak out. "This whole thing is a fraud," said Theon. "We need to educate the public about what we're going to get into unless we stop this nonsense." The nonsense being the deleterious effect that carbon rationing would have on economic growth and jobs.

Next up was Christopher Monckton, a former advisor to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Monckton delivered a high energy stem-winder mocking global warming "bedwetters" and praising the conference participants for their courage in opposing the activists' global warming juggernaut.

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