International Conference on Climate Change

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The International Conference on Climate Change is a conference series organized and sponsored by The Heartland Institute which aims to bring together those who "dispute that the science is settled on the causes, consequences, and policy implications of climate change."[1][2][3] The first conference took place in 2008.[4] As of 2019 there have been thirteen conferences. Most of the events have been held in the United States, but there has been one in Australia and two in Germany.

First conference, March 2008[edit]

The first conference was held in New York City.[5] Speakers included climatologist Patrick J. Michaels and physicist S. Fred Singer.[6]

Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change[edit]

The conference endorsed the work of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), which is a group of climate change deniers led by Fred Singer that disputes the positions of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).[7][8] Singer prepared a critique of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report called "Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate". This NIPCC report was published in March 2008 by the Heartland Institute.[9] ABC News said the same month that unnamed climate scientists from NASA, Stanford, and Princeton who spoke to ABC about the report dismissed it as "fabricated nonsense."[10] In a letter of complaint to ABC News, Singer said their piece used "prejudicial language, distorted facts, libelous insinuations, and anonymous smears".[11][12] Singer also said that the anonymous scientists, "are easily identified as the well-known global warming zealots Jim Hansen, Michael Oppenheimer and Steve Schneider."[11][12]

Manhattan Declaration[edit]

The conference led to the release of the Manhattan Declaration, declaring that carbon dioxide is essential for all life and calling for the immediate halt to any tax funded attempts to counteract climate change. The declaration says "assertions of a supposed 'consensus' among climate experts are false" and recommends "that all taxes, regulations, and other interventions intended to reduce emissions of CO2 be abandoned forthwith."[13]

It was signed by attendees at the 2008 conference described by The Heartland Institute as "world leading climate scientists, economists, policymakers, engineers, business leaders, medical doctors, as well as other professionals and concerned citizens".[14]

Signatories include Fred Singer, Anthony Watts, Piers Corbyn, Ian Plimer, Robert M. Carter, Roy Spencer and David Bellamy.[15]

Subsequent conferences[edit]

The 2nd conference was held in New York City with the theme, "Global Warming: Was It Ever Really a Crisis?"[16][17] The keynote address was given by Czech Republic President Václav Klaus.[18][19] Other speakers included Jack Schmitt, Richard Lindzen, Stephen McIntyre, Willam Gray, Tom McClintock[20] and Christopher Booker.

The 3rd conference was held in Washington, D.C.[21] The 2009 report of the NIPCC, "Climate Change Reconsidered",[22] was released in conjunction with the conference.

The 4th conference was held in Chicago, Illinois with the theme, "Reconsidering the Science and Economics."[23]

The 5th conference was held in Sydney, Australia.[24]

The 6th conference was held in Washington, D.C. with the theme, "Restoring the Scientific Method."[25]

The 7th conference was held in Chicago, Illinois, in May 2012. The theme was "Real Science, Real Choices."[26] Due to a controversial billboard ad run by the Heartland Institute leading up to the conference, there was a drop in attendance and expected speakers Donna Laframboise and Ross McKitrick cancelled in protest.[27][28] At the end of the seventh conference, Heartland Institute president Joseph Bast announced that there were no plans to continue the conferences, due to flagging participation and funding shortfalls.[29] However, there was another event later the same year.

The 8th conference was held in Munich, Germany, in November/December 2012. It was held in partnership with the European Institute for Climate and Energy (a German nonprofit organization of climate change skeptics). The event doubled as the Fifth International Conference on Climate and Energy.[30][31]

The 9th conference was held in Las Vegas in July 2014.

The 10th conference was held in Washington, D.C. in June 2015.[32]

The 11th conference on was held at the Haus der Technik in Essen, Germany, in December 2015.

The 12th conference was held in Washington, D.C. in March 2017.[33] Speakers included Lamar Smith, chair of the United States House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.[34]

The 13th conference was held in Washington, D.C. at the Trump Hotel in July, 2019, with the theme "Best Science, Winning Energy Policies." The conference was promoted as featuring "the courageous men and women who spoke the truth about climate change during the height of the global warming scare. Now, many of them are advising the new administration or joining it in senior positions."[35]

Conference Presentations[edit]

Videos of most presentations at past ICCC conferences are maintained here. In addition to climate change science topics, presentations cover a variety of topics such as environmentalism, economic impacts, communication, green jobs, and politics.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Skeptics say humans not behind warming". UPI. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Media Advisory: Heartland Institute to Host 6th International Conference on Climate Change in Washington" (Press release). PRWeb. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  4. ^ "International Conference on Climate Change". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  5. ^ "ICCC–1". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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  7. ^ "Global Warming Skeptics Insist Humans Not at Fault". Washington Post. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
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  10. ^ "Global Warming Denier: Fraud or 'Realist'?". ABC News. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  11. ^ a b Singer, S. Fred (28 March 2008). "Letter to ABC News from Dr. S. Fred Singer". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
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  13. ^ "Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change" (Press release). The Heartland Institute. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  14. ^ Harris, Tom (22 April 2008). "Hundreds Sign Climate Realist Declaration 'Global Warming' is not a Global Crisis" (Press release). The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
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  16. ^ "ICCC–2". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  17. ^ Krastev, Nikola (10 March 2009). "Global-Warming Skeptics Raise A Storm In New York". Radio Free Europe. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  18. ^ "Czech President to speak on climate change in NYC". Aktuálne.cz. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
  19. ^ Klaus, Vaclav (12 March 2008). "Climate alarmists pose real threat to freedom". The Australian. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
  20. ^ "International Conference on Climate Change: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) on the contradictions of green policy". Reason Magazine. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  21. ^ "ICCC–3". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  22. ^ Idso, Craig; Singer, S. Fred (2009). Climate Change Reconsidered : The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change. Chicago: The Heartland Institute. ISBN 9781934791288. Archived from the original on 4 January 2012.
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  26. ^ "ICCC–7". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  27. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (22 May 2012). "Heartland reflects on its beating". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  28. ^ Terrell, Rebecca (7 May 2012). "Climate Change Billboard Stirs Controversy". The New American. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  29. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (23 May 2012). "Heartland Institute in financial crisis after billboard controversy". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  30. ^ "ICCC–8". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  31. ^ "Heartland Institute Hosts Eighth International Conference on Climate Change in Germany" (Press release). The Heartland Institute. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  32. ^ Lane, Sylvan. "Lamar Smith bashes 'discredited' EPA at climate change skeptic conference". Trail Blazers Blog. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
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  35. ^ "Events - 13th International Conference on Climate Change". www.heartland.org. Heartland Institute. Retrieved 27 July 2019.

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