AmSpecBlog readers by now should have noticed the frequent advertisements for the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, which begins Sunday evening and runs through Tuesday afternoon. Yes, it is heavy on the skeptics (we prefer the term "realists;" you can call the alarmists "modelers"), and my colleague Dan Miller explains why:
James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy at the sponsoring Heartland Institute and the person who recruited all of the 70-plus presenters at the May 16-18 conference, says many people -- Heartland supporters and detractors -- have asked why no “warmists” are on the agenda.
In fact, said Taylor, among his first invitations to speak went to those who dispute the predominant views of the global warming skeptics.
“I personally and cordially invited literally dozens of high-profile scientists who disagree with our speakers, including Gavin Schmidt, James Hansen, Michael Mann, Phil Jones, William Schlesinger, and many others,” Taylor said. “I planned to give each side equal time at the conference. Regrettably -- and predictably -- only two ‘warmists’ accepted my invitation to participate: Scott Denning of Colorado State University and Tam Hunt, a consultant on renewable energy and a lecturer at UC Santa Barbara’s School of Environmental Science & Management.”
All others declined, nearly all of them cordially.
We'll just leave it to the imagination as to who didn't decline cordially. Meanwhile, if you are interested in catching any of the keynote speeches (which will be delivered by astronaut Harrison Schmitt, Climate Audit's Steve McIntyre (the Hockey Stick breaker), Cato Institute's Patrick Michaels, former Virginia Gov. George Allen, MIT's Richard Lindzen, Heartland's Jay Lehr, EIB climatologist Roy Spencer, and former Margaret Thatcher adviser Lord Christopher Monckton), PJTV will Webcast them live, in addition to doing interviews with many other attendees.