Organized by The Heartland Institute, the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change will gather
...hundreds of the world's leading scientists, economists, and policy analysts...to explore key issues overlooked by advocates of the theory of man-made global warming.
Depending on the answers to even a few of these questions, the entire scientific or economic case for taking action to "stop global warming" collapses.
And just to give you a taste of the alternative consensus these boys have developed:
Their findings suggest that the Modern Warming is moderate and partly or even mostly a natural recovery from the Little Ice Age; that the consequences of moderate warming are positive for humanity and wildlife; that predictions of future warming are wildly unreliable; that the costs of trying to "stop global warming" exceed hypothetical benefits by a factor of ten or more; and more.
In other words, it isn't happening, and if it is happening its good and there's nothing can be done about it anyway.
But wait, there's more!
Actual surveys of climate scientists and recent reviews of the scholarly literature both show that the so-called "skeptics" may actually be in the majority of the climate science community.
Topics of discussion aside, there's no question that the Heartland Institute has arranged some swell digs for conference participants.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott New York Marquis Times Square Hotel, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. A special conference rate of $269 plus tax double or single is available to people registered to attend this conference.
They're going to be right on Broadway, in a hotel that has no less than two bars (see pic above), two restaurants, a Starbucks and a Sushi bar. These guys will be denying in style, that's for sure! How much did Exxon clear last quarter?
No word yet on speakers or special events, but one insider rumor has it that Tim Ball himself will be conducting a nightly tour of New York City strip clubs. Apparently, the job fell to him because, being a Canadian, there's nothing NYC can throw at him that he hasn't seen before (there's none of those silly g-strings up here in the Great White North, Yanqui Luzers).
This will be a good one to keep an eye on. The Heartland is shooting for an audience of elected officials, journalists and business leaders as much as scientists. It will be interesting to see if any beyond the same old same old (Ball, Gray, Monckton, and etc.) show up. Will any real scientists be willing to see their reputation self-immolate by appearing before this crowd, no matter how wonderful the hotel finger-foods?