The Heartland Institute, a think tank funded in part by energy corporations, is organizing the Third International Conference on Climate Change which will be held in Washington, DC on June 2, 2009 at the Washington Court Hotel to "call attention to widespread dissent to the asserted “consensus” on various aspects of climate change and global warming."
On its website, the institute states that "the purpose of the event is to expose Congressional staff and journalists to leading scientists and economists in the nation’s capital. Senators and Representatives will be invited to speak side-by-side with leading scientists and economists. Allied organizations have been invited to be cosponsors, to help supply speakers and promote the event to their members and supporters."
"The conference’s theme will be “Climate Change: Scientific Debate and Economic Analysis.” The theme reflects the fact that the scientific debate is not over and that economic analysis is more important than ever, now that legislation is being seriously considered. The real science and economics of climate change support the view that global warming is not a crisis and that immediate action to reduce emissions is not necessary. This is, in fact, the emerging consensus view of scientists outside the IPCC and most economists outside environmental advocacy groups," the institute states.
On its website, the Heartland Institute lists speakers, as of May 7 2009, as being
Joseph Bast, the President of the The Heartland Institute
Bob Carter, and Australian global warming skeptic;
Craig D. Idso, the Chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change;
Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Dana Rohbacher, a U.S. Republican Congressman from
Harrison Scmitt, a former U.S. Senator and NASA Astronaut and an Adjunct Professor of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison;
Roy W. Spencer from the
John S. Theon, Former Program Administrator, NASA;