Pete Chagnon -
The second annual International Conference on Climate Change hosted by The Heartland Institute is well under way in New York City. More than 700 registrants have gathered in the Big Apple to hear more than 70 scientists — representing the views of tens of thousands of their colleagues — make the argument that media and environmental advocacy groups have it all wrong, that global warming is not a crisis.
One of the headlining speakers to open the event Sunday evening was European Union and Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, who was welcomed with a standing ovation. Klaus, one of the most outspoken critics of man-made global warming in Europe, says those who propagate global-warming hysteria are like the communists of old Europe. Like global-warming alarmists, he stated, the communists did not listen to opposing views.
Vaclav Klaus (Pres. of Czech Republic)”They didn’t even try to argue back,” said Klaus. “They considered you a naïve, uninformed and confused person, an eccentric complainer….It is very similar now.”
Klaus believes that politicians who propagate global warming hysteria only have one goal in mind: control of the public. “It is evident that the environmentalists don’t want to change the climate,” he said. “They want to change our behavior…to control and manipulate us.”
And he warns that those same politicians wish to engage in energy rationing — all because of a problem that he believes does not exist. Klaus concluded his speech with this remark.
“The environmentalists speak about saving the planet. We have to ask — From what? And from whom?” said the EU leader. “I think I know [those answers] for sure. We have to save the planet, and us, from them.”
Opposition an ‘uphill battle’ (audio report)
Dr. Richard Lindzen, who has been Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT for over 25 years, was one of the keynote speakers on the opening day. He said global warming hysteria is more about a political agenda and has nothing to do with science.
“I think [there is] one point you should notice as one discusses the science, and that is that global warming alarm — as far as I can tell — has always been a political movement, a highly organized one,” Lindzen observed. “And although it took me a while to realize this, opposing it has always been an uphill battle.”
The MIT professor, one of the world’s most respected atmospheric physicists, said that many of his good friends and colleagues have subscribed to global warming alarmism because they either fear for their jobs or see it as a way to get funding for scientific projects. He also discussed the use of supposed “climate models,” and quipped that as scientists debate intelligent design, climate models are an example of “unintelligent design.”
Lindzen contends that climate models are being fed erroneous information in order to get the results that global-warming alarmists want.
Throwing money away (audio report)
Dr. Michael Coffman is the CEO of Sovereignty International, a U.N. watchdog organization. During an interview at the conference with OneNewsNow, he explained that the basis of his skepticism regarding global warming comes from research he himself has conducted.
“During the 1980s and early 1990s, I lead a multimillion-dollar research effort on global warming and found that the data that was being collected just didn’t support the hypothesis that man was causing global warming,” says Coffman.
“Any amount of money that we spend on it is not going to change any temperatures whatsoever,” he observes, arguing that every family in America will be affected. “Because depending upon what legislation is passed, it will actually cause every American family to spend at least two- to five-thousand dollars more a year…to try to support this effort to curb carbon-dioxide emissions.”
Coffman warns that politicians are moving towards having an international tribunal established which will regulate carbon emissions.
“Which means basically since carbon dioxide is involved in all elements of business in the United States, …whoever does this controls the economy of the United States, and therefore our sovereignty,” he cautions.
Later Monday a keynote speaker from Congress will be discussing the political aspect of global warming in greater detail.