Welcome to Orlando, Florida, for the annual gathering of climate science sceptics. You will not hear much about the event in the mainstream press of course since taking a sceptical view of ‘settled’ climate science is akin in such quarters to denying the Holocaust. But the expertise gathered represents many hundreds of years investigating all aspect of the climate and the atmosphere. Not only will the science be placed under the microscope (where it properly belongs), but the disastrous political plunge into a Net Zero catastrophe will be a major topic of conversation. The title of the two-day event asks: “The True Crisis: Climate Change or Climate Policy?”
The conference is organised by the U.S. think tank, the Heartland Institute, which states that it takes a “data-driven realistic approach to climate science”. It argues that the scientific method must be restored and the alarmist narrative broken. It asks: “Why are we making life poorer and more miserable for most people on the planet when there is no climate crisis?”
The Daily Sceptic is covering the event and I shall be sending back news reports. Among the important U.S. politicians attending are Republican Ron Johnson, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Rep. Lauren Boebert, a member of the House Resources Committee. Worth catching will be former Trump Administration appointee Steve Milloy. He is a man who pulls few punches and is the founder of Junk Science, an online publication that is said to defuse “faulty scientific data used to advance special and often hidden agendas”. He will give a presentation titled, “Net Zero is Unachievable and Will Kill People”.
Marc Morano is a well known speaker and broadcaster and founded the Climate Depot site. He recently wrote a book titled: The Great Reset: Global Elites and the Permanent Lockdown. He is expected to expand on his work which is described as “the antidote to the Left’s sinister push to use a worldwide crisis to infuse our lives with the values of colossal statism and dystopian self-hatred, all accelerated by the duplicitous manipulation of the recent pandemic”.
Energy realism is set to take centre stage in a session titled, “What it Takes to Power Our Modern Society”. Speakers included Ronald Stein, who recently wrote a book titled Clean Energy Exploitations: Helping Citizens Understand the Environmental and Humanity Abuses That Support Clean Energy, and Alex Epstein, author of the NYT best-selling book on the moral case for fossil fuels. Epstein’s presentation is titled, “Global Human Flourishing Requires Much More Energy”.
Always a box office draw is Dr. Patrick Moore, one of the founders of Greenpeace, who is due to speak in a session titled, “Killing Agriculture to Save the Planet”. Moore helped run Greenpeace for 15 years when it argued against the testing and proliferation of nuclear weapons, but left when it turned its attention to green political agitation. “Net Zero is Killing Whales and Betraying the Purpose of Greenpeace,” is his chosen subject.
As regular readers will recall, Moore is known for drawing attention to the dramatic fall in levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide over geological time. He argues that it is currently at dangerously low levels, and more of the gas in the atmosphere would be highly beneficial to life on Earth. Another scientist taking a similar view is Australian geologist Professor Ian Plimer, who will give a keynote science address. Again, as regular readers will note, Plimer is known for demanding to see the evidence that human-caused CO2 is responsible for all or most recent global warming. If there was a single credible science paper that proved the hypothesis, you would not hear the last of it, he says. There isn’t one, only a deafening silence, he adds. All the Gretas beware, Plimer points out that much of the climate hysteria on display in public forums from the UN to the school classroom is due to the dumbing down of the educational system over the last 50 years.
Of course, the silence over proof is filled by climate models. Energy scientist Dr. Tom Sheahen will explain the need to apply the scientific method to modelling. A complex climate model is a collection of hypotheses, based on assumptions, he notes. Physics Professor Howard Hayden will point out the “glaring numerical inconsistency” between the IPCC’s AR-6 climate models and “physical reality”. Economist Ken Haapala will discuss the impact of IPCC’s continuing errors.
Two eminent meteorologists will be “taking the temperature of global temperatures”. Anthony Watts has spent a decade examining the siting of U.S. weather stations, and recently concluded that U.S. temperatures have been “hopelessly corrupted”. Again, regular readers will recall we have covered his research in detail, along with recent work from Dr. Roy Spencer and Professor John Christy that shows massive urban heat corruptions. Joe Bastardi of WeatherBell will look at the effect of oceans on global temperatures. This subject is likely to attract interest since many scientists argue that latitudinal heat transfers, rather than any future warming by CO2 (human or otherwise), hold the key to understanding many of the complex interactions in a chaotic atmosphere.
Watch this space. Keen readers can also follow the conference live, here.
Chris Morrison is the Daily Sceptic’s Environment Editor.
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