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Sixth International Conference on Climate Change

I am currently in WashingtonD.C. attending the Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, an event sponsored by the Heartland Institute.

As one of three members of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, I am a steward of nearly 75,000 acres in the state ofWisconsin. As such, I am concerned for both the environmental and the economic health of the State ofWisconsin, and I look forward to gaining perspective this highly politicized and controversial issue.

The Conference will be exploring the use of science and economics to improve the attendees’ understanding of climate change, and will be encouraging adherence to the scientific method in making predictions related to climate.

I am attending the conference as part of a legislative outreach effort on the part of the Heartland Institute, and was awarded a travel stipend to cover expenses dealing with attendance at the conference.

6 responses

  1. Do you realize that the Heartland Institute is engaging in lobbying activities by paying your way to the conference, in direct conflict with their tax-exempt status?

    Do you realize that they falsely portray climate change as something that is not much caused by human activities and will not be such a big deal.

    I daresay the people in Wisconsin whose homes and lives have been destroyed by wild storms and tornadoes due to the increased amount of water vapor in the atmosphere due global warming will not be supportive of such junk science ideas.

    Yes, climate change has occurred before and always occurs.

    But, in the past, the climate changed over many thousands of years.

    Right now, it is changing at lightning speed in geologic terms — in just 150 years.

    Further, the acidification of the oceans due to its absorption of CO2 from fossil fuel emissions is destroying the oceans and destroying life in the oceans. The oceans have had their pH raised 30%! by us.

    This has all got to stop. You could have spent your time a lot better by attending a real scientific conference instead of one paid for by oil and coal companies.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

  2. You might want to be careful – because that “legislative outreach” involving that $500 stipend was awarded to you after they paid travel and room expenses for the conference. That amounts to a political contribution. I am not sure of state laws covering that. And if you are interested in the science – there are many states that have agencies that research global warming.

    When you seek science from the Heartland Institute you are being deliberately mislead by an organization funded by carbon fuel industries like Koch and Exxon. From what anyone could see in the videos there was little or no science. It seemed to be all politicization and controversy. Something you could have gotten all that by watching their live videos.

    Making predictions based on their brand of alternative science is not very wise. It is like a cardiologist going to a convention on herbal teas. It may feel good, but is a distraction.

    I might suggest that if you want solid information that is in keeping with your ideology that you contact the insurance industry for risk analysis of the future climate change.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

  3. I always find it difficult to understand the benefits of international conference on climate change to the affected African countries who are less contributors to the phenomenon, but more affected to it, Africa is at the receiving end to consequences of climate change.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM

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