Opening remarks by Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast, recorded remarks by U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, Keynote Address by Heartland Institute Science Director Jay Lehr, and presentation by CFACT of the Dauntless Purveyor of Climate Truth Award to Apollo 7 Astronaut Walter Cunningham.Click for more information on 'BREAKFAST KEYNOTE: Apollo 7 Astronaut Walter Cunningham; A Presentation by Jay Lehr'
Economists have been addressing environmental issues since Adam Smith founded the social science in 1776. Beginning in the 1960s, economists have questioned the simplistic assumption that only governments can manage resources held in common and “public” goods.Click for more information on 'PANEL 1A: ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS'
The most important fact about climate science, often overlooked, is that scientists disagree about the environmental impacts of the combustion of fossil fuels on the global climate. The latest data, as well as much in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, show that nature, not human activity, is the chief driver of changes to the earth’s climate.Click for more information on 'PANEL 1B: CLIMATE SCIENCE'
Fossil fuels made possible all three Industrial Revolutions that transformed the world since 1750. Alternative energy sources – such as wind, solar, and biomass – are prohibitively expensive, unreliable, and cannot power the world’s modern economy. Continued responsible use of plentiful and cheap fossil fuels is essential to future human prosperity.Click for more information on 'PANEL 2A: FOSSIL FUELS AND HUMAN PROSPERITY'
Conducting a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) on the impacts of climate change – and on proposals to mitigate future climate change – is complicated and difficult. Preliminary applications, however, reveal the social costs of limiting greenhouse gas emissions exceeds benefits by orders of magnitude.Click for more information on 'PANEL 2B: COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS'
Michaels: “EPA’s Endangerment Finding: Roadmap for Repeal”; Smith: “Update on Agenda of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.” Patrick Michaels, Rep. Lamar Smith PowerPoint as PDF: Pat Michaels Michaels Keynote ICCC-12V3Click for more information on 'LUNCH KEYNOTES:
Elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere improves the productivity of ecosystems both in plant tissues above ground and in the soils beneath them.Click for more information on 'PANEL 3A: FOSSIL FUELS AND THE ENVIRONMENT'
The prosperity that fossil fuels makes possible, including helping produce food for a growing global population, is a major reason the world is a more peaceful place. Where climate has been a factor in war and peace, it has been cooling rather than warming that appears to have triggered wars.Click for more information on 'PANEL 3B: FOSSIL FUELS AND WORLD PEACE'
The dramatic increase in per-capita income caused by the use of fossil fuels enables societies to invest major improvements in human health. There is no reason to believe any science produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claiming modern use of fossil fuels is causing more health crises than it prevents.Click for more information on 'PANEL 4A: HUMAN HEALTH EFFECTS'
The seeds of international climate policy were sown long before the science of climate change could have played a serious role in deliberation. Climate change was chosen and made a controversy in order for it to be a vehicle to achieve agendas already on the table.Click for more information on 'PANEL 4B: CLIMATE POLITICS AND POLICY'
Keynotes: Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, “Facts and Fiction: A Centrist View of Climate Change,” and a speech by Roger Helmer, Member of the European Parliament, UKIP Party. The Heartland Institute presents the “Speaks Truth To Power Award” to Myron Ebell of CEI, and the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Climate Science” to J. Scott Armstrong. Joseph Bast, […]Click for more information on 'DINNER KEYNOTES:
Lord Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, presents “The End of the Scare.”Click for more information on 'BREAKFAST KEYNOTE: LORD CHRISTOPHER MONCKTON'
A good definition of “sustainable” is thoughtful, caring, responsible, and economical stewardship of our natural resources, as well as financial and human resources. The Precautionary Principle often is invoked to stop activities today that might undermine sustainability sometime in the future.Click for more information on 'PANEL 5A: SUSTAINABILITY'
Solar power generation cannot be scaled to replace a large share of total energy consumed in the U.S. or in most other industrialized countries. Wind power generation is limited by geography, access to transmission lines, conversion rates, and limits on power technology.Click for more information on 'PANEL 5B: COST OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS'
The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate – as well as in state capitals around the country – is proof that most American voters, most Republican elected officials, and the president himself do not believe man-made global warming is a crisis.Click for more information on 'PANEL 6: RESETTING CLIMATE POLICY'
Becky Norton Dunlop of the Heritage Foundation presents (in absentia) the “Political Leadership on Climate Change Award” to Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). Keynote by Dr. William Happer, Ph.D. Closing remarks by Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast.Click for more information on 'LUNCH KEYNOTE: Becky Norton Dunlop and William Happer'