Heartland Conference Speakers and Attendees still fighting the Cold War

Attending panel discussions at the Heartland Climate Change Conference in New York has me looking over my shoulder checking for the next Red Army invasion.

While the context of the conference is climate change it seems that for many panel members and attendees this is less about science than it is about warding off the socialist plot that is supposedly closing in on America.

I attended an afternoon session featuring evangelical think tanker Cal Beisner and the Monsanto/ExxonMobil sweetheart of the “civil rights” movement Roy Innis.

Before the panel presentation even began, the two guys sitting down from me were going on about the “Liberal media conspiracy” while a blogger bragged to the women next to me that he was quoted on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show today.

Beisner spent the majority of his talk stroking his own ego with the big close being a screed about the “eco imperialists” who are bent on condeming the poor of the world.

The real show was Innis, who began with a strange argument that if you’ve never been to the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR), why should you care if they drill in it for oil. His argument was that those against drilling in ANWR were innocent citizens who had been subjected to “heavy propaganda and conspiracy about the environment and the earth.”

And the source of this “heavy propoganda?” Innis paints a picture that America is running the risk of being overtaken by some kind of new world order of communists. As Innis explains, there is a “conspiracy against decency” of “radical environmentalists” of which oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is somehow involved. And this grand conspiracy is putting all of us under threat from “Soviet like thinking.” He ends with a warning to us all: “Let us not be tricked like Lenin did the Bolsheviks.”

The crowd giggled with glee and while I was too young to ever attend a Reagan rally, I bet this is probably what they were like. But this is not 1981, it’s 2009 and what in the heck does Communism have to do with climate change? Nothing of course, but Innis knows that this “socialist conspiracy theory” plays to a crowd that is looking for any reason they can to continue to ignore the realities of climate change.

 

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Thanks for the hilarious report! :) :)

a blogger bragged to the women next to me that he was quoted on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show today.

But what did the women say? :)

Beisner spent the majority of his talk stroking his own ego with the big close being a screed about the “eco imperialists” who are bent on condeming the poor of the world.

Last year Beisner was praising himself over how much he knew about economics as compared to those eco-leftists. Did he talk about his Complete Understanding of Economics this year?

As Innis explains, there is a “conspiracy against decency” of “radical environmentalists” of which oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is somehow involved.

Oh, OK… now that’s a new one…

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What topics held the most interest or concern to the ladies at the meeting?  By what number or % were they represented?    What themes were discussed by female speakers?  It seems skeptic spokespeople are usually male, perhaps due to trends in science or power figures. I’ve wondered if differences in empathy play out in amount of concern between the sexes but don’t recall any poll numbers.  

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Saving the enviornment is the major issue in most of the meetings these days. We need to keep a check upon global warming, as it is increasing day by day and it will ruin our enviornment. We should follow the safety guidelines to protect our enviornment.

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In the end, this is not an academic debate, because we and our children are part of the experiment. The consensus among scientists (yes, with a few exceptions, as is always the case in science) that we should decarbonise our economy as a matter of urgency.

Say we decarbonise our economy, and it turns out that AGW theory is wrong? Well, we will have created hundreds of thousands of jobs in insulation and manufacturing and taken thousands out of fuel poverty. Not bad, but that’s not all. We will also have reduced the shock of Peak Oil and Peak Gas. And addressed our energy security problems. And prosperity in hot countries. Not bad.

Say we go the way of the denialists/sceptics? We will have problems with energy security, Peak Oil, Peak Gas, fuel poverty, unemployment, poverty, civil unrest and finally, massive, catastrophic climate disruption from droughts, floods, crop failures, disease, and war. With massive migration caused by environmental collapse. Not good.

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I recommned everyone to attend such conferences, as they are a major source of knowlege and they inspire a person to beaware of certain facts. Whenever we hear the word “global warming”, i shiver a bit. This is the thing which haunts everyone, so we all need to take some steps to keep it the way it is and not let it proceed further, as it will have bad effects in coming future.

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The world’s largest-ever gathering of global warming skeptics took place in New York City on March 8-10, 2009, to confront the issue, “Global warming: Was it ever really a crisis?”

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Climate is  a matter of concern for everyone around the world today earth’s temperature is rise every half degree in every 50 years , so this is high time that we take action . if confrences like these are held we should pay much attention to the main topic rather than creating argumentative situations which are of no use.

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Well, I don’t know why these kinds of conferences are made ! These are a waste of money ! Are these conferences bringing any positive feedback ? Climate have to change & it will change.

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Global warming is the biggest threat to the whole world. Each and every individual is afraid of it. As we know that the climatic conditions are changing every now and then, in spite of which season is going on. I agree to Innis that those who were against the drilling in ANWR were innocent citizens. custom cake toppers

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The Heartland Institute, a 25-year-old national nonpartisan think-tank based in Chicago, said all of the event’s expenses will be covered by admission fees and individual and foundation donors to Heartland. No corporate dollars or sponsorships earmarked for the event were solicited or accepted. Vitamins

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Global warming is a problem for everyone. But it has nothing to do with the Cold war at all.

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Every one has the right to speak for his rights and so do have heartland speakers. Americans have always been scared of communist world including Russia.

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