A Closer Look at Heartland's ICCC7 Denial-a-Palooza Speakers and Sponsors

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This afternoon, Joseph Bast delivered the closing remarks to the Heartland Institute's Seventh and final “International Conference on Climate Change.” 

The final Denial-a-Palooza was co-sponsored by dozens of organizations that have received over $67 Million from ExxonMobil, Koch, and Scaife family foundations

There was tension in the air at this year's gathering in Chicago. In the past several weeks, Heartland's “Experts” have been jumping ship in the wake of Heartland's disastrous Unabomber billboard campaign, and some of Heartland's conference speakers even threatened not to show up.

More worrying to Heartland has been the sudden exodus of their corporate donors. Some suggested that this was cause for Heartland to cancel the conference, but it looks like they had one last hoorah left in them. (Barely, as Joe Bast admitted today.)

The sponsors and speakers who remained part of Heartland's Denial-a-Palooza network for this final conference are those who would choose to go down with a sinking ship rather than accept the scientific evidence of climate change driven by industrial pollution and other man-made impacts.

Below are links to DeSmogBlog's in-depth research on both the Sponsors and Speakers of ICCC7. This list of sponsor organizations is just a taste of the additions coming soon to the DeSmogBlog Disinformation Database.

Here is our comprehensive entry for The Heartland Institute.

Richard Keen

Richard A. Keen


  • Ph.D., Geography/Climatology, University of Colorado. [1]


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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research


The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, originally known as the International Center for Economic Policy Studies, was founded in 1978 by Antony Fisher and William Casey and in recent years has promoted climate science contrarianism while defending policies supporting the development of fossil fuels.

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European Institute for Climate and Energy

European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)


Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie (EIKE), the European Institute for Climate and Energy in English, is a German climate change denial organization founded in February 2007 in Hanover. [25]

Read time: 14 mins

60 Plus Association

60 Plus Association


The 60 Plus Association was founded in 1992 as a “non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues.”  The 60 Plus Association describes itself as “the conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).” [1]

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Instituto Liberdade

Instituto Liberdade (Brazil)


Instituto Liberdade (Liberty Institute) is an independent Brazilian non-profit think tank based in Tecnopuc, Porto Alegre, in Southern Brazil. Instituto Liberdade began as “Instituto Liberal do Rio Grande do Sul” in 1986 and was renamed Instituto Liberdade on May 11, 2004. [1]

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Science and Environmental Policy Project

Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)


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Laurence Gould

Laurence (Larry) I. Gould


  • Ph.D., Physics, Temple University (1982). [1]
  • M.A., Physics, Temple University (1975). [1]
  • B.S., Physics, Carnegie-Mellon University (1964). [1]


Laurence I. Gould is a professor of physics at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He is also former chairman of the New England Section of the American Physical Society.

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Willis Eschenbach

Willis Eschenbach


  • California Massage Certificate, Aames School of Massage, Oakland, CA. (1974).
  • B.A., Psychology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. (1975).

Source: [1]

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