CHICAGO, IL USA - What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time, global warming "skeptics" were dismissed as being a fringe group of dissenters from "the overwhelming consensus" of scientific opinion. Now, their critics are admitting that the science is far from settled and that global warming is not the crisis it was once made out to be.
Recent months have seen the collapse of international negotiations for a global warming treaty in Copenhagen, revelations of scientific fraud committed by a leading climate research organization, and demands for the resignation of the chairman of the United Nations' global warming panel. British and Canadian newspapers are declaring the end of the global warming "fraud."
The first major international meeting of global warming "skeptics" since Copenhagen, Climategate, and other extraordinary developments will take place in Chicago on May 16-18, 2010. It is the fourth such conference convened by the nonprofit Heartland Institute and scores of allied organizations, and it promises to be the largest and most consequential yet.
More than 70 of the world's elite climate scientists and economists, including two former NASA astronauts and scientists from 15 countries, are scheduled to speak at the event, which is open to the public. Among the confirmed presenters are climate scientists Dr. Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dr. Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama at Huntsville and economists Dr. Robert Mendelsohn of Yale University and Dr. Gabriel Calzada of King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.