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More than 75 of the world’s elite scientists, economists, elected officials and other policymakers, and policy advisors and experts spoke at The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change in New York City in March.  Their presentations to the conference, "Global Warming:  Was it Ever Really a Crisis?," are being published online as they become available.

The conference's opening keynote speaker was Václav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.  During his remarks, Klaus accused European governments of alarmism and being in thrall to radical environmentalists on global warming.  "They probably do not want to reveal their true plans and ambitions to stop economic development and return mankind several centuries back," he said.

Another keynote speaker, former White House Chief of Staff and former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu, spoke on the politics of global warming.  "We have gathered here to bring some reality and sound science into the ongoing global debate on climate change and global warming," he said.  "I am certainly pleased to join this very distinguished assembly of experts who have come here to confirm that the 'debate on the science is not over.'"

Other speakers addressed questions that go to the very heart of the international debate about climate change, including:  whether the plateau in global temperatures over the past eight years contradicts computer-model predictions and thus requires a reexamination of the greenhouse theory; whether the proxy records of ancient climates contradict how computer models characterize the role of carbon dioxide in climate change; and whether modern warming has the "fingerprint" of being caused by greenhouse gases or is more likely the results of other factors.

More than 600 people attended the conference, which was sponsored by The Heartland Institute in Chicago.  Fifty-nine other organizations co-sponsored the event.  It was substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
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