Heartland Global Warming Conference 2009

Nicolas Loris /

Last night, The Heartland Institute’s second annual International Conference on Climate Change kicked off where more than 70 scientists from around the globe specializing in climate issues will confront the subject of global warming. Joining the scientists will be economists, journalists, legal experts, bloggers, policymakers, and policy analysts to discuss the severity of man-made global warming and analyzing the costs and benefits of implementing any policies to reduce carbon dioxide.

The keynote speakers included the Honorable Vaclav Klaus, President, of the Czech Republic and European Union and well published atmospheric scientist Richard Lindzen from MIT.

Klaus recently published his own book, Blue Planet in Green Shackles, What is Endangered: Climate or Freedom?

Klaus refers to himself as an economist who happens to be in a high political position, and he does a remarkable job of rationally questioning the costs and benefits of climate change legislation. He challenges the inconclusiveness of the science behind global warming, and ultimately concludes that if policies are implemented to combat climate change, it could be one of the most egregious acts that would threaten freedom and prosperity across the globe.