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Houston Climate Conference Sept. 25/26: Unsettled Science Trending Optimistically

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 12, 2014

“A groundbreaking gathering of the most acclaimed thinkers, scholars, and policymakers on our historic energy revolution, the global prosperity it will produce, and the federal policy that threatens it.”

Date: September 25/26, 2014

Place: Hyatt Regency Houston


Kudos to the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) for hosting a state-of-the-art climate and energy conference in the nation’s energy capital. The global warming establishment, including many government-grant-dependent local university professors, may stay away. But open-minded Houstonians and visitors will get a multi-disciplinary dose of sound physical science, political economy, and resource economics at this two-day event.

TPPF describes the conference as follows:

At the Crossroads is a unique gathering of the world’s foremost experts, brought together to analyze the historical crossroads at which our county sits. The burgeoning opportunities flowing from the energy revolution are now directly threatened by federal regulatory mandates to displace coal, oil, natural gas.  The transformative powers of energy face the coercive powers of government.

It is time for energy realism. It is time to speak truth to government power. Hydrocarbon energy is far superior to the current alternatives. Current federal policies to supplant fossil fuels could undermine mankind’s greatest advance and consign the developing world to abject poverty. The stakes couldn’t be higher in this epochal confrontation.  Come hear the best minds around distinguish fact from prevalent myths.

This conference deserves a full room. Here is the agenda:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

12:30pm – 2:00pm Opening Luncheon & Keynote Address

Matt Ridley, Author of “The Rational Optimist”

2:00 pm – 3:00pm Session I Panel — State of the Science

Dr. Roy SpencerClimatologist, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama and U.S. Science Team Leader, Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer, NASA’s Aqua Satellite

Dr. Judith CurryChair of the School of Earth Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, former Author of IPCC

Dr. Hal DoironChairman, The Right Climate Stuff, Research Team of Former NASA Scientists and Engineers
Dr. Zong-Liang YangProfessor and Jackson Chair, Director, Center for Integrated Earth System Science, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin

3:00pm – 4:00pm Session II: Taking Stock of Current “Climate” Regulation

Eric Groten Partner, Vinson & Elkins

Dr. Marlo Lewis Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Mike Nasi Partner, Environmental and Legislative Affairs Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P.

4:00pm – 5:00pm Session III: History, Politics, and Economics

Rupert Darwall Author of “The Age of Global Warming,” and former Special Advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

Stephen Moore Chief Economist, The Heritage Foundation

Marc Morano Climate Depot

Friday, September 26, 2014

8:00am – 9:30am Breakfast & Keynote Address

“The Great Collision: Anthropogenic Global Warming and the Shale Revolution”

Mark P. Mills of the Manhattan Institute

9:30am – 10:30am Session IV: Not Up to the Task: Energy Alternatives to Fossil Fuels?

Dr. Robert L. Bradley, Jr. CEO and Founder, Institute for Energy Research
Dr. Peter Grossman
Clarence Efroymson Professor of Economics, Butler University
Dr. David Kreutzer Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change, The Heritage Foundation

10:30am – 11:30am Session V: Prosperity and Poverty – The Energy Factor

Dr. Calvin Beisner Spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Kathleen Hartnett White Distinguished Senior Fellow & Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment, former Chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Dr. Caleb Rossiter Adjunct Professor, School of International Service and Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences at American University

H. Leighton Steward President and Chairman, Plants Need CO2

11:30am – 1:00pm Luncheon and Keynote Address: “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels”

Dr. Frank Clemente,Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Penn State University

1:00pm – 2:00pm Closing Coffee Reception with Book Signings

Most of the conference’s guest speakers are accomplished authors with best-selling books on the topic of climate change. The closing reception will provide a networking opportunity and allow conference attendees to purchase books from the speakers.


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