Heartland’s International Conference on Climate Change is on again. I can’t help but be impressed by the number of Australian organizations co-sponsoring the conference. Sponsors don’t pay any money — instead they get free admission to all meals and sessions for up to 20 people. And with 58 sponsors and 800 people registered to attend, that means they are giving away more admissions than people registered to attend. It’s likely that almost everyone attending got free admission.
There are seven Australian organizations signed up as sponsors. As well as the obvious ones like Lavoisier and the IPA there are some unfamiliar ones, so let’s look at the whole list.
The Lavoisier Group. John Quiggin on Lavoisier:
This body is devoted to the proposition that basic principles of physics, discovered by among others, the famous French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, cease to apply when they come into conflict with the interests of the Australian coal industry.
The Institute of Public Affairs. Australia’s leading anti-science think tank, with staff including Alan Moran, Sinclair Davidson, Jennifer Marohasy and Tom Switzer (opinion editor at The Australian for much of their war on science).
Mannkal Economic Education Foundation. Their postal address is at “Hayek House”, so you can probably guess where they are coming from. Their global warming denial page is a bunch of links to other people’s stuff — they don’t seem to produce much on those lines themselves.
Climate Sceptics Party. Only launched last month. According to their platform:
We are ordinary but proud Australians who are gravely concerned with the unfounded environmental alarmism infiltrating all forms of Australian Government (Federal, State & Local), threatening our way of life and hard fought freedoms
I believe proud and ordinary cohenite is a member.
is a voluntary group of people concerned about the extent to which carbon is wrongly vilified in Western societies, particularly in government, the media, and in business circles.
they seem to be focused on opposition to policies that reduce net emissions from agriculture (in Australia that refers mainly to land clearing in Queensland).
In 2008 we have seen the coldest year since 1994 and the current temperature is nearly exactly the same as the average over the 1970s.
True to form, when I commented on his post, Humphreys accused me of lying, though this time he also deleted most of my comments as well.
Update: Kevin Grandia:
what really strikes me so far is that it’s the same people attending and talking about the same things they did last year.