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The Center for American Progress promises to put on its website the audio of its conference call Thursday titled ““Climate Deniers Congregate in the Nation’s Capital.” As I mentioned last week, this was designed to be a pre-buttal to The Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change. (You can watch the live stream starting at 8:30 a.m. June 30.)
James M. Taylor shared his thoughts over at Heartland’s Environment & Climate News. Here are basically my raw notes from the conference call, quickly shared:
Former Republican Rep. Sherwood Boehlert of New York was on the call. He didn’t add much … other than to lament that more of his GOP colleagues didn’t join him in the global warming parade. However, he praised Sens. McCain, Graham, Collins and Snowe for realizing that “climate science is real.” (Whatever that means. Again, he didn’t add much to the conversation, but dominated it.)
Boehlert also said 97 percent of scientists “believe” (a word he used a lot) in man-made global warming. The “dwindling” 3 percent are marginalized … yet he keeps reading about them in the papers and seeing “opinion merchants” on cable TV give them air time. He even criticized MSNBC for this sin, if you can believe it.
Unfortunately, most of the questions went to Boehlert, asking him to comment on how only Romney and Huntsman believe in AGW while the rest of the GOP candidates for president do not. Boehlert said it’s because the candidates want to focus on the economy … zzzzzz. Sorry, fell asleep there.
A good question from Bloomberg came near the end. The reporter asked Joe Romm about how Heartland has invited him to attend ICCC-6 and ask any questions he wants at the end of every presentation. Are you going to go? Are you going to send anyone from the Center on American Progress?
Romm said he’d probably send a couple of folks to be observers. (BTW: CAP has already registered two reporters from “Climate Progress” as media and have made interview requests). But, as expected, Romm said it wasn’t going to be worth his time: “The people who are presenting have standard talking points that they present that are long debunked in the scientific literature. There’s nothing to be gained by asking questions of people who’s minds are not open to the scientific evidence.” Romm then said what is going on this week in DC is “not really a science, but closer to astrology or flat-earth stuff.”
Peter Glick was also on the call, and said the conference is “not worth a real scientists’ time.” He said he wasn’t invited, and even if he was he wouldn’t go. “This is not a ascientific conference, but a political conference. There is no science that is going to be discussed there that is new or interesting.” He added that “The Heartland Institute has a long history of misrepresenting science,” saying something about arctic ice studies and cherry picking data.
Finally, Boehlert harped on the theme that “real” climate scientists are being harassed and threatened (even with physical violence) by those who reject AGW. A pretty lousy smear, considering our conference was the point of the call and he provided no evidence.