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In early October, the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) hosted a panel of Heartland Institute Scholars to discuss climate change in accordance with their book Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science (CCR-II).
The panel was made up of Dr. Keith Lockitch– Fellow at ARI, Joe Bast– President and CEO of the Heartland Institute, Dr. Robert Carter– Co-editor and author of CCR-II, and S. Fred Singer– renowned atmospheric physicist.
Heartland began to address global warming back in 1994 with little attention from the outside world. Bast says that people were panicked and motivated by fear of the alleged dangers of global warming. But as time went on, Heartland’s influence strengthened, especially with the release of the first Climate Change Reconsidered, which was the first time that global warming skeptics got together to create an authoritative critique of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The panel discusses the outcomes expressed in CCR II, which shows that climate change is not necessarily caused by humans, and subsequently that there’s no justification for governments to attempt to reduce energy consumption and emissions. In fact, Dr. Carter explains that climate has never been stable and is constantly changing. Six million years ago, the planet’s temperatures were actually hotter than they are today.
Watch the video in the player above.