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4th International Conference on Climate Change

May 28, 2010

Last week I ventured over to Chicago to participate in the 4th International Conference on Climate Change, hosted by the Heartland Institute. I had attended the 2nd conference as a co-sponsor (via the Australian Libertarian Society), but this time I was going as a speaker.

Heartland had generously allowed me to set up an Australian panel, and I arranged a session including myself, Senator Cory Bernardi and Joseph Clark. It turned out that Australia was well represented at the conference, with many speakers (including Alan Moran, Ian Plimer, Bob Carter & others) and a handful of other notables (Tim Andrews, Ron Manners).

Cory spoke about the politics of the ETS in Australia, and Joe offered an innovative take on the role of insurance markets with regards to climate change. My speech was a benefit-cost analysis of the ETS… showing that even using the most dramatic of the warmanista estimates, the ETS simply has more costs than benefits.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see as many presentations as I would have liked, though Pat Michaels and Steve McIntyre were good value. I certainly don’t endorse everything that was said at the conference (I think some “skeptics” over-state their case) but I find these conferences enjoyable and often full of interesting people.

All the videos are now available online at the Heartland website.

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