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Wed, 2012-05-23 12:40Michael Fisher
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A Closer Look at Heartland's ICCC7 Denial-a-Palooza Speakers and Sponsors

This afternoon, Joseph Bast delivered the closing remarks to the Heartland Institute's Seventh and final “International Conference on Climate Change.” 

The final Denial-a-Palooza was co-sponsored by dozens of organizations that have received over $67 Million from ExxonMobil, Koch, and Scaife family foundations

There was tension in the air at this year's gathering in Chicago. In the past several weeks, Heartland's “Experts” have been jumping ship in the wake of Heartland's disastrous Unabomber billboard campaign, and some of Heartland's conference speakers even threatened not to show up.

More worrying to Heartland has been the sudden exodus of their corporate donors. Some suggested that this was cause for Heartland to cancel the conference, but it looks like they had one last hoorah left in them. (Barely, as Joe Bast admitted today.)

The sponsors and speakers who remained part of Heartland's Denial-a-Palooza network for this final conference are those who would choose to go down with a sinking ship rather than accept the scientific evidence of climate change driven by industrial pollution and other man-made impacts.

Below are links to DeSmogBlog's in-depth research on both the Sponsors and Speakers of ICCC7. This list of sponsor organizations is just a taste of the additions coming soon to the DeSmogBlog Disinformation Database.

Here is our comprehensive entry for The Heartland Institute.

European Institute for Climate and Energy

European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)

 Background

Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie (EIKE), the European Institute for Climate and Energy in English, is a German group of climate change skeptics founded in February 2007 in Hanover.

60 Plus Association

60 Plus Association

 Background

The 60 Plus Association describes itself as a “non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues” and the “conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).” [1]

The group has sought to privatize Social Security, end the federal estate tax, and strengthen gun rights. They oppose aspects of health care reform, federal energy standards, and tax increases.

Instituto Liberdade

Instituto Liberdade

 Background

Instituto Liberdade is an independent Brazilian non-profit think tank based in Tecnopuc, Porto Alegre, in Southern Brazil. Instituto Liberdade began as “Instituto Liberal do Rio Grande do Sul” in 1986 and was renamed Instituto Liberdade on May 11, 2004. [1]

Laurence Gould

Laurence (Larry) I. Gould

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Physics, Temple University (1982).
  • M.A., Physics, Temple University (1975).
  • B.S., Physics, Carnegie-Mellon University (1964).

Source: [1]

 Background

Laurence I. Gould is a professor of physics at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He is also former chairman of the New England Section of the American Physical Society.

Read more: Laurence Gould

Willis Eschenbach

Willis Eschenbach

 Credentials

  • California Massage Certificate, Aames School of Massage, Oakland, CA. (1974).
  • B.A., Psychology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. (1975).

Source: [1]

 Background

Willis Eschenbach has worked as a Construction Manager at Taunovo Bay Resort in Fiji Sport Fishing guide in Alaska and more recently as an Accounts/IT Senior Manager with South Pacific Oil.

John Droz

John Droz Jr.

 Credentials

John received undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Boston College, and a graduate degree in Physics from Syracuse University. [1]

 Background

John Droz, Jr. is a Senior Fellow at American Tradition Institute and is an anti-wind-power activist.

Read more: John Droz

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