Cool and Stormy Weather Didn’t Deter Climate Realists Symposium

Dr. Fred Singer and Event Organizer, Pat Anderson

Dr. Fred Singer and Event Organizer, Pat Anderson

A tornado touchdown in Minneapolis and driving rains threatened to waylay the Symposium on Climate Change organized by the Free Market Institute on Wednesday.

Fortunately, no one was ushered into the storm shelters at the Earle Brown Heritage Center and the storm quickly passed allowing the presentation to go on as planned.

Because of the controversial nature of the climate change debate, managers at the Earle Brown Center took the precaution of staffing security at the event, but aside from a brief misunderstanding about a yellow feather-suit being donned in a restroom, there was no threat of anarchy. Minnesotans for Global Warming’s exhibit included a man in a Chicken Little costume, who security officer Larry Deiman initially mistook for a potentially disruptive protestor. The half-dressed Chicken Little quickly explained himself and got to work in the hall announcing his trademark alarm, “the sky is falling!”

Dr. Fred Singer, author of Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years kicked off the event with a detailed debunking of several popular climate science misconceptions and a thorough analysis of problems with several IPCC reports.

State Senator Jungbauer explained the state of arctic ice, the nature of sea level rise and Greenland’s ice cover in a breakout session.

There were several other national and local climate experts making presentations, including Dr. Pekarek from St. Cloud University.

About 300 people attended the event. The Minnesota Taxpayers League, Minnesotans for Global Warming and Minnesota Majority maintained information booths there.

For some, the symposium was a refresher course in skepticism of man-made (anthropogenic) global warming. For others it was an eye-opener. “I came here with an open mind,” said one attendee, who stopped at the Minnesota Majority / booth, “I didn’t really know what to think [about global warming]. A lot of the things I heard here, I’d never heard before,” she said.

Update: Video from the Symposium is now available.

18 Responses to Cool and Stormy Weather Didn’t Deter Climate Realists Symposium

  1. Chicken Little August 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    Nice Article!

  2. Neil F. AGWD August 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    Another cold rainy day in Minnesota today. 2009 will be remembered as the year without a summer.
    I’m starting to think that people who still believe that AGW is happening are a lot like people who have had a leg amputated but can feel an itch on their missing foot.
    I have one question for the AGW believers out there. WHERE THE HELL IS IT?
    It certainly is not here.
    AGW is like Santa, or the Tooth Fairy, or the freakin Easter Bunny!
    I just don’t get it. Is it that they are incapable of admitting that they were wrong?
    Well let me just say to anyone that still believes in AGW. YOU WERE WRONG!!!!!!!!
    There, don’t you feel better now?

  3. Paul Wenum August 20, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    Neil, unfortunately, I got stuck in the storm taking a client back to his office. What a bummer. Got to my office at 6:00 pm. Sounds like I missed a good one. Especially the guy with the chicken suit! Later

  4. Neil F. AGWD August 21, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    That’s a bummer!
    Unfortunately this is where Left wingers have us at a disadvantage. By us I mean us who have clients, and jobs, and stuff to do, can’t make it to the rallies, and gatherings, and such.
    I guess when you got a free ride you don’t much think about what makes the bus go.

  5. Neil F. AGWD August 21, 2009 at 9:13 pm #
    “Another nail in the coffin of Global Warming is the observed rate of temperature change from 1980, which is observed to be 1.5 degrees C per century. The IPCC modeling calls for a range of 2.4 to 5.3 degree increase per century, which is far above what is observed in real data collected between 1980 and 2009.”

  6. Lone Wolf August 22, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    The Real Climate Agenda, a must read.

  7. Neil F. AGWD August 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

    L.W.: Great post!
    This is what it is and always has been about.
    Some of you think I’m crazy to buy into this:
    But the article that Lone Wolf just posted is saying in brief what is laid out in the green agenda. I believe what it says, and I believe these people need to be stopped.

  8. Neil F. AGWD August 23, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    You know, these AGW nutjobs just say anything. Like “Stop, you know, like, burning the rainforests man, it’s contributing, like, 20% of, like, you know, the global warming greenhouse gases man, and you’re, like, destroying, like, mother, like, you know, earth….man”
    (I’m was imagining Tommy Chong’s voice as I wrote that.)
    But, guess again….. that ain’t happening.
    “The amount of carbon emissions caused by world forest destruction is likely far less than the 20 percent figure being widely used before global climate talks in December, said the head of the Brazilian institute that measures Amazon deforestation.”

    So, yet another “fact” that’s thrown around by the AGW crowd that isn’t a fact at all.
    But it seems to be par for the course for the whackjobs out there!!

  9. Neil F. AGWD August 26, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    Was anyone able to make it to the Symposium on Climate Change?
    If you did, I’d like to read more about it.
    Is there a transcript of it out there anywhere? Dan? Anyone one?

  10. Neil F. AGWD August 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    Videos even better. Sweet!

  11. Rob N. Hood September 7, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Feng Sheng Hu, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an expert on Boreal forests such as ones found in the Alaskan wilderness, offers more perspective on the worsening of North American fires partly if not totally due to climate changes.

    His research shows even the Arctic tundra is burning more often.

    “Even in the tundra region in Alaska there was a very large fire in 2007,” he said. “If you look at the fire record of the last 50 years for tundra region in Alaska north of 68 degrees latitude – – a single fire event doubled the amount of area burned.”

    That large fire, which started in the summer near Lake Toolik in northern Alaska, coincided with a year in which Arctic sea ice had retracted to record levels and the area was its warmest and driest of the past 60 years.

    Furthermore, an analysis of charcoal samples from the ground showed that it was the only fire in that area in the past 5,000 years.

    Frumhoff said evidence collected by scientists clearly shows that climate change significantly increases the risk of the type of fires currently burning in California.

    “There is no single cause (of wildfires). But if you’re interested in asking whether climate change is currently increasing the risk of wildfires and projected to do so more, the answer is yes,” he said.

  12. Paul Wenum September 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm #


  13. Rob N. Hood September 19, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    No comment. Really? Sharp Paul… real sharp. Good one. Dazzling!

  14. paul wenum September 20, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    Bad actor. Gone.

  15. Rob N. Hood September 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    Ouch, that hurt! You so have a way with words… BTW – Is Bad Actor the new “Evil-doer” in your little world? Just wonderin’

  16. Paul Wenum September 20, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    I suggest that you get on with your life and work for a living. Then you may see the real world.

  17. Rob N. Hood October 7, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    Good advice you for you too, don’t you think? Or do you just give advice and not act on it personally?

  18. Paul Wenum October 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    Work every day and love every minute. How about you?

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