By Duggan Flanakin

A CFACT advisor appeared as a mystery guest during day two of the International Conference on Climate Change, hosted by the Heartland Institute and co-sponsored by CFACT.  Lord Monckton, who will be a lead advisor during CFACT’s mission to Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Earth Summit next month, outlined twelve logical fallacies he said are characteristic of global warming alarmists — everything from ad hominem attacks to ignorance.

Earlier, Lord Monckton had engaged in a spirited debate on the sidewalk in front of the conference hotel with about 30 Occupy protestors, and even convinced one of them to switch sides. Several other CFACT Advisors also spoke on day 2 of the three-day event, including Howard Hayden, Willie Soon, and Patrick Michaels.  The CFACT “global warming beach party” booth was a major center of attention, with a camera crew from PBS Frontline shooting for over an hour total. 

The other luncheon speaker, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, noted the climate skeptic movement had grown stronger since he first addressed the group three years ago. Even Spain has eliminated new renewable energy subsidies, cap and tax is dead in Congress, and the Kyoto Protocol is due to expire this year. He added that he hopes three years down the road the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will be disbanded and climate change will no longer be an issue.

Dinner speaker Brian Sussman, author of ClimateGate and the just-released EcoTyranny, wowed the crowd with an account of how socialists and Marxists have been using environmental fear-mongering to seize and consolidate power as far back as the early days of the Soviet Union — and even earlier. He said Marx is the true founder of the Green movement. 

Today’s Green zealots, said Sussman, are using Marx’s templates, including telling a lie over and over again until it becomes accepted “truth,” demonizing and even threatening anyone who dissents from the party line, and making both individuals and businesses wholly subservient to an all-powerful, all-knowing central state.


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