As Democratic candidates for president clamor for a so-called “climate debate”, CFACT co-sponsored the Heartland Institute’s 13th annual International Conference on Climate Change in Washington DC, to show the media what a real scientific discussion looks like.

The conference, which took place in the Trump International Hotel in DC, sold out with over 300 attendees. Additionally, both international and national media sought out CFACT staff for multiple interviews during the event.

NBC News spoke to Graham Beduze, Associate Director of Collegians for CFACT, about CFACT’s efforts to bring the facts on climate change to college campuses.

“I’m from southern Louisiana,” Beduze explained. “The BP oil spill was a tragedy, and big polluters should be held accountable for when mistakes are made. But CO2 is the source of all life on this planet. You should not be regulating actual pollution in the same way as CO2. CO2 is not a pollutant.”

Duggan Flanakin, also part of the CFACT team, was interviewed by BBC. Finally, CFACT President Craig Rucker and I were interviewed by New York Public Radio and Swiss television.

CFACT brought three student leaders from the DC area to learn more about the issues surrounding climate change. Isabella Veru, a student at NOVA, and Moises Davidson and Peter Darko of George Mason University, got to hear from influential speakers like meteorologist Dr. Roy Spencer, Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA), policy expert James Taylor, Lord Christopher Monckton, and climatologist Dr. David Legates.

“The conference helped me to understand the big picture of what to think about the climate change issue,” explained Peter. “I’m definitely a climate skeptic.”

“I really appreciated CFACT inviting me to learn more about these issues,” said Isabella. “I can’t wait to attend more conferences like this to help out.”

CFACT’s president Craig Rucker addressed the crowd of over 300 attendees to discuss CFACT, but most importantly, to announce that CFACT’s new film, Climate Hustle 2: Rise of the Monarchy, will be premiering in hundreds of theaters around the nation on Earth Day, 2020. Rucker unveiled a preview of the movie, which was greeted with enthusiastic applause by the hundreds of climate realists watching in the main ballroom.

Towards the end of the evening, Moises Davidson, who just graduated from George Mason University, explained to a fellow conference attendee, “As far as whether I think climate change is something to worry about, no I don’t. I think people are overreacting over something that is not that big of a deal. So yes, I am a skeptic.”


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  • Adam Houser coordinates student leaders as National Director of CFACT's collegians program and writes on issues of climate and energy.