Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mackinac Center to Host March 16 Forum on The Changing Debate on Climate Change

Expert panel will discuss the science and politics of climate change, cap-and-trade and ‘green’ energy initiatives

MIDLAND — The Mackinac Center for Public Policy will host a climate change forum at noon on March 16 at Oakland University. The scientific case for man-made global warming has been seriously damaged by shoddy science and political interference, as evidenced by the recent Climategate scandal. As the science behind anthropomorphic climate change is undermined, the future of cap-and-trade and other “green” energy legislation is uncertain. The panel will be moderated by Russ Harding, senior environmental policy analyst for the Mackinac Center and former director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The speakers will be:

• Paul Chesser, special correspondent at the Heartland Institute and director of Climate Strategies Watch; Chesser is considered a top authority on climate change policy development at the state level.

• Shikha Dalmia, senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation; Dalmia has written on environmental and other policies for Forbes, Reason magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and numerous other publications.

• Henry Payne, editorial writer and cartoonist for The Detroit News; Payne writes regularly on climate science and energy policies for The News and National Review Online.

Call 989-631-0900 by 5 p.m. on March 12 to make your reservation. A free lunch is included with reservation. The forum takes place in Banquet Room B in the Oakland Center,
Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, Mich.

The same panel will discuss these issues at a Central Michigan University event at 7 p.m. March 16 in Plachta Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

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