I've mentioned the English libertarian member of the European Parliament Roger Helmer of the Conservative Party and chairman of the Freedom Foundation before in the margin of Vincent De Roeck's article 'climate change is a religion, not science'
In the past, Helmer already organised several hearings with climate sceptics (e.g. in 2007 he invited Bas Van Geel & Gerd-Rainer Weber) and in 2008 he invited S. Fred Singer and Hans Labohm
Roger Helmer held another conference last November (which i only discovered today). It's really interesting to see who was on the programme that day :
Programme for the climate conference in the European Parliament, the 18th of November 2009
10.00 Introduction by MEP Roger Helmer
10.10 Mr Anthony Watts, NIPCC, USA What can we say today about the temperature measurements of the past?
10.45 Professor Ross McKitrick, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada. Climate Models versus measurements: An Updated Comparison
11.20 Professor Tom Segalstad, Univ of Oslo. Norway. CO2 chemistry, carbon cycle and ocean acidification
11.55 Dr Henrik Svensmark, Danish National Space Centre, Univ. of Copenhagen. How the Sun and its solar winds affects our climate.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 Adj Professor Fred Goldberg, NIPCC, Stockholm Sweden. Ocean currents and its effect on the climate and Arctic ice conditions
14.05 Professor Fred S. Singer, NIPCC, USA. Why can’t we trust IPCC?
14.40 Dr Hans Labohm, independent economist and expert reviewer IPCC. Economical, political and social consequences of a COP15 agreement
15.15-15.30 Coffee break
15.30 Dr Benny Peiser, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Media Bias, Climate Alarmism and the Rise of the New Media
16.10 Dr James Delingpole, The Telegraph. Role of the Media
16.30 -18.00 Open debate
Among the 200 people audience, Young Vincent was there again. For a libertarian, he really seems loving going to the European Parliament, but that asides. De Roeck wrote a error-filled report of the day on his blog Libertarian.be (post in Dutch, sorry). Young Vincent was most impressed by S. Fred Singer & Hans Labohm.
The thing which surprises me most is not that Young Vincent once again is mislead. The thing that surprises me is that the speakers see no problem at speaking at a conference organised by a politician.
I wonder how the denialosphere would react if the Green Party organises a conference, and invites some (real) prominent scientists. I think it would cause a huge fuzz on the internet, no ?
This article in The Guardian shows how serious Helmer should be taken :
Climate change denial MEP attacks church
A Tory MEP has accused the Church of England of having "abandoned religious faith entirely and taken up the new religion of climate alarmism instead".
Perhaps world religions should have more faith in God, and less in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(Read the full article on the site of The Guardian)
Meanwhile in December, in a response to the climategate-affair, Helmer wrote :
In April 2004, Helmer was named by Friends of the Earth as one of the worst voting MEPs on environmental issues. He took this as a compliment.
It is now clear that the IPCC at the very least has failed in due diligence, and has not adequately verified the data it is using, if indeed it has not colluded in the fraud. Accordingly, I and several colleagues (Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, US Professor S. Fred Singer, and Dutch Professor Hans Labohm [note : Labohm is not a professor, I'm not even sure he actually holds a PhD - Jules]), have written to the Chairman of the Nobel Prize Committee in Norway calling on him to withdraw the 2007 Nobel Prize awarded to the IPCC.
Roger Helmer is confirming every possible cliché about the link between climate change denial and libertarism.
UPDATE : actually i started wondering : did all those American guys *really* fly to Europe for nothing more than speaking in front of an audience of 200 people. Not very likely it seems ?