Tuesday, 5 January 2010

MEP Roger Helmer’s yearly climate conference

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?
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 :

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.

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.

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 ?


  1. actually i was surprised to meet his name on the list of speakers, as Helmer's conference was before climategate.

  2. In the USA, major league baseball teams usually have associated minor league or "farm" teams, which they use to develop new players.
    Aspiring players try to look good, and maybe be given a chance to play in the majors. One has to bring along new talent to repalce hte old guys now and then.

  3. I notice James Delingpole is labeled "Dr."
    Is there any evidence for that?
    Given his website, one might expect that to have been mentioned.

  4. I don't know anything about Delingpole's CV, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he's given a title he doesn't have : Like Delingpole Hans Labohm is labelled a "dr" while as far as i know he's a drs. which is a Dutch title equalling a master's degree

  5. By any chance, are these presentations online anywhere?

  6. http://www.heartland.org/full/26664/Have_Humans_Change_the_Climate_Facts_and_Consequences.html

    it's a 26p summary, but it's the best i could find

  7. "Free champagne on train; free deluxe hotel room; basement swimming pool; free porn probably. Thank you, Eurotaxpayer."

    James Delingpole on twitter, according to this site which wonders about his PhD too: http://takingoutthetrash.typepad.co.uk/taking_out_the_trash/2009/11/ideas-above-your-station.html