Detailed Agenda

Thursday, September 25, 2014


12:30pm – 2:00pm Opening Luncheon & Keynote Address

Matt Ridley, Author of “The Rational Optimist”
Matt Ridley's books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 30 languages, been short-listed for nine
major literary prizes and won several awards. He worked for The Economist for nine years as science editor,
Washington correspondent, and American editor, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman. He
was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. He currently writes the Mind and
Matter column in The Wall Street Journal and writes regularly for The Times. As Viscount Ridley, he was elected
to the House of Lords in February 2013. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of
Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



2:00 pm – 3:00pm Session I -- State of the Science
The day’s first panel discussion will evaluate the latest in climate science.

Dr. Roy Spencer Climatologist, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama and U.S. Science Team
Leader, Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer, NASA's Aqua Satellite
Dr. Judith Curry Chair of the School of Earth Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, former Author of IPCC
Dr. Hal Doiron Right Stuff on Climate, former NASA Engineer and Chairman of NASA’s Shuttle Pogo Prevention
Panel
Dr. Zong-Liang Yang Professor and Jackson Chair, Director, Center for Integrated Earth System Science, Jackson
School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin


3:00pm – 4:00pm Session II: Taking Stock of Current “Climate” Regulation
This session will provide an overview of all the federal programs, regulations, and
litigation created by executive branch climate policy, as well as key state and multi-state
programs.

Eric Groten Partner, Vinson & Elkins
Dr. Marlo Lewis Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Mike Nasi Partner, Environmental and Legislative Affairs Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P.








4:00pm – 5:00pm Session III: History, Politics, and Economics
This session will review the history of the policy, politics, and economics that fuels the
issue of man-made global warming.

Stephen Moore Chief Economist, The Heritage Foundation
Rupert Darwall Author of “The Age of Global Warming,” and former Special Advisor to the Chancellor of the
Exchequer


Friday, September 26, 2014

8:00am – 9:30am Breakfast & Keynote Address
“The Great Collision: Anthropogenic Global Warming and the Shale Revolution”

Mark P. Mills of the Manhattan Institute
Mark P Mills is co-author with Peter Huber of the book, The Bottomless Well, a senior fellow of the Manhattan
Institute, and founder and CEO of the Digital Power Group, a tech-centric capital advisory group. He was
formerly the co-founder and chief tech strategist for Digital Power Capital, a boutique venture fund. He co-
founded and served as Chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies helping take it public in a 2007 IPO. Mark is a
member of the Advisory Council of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern
University, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Marshall Institute. He writes the Energy Intelligence
column for Forbes.


9:30am – 10:30am Session IV: Not up to the Task: Energy Alternatives to Fossil Fuels?
This session will discuss the inherent limitations in renewable alternatives to fossil fuels
and how renewable mandates have made electricity a luxury good in many European
nations.

Dr. Peter Grossman Clarence Efroymson Professor of Economics, Butler University
Dr. David Kreutzer Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change, The Heritage Foundation

10:30am – 11:30am Session V: Prosperity and Poverty - The Energy Factor

Dr. Calvin Beisner Spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Kathleen Hartnett White Distinguished Senior Fellow & Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the
Environment, former Chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Dr. Caleb Rossiter Adjunct Professor, School of International Service and Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences at American University
H. Leighton Steward President and Chairman, Plants Need CO
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11:30am – 1:00pm Luncheon and Keynote Address: “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels”

Dr. Frank Clemente, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Penn State University
Professor Clemente’s research specialization is the socioeconomic impact of energy policy— especially issues
relating to electricity generation, reliability and cost. He was editor and primary author of the International
Energy Agency report The Global Value of Coal. He has published over 100 articles in such media as Public
Utilities Fortnightly, Electric Perspectives, World Oil, Nuclear News, American Coal, and Oil and Gas Journal.
Professor Clemente has been listed in the social science section of American Men and Women of Science.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Closing Coffee Reception with Book Signings
Most of the conference’s guest speakers are accomplished authors with best-selling
books on the topic of climate change. The closing reception will provide a networking
opportunity and allow conference attendees to purchase books from the speakers.