The Steamboat Institute Announces High-Profile Climate Change Panelists to Speak on Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 18, 2009

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Steamboat Institute is pleased to announce that climate change experts Patrick J. Michaels, William M. Gray, and Marc Morano are scheduled to speak at the 2009 Inaugural Freedom Conference on Saturday, August 29, 2009. The event will be held at the Steamboat Grand Hotel in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Michaels and Gray will participate in a panel discussion about their scientific research on climate change. Morano will address the environmental movement from a press perspective.

“We’re thrilled to bring to the climate debate both experts from the scholarly world and a communications perspective of environmental issues,” said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman of the newly formed Steamboat Institute.

“Our mission at the Steamboat Institute is to create a more balanced intellectual dialogue in the media and public policy arenas and we hope that these distinguished individuals will enlighten us with their expertise on climate change.”

Michaels is a senior fellow in environmental studies at The Cato Institute and author of Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know. Previously, he served as president of the American Association of State Climatologists; program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society; and spent 30 years as an environmental sciences research professor at the University of Virginia. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of which Michaels is a contributing author and reviewer, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Gray is a professor emeritus of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, where he has worked since 1961. He currently heads the Tropical Meteorology Project. In 1995, he won the Neil Frank Award of the National Hurricane Conference for his work in hurricane forecasting. In recent years, Gray has focused his research more specifically on climate change.

Morano is currently the executive editor of ClimateDepot.com, a project of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. Until recently, he was a climate researcher, speechwriter and communications director for Ranking Member U.S. Sen. James Inhofe of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. From 1992-1996, he was a producer and correspondent for Rush Limbaugh, The Television Show.

“I’m excited to participate in The Steamboat Institute’s Freedom Conference to discuss today’s issues,” said Morano. “The more educated we are about the true state of the climate, the better prepared we will be to protect our planet without wasting time on costly and purely symbolic global warming ‘solutions.’”

For ticket and registration information, visit www.steamboatinstitute.org.

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