The New York Times carried this interesting write-up of the Heartland Institute’s 2008 International Conference on Climate Change. For those not familiar with this conference, it’s like a scientific meeting on climate change — without the science.

The NYT article concluded with this statement, which pretty much sums it up:

The meeting was largely framed around science, but after the luncheon, when an organizer made an announcement asking all of the scientists in the large hall to move to the front for a group picture, 19 men did so.

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I wonder where the other 95 percent of the Inhofe 400 was. Perhaps they were at their unicorn farm. Or relaxing with the snuffalufagous.

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This pretty much confirms what I’ve been saying for a while: While advocates against action on climate change claim that there are lots of legitimate climate scientist skeptics out there, it’s simply not true. To further convince yourself of that, take a look at the speakers listed on the program. You’ll see the same old tired skeptics have been recycled yet again: Michaels, Spencer, Singer, McKitrick, Balling, Carter, Gray, yada, yada, yada …

I guess I shouldn’t complain. Here at Grist, we firmly encourage recycling. And no one recycles more effectively than the climate denial machine. The problem is that this is one type of recycling that’s not good for the environment.