Mark Skousen

“U.S. climate has already changed, study finds, citing heat and floods.” —New York Timesheadline, May 7, 2014

Is it really getting hotter and should we be worried? “Global warming” is being blamed for every conceivable natural disaster, whether it involves severe cold in the Northeast this past winter or flooding in Miami.The New York Times has been running front-page stories about the terrible consequences of global warming, citing the latest federal government study that temperatures could rise an average 10 degrees by the end of this century.

However, average temperatures have shown little change in the past two decades. Hurricanes and tornadoes are at record lows… blizzards, droughts and floods are below past extremes… and polar sea ice has started to increase again.

Is global warming a legitimate concern or a false alarm aimed to push through more anti-growth legislation and government regulations?

We had a big debate last year at FreedomFest about global warming with Michael Shermer, editor ofSkepticmagazine and a columnist forScientific American, and James Taylor, climate expert at the Heartland Institute. I was surprised that the editor ofSkepticmagazine wasn’t more skeptical of the biases among the global-warming crowd.

“Climate change from fossil fuel emissions increasingly appears to have been greatly overestimated and in any event is likely to be rendered irrelevant by advances in technology,” according to Walter Starck, policy analyst at Heartland.

Heartland’s Climate Change Conference

This summer, the Heartland Institute is holding its 9th International Conference on Climate Change right before FreedomFest. The July 7-9 climate change conference will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Learn from the top geo-climate specialists, economists and policy experts about the real costs of trying to stop global warming. Hear leaders speak out against global warming alarmism.

FreedomFest is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event. To learn more and to sign up, call the Heartland Institute at 1-312-377-4000, or go to

Mark Skousen

Mark Skousen, Ph. D., is the editor of the monthly investment newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies, as well as three weekly trading services, Skousen High-Income Alert, Hedge Fund Trader and Fast Money Alert.


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