Heartland climate conference SOLD OUT – Prominent Skeptics to Receive Climate Change Awards

Via press release: Prominent Skeptics to Receive Climate Change Awards

Sen. Jim Inhofe, William Happer, David Legates, Anthony Watts, and Bob Carter

Winners of 2015 Climate Change Awards at ICCC-10 in DC

WASHINGTON – Five prominent skeptics of man-caused global warming will receive recognition at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change, taking place June 11–12 at the Washington Court Hotel.

ICCC10-bannerThe winners of the 2015 Climate Change Awards are:

Sen. Jim Inhofe, who will receive the Political Leadership on Climate Change Award, sponsored by The Heritage Foundation, at the breakfast keynote at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 11.

William Happer, Ph.D., winner of the 2015 Frederick Seitz Memorial Award, sponsored by the Science & Environmental Policy Project

David Legates, Ph.D., winner of the Courage in Defense of Science Award, sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Anthony Watts, winner of the Excellence in Climate Science Communication Award, sponsored by the International Climate Science Coalition

Robert M. Carter, Ph.D., winner of the Lifetime Achievement in Climate Science Award, sponsored by The Heartland Institute.

For more information about the award winners, see this page at the website for the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change. For a full schedule of the June 11–12 conference, click here.

The conference is sold out, but the public and press can view every keynote and panel discussion on the free live-stream at the conference website. For more information about the conference, contact Heartland Institute Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org or (cell) 312/731-9364.

The Climate Change Awards were launched in 2014 as a way to recognize individuals of extraordinary ability and unflagging commitment to restoring sound science and common sense to the debate over global warming. These awards deliver long-overdue recognition and encouragement to their recipients. See a list of past recipients here.

“The awards send a signal to the academy and other elite institutions: If they won’t recognize these genuine heroes, then the sponsors of these awards will,” said Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, host of ICCC-10. “We hope these awards, now in their second year, encourage other scientists, philanthropists, and civic and business leaders to speak up on behalf of sound science and common sense.”

Bios of award winners:

William Happer, Ph.D. is a physicist who has specialized in the interaction of atoms and nuclei with radiation. He is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett professor of physics (emeritus) at Princeton University and a long-term member of the JASON advisory group, where he pioneered the development of adaptive optics and invented the sodium guide star to eliminate astronomical imaging blurring due to atmospheric turbulence. He was director of the Office of Energy Research at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1991 to 1993.

Happer has been an active and influential writer and speaker on the global warming issue. He is a fellow at the American Physical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he’s a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Philosophical Society. He received an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship in 1966, an Alexander von Humboldt award in 1976, the Herbert P. Broida Prize in 1997, the Davisson-Germer Prize, and the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 2000.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe is well known in his home state of Oklahoma and in Washington, DC as one of the most conservative members of the United States Senate. Human Events recently ranked Inhofe #1 on its list of the “Top 10 Most Outstanding Conservative Senators.” In 2013, National Journal ranked Inhofe among the top five most conservative members of the Senate.

Inhofe considers one of his unique qualifications for office to be the 30 years he’s spent in the business community, where he grew tired of being over-regulated by the federal bureaucracy. He is a lifelong Oklahoman who grew up in Tulsa and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in economics. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Inhofe was first elected to the Senate in 1994 and serves as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

David Legates, Ph.D. is professor of climatology in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware and an adjunct professor at the university’s Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Program and in the Department of Applied Economics.

Legates has argued for the necessity of technological progress in precipitation measurement used for validating climate change scenarios and for validation of existing data used for that purpose. He co-developed methods to correct bias in gauge-measured precipitation data for wind and temperature effects, with direct applicability in climate change, hydrology, and environmental impact studies. Legates also developed a calibration method that validates NEXRAD radar precipitation data with gauge measurements to improve the accuracy of precipitation estimates.

Anthony Watts is a 25-year broadcast meteorology veteran and currently chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio. He got his start as an on-air meteorologist for WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Indiana and at KHSL-TV in Chico, California.

In 1987, he founded ItWorks, which supplies broadcast graphics systems to hundreds of television and radio stations nationwide. Watts established the blog Watts Up With That? (WUWT) in 2006. In 2007, Watts founded SurfaceStations.org, a website devoted to photographing and documenting the quality of weather stations across the United States.

In 2008, WUWT won an Internet voting-based Wizbang Weblog Award for the “Best Science Blog.” In 2011, 2012, and 2013, WUWT took first place in the Bloggies “Best Science Weblog” category, and in 2013, it won overall best blog. WUWT is by far the most viewed website on climate in the world, now approaching a quarter billion views.

Robert M. Carter, Ph.D. is a palaeontologist, stratigrapher, and marine geologist with a 50-year record of university teaching and publishing international research on ancient environmental and climatic change topics.

Carter has acted as an expert witness on climate change before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; parliamentary select committees on emissions trading in Australia and New Zealand; and in a meeting in Parliament House, Stockholm, Sweden. He was a primary science witness in the Hayes Windfarm environment court case in New Zealand and in the U.K. High Court case of Dimmock v. H.M.’s Secretary of State for Education, the 2007 judgement that identified nine major scientific errors in Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth.

Global Warming Debate

The debate over the causes and consequences of global warming (or “climate change”) is one of the great controversies of the modern era. While environmental activists and some politicians claim “the debate is over” and call for immediate action to reduce man-made greenhouse gas emissions, others say the science points to only a very small human impact – too small to warrant concern – and the costs of trying to prevent global warming far exceed the benefits.

Tenth International Conference on Climate Change

The Tenth International Conference on Climate Change is sold out, attracting some 400 speakers, scientists, and guests willing to question whether man-made global warming is a problem worth addressing. The event has 20 cosponsors and features five keynote speeches and 14 panel discussions.

The Heartland Institute is a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.

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ED, 'Mr.' Jones
June 9, 2015 8:05 am

Congratulations Mr. Watts.

Ted G
Reply to  ED, 'Mr.' Jones
June 9, 2015 10:12 am

It takes guts and sacrifice to swim upstream against a world full the sharks who manipulators data, facts and science. The warmist industry rentseekers and the bandwagon crowd have are having a great run, but I feel they are running close to empty. (Hint G7- 2100. LOL)
All the above honorably mentioned Awardees are true the climate truth hero’s, not for easy money but for honesty, integrity and a tireless search for the facts and provable data. Thats real science, that takes real guts in this corrupt world. Congratulations Anthony and company. I feel proud to be in line with such fine company and called a truth seeking sceptic.
Thank you for your tireless service.

Reply to  ED, 'Mr.' Jones
June 9, 2015 10:25 am

And all the others.

Reply to  ED, 'Mr.' Jones
June 9, 2015 10:43 am


Reply to  ED, 'Mr.' Jones
June 9, 2015 10:57 am

Congrats, indeed. Your outstanding determination deserves no less, Mr. Watts.

Mark and two Cats
June 9, 2015 8:07 am

Anthony Watts, winner of the Excellence in Climate Science Communication Award, sponsored by the International Climate Science Coalition

carbon bigfoot
Reply to  Mark and two Cats
June 14, 2015 6:24 pm

Well deserved by all your efforts. The scientific community applauds your success.

ED, 'Mr.' Jones
June 9, 2015 8:24 am

I hope they can see fit in the future to present a “Willis and Clark Award” (or some such, no pun intended) for fearless Climate Science exploration and inquiry – I nominate Willis.

June 9, 2015 8:26 am

Yay, Anthony!!!!!!

June 9, 2015 8:31 am

Congrats Anthony, and I’ll see you there Thursday.

June 9, 2015 8:33 am

Well deserved, David Legates!!!! See you there.
Chuck Dougherty

June 9, 2015 8:40 am

Congratulations Anthony on the award
For exposing that “man made” is really a fraud!

June 9, 2015 8:41 am

Congratulations Anthony, you deserve every bit of that award.
Hopefully one day you will be awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize which you do deserve.

Sturgis Hooper
June 9, 2015 8:42 am

Congrats to AW & comrades. Would like to see some Canadians join them on the Big Oil gravy train as Anti-Mann of the Year.

Reply to  Sturgis Hooper
June 9, 2015 12:12 pm

Unfortumnately a large set back here in Canada as our Prime Minister Harper along with the remaining gang of 7 has issued a manifesto declaring the objective of a Carbon free economy by annum 2200.
Unbelievable BS. Missed an oppurtunity to call out the whole scam. Death by a thoudand cuts.

Reply to  getitright
June 9, 2015 1:16 pm

That is a setback, but the distant target date makes the objective meaningless. Maybe he just wanted to go along to get along.
The Canadians I had in mind are Ball and the HS exposers McI and McK.

Reply to  getitright
June 9, 2015 1:17 pm

And maybe Moore, ex of Greenpeace.

Captain Dave
Reply to  getitright
June 9, 2015 2:39 pm

And definitely Donna LaFramboise.

Reply to  getitright
June 9, 2015 8:50 pm

CPT Dave,

Leo Smth
Reply to  getitright
June 10, 2015 1:30 am

I too have promised to reduce my personal carbon footprint to zero by 2200!

John Coleman
June 9, 2015 8:57 am

Congratulations Anthony. WUWT is a powerhouse and you made it that all by yourself. See you in Washington.

Rick K
June 9, 2015 9:02 am

Anthony, a well-deserved honor for you. Thanks so much for promoting science over superstition.

June 9, 2015 9:07 am

Congratulations, Anthony! You deserve it.

June 9, 2015 9:12 am

Congratulations WUWT. However this conference should not allowed to have been sold out at this early stage. You need a much bigger venue/audience ability with well known prominent speakers having a high knowledge of atmospheric physics..Invite Freeman Dyson, Lindzen ect next time.

June 9, 2015 9:15 am

Congrats, Anthony!
And of course to the other laureates as well!
I’d like to see at least Lord Monckton and Willis as nominees for the next year. 😉

June 9, 2015 9:20 am

BTW the two videos on their site (heartland Conf site) are excellent a must watch especially the second one.

Joe Bastardi
June 9, 2015 9:24 am

Yahoo for all!

June 9, 2015 9:26 am

“..If they won’t recognize these genuine heroes, then the sponsors of these awards will,”
Someday the heroes who released the Climategate emails will receive this award as well.

June 9, 2015 9:36 am

The debate over the causes and consequences of global warming (or “climate change”) is one of the great controversies of the modern era.

Calling it a debate implies that the warmists might have a point.

June 9, 2015 9:43 am

Obvious pick for the communications award

June 9, 2015 9:57 am

Congratulations all. I think the awards help make up for the crap you guys endure the rest of the year.
I’m not attending this ICCC, but I’ll watch some of the live feed.

Alan the Brit
June 9, 2015 10:01 am

Yes congratualtions, Anthony, well deserved, as are the other recipients.

June 9, 2015 10:10 am

Very cool.\o/ yay Anthony.

June 9, 2015 10:44 am

I went to it last year in Vegas.
I refuse to go to the moral sewer that Washington, DC has become.

Roy Spencer
June 9, 2015 10:50 am

congrats, dude. 🙂

June 9, 2015 10:58 am

“SOLD OUT” ….misleading headline.
Have a great conference and please keep up the good work.

June 9, 2015 11:02 am


Crispin in Waterloo but really in Yogyakarta
June 9, 2015 11:06 am

Science is a team sport. We count on each other. Congratulations to the team!

June 9, 2015 11:24 am

Congratulations Mr. Watt.
I also checked out the past recipients. They all seem like worthy winners.
However, there are two extremely important names missing: Steven McIntyre and Ross McKitrick.
With all due respect to the others, smashing the hockey stick was a crucial turning point.

Reply to  VikingExplorer
June 9, 2015 11:34 am

Wiki: Colby Cosh, writing for Maclean’s magazine, believes McIntyre’s criticisms of climate science are at the heart of the Climatic Research Unit email controversy in November–December 2009. McIntyre is mentioned over 100 times in the hacked emails

In May 2010 BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin wrote that McIntyre “arguably knows more about CRU science than anyone outside the unit – but none of the CRU inquiries has contacted him for input.”
New Statesman named McIntyre as 32nd of its “50 People Who Matter 2010″, citing his role in the email controversy”
If that’s what highly PC Wikipedia says, we can be sure that the truth is actually far more devastating to the AGW cause. Many people commenting here at wuwt can attest to the sheer number of issues he uncovered, and that his careful, analytical approach won many converts amongst Luke warmers and open minded agw folks.

Sam The First
Reply to  VikingExplorer
June 9, 2015 2:36 pm

Well said. All the recipients are worthy, but Steve’s role was and is absolutely pivotal

Reply to  VikingExplorer
June 9, 2015 11:35 am

Probably THE crucial turning point, other than the pause of course..

Reply to  ECB
June 9, 2015 11:46 am

Absolutely. We can all learn a lesson from Steve M, but especially those of you who are desperately saying anything and everything to demonize models and science and climatology. Steve M and Ross M did careful work in areas where they had the proper education, background and training. When this work stood up to the scrutiny of Professor Wegman, everyone knew that the game was up.

June 9, 2015 11:34 am

Congratulations Anthony, from one of many WUWT followers in Africa, The daily content found here is amazing, and WUWT is the rallying point for a growing global team, as Crispin has pointed out. Being able to access the wonderful contributions of Willis Eschenbach, Bob Tisdale, Lord Monckton and so many more outstanding independent thinkers is a rare privilege, and one that is appreciated from many corners of the planet. Thank you!

Carl Brannen
June 9, 2015 11:49 am

Congrats! I really can’t imagine that you wouldn’t be given an award here but it’s nice to see it.

June 9, 2015 12:10 pm

Well done, Anthony.

EdA the New Yorker
June 9, 2015 12:11 pm

Congratulations, Anthony.
All the more amazing since, as you noted to Bill McKibben, “doing this is little more than an extension of all (your) years in broadcasting.”
The thought of what would happen if you put your full effort into the site probably resulted in the CAGW community having a collective Ex-Lax attack.

James at 48
June 9, 2015 12:12 pm

Just a heads up. The Guardian is reporting Heartland as a “dark money” recipient and lumps it in with so called “conservative denier groups.” They did not reveal complete methodology used to unearth this. Just food for thought. Maybe someone needs to create a true grass roots org that refuses questionable donations.

Reply to  James at 48
June 9, 2015 1:29 pm

Why bother? According to them, only govt money is clean. Anyone who accepts anything from any organization that doesn’t fully adhere to the global warming regime is suspect.

Michael 2
Reply to  James at 48
June 9, 2015 2:00 pm

I concur with MarkW. Your opponents do not define your own morality. It isn’t about persuading your opponents; all that is needed is to persuade legislatures.

June 9, 2015 12:44 pm

congrats to all, but perhaps the first award title might emphasize the lack of climate change?

June 9, 2015 12:44 pm

or lack of climate change, excluding creative data adjustments?

June 9, 2015 1:08 pm

Anthony, you’ve made it, and have now been accepted into a truly elite group of distinguished individuals – your Delta Tau Chi name is now Big Tony. Have a beer when you are there- it don’t cost nothin.

James Ard
June 9, 2015 1:22 pm

A well deserved award. Thanks for all you do.

June 9, 2015 1:37 pm

Reblogged this on Sierra Foothill Commentary and commented:
Congratulations to my friend and climate change mentor Anthony Watts. I plot the data for him on some of his early experiments using R. Ellen and I were historical weather station monitoring volunteers, traveling across the nation, we zig and zagging in our travels to find some of the target stations.

Non Nomen
June 9, 2015 1:56 pm

Congrats to all!
Anyway, Willie Soon ought to be in the team as well, I think.

Reply to  Non Nomen
June 9, 2015 10:11 pm

Willie Soon won the Defense of Science award last year in Las Vegas.

June 9, 2015 1:58 pm

Well done Anthony

Sam The First
June 9, 2015 2:39 pm

Huge congratulation Anthony, and thank you for your massive contribution to the cause of sanity.

June 9, 2015 2:56 pm

Anthony, you deserve an award as a philanthropist, as well.

June 9, 2015 3:57 pm

Anthony – you are a real climate hero. more power to you.

June 9, 2015 4:14 pm

Excellent all around. The Heartland Climate Conferences seem to be getting bigger and better. Wish I could be there. Congratulations to all participants, you are all heroes. Cheers from Australia. 🙂

Lil Fella of Oz
June 9, 2015 4:41 pm

Well done to everyone involved. Keep at it. Thank you all for your continuing efforts.

Steve Thayer
June 9, 2015 4:50 pm

Congratulations Anthony and to all the award winners. I appreciate how the science of global climate is the focus of this site, and not rhetoric. I know prominent, outspoken skeptics take a lot of shots from the zealots who want to shut down the climate discussion, thanks for sticking with it and being voices of reason for all of us.

June 9, 2015 4:56 pm

Congratulations to all of the worthy recipients and to Heartland for the presentation event.
I note that we also need to build up a new series of international awards for those that by their stupid behaviour or political activity have helped inadvertently to speed up the exposure of warmist errors.
Thinking of the likes of Al Gore for inventing the gore effect with every place he visits recording extreme cold, Michael Mann for the red nosed clown award for using data upside down, banishing the Medieval Warm Period and bringing attention by withholding data.
Wouldn’t hurt to award the Guardian Newspaper the climate media propaganda award for allowing Nucittelli and Cook grace their pages, and of course allied to that the climate crock award for the non sceptical science site.
The ultimate clown award jointly to Lewandowski and associates, for their conspiracy ideation. A list is growing as things get more desperate in that camp.unlike the Darwin Award recipients!
If the pause develops into the end of the interglacial period with more cold to come, we really do need to give the other side some recognition before they pack up and shut up as the planet cools. Thank them for their help in bringing down the CAGW house of cards and have a laugh at their expense.

Gunga Din
June 9, 2015 5:09 pm

Anthony, you’ve always struck me as a humble man. Proud of this recognition and honor, but, maybe not sure that someone else might not be more deserving.
Well, there are many voices out there saying about the same thing you’ve let be said here. It “communicated”. Hence, the well deserved award. I doubt that any of your friendly internet “competitors” would begrudge you honor.
(In other words, you’re doing something right and it’s working.)

June 9, 2015 6:16 pm

Congratulations to ALL.
Thank you for staying the course!

June 9, 2015 7:02 pm

A well-deserved award Anthony.

Jim Francisco
June 9, 2015 7:04 pm

I try to imagine a time in the future when everyone will become aware of the mass delusion of CAGW we are now in and how the real hero’s such as Anthony Watts will finally be recognized by the whole world.
Congratulations Anthony

June 9, 2015 7:18 pm

Congratulations, Anthony. I really don’t understand how you manage to keep everything going, but I am glad you do!

June 9, 2015 7:44 pm

Congratulations Anthony! Wish I could say I will see you there but I didn’t find out that I could have the days off from work until after the conference was “sold out” last week. When I called Heartland to see about standing room only they said there wasn’t any. They really, really need to get a bigger venue. And I was soooooo looking forward to meeting you again (from the last D.C. conference) and especially Lord Monckton too…… Sigh!
Frizzy (a daily reader & lurker)

Leo P Danze
June 9, 2015 8:37 pm

Thank you Anthony

June 9, 2015 8:37 pm

Well done sir. Anthony you are a real hero .Proud to be a daily reader of your wonderful site.

June 10, 2015 3:18 am

Very well deserved!!!!

June 10, 2015 7:23 am

234,188,087 views at WUWT at the time of this comment
The bio as presented as WUWT approaching a quarter of a billion views is off by about 10 million views. WUWT passed that quarter of a billion views some time ago and is now moving toward a half a billion.
Congratulations to Anthony Watts. Only a few years ago he was name not to be spoken by the alarmist team. Ohhh … how things have changed!

June 10, 2015 8:13 am

Congratulations, and thank you very much, Anthony!

June 10, 2015 8:33 am

Congratulations to all the winners of these awards. “Pearls among swine” !!

June 10, 2015 11:31 pm

Hey, Anthony. A hearty congratulations from the center of the country!

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