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Climate-change deniers will bring hot air to Las Vegas, John L. Smith forecasts


A group that claims mainstream climate science is bogus will be holding its convention in Las Vegas this week.

State of Nevada commentator John L. Smith says the Heartland Institute is “not exactly a household name, although it is for conservatives in our country.”

The organization, which meets this weekend at Caesars Palace, says on its website that the “climate alarmism industry and its media allies present a daily barrage of false, misleading, and one-sided information.”

Smith said “false” and “misleading” could be used to describe some of the speakers on the Heartland Institute’s agenda.

Among “the so-called ‘climate realists,’ one of them being promoted is Patrick Moore, who calls himself a co-founder of Greenpeace, which really sounds like he brings a lot to the table,” Smith said. “But when you go to the Greenpeace website, you hear a different side of the story.”

The environmental group says Moore “frequently portrays himself as a founder or co-founder of Greenpeace, and … although Mr. Moore played a significant role in Greenpeace Canada for several years, he did not found Greenpeace.”

Smith said Moore has “been a paid spokesman for the nuclear industry for many years” and frequently takes stances that run counter to Greenpeace.\

The group will also hear from British Lord Christopher Monckton, “who once touted himself as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate,” Smith said. “He's actually a journalist, and he's an adamant climate science denier.”

Another speaker is Naomi Seibt, a 20-yar-old from Germany who is skeptical of climate change and COVID-19 vaccines. Seibt has been dubbed the conservative Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish environmental activist.

Seibt warns that climate legislation is leading to “the socialist takeover of business,” Smith said.

“There's certainly room for these voices out there in the mix, but this is who they are,” he said.


John L. Smith, contributor, State of Nevada

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