March 06, 2008

A Booth For 19

There were several surprises at the climate change conference I attended in New York. The seriously interesting scientific presentation by Roy Spencer contrasted with the belated revelation that the Discovery Institute, reincarnated as ” a think tank devoted to free market ideas” was among the sponsors of the event, whose organizers told the media it was convened to refute the contention of Jim Martin of the Colorado department of the Environment, who told The Denver Post that :

?You could have a convention of all the scientists who dispute climate change in a relatively small phone booth.?

Seeing the conference banquet fill a hotel ballroom, Heartland Institute chairman Jim Bast crowed:

” Hey Jim Martin, does this look like a phone booth to you?”

All scientists present were then asked to step forward for a group photo, in which The New York Times reports, 19 appear. 22 is the Guinness record for phone booth stuffing

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