As the science behind global warming theory comes under closer scrutiny due to the Climategate scandal, several events have been schedule to discuss this controversial issue.

Two events take place on March 16th and will feature the following participants: Paul Chesser, special correspondent at the Heartland Institute and director of Climate Strategies Watch, is considered a top authority on climate change policy development at the state level. Shikha Dalmia, senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation, has written on environmental and other policies for Forbes, Reason magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and numerous other publications. Henry Payne, editorial writer and cartoonist for The Detroit News, writes regularly on climate science and energy policies in the pages of The News and at National Review Online. The panel will be moderated by Russ Harding, senior environmental policy analyst at the Mackinac Center and former director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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"Energy issues are particularly critical to the economic future of a manufacturing state like Michigan," said Harding. "This panel of experts will discuss whether green jobs are an engine for growth or a further drain on the economy; the impact federal cap-and-trade legislation would have on Michigan's households and businesses; and what energy policies Michigan should adopt to encourage job creation."

The first event, "The Changing Debate on Climate Change," takes place at Oakland University in the Oakland Center in Banquet Room B and starts at noon. To make reservations, please call the Mackinac Center at 989-631-0900 by 5 p.m. on March 12, 2010. Lunch is provided at no charge with reservation.

The same panel will appear at 7 p.m. March 16th at Central Michigan University in Pearce 127. For more information, click here.