Issues and Ideas Forum, March 16, 2010

Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch

Lawmakers, legislative staff, news media and other interested friends are cordially invited to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's


"The Changing Debate on Climate Change"


Paul Chesser
Special correspondent, Heartland Institute; director, Climate Strategies Watch

Shikha Dalmia
Senior analyst, Reason Foundation

Henry Payne
Editorial writer and cartoonist, The Detroit News

Moderated by: Russ Harding
Senior environmental policy analyst, Mackinac Center

DATE: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
TIME: Noon - 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Banquet Room B in the Oakland Center,
Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, Mich.
COST: Lunch is provided at no charge with reservation.

The scientific case for man-made global warming has been seriously damaged by shoddy science and political interference, as evidenced by the recent Climategate scandal. As the science behind anthropomorphic climate change is undermined, the future of national cap-and-trade and other “green” legislation is uncertain.

Energy issues are particularly critical to the economic future of a manufacturing state like Michigan. 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.

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.

The luncheon begins at noon. To make reservations, please call the Mackinac Center at 989-631-0900 by 5 p.m. on March 12, 2010.

The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Forum

The nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than by sound principles. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals - and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan residents can be served only when legislation incorporates our best understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific principles.


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