A self-declared for the second consecutive year “leader” The Super Bowl of Climate Change Denialism will be held in support of the global fight against climate change.
In February, the three-day gathering of the right-wing Heartland Institute will be held. “International Conference on Climate Change” The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel is located near Walt Disney World Resort. This Illinois-based think tank has a long history cheerleading for the fossil fuel sector and opposing environmental regulations.
In true contrarian fashion, the theme of Heartland’s upcoming event is “The True Crisis: Climate Change or Climate Policy?” Like conferences before it, it will be a who’s who of the climate denial movement and advance the conspiracy that governments around the globe are using climate breakdown in a concerted effort to control people’s lives.
“From the green energy boondoggles in the so-called ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ in the United States, to the ongoing wind-power disaster in Germany, and threats of energy cuts in the winter in the UK, the climate policy ‘solutions’ are a real and growing problem for the people of the world,” A description of the event is provided. “Why are we making life poorer and more miserable for most of the people on the planet when there is no climate crisis?”
Heartland has chosen the go-to denial leaders to be the keynote speakers. This includes William Happer (retired Princeton University physics professor) who advised President Donald Trump and declared that Earth is in the midst a famine. “CO2 famine”; Myron Embell, director of right-wing Competitive Enterprise Institute, who was a part of Trump’s EPA transition team, was a key figure in Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the historic Paris climate agreement; and Steve Milloy, a former tobacco and coal lobbyist who also served on the Trump EPA transition team.
The event is wildly out of step with Hilton’s stated climate and environmental pledges.
Hilton states on its corporate website that the company is “committed to leading the hospitality industry toward a net-zero economy and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science” “proud to have been the first major hotel company to set science-based carbon targets aligned with climate science and the Paris Climate Agreement.”
“Through climate action and destination stewardship, we intend to pave the way to a net-zero future for our company and the global travel and tourism industry,” It reads.
Asked about Heartland’s upcoming conference, a Hilton spokesperson told The Sunday Review that “Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is considered a place of public accommodation and does not adopt or endorse the views of any individuals or groups we serve.”
“Our goal is to provide a high quality product and service per the contractual agreements in place with our clients,” The spokesperson continued.
Hilton did not respond to The Sunday Review’s specific questions about Heartland’s history of denying and downplaying climate science.
One of Heartland’s many opposition campaigns This framework measures sustainability and investment by focusing on environmental, social, and governance (ESG). The think tank advocates for anti-ESG legislation at state level and encourages lawmakers to be proactive. “looking to fight back against ESG scores” Reach out.
Hilton Hotels has created its own ESG strategy “Travel With Purpose.” And in a message accompanying the hotel giant’s ESG report Last year, Hilton President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Nassetta stated that the company is “thriving”. “defining the next golden age of travel, anchored in sustainability and inclusivity.”
“There has never been a more important time to double down on our commitments and raise the bar on our environmental and social goals,” He wrote. “In the coming year, as climate science and best practices continue to evolve, we will set more ambitious environmental targets that will help preserve the destinations where we live, work and travel, and pave the way to a net-zero future.”
It’s a net-zero future that its upcoming guest, Heartland, is actively fighting against.
The Hilton-Heartland agreement is similar to last year’s three-day climate denial conference held at Caesars Entertainment’s iconic Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Like Hilton, Caesars’ website features an entire page on environmental stewardship climate, touting the company’s“climate leadership” and “commitment to science-based goals.”
2019 was the year Heartland’s conference was held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. However, the hotel refused to allow The Sunday Review or other major news outlets access to the event.
“The Sunday Review won’t be getting any credentials for this conference,” Heartland’s Jim Lakely wrote to The Sunday Review at the time. “You can watch the live-stream if you want to cover it.”