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The Fraser Institute

April 20, 2005 10:00 ET

Media Advisory - Professor Ross McKitrick to speak on "The Hockey Stick Debate: What Does It Mean for Climate Policy?"

CALGARY, April 20 - Dr. Ross McKitrick, noted academic and author,
will speak on Friday, April 22, at a Fraser Institute luncheon in Calgary, on
"The Hockey Stick Debate: What Does It Mean for Climate Policy?"
Global warming came to be seen as an urgent crisis when the United
Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began promoting the
"hockey stick" climate curve, a contentious scientific result published in
1999 and which became the basis for much of the resulting policy on climate
change. Recently published analysis by McKitrick has shown that the "hockey
stick" model contained basic data errors and faulty statistical calculations
that invalidate its conclusions.
McKitrick will discuss the lack of accountability and balance in the IPCC
scientific advisory process, especially concerning environmental issues. He
will also make recommendations on how to remove bias from the assessment
process when policy is being set on disputed scientific issues.
Ross McKitrick is a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and an
Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph. His area of
specialization is environmental economics and policy analysis. He is the
author of the highly acclaimed book, Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science,
Policy and Politics of Global Warming published by Key Porter books.

Date: Friday, April 22, 2005

Time: 12:15 pm-1:30 pm
(McKitrick will speak from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm, followed by
30 minutes of questions)

Location: The Fairmont Palliser Hotel
133-9th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB

There will be a media table and interested media are invited to attend.

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