Schedule

Schedule as of July 25, 2018.

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August 7, 2018

Breakfast Keynote
7:30 a.m.  -  8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Keynote
Grand Ballroom B

Breakfast Keynote

Opening remarks by Heartland Institute President Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., and a keynote address by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 8:00 a.m.

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Panel 1A. The Future of Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
9:00 a.m.  -  10:00 a.m.
Panel 1A. The Future of Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
Grand Ballroom B

Panel 1A. The Future of Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas

President Donald Trump has unleashed an Energy Freedom agenda for America with the aim of making the United States the world’s leading energy power. There is a lot of positive news on that front, and these speakers will talk about the bright times ahead for the future of coal, petroleum, and natural gas.

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Panel 1B. Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, and Other Bad Ideas
9:00 a.m.  -  10:00 a.m.
Panel 1B. Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, and Other Bad Ideas
Grand Ballroom D

Panel 1B. Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, and Other Bad Ideas

Carbon taxes and “cap and trade” schemes, are NOT market-based conservative ideas. They are distortions of the market — a ruse embraced by the environmental left to enact command-and-control policies over our use of energy and the economy as a whole.

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Panel 2A. Fueling Freedom and Prosperity
10:10 a.m.  -  11:10 a.m.
Panel 2A. Fueling Freedom and Prosperity
Grand Ballroom B

Panel 2A. Fueling Freedom and Prosperity

America’s freedom and prosperity are literally fueled by this country’s abundant and affordable fossil fuels — coal, petroleum, and natural gas. We’re finally going after it in ways that will fire the engine of America’s economy and still protect the environment.

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Panel 2B. Fiduciary Malpractice: The ‘Sustainable’ Investment Movement
10:10 a.m.  -  11:10 a.m.
Panel 2B. Fiduciary Malpractice: The ‘Sustainable’ Investment Movement
Grand Ballroom D

Panel 2B. Fiduciary Malpractice: The ‘Sustainable’ Investment Movement

Environmental activists are gaining voting power to convince corporations and universities to divest from fossil fuel companies “to save the planet.” Not only is that not scientifically necessary, publicly traded companies and organizations that divest do a grave disservice to public pensions, ordinary investors, and the American economy. You want a worthy #resistance? Resist this.

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Panel 3. Why CO2 Emissions Are Not Creating a Climate Crisis
11:20 a.m.  -  12:20 p.m.
Panel 3. Why CO2 Emissions Are Not Creating a Climate Crisis
Grand Ballroom D

Panel 3. Why CO2 Emissions Are Not Creating a Climate Crisis

Burning fossil fuels lifted humanity out of squalor and created modern society. It also adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which is now more than 400 parts per million. But is human-generated CO2 causing a catastrophic climate crisis requiring wholesale conversion of the world’s energy systems? Short answer: No, as three scientists will explain.

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Lunch Keynote
12:50 p.m.  -  2:10 p.m.
Lunch Keynote
Grand Ballroom B

Lunch Keynote

The Science & Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), founded by S. Fred Singer, will present the Frederick Seitz Memorial Award to Dr. Roy Spencer. Brooke Rollins of the White House Office of American Innovation will talk about the administration’s future plans in energy policy. Doors open at 12:50 p.m. Program begins at 1:05 p.m.

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Panel 4A. REINing in the Regulators
2:40 p.m.  -  3:40 p.m.
Panel 4A. REINing in the Regulators
Grand Ballroom B

Panel 4A. REINing in the Regulators

The Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act) requires legislative approval of regulations that cost the private sector more than a set amount. A federal version sets the bar at $100 million. This is an essential effort that will finally put unaccountable federal and state regulators back in their place. This […]

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4B. CAFE Standards: Why They Need to Go
2:40 p.m.  -  3:40 p.m.
4B. CAFE Standards: Why They Need to Go
Grand Ballroom D

4B. CAFE Standards: Why They Need to Go

Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards are a relic of the Carter years. Obama put them on steroids as he left office. Trump is rolling them back. CAFE standards make vehicles less safe, and they are not necessary in an oil-rich America where consumers can decide to trade safety or power for fuel efficiency.

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Panel 5B. Battling Russia and America’s Big Green Machine
3:50 p.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
Panel 5B. Battling Russia and America’s Big Green Machine
Grand Ballroom D

Panel 5B. Battling Russia and America’s Big Green Machine

You want to see real Russian Collusion? The Russians have funneled millions to groups in the West to oppose energy exploration, especially fracking. This panel will expose that woefully underreported story, and also the influence of billionaire radicals like Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg.

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Panel 5A. Climate Lawsuits Against Energy Companies and the Government
3:50 p.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
Panel 5A. Climate Lawsuits Against Energy Companies and the Government
Grand Ballroom B

Panel 5A. Climate Lawsuits Against Energy Companies and the Government

Environmental activists are losing the public debate, so (naturally) they run to the courts to get judges to enact their radical agenda. From the “climate trial” in San Francisco, to the case to preserve the planet on behalf of “the children,” the litigation seems endless. What’s the status of these cases? And will they succeed?

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Panel 6. Reforming EPA: Lots of Progress, More to Do
5:00 p.m.  -  6:00 p.m.
Panel 6. Reforming EPA: Lots of Progress, More to Do
Grand Ballroom D

Panel 6. Reforming EPA: Lots of Progress, More to Do

Three members of President Trump’s Transition Team for the Environmental Protection Agency evaluate the reform victories so far, and look ahead at what else needs to be done to reverse the overreach of the Obama administration. This is a moderated plenary discussion.

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Dinner Keynote
6:30 p.m.  -  8:30 p.m.
Dinner Keynote
Grand Ballroom B

Dinner Keynote

Alex Epstein, president and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress and author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at U.S. Department of the Interior Joe Balash will give a keynote speeches at this dinner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:50 p.m.

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