Schedule

Schedule as of May 14, 2018 (subject to change).

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August 7, 2018

Breakast Keynote
7:30 a.m.  -  8:30 a.m.
Breakast Keynote
St. James Ballroom

Breakast Keynote

Opening remarks by Heartland Institute President Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., and a special keynote speaker to be announced soon. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 8:00 a.m.

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

Panel 1B. 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 1A. Why CO2 Emissions Are Not Creating a Climate Crisis
9: 00 a.m.  -  10:00 a.m.
Panel 1A. Why CO2 Emissions Are Not Creating a Climate Crisis
St. James Ballroom

Panel 1A. 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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Panel 2A. Fueling Freedom and Prosperity
10:10 a.m.  -  11:10 a.m.
Panel 2A. Fueling Freedom and Prosperity
St. James Ballroom

Panel 2A. Fueling Freedom and Prosperity

America’s freedom and prosperity is 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
Jefferson Ballroom

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. Reforming EPA: Lots of Progress, More to Do
11:20 a.m.  -  12:20 p.m.
Panel 3. Reforming EPA: Lots of Progress, More to Do
St. James Ballroom

Panel 3. 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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Lunch Keynote
12:50 p.m.  -  2:10 p.m.
Lunch Keynote
St. James Ballroom

Lunch Keynote

Two VIPs will give speeches at this lunch. Doors open at 12:50 p.m. Program begins at 1:05 p.m. More details to come.

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

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.

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Panel 4B. Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, and Other Bad Ideas
2:40 p.m.  -  3:40 p.m.
Panel 4B. Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, and Other Bad Ideas
Jefferson Ballroom

Panel 4B. 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 5B. Real Collusion: Russia and the Green Movement
3:50 p.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
Panel 5B. Real Collusion: Russia and the Green Movement
Jefferson Ballroom

Panel 5B. Real Collusion: Russia and the Green Movement

You want to see real Russian Collusion? Look no further than the nexus between the Russian government and radical environmental activists in the United States, the UK, and Australia. The Russians have funneled millions to groups in the West to oppose energy exploration, especially fracking. This panel will expose this woefully underreported story.

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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
St. James Ballroom

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 seem endless. What’s the status of these cases? And will they succeed?

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Panel 6. Reversing the Endangerment Finding
5:00 p.m.  -  6:00 p.m.
Panel 6. Reversing the Endangerment Finding
St. James Ballroom

Panel 6. Reversing the Endangerment Finding

The Obama EPA exploited a U.S. Supreme Court decision to define CO2 — a harmless gas essential to life on Earth — as a “pollutant” requiring strict federal regulation. That decision put the EPA in direct control of the entire energy sector in the U.S. It needs to be reversed. This is a moderated plenary discussion.

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Dinner Keynote
6:30 p.m.  -  8:30 p.m.
Dinner Keynote
St. James Ballroom

Dinner Keynote

Two VIPs will give speeches at this dinner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:50 p.m. More details to come.

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