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As we enter our 21st year of operation, Friends of Science Society is pleased to announce our upcoming live, in-person event – the first since COVID hit. On Oct. 17, 2023, at 6pm, the Friends of Science 20th Annual Climate Science event.. “Break Free from Climate Tyranny: Evidence Over Ideology” will offer insights on climate science and related energy policies, and how these are affecting your daily life and costs of living. The evidence shows that ‘climate emergency’ ideology is dangerous and misplaced. This is a very convivial event suited to people from all walks of life.

We are pleased to be back at the Red and White Club at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium – a beautiful facility with excellent catering.

The evening opens with a delicious buffet dinner, coffee/tea and desserts and cash bar, we then move into our first speaker event. This year, Robert Lyman makes a return visit. We’ll see how his 2017 question “Can Canada Survive Climate Change Policy?” held up. Robert is now asking “When Will Climate Policy Hit the Wall?

After our first speaker, we have a break for mingling, cash bar, tables with affordable books and bling (please bring cash for these), and time to finish up the delicious desserts.

We then go to our second speaker, Dr. Ian Clark, who was featured in our documentary “Climate Catastrophe Cancelled” of the early 2000’s. As he explained in the film, Dr. Clark taught the ‘mainstream’ view of Anthropogenic Global Warming for many years, until he did some more research on the topic and changed his mind. This year, we welcome him to give us “A Reality Check on Climate and Net Zero.”

We collect question cards from the audience during the speaker presentations and have a Q&A at the end of the event.

See below for more information on the guest speakers and the topics.

Robert Lyman
Robert Lyman is an economist with 35 years’ experience as an analyst, policy advisor and senior manager in the Canadian federal government. He began his career as a member of Canada’s foreign service, and had postings in Caracas, Venezuela and Washington, D.C. From 1985 to 2006, he managed organizations that were engaged in energy and climate change policy development and program delivery. He also has eleven years’ experience as a private consultant conducting policy research and analysis on energy and transportation issues as a principal for ENTRANS Policy Research Group. For the last seven years, he has been a frequent contributor to the publications of the Friends of Science. He contributes occasional articles to the Financial Post Comment page and essays to the United Kingdom-based Global Warming Policy Forum. He has testified before House of Commons Committees on energy and trade issues. He resides in Ottawa, Canada.

Synopsis: When Will Climate Policy Hit the Wall?
Six years ago, in 2017, Robert Lyman spoke to the Friends of Science annual conference about whether Canada can survive climate policy. Since then, the number and cost of government measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has increased, while the inability of governments to manage the transformation of the economy has become ever more evident. This year, he returns with an assessment of why seeking to completely decarbonize Canada by 2050 will face insurmountable technical, economic and political barriers.

Dr. Ian Clark
Ian Clark is Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, where he began his research and teaching over 30 years ago. His research has focused on a range of environmental issues from paleogroundwater and paleoclimates to contaminant migration and carbon cycling. He remains active in research on aquitards as barriers to contaminant transport from nuclear waste repositories and unconventional energy development.

Synopsis: A Reality Check on Climate and Net Zero.
When he began teaching about the ice ages at the start of his career, Ian Clark stressed the link between rising CO2 and 20th century climate warming. However, closer examination of the subject and new science convinced him that climate was far more complex with other more important factors. Despite the considerable number of scientists who share the view that CO2 is NOT causing dangerous climate change, western democracies are on a road to become carbon neutral, Net Zero, by 2050. His talk will review what we know and do not know about climate and assess the potential to achieve net zero with hydro, wind, solar and the most controversial source of reliable power, nuclear.

Our annual event is not a fundraiser and we run it at break-even as we are a non-profit. Our sponsors cover some of the event costs to help keep prices affordable so that we can widely share our scientific and economic policy messages.

Sponsorships are available and will receive recognition at the event and on this website:

Gold sponsors receive tickets for 16 guests (2 tables) for $10000
Silver Sponsors receive tickets for 8 guests (1 table) for $5000
Bronze sponsors receive tickets for 2 guests for $2500

Smaller donations are gratefully accepted.

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