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MSU Extension invites public to hear nationally recognized climate science experts during Dec. 8-10 conference

November 23, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University Extension invites the public to two keynote presentations that will be held during the MSU Extension Climate Science Conference, set for Dec. 8-10 in the MSU Strand Union Building.

Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative from South Carolina, will present, “How Free Enterprise Solutions Can Solve Climate Change,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the SUB Ballrooms. Inglis promotes the concept that climate change can be solved by eliminating subsidies and making users accountable for the full cost related to using fuels.

Inglis served in the U.S. Congress from 1993-1998 and 2004-2010. He is the founder of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University. He was awarded the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his climate science work.

Michael Mann, distinguished professor of meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, will share his experiences through more than 15 years of working at the forefront of climate science internationally. His presentation, titled after his book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the SUB Ballrooms.

In 2013 Mann was named one of Bloomberg News’ 50 most influential people. He is a fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He is also a co-founder of the award-winning science website

The presentations are part of a three-day conference for Cooperative Extension professionals to share resources and tools for communicating research-based climate science education and information. The conference will feature presentations and panel discussions with agricultural, natural resource, family, youth and community stakeholders from across Montana. Colleagues from universities in South Dakota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Utah, Alaska and Wyoming will participate in discussion on the topic. Speakers from Western Rural Development Center, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), the USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub and the Montana State Climate Office at the University of Montana, as well as from MSU Extension, will add expertise.

For more information about the conference, contact Jane Mangold at (406) 994-5513 or or visit

Contact: Jane Mangold, (406) 994-5513 or