Global warming denial has its benefits.

As ThinkProgress previously noted, the Heartland Institute will host what it calls a “Climate Skeptics’ Conference” next month. Elected officials have been offered lodging and pay for up to 2 nights of accommodation in New York to attend the gathering. DeSmog blog writes, “Membership has its privileges – free trip to New York, free hotel room, I guess political life isn’t as bad as everyone says it is.”