Last week, we reported on the news from DeSmogBlog regarding a recent article from Heartland Institute’s Dennis Avery identifying 500 scientists with “Documented Doubts about Global Warming Scares.”
The True Enemies of Free Thinkers
Now, it appears that Heartland is stepping all over itself, trying to maintain an appearance of legitimacy. Much too late. This is one more example of Heartland’s relentless climate misinformation campaign.
On the one hand, they have backed away from the “headline” that their “PR department had chosen” while attempting to demonize those scientists for having the gall to object to Heartland’s public deception, misuse of their name, and outright lies.
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Heartland Institute Spreading the Zone with BS
One would think such a fine, vaunted institution (at least in their mind) might have better oversight of their “PR Department,” but in any case, aside from the misbegotten headline, Heartland Institute president Joseph Bast asserts in a statement that,
none of the articles and news releases produced by The Heartland Institute or the Hudson Institute (the original source of the lists) claims that all of the scientists who appear in the lists currently doubt that the modern warming is man-made.
As it now reads, the paper written by Heartland and Hudson Institute fellow Dennis Avery directly connects the scientists listed with the idea that
the peer-reviewed studies they have published in professional journals provid(e) historic and/or physical proxy evidence that:
1) Most of the recent global warming has been caused by a long, moderate, natural cycle rather than by the burning of fossil fuels: (and seven other equally off-base conclusions).”
To which a typical response from the scientists dragged into Heartland’s web of deceit is
“I have spent the last 20 years arguing the opposite,”
“I don’t believe any of my work can be used to support any of the statements listed in the article.”
(See more reactions from scientists on the DeSmogBlog.)
Nothing to See Here
Bast claims that the scientists are listed merely as bibliographic references and that their support for the assertion in Avery’s work is never stated, suggested, or implied.
Heartland is hoping that nobody reads the paper. So go ahead and see for yourself.
Finally, in his bombastic statement admitting only a mistake on the part of his Public Relations department, Bast attacks the scientists who reacted in shock and horror when seeing their hard work associated with such hacks, trotting out the same tired old argument that the scientists’ motivation is to “fund more climate research.”
Well, heaven forbid that.
Fund Science, Not Deception
The good scientists – the ones who don’t need funding for their research – think that “modern warming might be due to a natural 1,500-year climate cycle.”
It seems as if funding climate research might be a good thing, whether or not you’re a scientist who sees no influence from the relatively sudden release of millions of years of stored carbon into the atmosphere. Who’s getting rich here? Climate scientists or Joseph Bast?
If Heartland were even a sliver of what they claim to be, they would not need to employ deception to advance their work. This episode is not an isolated one. There is a pattern to deceive and trick public perception of the science and the scientists themselves. They accuse others of using the tactics they employ. Heartland and their ilk are the alarmists, the crackpots who seek gain instead of acting in the public interest.
They claim to serve an open-minded public and scientific debate on the issue of climate and policy. That is a laudable goal. Science evolves, our understanding grows, and with any luck at all, civilization advances. No scientific theory is ever “proven” beyond all doubt. We are still proving Einstein’s theory of gravity. In the meantime, I will move my foot when I drop the hammer.
The Heartland Institute should be shunned, their climate misinformation denounced, laughed at, and, ultimately, ignored.