North Carolina is no stranger to the "if you dislike it then you should have made a law against it" model of legislation, but this is extreme: A new bill would rule that scientists are not allowed to accurately predict sea-level rise.
A new study in Nature found that scientific literacy doesn't tamp down climate skepticism. On the contrary, a more educated populace is even more polarized on the issue.
The Heartland Institute lost a huge chunk of funding and canceled its climate denial conference, thanks to backlash after an offensive billboard campaign and other revelations of the group's extreme views.
Denialist think tank the Heartland Institute likes to have all its besties over once a year to watch movies, braid each other’s hair, and talk about how they don’t believe in science or, when it comes down to it, really know what it is. Well, I have bad news for journalists looking for telling quotes, and for people like Lord Monckton who don’t get invited to any other parties: This year’s shindig was the last one for the foreseeable future.
Do you think there are better ways to get energy than by tearing up the land and sea and endangering all who live there? Well, then you are a Satanist. Focus on the Family's James Dobson just thought you would like to know.
At the Heartland Institute's climate denial conference, special guest Lord Monckton joked about Obama's birth certificate, and the crowd ate it up.
The Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg is actually braving the Heartland Institute conference this week. And it’s totally worth it, because she’s coming out with quotes of horrifying callousness, like this one, from Heartland policy adviser John Dunn: “Warm is good for people, and it’s particularly good for people as they get older,” said Dunn. “The people that warm spells kill are already moribund.” He went on to say that only extreme cold caused extra deaths. Let us translate: Hey, old people! Sorry about that heat wave that killed you. You were going to die anyway, so no sweat, OK? The next …
Before the Heartland Institute decided to alienate even right-wing denialists with their OTT billboard campaign, they were already in kind of hot water — some of their internal documents had come to light, and the light was not flattering. Climate scientist Peter Gleick admitted to obtaining the documents under false pretenses, which absolutely scandalized Heartland, whose policy on document-stealing is “it’s only fine when we or our friends do it.” Since then, Heartland’s defense has rested mainly on this chain of logic: Gleick is a terrible person who should never have stolen those secret documents that were OUR PERSONAL PROPERTY …
After a year fraught with hardship, the climate-denialist Heartland Institute is being rapidly abandoned by its friends and supporters, doomed to wind up friendless and alone, wandering the streets clad only in rags, hawking matches to indifferent passers-by. It would be straight-up Dickensian if they weren’t such jerks. But most of this ill will is coming from the organization’s over-the-line billboard campaign comparing climate scientists and other global warming believers to legendary mass murderers.
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