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Heartland Institute’s heartfelt attack on climate science

The chimerical construction of an ideologically-driven topsy-turvy reality by Heartland and its Australian equivalent, the IPA, is neither new nor surprising.

As the evidence for climate change continues to pile up, and as the frequency of severe weather events continues to sky-rocket, we can therefore be fairly certain that climate denial will take ever more scurrilous forms.

Are Heartland billboards the beginning of the end for climate denial? The Conversation, Stephan Lewandowsky 7 May 2012, The inversion of reality and morality has been a long-standing attribute of the climate “debate,” which reached a new watershed low a few days ago with the latest travesty from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago “think” tank.

Heartland posted on its website that “the people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.”

Murderers, tyrants, and madmen.

In support of this assertion, Heartland launched a billboard that
featured Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber, accompanied by the
slogan “I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?” Future billboards
were to show Charles Manson, a mass murderer, Fidel Castro, a tyrant,
and “other global warming alarmists” including Osama bin Laden.
Murderers, tyrants, madmen, and terrorists.

All of them global warming “alarmists”.

Outside this inverted universe, in a land called reality, the laws of
physics that underlie the fact that the globe is warming are accepted
by the Vatican’s Academy of Science; the UK Royal Society, the world’s
oldest scientific body; the National Academies of Science of all G8
countries; the American Association for the Advancement of Science;
and virtually every other scientific organisation in the world. The
consensus is supported by more than 90% of all experts and by all but
a tiny handful of peer-reviewed scientific papers……..Public outcry
has forced Heartland to withdraw the Unabomber billboard.
As the evidence for climate change continues to pile up, and as the
frequency of severe weather events continues to sky-rocket, we can
therefore be fairly certain that climate denial will take ever more
scurrilous forms.   http://theconversation.edu.au/are-heartland-billboards-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-climate-denial-6888?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+8+May+2012&u

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May 10, 2012 - Posted by | climate change, spinbuster, USA

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