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Global Warming Believers Are Just Like Mass Murderers, Says Heartland Institute

Global Warming Believers Are Just Like Mass Murderers, Says Heartland Institute

UPDATE: After extensive outcry from media, activists and others, last Friday the Heartland Institute removed the controversial billboard that compared those who believe in human-caused global warming to murderers and terrorists such as the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. The digital billboard was supposedly one of a larger campaign, but was taken down after running for only 24 hours in a Chicago suburb. Heartland President Joseph Bast said in a statement, “This billboard was deliberately provocative, an attempt to turn the tables on the climate alarmists by using their own tactics but with the opposite message.” He concluded, “We know that our billboard angered and disappointed many of Heartland’s friends and supporters, but we hope they understand what we were trying to do with this experiment. We do not apologize for running the ad, and we will continue to experiment with ways to communicate the ‘realist’ message on the climate.”   He was certainly correct about disappointing certain supporters; on Friday Institute funder Diageo, a global beverage corporation, publicly withdrew its support.

Original post:

The Heartland Institute has launched a billboard campaign that compares people who acknowledge the scientific consensus on global warming to criminals and terrorists, such as Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. The Institute, a right-wing “think tank” funded by, among others, billionaire right-wing activists David and and Charles Koch, explains how the people featured on the billboards were selected:

“The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).” The Institute notes, “what these murderers and madmen have said differs very little from what spokespersons for the United Nations, journalists for the “mainstream” media, and liberal politicians say about global warming.”

The Heartland Institute is clearly attempting to sway people into thinking that those who accept that global warming is happening are marginal kooks: “The point is that believing in global warming is not “mainstream,” smart, or sophisticated. … 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.”

Despite the Heartland Institute’s efforts, the majority of the American public accepts that global warming is occurring. A recent poll by the Brookings Institution notes that 62% of Americans agree that “there is solid evidence that that average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer.” Interestingly 80% of Democrats surveyed believe that global warming is happening, compared to 47% of Republicans. Similarly, a March 2012 study by the Center for Climate Change Communication said “70 percent of Americans say that corporations and industry should be doing more to address global warming, which is back up to levels last seen in the fall of 2008.” The study also notes, “More than two-thirds of Americans (68%) say the U.S. should make either a large-scale or medium-scale effort to reduce global warming, even if this has large or moderate economic costs.”

As long as some rich power brokers fear that action to mitigate climate change will eat into their profits, comforts and beliefs, we can expect more desperate measures like this sleazy billboard campaign.

 

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10:30AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

@Charles T.

""We are no living in one of 2 periods of Earth's History that are at the lowest CO2 levels ever. It is so low that they have a name for this CO2 IMPOVERISHMENT."

Whoa. That's as bad as the "CO2 is necessary for plant growth" argument.

IF you go back hundreds of Millions of Years, you'll find higher level than today.

But here's a tip: we weren't around then. A lot of the food plants we depend on weren't around then.

The Dinosaurs died out because the world changed too rapidly for them. One minute, the air is 30% oxygen, high CO2 levels, the world a giant, humid jungle, and the next, WHAM !

They couldn't adapt to the changes. They died.

WE came about with those changes as the "new normal". 20% oxygen, icecaps at the poles, and low CO2 levels.

If we were to bring back the dinosaurs now, they couldn't breathe well enough to move all those tons of muscle. It would be like us weight-lifting at the peak of Mount Everest.

Changing the CO2 levels too rapidly WILL cause changes. And let's face it, we like the Earth we have.

So the sea level rising is not a positive development. Record high temperatures, droughts, weird weather, these are NOT good things.

This line you're selling about CO2 levels is bogus.

Imagine I put a wire noose around your neck and gently pulled you along behind me.

You'd keep up, or die.

Now imagine I jump on a motorcycle and take off. You'd die.

The climate is the wire noose; we keep up, or

3:38PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Stuart S.
You are mistaken about the Earth's CO2 levels. We are no living in one of 2 periods of Earth's History that are at the lowest CO2 levels ever. It is so low that they have a name for this CO2 IMPOVERISHMENT. The historical average is well about 1400 PPM. The first time CO2 was this low was during the Permian Triassic era and that was 255 million years ago. Right after the great dying where 90% of sea life and 70% of terrestrial life went extinct.

9:27AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Darlene said "I have read up on the subject and water vapour is the #1 cause of the earth warming yet there is no mention of this in the Climate change rhetoric. This makes me ask questions. Why has CO2 been targeted as the 1 and only cause of climate change?"

Sit down Darlene & I'll try to explain it to you.
Water vapour is a constant. Always been here, always will be. And yes, CO2 has alway been here, & always will be.

So why blame CO2, and not water vapour? The answer is that CO2 is what man has changed. (And woman, I'm an equal opportunity blamer.)

CO2 has risen nearly 50% since the start of the industrial revolution. 280 ppm to near 400 pm now. The humidity has not changed.

The CO2 change is the problem. It's 'what is different.'

BTW, the steady state CO2 level for our current emissions is approx 1.2% - over 40 times earths normal levels

I don't know what pH that produces, but changes in ocean pH have already been measured, with 50% CO2 increase. What will the pH be with 80 times the CO2?

Go and take a picture of a fish for your grandchildren, wile you still can.

9:45AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Yes.
Such campaigns are terrible:
http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/07/25/277564/norway-terrorist-is-a-global-warming-denier/?mobile=nc

They're just in very, very poor taste:
http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2012/05/04/keeping-the-no-pressure-video-alive/

Next I bet you'll see people compared to Nazis.
http://www.alternet.org/environment/141204/are_climate-change_deniers_guilty_of_treason/?page=2

http://grist.org/article/the-denial-industry/

http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL6E7IL0MF20110721?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

and even parallels to the Nazis' policies:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/09/silly-nazi-hijinks-lets-tattoo-deniers-for-the-grandchildren/

8:26AM PDT on May 10, 2012

People that endorse The Heartland Institute get very upset when you start talking about all the problems relating to the exploration, mining, and burning of fossil fuels that have nothing to do with CO2 emmissions. When will they wake up to ALL the negative effects fossil fuels present regardless of Climate Change! If they are suggesting that Climate Scientists are wrong to justify the use of fossil fuels they are ignoring the many other factual reasons to phase out fossil fuels. Are they unaware or do they turn a blind eye to ALL the facts because have a vested interest? Doesnt take a Scientist to work that one out. One just hopes these fools dont convince too many ignorant people with their dangerous reteric that is directly related to their masters greed.

6:48AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Sad that so many people don't want to face the problem

6:47AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Sad that so many people don't want to face the problem

6:47AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Sad that so many people don't want to face the problem

7:30PM PDT on May 9, 2012

Really?! They have nothing else left up their sleeves, that they need to resort to this. Well, we know who the real terrorists are, those who continually love to pollute the world and find no alternative clean energies to replace the dirty ones. On my own personal opinion, though, I do believe in climate change, as the world has done so over and over for billions of years, BUT, I'm still not convinced how much we are truly to blame, as long as there is no undisputed scientific evidence that relates the two. Having said that, I do believe out of simple logic and care for ourselves and nature that we need to get our societies back into a cyclular rather than a linear waste management.

6:31AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Good to see the nutters wasting their money to appeal to those who cannot read and don't know what day it is - keep spending flat earthers !

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