Peter Sinclair, the producer of the YouTube series, “Climate Denial Crock of the Week,” attended last week’s “Denia-Palooza,” organized by the Heartland Institute. They’re the Koch Brothers funded group who compared climate scientists to terrorists and are now losing mainstream business support hand over fist.
The noticeably older and male gathering at the “alternative reality” 7th International Climate Conference of the Heartland Institute was also noticeably full of empty seats.
He speaks to Brian Sussman, right-wing talk radio host, who says that if you care about the environment, than your parents are probably socialists and communists — a theme running through the proceedings he witnesses. Asked about one famous environmentalist, POTUS #26, Sussman says:
Teddy Roosevelt? No comment.
Sinclair reports open discussion of Heartland’s plans, recently uncovered, to distort school science curriculum’s “pushing back” on behalf of what they call “traditional science.” Efforts in Louisiana on that score draw their praise.
He says they were “gripped with excitement” when on the second day of the gathering the nutty Lord Monckton (pictured) arrived. Monckton, who is actually a Viscount not a Lord, which means he’s not a member of the British House of Lords, recently announced that he’s also a Birther.
Monckton is the climate deniers’ rock star. At this event, grifter Monckton opened with his new Birther routine “to the obvious delight of the crowd.”
Sinclair reports that Heartland President Joe Bast made a “plaintive” appeal for funds in his closing speech “leading many to wonder about the Institute’s future prospects.”
After Sinclair’s trip to the Wildside, he writes:
I went to the Creation Museum to get my bearings.
Photo credit: Lord Monckton Youtube screengrab