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Winning Climate Hearts and Minds: Two Out of Three Definitely Not Enough


by Bill Chameides | August 1st, 2011
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)

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A libertarian’s lament about the climate debate:

“We’ve won the public opinion debate, and we’ve won the political debate as well. But the scientific debate is a source of enormous frustration.”
                                    —Joe Bast, head of the Heartland Institute, as quoted in the journal Nature ($ub req’ed)

And I thought those folks called themselves objectivists.

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  1. John Mashey
    Aug 6, 2011

    I’m not even sure Bast is an real libertarian, as many of these thinktanks are really tax-free PR/lobbying agencies for whoever will pay. heartland really got going with cigarette money, look ups heartland institute or joseph bast in Tobacco Archives, such as: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/qwi82c00/pdf In last few years, they’ve had a big boost in non-foundation revenue, coincident with trying to become the uber-thinktank for climate. If you go all out to help tobacco companies addict children (the only way to stay in business, since it’s too easy for people to stop if they only started after age 18), confusing people on climate is child’s play. Claiming libertarianism is convenient. Meanwhile, in a related topic, Richard Mellon Scaife has been a noticeable contributor to Heartland, and the core funder of the national Association of Scholars. I’d never heard of either before until Peter wrote a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education comparing me to PT Barnum … for a June 10 profile in Science for helping defend climate scientists and investigating the machinery behind the scenes. An result of that was this piece, coauthored with Rob Coleman of Ohio State: http://chronicle.com/blogs/innovations/guest-post-bottling-nonsense-mis-using-a-civil-platform However, in researching Wood/NAS (annoying acronym), for the 34-pager mentioned there, I also noted that Wood doesn’t seem to be to happen with Dean Chameides either: http://www.nas.org/polArticles.cfm?doc_id=1214 “For instance, Bill Chameides, dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and member of the National Academy of Sciences, has attempted to conjure away the now infamous “hide the decline” statement…”

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