DeSmogBlog: How Heartland-style Climate Sceptic Campaigns Play "Hide the Deniers" Using Secretive Fund

donorscapital.jpg A LOW–PROFILE funding organisation acting as a middleman for wealthy conservative businesspeople has been quietly backing climate denial campaigns across the US. The Virginia-based Donors Capital Fund and its partner organisation Donors Trust has been giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups blocking attempts to limit greenhouse gas pollution and undermining climate science. Yet the ...

DeSmogBlog: What passes for a Brain Trust at Heartland?

heartland logo.jpg Has beens, also-rans, deniers-for-hire on retainer at "think tank" The Heartland Institute maintains a stable of 13 scientists on retainer for the express purpose of attacking the work of the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), according to budget information released last week in the Heartland document dump. The scientists, ranging ...

DeSmogBlog: Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax

heartland.png Modern anti-science was created by the tobacco industry in the 1950s and then used against climate science, often by the same well-experienced think tanks and individuals.  Tobacco anti-science is strangely entangled with climate anti-science, as the attached report shows in detail involving Fred Singer's SEPP, Joseph Bast's Heartland, and more. read more

DeSmogBlog: Skeptics Prefer Pal Review Over Peer Review: Chris de Freitas, Pat Michaels And Their Pals, 1997-2003

shutterstock_30172213.png Imagine for a moment that climate change skeptics actually submitted their anti-science arguments for publication in a credible peer-reviewed journal. Now imagine that, after thorough examination and debunking by their peers, these skeptics finally admitted their many false claims and assumptions, and perhaps some or all moved on to contribute meaningfully to the vast ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Students Get Lobby Group Material From Chris de Freitas in Climate 101 Lectures

chris-de-freitas.jpg New Zealand-based academic and climate sceptic Dr Chris de Freitas has been caught using material from US lobby groups in lectures to first year university Geography students. Students who listened to the “Geography 101” lectures on climate from Dr de Freitas, an associate professor at The University of Auckland’s School of Environment, admitted to ...

Greenpeace uncloaks phony anti-climate change scientist

Dr. Willie Soon has been the go-to scientist favoured by climate change deniers for years. Used by the Fraser Institute and Koch Industries, Soon has proven invaluable in giving ammunition to the right to ‘prove’ global warming doesn’t exist. Turns out it’s as we expected – nothing more than a scam. It seems Dr. Soon’s ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: David Legates Asked To Step Down As Delaware State Climatologist

legates1.jpg David Legates announced this week that he was asked to step down as Delaware State Climatologist, a position he held for seven years. A long-time denier of the human contribution to climate change, Legates’ tenure as State Climatologist has always been a controversial one. Back in 2007, because of his stance on climate, then-governor ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: RealClimate Reveals Willie Soon’s “Scientific Sleight of Hand”

Willie Soon has been an individual of significant interest lately in climate circles. Last week, he spoke at the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate change, or as we like to call it, Denial-a-Palooza. A recent Greenpeace report found that Soon accepted over $1 million in funding from fossil fuel interests, including Koch Industries.  To ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: DeSmogBlog’s Brendan DeMelle on Ed Schultz Show and Ring of Fire Radio Discussing Denial-a-Palooza

DeSmogBlog executive director Brendan DeMelle appeared on the Ed Schultz radio show earlier this week to discuss the Heartland Institute’s sixth International Conference on Climate Change – a.k.a. Denial-a-Palooza – and other aspects of the climate change denial machine.  DeMelle was interviewed by guest host Mike Papantonio, who is co-host of Ring of Fire radio, ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Denial-a-Palooza: Where Are All the Scientists That Deniers Love To Talk About?

all-alone-conference-funny.jpg Wake up and smell the fossil fuel funding. That’s right, it’s that time of year again: the Heartland Institute is hosting its Sixth (annual?*) International Conference on Climate Change over the next two days in Washington D.C. DeSmogBlog already revealed some of the oily sponsors behind the event. Now it’s time to take a look ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Denial For Hire: Willie Soon’s Career Fueled by Big Oil, Coal and Koch Money

willie-soon.jpg Willie Soon, the notorious climate denier who has made a career out of attacking the IPCC and climate scientists, has received over $1 million in funding from Big Oil and coal industry sponsors over the past decade, according to a new report from Greenpeace. The Greenpeace report, “Dr. Willie Soon: a Career Fueled by ...