Friday, May 9, 2008

Global warming denialist organization caught misrepresenting scientists research

The Heartland Institute has just been exposed (again) for what it is, a lying global warming denialist organization.

Outrage has ensued in the climate science community over Heartland's report: “500 Scientists with Documented Doubts of Man-Made Global Warming Scares” so much so that Heartland was forced to change the title of the report, and put in a disclaimer stating:
"none of the articles and news releases produced by The Heartland Institute or the Hudson Institute (the original source of the lists) claims that all of the scientists who appear in the lists currently doubt that the modern warming is man-made"

45 angry scientists so far have responded to this report by demanding that their names be removed from this widely distributed report. The report is even said to have contained names of scientists who are unable to respond... because they are deceased.

This is how denialists make their case - by lies, manipulation, and disseminating propaganda. Here is a sample of some of the scientists who've responded to this disingenuous ploy:

"They have taken our ice core research in Wyoming and twisted it to meet their own agenda. This is not science."-- Dr. Paul F. Schuster, Hydrologist, US Geological Survey

"I am horrified to find my name on such a list. I have spent the last 20 years arguing the opposite." -- Dr. David Sugden. Professor of Geography, University of Edinburgh

"I have NO doubts ..the recent changes in global climate ARE man-induced. I insist that you immediately remove my name from this list since I did not give you permission to put it there."
-- Dr. Gregory Cutter, Professor, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University

"I don't believe any of my work can be used to support any of the statements listed in the article."
-- Dr. Robert Whittaker, Professor of Biogeography, University of Oxford

"I'm outraged that they've included me as an "author" of this report. I do not share the views expressed in the summary."
-- Dr. John Clague, Shrum Research Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University

"Please remove my name IMMEDIATELY from the following article and from the list which misrepresents my research."
-- Dr. Mary Alice Coffroth, Department of Geology, State University of New York at Buffalo

"I am very shocked to see my name in the list of "500 Scientists with Documented Doubts of Man-Made Global Warming Scares". Because none of my research publications has ever indicated that the global warming is not as a consequence of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, I view that the inclusion of my name in such list without my permission or consensus has damaged my professional reputation as an atmospheric scientist."
-- Dr. Ming Cai, Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology, Florida State University.

"Just because you document natural climate variability doesn't mean anthropogenic global warming is not a threat. In fact I would venture that most on that list believe a natural cycle and anthropogenic change combined represent a greater threat."
-- Peter F. Almasi, PhD Candidate in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Columbia University

"Why can't people spend their time trying to identify and evaluate the facts concerning climate change rather than trying to obscure them?"
-- Dr. James P. Berry, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Anonymous said...

The problem is that these scientists found data that contradict the consensus.

The crux is those scientists get their research money only if they believe in global warming. So we get the comical situation of mounds of contradictory evidence with the authors bleeting the doublespeak so they can get their paychecks.

I don't judge them, they have families to feed and lifestyles to maintain. Not a big leap of faith to imagine they have a reason for not seeing the totally obvious...

Anonymous said...


Most of the "evidence" is, to say the least, slightly problematic. That's the real problem. Science looks for dissent, but the dissent has to be based on something other than balloon gas.


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