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Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: The Heartland Institute

The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who display weapons-grade projection and accuse their opponents of committing their own worst sins. And holy shit, the Heartland Institute deserves a lifetime achievement award for this one. After that disgusting, irrational and dishonest ad campaign comparing global warming opponents to serial killers and dictators, they actually released this statement:

“Heartland has spent millions of dollars contributing to the real debate over climate change, and $200 for a one-day digital billboard. In return, we’ve been subjected to the most uncivil name-calling and disparagement you can possibly imagine from climate alarmists. The other side of the climate debate seems to be playing by different rules. This experiment produced further proof of that.

“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.”

Flabbergasting. Mind-blowing. Staggering. And entirely predictable.

Comments

  1. slc1 says

    The Heartland Institute, formerly the mouthpiece of the tobacco companies and now the mouthpiece of the Koch brothers.

  2. MikeMa says

    Heartland depicts science-based AGW supporters as heinous criminals and we play by different rules? Interesting spin, that.

    I think a billboard with just a hand (labeled Heartland) reaching up out of a vast stretch of water holding a newborn. A wave in the distance is rolling in, sure to drown the baby. Text: Bad science won’t support us.

    Or a billboard with a panorama of destruction from a tornado maybe with kids toys broken & strewn in the foreground. Text: Warming is energy and too much warming will cause a lot more of this.

  3. ambassadorfromverdammt says

    Science does play by different rules. For example, a modicum of honesty.

  4. says

    ,,,, but we hope they understand what we were trying to do with this experiment.

    Yes, we understand. Indeed, we understand all to well. That’s why we are critical of Heartland.

  5. Michael Heath says

    “Climate alarmists” is to climate scientists and those literate of climate science as “Darwinist” or “evolutionist” has become to those scientists whose work is related to evolution, along with those of us literate of their findings.

    It’s a lie used to avoid and deny the fact, the reality, that denialists are not supported by our understanding of reality. It validates the lack of character and dishonesty of those who use the term. In spite of the fact there are shrill voices that go overboard since denialists are not referring only to those individuals, but instead all people literate of climate science who accept those findings which are monolithically held with high confidence by climate scientists. Sometimes by falsely conflating a shrill voice to an entirely different group of science literates who don’t share those extreme non-consensus views.

  6. w00dview says

    Michael Heath,

    One guaranteed way to annoy AGW deniers is to compare how similar they are to creationists (trying to get their lies taught in school, “Nature/climate is complex and you don’t know everything therefore we are right”, misconstruing criticism of their ideas as persecution, Darwinism/Global warming is a religion etc.). It is especially effective on the oh so rational, atheist deniers.

  7. The Lorax says

    “Mooooommmy! The mean kid next door called me a bad name!”

    “What did he call you, dear?”

    “He called me a stupid-head!”

    “Oh my, why did he do that, darling?”

    “Because I compared his evidence-based worldview to those held by Ted Kaczynski, Charles Manson, and Hitler!”

    “… *smack*”

  8. Doug Little says

    The old I was just testing you excuse when shit backfires spectacularly. Experiment, I don’t think they understand what that word means.

    Heartland has spent millions of dollars contributing to the real debate over climate change

    I thought there really was no debate anymore, among climate scientists anyway.

  9. juice says

    I saw the Ted Kaszinski billboard, which was ridiculous. What ad was there about dictators?

    Climate Progress was up in arms about the ads too, but it’s ok when they do it.

    And I’m sure you also decried the ridiculous video ads where kids heads were exploded one after another (serially killing them, if you will) when they doubted AGW.

  10. says

    dishonest ad campaign comparing global warming opponents to serial killers and dictators

    Shouldn’t that be proponents?

  11. caseloweraz says

    Heartland: “We do not apologize for running the ad, and we will continue to experiment with ways to communicate the ‘realist’ message on the climate.”

    Uh, the word you want is “surrealist”.

  12. caseloweraz says

    Juice: There’s an essential difference between those two.

    Heartland dredged up Kaczynski to compare him to all others who believe global warming is real. It’s called promoting guilt by association. Their proposed campaign would have gone on to use Osama bin Laden and Fidel Castro, among others.

    ThinkProgress reported news about Anders Breivik, who killed 93 people to call attention to his belief that global warming is a scam. They didn’t try to tar every conservative with the “Breivik brush,” but they did call out people who have actually professed similar beliefs, and the story contains video of some of those.

    Here’s a link — not a screencap, but the actual story:

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/07/25/277564/norway-terrorist-is-a-global-warming-denier/

  13. D. C. Sessions says

    I thought there really was no debate anymore, among climate scientists anyway.

    Ah, but they refer to the “real debate.” Real, as in: what do people actually do? As in, Government policy. As in, spewing so much disinformation that we can block anything remotely effective being done to prevent it.

  14. davem says

    I’m having an email argument with a denier at the moment. He pointed me to http://assassinationscience.com/climategate/

    I don’t know how much has been cherry-picked, or the full context, mind you. So far, it’s been easy to refute him, but this does make the CRU scientists look like they’re covering stuff up, even if they’re right.

    He can’t explain how all that CO2 will have no effect, though…

  15. juice says

    caseloweraz,

    They didn’t try to tar every conservative with the “Breivik brush”…

    Here’s the quote from the Think Progress story:

    Although Breivik’s conspiracy theories are insane, they are in line with mainstream opinion among American conservatives.

    And the very term “denier” is meant to put anyone who questions the IPCC in the same camp as Holocaust deniers.

    DC Sessions,

    but this does make the CRU scientists look like they’re covering stuff up

    http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/5/9/the-yamal-deception.html

    I don’t know if every detail of this story is 100% accurate, but it doesn’t make the team look good.

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