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Advocacy Groups Hide the Decline

Posted by Jeff Id on February 15, 2012

The Heartland institute has released a statement on the stolen documents which include funding of Anthony Watt’s temperature project among other things.   If you want to see the difference between skeptics of climate change and advocacy groups, this section of the press release pretty well sums it up.

One document, titled “Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy,” is a total fake apparently intended to defame and discredit The Heartland Institute. It was not written by anyone associated with The Heartland Institute. It does not express Heartland’s goals, plans, or tactics. It contains several obvious and gross misstatements of fact.

If the truth doesn’t agree with your message, make something up.

Lessons: Disagreement over the causes, consequences, and best policy responses to climate change runs deep. We understand that.

But honest disagreement should never be used to justify the criminal acts and fraud that occurred in the past 24 hours. As a matter of common decency and journalistic ethics, we ask everyone in the climate change debate to sit back and think about what just happened.

11 Responses to “Advocacy Groups Hide the Decline”

  1. [...] issued a press release saying there has been fakery going on. This could get interesting. More at The Air Vent Share this:ShareFacebookDiggTwitterStumbleUponPrintRedditEmailLike this:LikeBe the first to like [...]

  2. tallbloke said

    DeSmugBlag probably not so smug now…

  3. Bob Koss said

    I think I’ll credit Heartland with a “blinder well played”.

    Here is my reasoning over at Judith’s site.

    http://judithcurry.com/2012/02/15/heartland/#comment-169523

  4. Frank K. said

    Please notify me when Anthony starts receiving copious amounts of government climate ca$h.

    Meanwhile,back in Washington…

    http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/112xx/doc11224/03-26-ClimateChange.pdf

    Some highlights:

    Summary and Introduction

    In recent years, the federal government has allocated several
    billion dollars
    annually for projects to expand the
    understanding of climate change or to reduce carbon
    dioxide and other greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.
    Most of that spending is done by the Department of
    Energy (DOE) and by the National Aeronautics and
    Space Administration (NASA), although a dozen other
    federal agencies also participate.

    A dramatic increase in funding came with the enactment
    in February 2009 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment
    Act of 2009 (ARRA, Public Law 111-5),
    known as the economic stimulus legislation. Funding
    available under ARRA totals $35.7 billion for activities
    that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) judges are
    related to climate change…

  5. Frank K. said

    Here’s another good read…

    http://downloads.globalchange.gov/ocp/ocp2011/ocp2011.pdf

    Note all those $$$ (billions) in the budgets…

    How much was Anthony’s grant again????

  6. gallopingcamel said

    Amazing how a few bloggers with tiny funding from wicked rich people and “Big Oil” can defeat the billions spent by governments on the “Climate Science Consensus”.

    Could it be that when you have the truth on your side the disparity in funding does not matter?

  7. Jeff Condon said

    #6 GC, I think the shrillness of their voices has exceeded the possibility for public reception. There will always be the Michael Mann’s and Doug Cottons of the world. The rest of us have to tune out after some point.

  8. Frank K. said

    Jeff Condon said
    February 16, 2012 at 12:35 am

    “The rest of us have to tune out after some point.”

    According to most polls, America as whole has tuned out.

    What irks me the most is that these people (cagw “scientists”) who receive very generous government and academic salaries and pensions are attempting to demonize and destroy people and industries that they don’t like (specifically the oil and gas industries). People simply don’t realize until a natural disaster occurs what their lives would be like if they had no heat, no electricity, no gasoline, no food being delivered to their grocery stores (trucks need gasoline), no farming (can’t farm with electric tractors), no one to plow the streets in the winter, … the list goes on and on. Demonizing carbon and “taxing” people for using fossil fuel energy is just plain insanity, and these cagw “scientists” (they are really activists) are getting away with it. For me, beating back these lunatics for sake of our country and our future will be the fight that will engage me as long as I’m alive….

    Frank K.

  9. Matthew W said

    #3
    Nonsense.
    Heartland is not an organization that would stoop so low for a fund raising publicity stunt.

    Simple fact is (IMHO) a vitriolic leftist committed a crime and stole private documents intending to smear private citizens.

  10. dp said

    I don’t suppose we’d be having this conversation if Anthony’s funding had come from an UEA grant rather than from a private party, but then what are the chances the UEA would be interested in developing a web site that clarifies for the public the morass of data behind our ever changing climate?

  11. stan said

    Mosher posted this at Curry’s a little bit ago:

    steven mosher | February 16, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply

    the XMP toolkit used to generate the fake pdf was:
    “Adobe XMP Core 5.2-c001 63.139439, 2010/09/27-13:37:26 ”
    The XMP toolkit used to create one of the elements of desmog-fracking-the-future.pdf was:
    “Adobe XMP Core 5.2-c001 63.139439, 2010/09/27-13:37:26″

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