John Locke Foundation launches a same-ol, same-ol North Carolina misinformation campaign

Thu, 2007-07-26 13:39Kevin Grandia
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John Locke Foundation launches a same-ol, same-ol North Carolina misinformation campaign

We'll never know whether the great empiricist John Locke would have been part of the global warming denial industry, but we can be pretty darn sure that the self-proclaimed “John Locke Foundation” (JLF) is.

The JLF is a well-heeled political organization based in North Carolina that has recently published a “North Carolina's citizen's guide to global warming” (pdf). The guide contains the usual global warming myths that are perpetuated ad nauseum by the global warming denial echo machine - water vapor, medieval warming period etc.

The author of the report, Joel Schwartz, is touring North Carolina flogging the JLF guide. Schwartz, is not a member of the JLF, but is instead currently employed as a “visiting fellow” at the American Enterprise Institute. If you're not familiar with the AEI's involvement in the global warming denial industry, you can check out more here, here and here.

Schwartz is also tight with the usual cadre of the denial industry, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis, and the Reason Foundation.

Here's a link to Schwartz's resume and publications list. Same old song and dance by the global warming denial industry, just a new venue. As the preponderance of scientific evidence for human-caused climate change continues to grow, it only serves to exaggerate the dearth of any real science from the likes of Schwartz and the JFL.

So if anyone in North Carolina happens across the JLF traveling roadshow, please stand up and hold Schwartz and the JLF to account. Ask them the tough questions, like whether they can back their claims with scientific data, or whether they believe Mr. Schwartz's involvement with organizations that have collectively received millions in funding from the oil industry would not be considered a conflict of interest?

Can someone maybe also ask them if they think anyone is even buying their snake-oil anymore? Unfortunately, I suspect many are.

Tomorrow, we will report more in-depth on the history, activities and affiliations of the John Locke Foundation - we've uncovered all sorts of interesting things.

Comments

When Schwartz guested on a North Carolina radio call-in program, he managed to get off without any of his pseudo-science being questioned. I called BS on that one, in my blog a month ago: http://scienceblogs.com/islandofdoubt/2007/06/argument_from_authority_the_vo.php

EH - Kevin isn’t censoring you, you are simply not complying with the rules of the blog. You’ve been asked very politiely to change your screen name to which you replied ‘blah, blah, blah’. At the end of the day, we are all adults and at the blog, we respect everybody’s right to an opinon regardless of whether we agree with them or not

You were respectfully asked to change your screen name and despite your reply to that, there isn’t much we can do other than to say that we welcome your comments, we have no problem with the content of your comments but your screen name is highly offensive and we won’t tolerate it anymore. Change it to someting more appropriate and you can beat your chest to your heart’s desire.

PS - for those interested the comment was “Same old, same old … ad hominem attack, that is.”

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Same old, same old … ad hominem attack, that is.

(You can polish that turd all you want, but arbitrarily demanding I change my name, because you find criticism bothersome, is neither “polite”, nor is it “respectful”. It is censorship, pure and simple.)

It’s not censorship. You can comment all you want, but just under a different name.

Grow up.

I can comment all I want under this name.

“Grow up.”

Thanks for the advice, but considering the source …

“I can comment all I want under this name.”

Not if the administrators say that you can’t.

“Thanks for the advice, but considering the source …”

What? It’s you that’s acting like a spoiled brat, not me.

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