International Climate Science Coalition Lacks Credibility, Launches Heartland Institute Anti-Science Report

Tue, 2013-09-17 14:42Brendan DeMelle
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International Climate Science Coalition Lacks Credibility, Launches Heartland Institute Anti-Science Report

The self-proclaimed experts at the International Climate Science Coalition have today launched another fanciful flight into the realm of climate denialism and United Nations conspiracy theories.

The ICSC, headed by Tom Harris, a former Canadian energy company public relations consultant, is trying to grab media attention with a new report written by the who's who of the climate denier conspiracy bunch. The report, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science, is part of a series published by a Chicago-based front group for the oil and tobacco industries called the Heartland Institute

I really hope mainstream media does not fall for their trickery again. After all, it is pretty well known by now that Fred Singer, the lead author on the International Climate Science Coalition's report, was an apologist for the tobacco industry long before he got into the business of denying the basic science of climate change. The other authors of the report, Bob Carter and Craig Idsohave equally shaky backgrounds when it comes to the science of climate change

To give you an idea of just how shaky, look no further than Craig Idso. DeSmog discovered last year that Idso was getting paid a whopping $11,600 a month by the Heartland Institute - not exactly the most reputable source of information when it comes to a globally important issue like climate change.

Interestingly, the press release put out today by the ICSC makes no mention at all of the Heartland Institute's role in funding and publishing the report. Perhaps because of that nasty Unabomber billboard, even ICSC is afraid to be associated publicly with Heartland?  

This report goes so far as to actually make the absurd claim that, “CO2 is 'the gas of life'. The more CO2, the more life.” Yes, and water is also vital to life until you find yourself drowning in it. 

In an effort to dupe reporters into trusting these “climate experts,” this anti-science outfit even named itself the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), mirroring the official science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

This is the same small group of people who claim a grand conspiracy by the United Nations to take over the world. This echo chamber of climate denial attempts to prop up non-experts in the hopes of grabbing a few headlines before journalists figure out they have been fooled by conmen. 

The only story to be found in this latest salvo by the International Climate Science Coalition and the Heartland Institute is whether anyone in the press will actually fall for this nonsense again. 

Comments

The Calgary Herald ran a predictable column by Tom Harris on September 16, hyping the report, and stating nothing about Harris's background. The opinions pages editor of the Herald, Licia Corbella, is also a shallow climate change denier - who has also boasted that she is proud to use her position in journalism to spread “Christian” values. So the mainstream media is already on it.

That unibomber billboard if I remember correctly was on digital screen on the Eisenhower Expressway just west of my exit on Harlem Ave. It is basically responsible for me getting back into environmental-ism (whatever that is). At the time, I thought things were pretty much under control and we were moving forward with climate change research and environmental protection in general as a country. Having worked in the environmental business for many years, I never heard of Heartland Institute or really any think tank or NGO doing environmental advocacy and policy steering. The billboard really pissed me off to be honest. And with that I went full out OCD research mode into the state of climate science, which lead me to blogs on energy and the environment. The erosion of environmental protection and anti-environmental public relations (PR) work going on out there both on the internet and in real life is truly scary. Not cool.

Not really all that pertinent to the post. Everyone has a story I guess.

I didn't know that the billboard re-awakened your interest. Guess your story is another example of how badly Heartland's campaign back-fired on them. 

I posted this article on our Facebook page and Tom Harris responded to US, so I wrote the following article in response: http://ecology.iww.org/node/228

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