- Ph.D., economics, George Mason University.
- Bachelors of Music Education, Hartt School of Music.
This is a guest post by Gus Van Harten, professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and author of Sold Down the Yangtze: Canada's Lopsided Investment Deal with China. This post originally...
Industry friendly “think” tanks have been working up a sweat this week in North Carolina to derail bipartisan climate action.The John Locke Foundation issued two press releases in the last week citing a “peer-review” hatchet-job by the Beacon Hill Institute – attacking a recent report by the North Carolina Climate Action Plan Advisory Group (NC-CAPAG) and an accompanying jobs analysis from Appalachian State University.
Recently we've been writing a lot about the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina-based “think” tank.
The reason being that they offer an excellent case study on the world of climate science misinformation and public relations spin.
A case in point today, is a headline on the JLF's blog titled: “US Senate Committee Disagreeing with Alarmist Views After Reviewing New Evidence.” This would be an interesting revelation if it was true.
Roy Cordato, “Resident scholar” at the John Locke Foundation, asks the question: “What's really going on with Arctic and Antarctic sea ice?”
The answer for Cordato and the JLF can apparently be found at the Exxon-sweet Heartland Institute, who claims that the contracting of Arctic sea ice is due to localized wind patterns and “is unrelated to global warming.”
Impressive. Too bad it's only half the story.
Found this little gem of information over at the John Locke Foundation's blog advocating that we just ignore the findings of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change all together.
Excerpted from the astro-turf king himself, Steve “the junkman” Milloy's site, it appears that the climate denial crowd is fitting their bill entirely now, with what can only be labeled as total and outright denial.
A North Carolina “think” tank called the John Locke Foundation is patting itself on the back now for taking so much criticism over the last few weeks from DeSmogBlog and others.
Yes, I'm quite sure that the JLF is pleased with the search results that now appear when you query their organization on google.
After posting the story we received a pretty quick response from the dupe himself, Roy Cordato, who's listed on the JLF website as a “vice-president for research and resident scholar.” Turns out that Mr. Cordato fashions himself as somewhat of a “scholar” on the issue of climate change.
Check out this video of Cordato promoting the global cooling in the 1970's climate denier speaking point (I might have made a few slight edits)…
In referring to the “blockbuster” study, Roy Cordato, a “resident scholar” at the John Locke Society wrote:
Clearly this study from the latest issue of Journal of Geoclimatic Studies by four climate scientists–two from the Dept. of Climatology at the University of Arizona and two from the Department of Atmospheric Physics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, should be the lead story on the eveing news tonight. But it is more than likely that it won’t even be mentioned. the paper abstract speaks for itself.”
Hat tip as well to the fine work being done by Adam at Energy Smart blog.