Random Sampling - Part 2 of "Ew, I just stepped in a Heartland study!"

This is part 2 in a series on the Heartland Institute's supposedly rigorous study (pdf) on the state of global warming science. This flawed paper has been distributed to 10,000 Utahns by the Utah-based Sutherland Institute, a “sister” of the Heartland Institute.

Paul T. Mero, the president of the Sutherland Institute claims that, “for skeptics, we went out of our way to include a special analysis of the methodology used to create this study. This report is an honest reflection of the international scientific community…”

Let's see how that holds up.

Flaw #1: Heartland's study is not based on a random sample.

Utah's "Sutherland Institute" joins the Heartland misinformation campaign

Part 1 of “Ew, I just stepped in a Heartland study!”

A headline on Utah's KCPW public radio exclaims “Conservative Think Tank Says Global Warming Needs More Study,” originates from a news release issued by a group calling themselves the “Sutherland Institute.”

Sutherland president Paul T. Mero argues that there is so much uncertainty surrounding the science of climate change that it is just too early for government to form any public policy.

Mero and his Institute are touting a “study” (pdf) released earlier this year by their “sister” think tank, the dubious Heartland Institute as evidence of their conclusion.

Colbert on Global Warming, Bush, Harper and the Smokin' Pole

Yet another case of Bush administration science suppression

From Clayton Sandell at ABC News:

“A federal court today issued a harsh rebuke of the Bush administration for its failure to issue long-delayed reports assessing the impacts and consequences of global warming in the United States.”

And so continues the seemingly endless saga of an administration bent on hiding the facts from a public who is more than capable of judging on its own what is true and what is not. Shows how much this administration respects the intellect of the American public.

Schwartz study leaves James Inhofe utterly breathless

For a group of people that caution we must be 100% certain before drawing conclusions about human-induced climate change, the denier industry sure jumps all over a single, preliminary study as absolute proof of their own conclusions.

The subject of their breathless “I-told-you-so's” is a paper to be published (pdf copy here) shortly in The Journal of Geophysical Research by a scientist named Stephen Schwartz.


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