CEI Letter Outlines TV Ad Attack Campaign

Below is a fundraising letter one of our loyal readers sent along, penned by Fred Smith, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

It's quite the vitriolic and desperate pitch for money - something the CEI is no doubt in need of after their fall from grace with oil giant ExxonMobil. This vast government, media, science conspiracy theory stuck in Smith's head isn't going to save any shred of credibility he and his organization might have left.

And it won't endear him with media, who he describes in the letter as being “remarkably gullible.”

Denial-a-Palooza is a Media Hit

… But Not What Organizers Wanted

Mainstream media seem to have caught up with climate change denial (caught up with reality, really), just in time to humiliate the assembled “sceptics” at the Heartland Institute's 2008 International Conference on Climate Change.

While Heartland wants to position the conference as a “smashing success,” the New York Times, CNN - even that raving left-wing apology sheet the Wall Street Journal - have all lifted their delicate hands and snickered. CNN, in a spot that left the cool dudes at Newsbusters apoplectic, went so far as to call the assembled skeptics “flat earthers.” (click on the seventh item here for Miles O'Brien's actual video.)

Denial-a-palooza or Yawn-fest 2008?

Here on the ground for the Heartland Institute's Denial-a-palooza, which would more aptly be labeled Yawn-fest 2008.

With the conference winding down, there's yet to be anything new or groundbreaking to occur - just the same old tired lines (read: global cooling in the 70's and the medieval warming period), by the same group of people we've been writing about on DeSmogBlog for the last two years.

Of course, Heartland would have us all believe that this conference is an extravaganza of scientific inquiry - but even the media isn't buying that - most major outlets I talked to at the conference are not swallowing Heartland's talking points. Most are here to report on the dying days of the climate denial industry.

Fred Seitz: Death of an Icon

Dr. Frederick Seitz, who died yesterday at the age of 96, was a great scientist, a President-Emeritus at Rockefeller University and a past president of the U.S. National Academy of Science.

Which makes it a greater scandal that people like Dr. S. Fred Singer took such advantage of the man in his declining years.

Fred Singer: Let's Lie About Global Warming

In his opening presentation to the Heartland Institute's climate change quibblefest, the ever-unreliable Dr. S. Fred Singer says, “Let's conclude that greenhouse gases are not responsible for global warming.”

Oh yes, let's.

Of course, according to form, Singer offers no proof to support this conclusion. He claims in a passing reference that he and a couple of other (more credible) authors have recently published a journal article that categorically dismisses the role of CO2 in global warming.

But that article, which Singer has been misrepresenting for months, does no such thing.


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