Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 17, 2001

DeSmog Debate Challenge

Still haven't heard from them. In the meantime, please enjoy some past posts we have done on the Heartland Institute or the entry for Heartland over at Sourcewatch.


Still haven’t heard from Al Gore on the challenge to debate whether Global Warming is actually a crisis.

A debate with Heartland and Monkcton on climate change is about as useful as debate about the effects of tobacco smoke - in both cases the science clearly points to negative consequences.

In other words, Gore isn’t able to defend his claims in a debate.

Sorry for the delay. Before we can discuss a debate on smoking, you need to retract an inaccurate statement you made in your original post on the subject. The article you cited as presenting “Heartland’s position on the record” on smoking is not a statement of Heartland’s position at all and did not even originate from us. It is from an article that appeared in a 2004 issue of Chronicles magazine, and is a tongue-in-cheek account of the young writer’s decision to start smoking. It’s reprinted on Heartland’s web site as one of more than 18,000 documents from 350 different groups posted on PolicyBot, our clearinghouse for public policy research. My views (and those of Maureen Martin, our senior fellow for legal affairs) are readily available on Heartland’s Web site at http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=10594. Sincerely, Joseph Bast, President, The Heartland Institute