IceAgeNow

 IceAgeNow

 Background

IceAgeNow is a website originally iceagenow.com and now located at iceagenow.info. It has described itself as “a Web site dedicated to showing that our climate is driven by natural cycles, not by humans.” [1]

IceAgeNow regularly publishes articles skeptical of climate change by its author, and sole employee, Robert Felix — a former architect. George Monbiot at The Guardian describes IceAgeNow as primarily serving to promote Felix's book about the “coming ice age.” Monbiot says that Felix selectively picks evidence in his attempt to disprove man-made global warming.  [2]

“Is Felix a climatologist, a volcanologist or an oceanographer?” Monbiot asks. “Er, none of the above. His biography describes him as a 'former architect'. His website is so bonkers that I thought at first it was a spoof. Sadly, he appears to believe what he says.” 

As the title of the website suggests, IceAgeNow regularly posts articles suggesting the possibility of global cooling. It often posts articles on localized weather events like low temperatures and snowfalls, implying that these are signs of global cooling. Skeptical Science has a comprehensive article on global cooling here.

Stance on Climate Change

“[O]ur climate is driven by natural cycles, not by humans. We fear that one of those cycles – the Milankovitch Cycle – is leading us into the next ice age right now. We also fear that this nonsense about 'global warming' will leave us blindsided and unprepared.” [1]

 Funding

Funding details are not available for IceAgeNow, however appears the website's primary purpose is to sell Robert Felix's book and DVDNot by Fire but by Ice, which costs $15.95 US.

Key People

Robert Felix appears to be the only employee of IceAgeNow.

According to WHOIS records, he registered the domain iceagenow.info on July 24, 2011. The previous website, IceAgeNow.com, was originally created on April 29, 2002. [3], [4]

 Actions

2015

IceAgeNow regularly publishes articles suggesting global cooling or an impending ice age. Recently, (in 2015) it has also been promoting presidential candidate Donald Trump's positions on climate change and the EPA, as well as those of other conservative politicians such as Ted Cruz who has described climate change as a “religion.” [5]

Sample articles below:

Not by Fire but by Ice

Robert Felix uses his website to promote his books Not by Fire but by Ice (Sugarhouse Publishing, 2000) and Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps. His general theory is that the reversal of the poles will lead to environmental changes and a coming ice age. [6], [7]

IceAgeNow publishes “news” related to climate change skepticism and documenting heavy snowfalls and instances of cool temperatures as evidence for our descent into another ice age.

May 21 - 23, 2012

IceAgeNow was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7) in Chicago, IL. [8]

DeSmogBlog researched co-sponsors behind the conference and discovered that they had received a total of over $67 Million from ExxonMobil, Koch, and Scaife family foundations. [9]

June 30 - July 1, 2011

IceAgeNow was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC6) in Washington, DC. [10]

DeSmogBlog found that 17 of the 43 sponsors of the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, including the Heartland Institute itself, had collectively received over $46 million from either Scaife Foundations, Koch Foundations, or ExxonMobil. [11]

May 16 - 18, 2010

IceAgeNow was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC4) in Chicago, IL. [12]

DeSmogBlog researched sponsors of the conference and found that 19 of the 65 co-sponsors had received over $40 million in funding from ExxonMobil and/or Koch Industries, and/or the Scaife family foundations since 1985. [13]

June 2, 2009

IceAgeNow.org was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Third International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC3). [14]

March 8 - 10, 2009

IceAgeNow was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. [15]

DeSmogBlog researched the funding behind the conference and found that sponsor organizations had received over $47 million in funding from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from Scaife Family foundations. [16]

Related Organizations

 Resources

  1. Heartland Institute, “International Conference on Climate Change: Global Warming: Was It Ever Really a Crisis?” (PDF), March 8-10, 2009, page 32. Archived March 18, 2009.

  2. George Monbiot. “Junk science,” The Guardian, May 10, 2005. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfwjzbKx 

  3. Whois Record for IceAgeNow.info,” DomainTools. Accessed October, 2015. 

  4. Whois Record for IceAgeNow.com,” DomainTools. Accessed October, 2015. 

  5. Samantha Page. “Ted Cruz: 'Climate Change Is Not Science. It's Religion',” ThinkProgress, October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfy1cX9j

  6. About the book,” IceAgeNow. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfz4VZrb 

  7. Homepage, Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfz5QB1W

  8. Cosponsors,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Archived May 10, 2012.

  9. Michael Fisher. “A Closer Look at Heartland's ICCC7 Denial-a-Palooza Speakers and Sponsors,” DeSmogBlog, May 23, 2012. 

  10. Sixth International Conference on Climate Change Conference Program (PDF), the Heartland Institute. Archived July 25, 2015.

  11. Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-Palooza 6: Heartland's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, Courtesy of Koch, Scaife & Exxon,” DeSmogBlog, June 30, 2011.

  12. 4th International Conference on Climate Change Conference Program (PDF), The Heartland Institute. 

  13. Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-palooza Round 4: 'International Conference on Climate Change' Groups Funded by Exxon, Koch Industries,” DeSmogBlog, May 13, 2010.

  14. Co-Sponsors,” Third International Conference on Climate Change. Archived July 14, 2010.

  15. Co-Sponsors,” The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change, February 10, 2009. Archived February 27, 2009.

  16. Heartland Institute's 2009 Climate Conference in New York: funding history of the sponsors,” DeSmogBlog. 

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