You can often judge progress by the reaction of those opposed to it. If that’s true, we may finally be getting somewhere.
The notoriously unethical Heartland Institute is blowing a bundle of cash in an all-out effort to derail climate change legislation moving through Congress. The Heartland folks have never been overly encumbered by either ethics or accuracy and their latest effort is no exception.
So what does that kind of action cost? According the Washington Post website, close to $250,000. But that is pocket change for Big Oil and Big Coal, who stand to lose big if US climate policy moves into the 21st century.
The ads deadpan three hilariously audacious whoppers:
- Climate deniers lack access to the media or politicians,
- Climate scientists the world over are part of some grand conspiracy to deceive the public, and
- You should instead trust a “non-profit” organization with a budget of $5.2 million that refuses to disclose its funders.
I’ll deal with the content of the full-page propaganda effort in a separate post but the first thing to note is the desperation of the tactics.
These are sophisticated players and such ham-handed lobbying techniques are typically a last resort in the public relations toolkit. This latest move illustrates just how isolated vested oil and coal interests have become in the climate change debate.