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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.

Come on, why let mere facts ruin your day?

I think we'll just keep repeating the question until we get an answer:

Where's the science? Where's the science? Where's the science?

The latest think tank effort is a video by the oil-industry-friendly Heartland Institute, who is just begging for attention as the Al Gore attack dog.

The video outlines some of the more popular denier themes (and deniers) around Gore's Inconvenient Truth - like somehow discrediting Gore is a way of discrediting the body of literature around human-made climate change.

The tag-line at the end of the video is the best part: “Don't let fear ruin your day, learn the facts.”

Heartland Debate Challenge Update, May 3, 2007

DeSmog Debate Challenge

With the Heartland Institute being such passionate defenders of smokers' rights I thought for sure they would be interested in a debate on the subject.

After what we thought was some constructive dialogue towards making this event happen, the Heartland seems to now be playing a bit of duck and cover.

In the meantime, please enjoy some past posts we have done on the Heartland Institute or the entry for Heartland over at Sourcewatch.

Blogging without accountability in the heartland

There's been a lot of talk about blogger ethics lately in light of the death threats posted the other week on technologist blogger Kathy Sierra's site. It has raised all sorts of blogging issues, including the important issue of accountability.

A lot of the writing here on DeSmogBlog is considered by some to be controversial and with controversy comes an even higher expectation of accountability. If we write something incorrect, we do not distance ourselves from the mistake, we take ownership and correct ourselves in a timely fashion.

I came across a site yesterday called “From the Heartland,” (FTH) that claims to be the Heartland Institute's “unofficial blog.”

DeSmogBlog Truly Sorry About Heartland Institute "Inaccuracy"

Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast, tireless defender of big tobacco and trenchant critic of climate science advocates, has demanded that the DeSmogBlog “retract an inaccurate statement” that we had included in a post challenging Heartland to a debate over the harmful effects of tobacco.

We would like to make that retraction here and now:

Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 12, 2007

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.

Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 11, 2007

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.

Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 10, 2007

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.

Hi Heartland, it's DSBlog, are you there??

DeSmog Debate Challenge

“SOUND SCIENCE” DEBATE DISMISSED AS SO MUCH SMOKE

VANCOUVER – Yesterday, the Chicago-based Heartland Institute launched an ad campaign calling former vice president Gore to a public debate on global warming. In response, the DeSmogBlog challenges the Heartland Institute to a debate on the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke.

A correction to this post has been made, see here.

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