Joe Bast Announces the Death of Denial-a-Palooza at Final Heartland ICCC Conference

During his closing remarks at the Heartland Institute's Seventh “International Conference on Climate Change,” Heartland President Joseph Bast revealed that the group has no plans to hold another conference and is struggling to pay its staff following the defections of corporate sponsors in the wake of the disastrous Unabomber billboard campaign and Deniergate document dump.

“I'm not a good fundraiser,” Bast admitted to the crowd today in Chicago as the gathering wound down.

Bast appealed directly to the crowd for donations, saying that “if you've got a rich uncle” [ask him to donate to Heartland]. 

“At this point we have no plans to do another ICCC,” Bast said, referring to the somewhat-annual gatherings which DeSmogBlog dubbed Denial-a-Palooza years ago. 

Watch Bast's closing remarks here (fast forward to 01:31:20). 

See below the fold for excerpted quotes from Bast's final remarks.

Bast announces at 1:38:05:

“I hope to see you at a future conference, but at this point we have no plans to do another ICCC.”

Bast appeals for funding from attendees at 1:36:50: 

Please consider supporting the Heartland Institute. These conferences are expensive, and I’m not a good fundraiser so as a result I don’t raise enough money to cover them, we really scramble to make payroll as a result to cover these expenses. If you can afford to make a contribution, please do. If you know someone, if you’ve got a rich uncle or somebody in the family or somebody that you work with, please give them a call and ask them if they would consider making a tax-deductable contribution to the Heartland Institute.”

Bast specifically thanked sponsors the Heritage Foundation and the Illinois Coal Association.

At 01:34:40, Bast notes the low attendance compared to past conferences:

“The fact that attendance was a grand total under 300 doesn’t mean this was a waste of time if tens of thousands end up seeing the videos on our websites.”

Stay tuned for updates.

See DeSmogBlog's profiles of the Heartland Institute ICCC7 Speakers and Sponsors.


An organization that criticizes the science which conflicts with its political agenda while adding no peer review material to the scientific body has no place, anywhere.

So… Their last climate sience email bragged about how no real scientists would show up and debate them at their conference.

But it doesn’t look like anyone wanted to show up, not even their own.  And the most popular person there?  GLIECK!  He’s everywhere!

Mean while 15000 real climate scientists will be at their conference…

No no I haven’t lost my mind… but the irony is amazing.  Demanding ‘warmists’ show up when frankly… no one is showing up…

As John Cleese would say, “You just can’t make this stuff up.”


“Global warming alarmists are proving once again that they fear public discussion and debate over global warming issues.

The Heartland Institute invited more than 50 warmists to attend and speak at the Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-7), to be held Monday through Wednesday in Chicago, yet none has accepted the invitation.

Had warmists accepted the invitations to speak at the conference, they would have comprised a large majority of the speakers. Even given the opportunity to speak with such an advantage, warmists showed once again that they fear public dialogue and debate with scientists skeptical of a global warming crisis.

All of the invitations to the 50-plus warmists were extended well before The Heartland Institute’s controversial global warming billboard was displayed in Chicago on May 4. All of the warmists who explicitly declined to participate provided notice of their decision prior to May 4.

The 50-plus warmists who declined invitations to participate in this year’s ICCC join dozens of warmists who have declined to participate in prior ICCCs.

Global warming alarmists often say they welcome skeptical scientific discussion and debate, but their actions speak louder than their words.”

“At 01:34:40, Bast notes the low attendance compared to past conferences:”

The denier game is up, the show is over, their hoax is finished.

Cheer up deniers and liars for hire. Your employers will surely keep you in mind for when your lobby jobs are finished and offer you a job in the coal mines?

Perhaps, Joe Bast & Co. could do a denial-a-palooza for TEPCO, along with some cherry-picked billboards.

Utility Says It Underestimated Radiation Released in Japan

“The amount of radioactive materials released in the first days of the Fukushima nuclear disaster was almost two and a half times the initial estimate by Japanese safety regulators, the operator of the crippled plant said in a report released on Thursday.

“Although people who lived closest to the plant were evacuated, many people remain in areas with significantly higher radiation levels than normal.

“If this information had been available at the time, we could have used it in planning evacuations,” a spokesman for Tokyo Electric, Junichi Matsumoto, said at a news conference.”

My local denier went on and on about nuclear in Fukashima for about 2 months.  I kept pointing out that he was trying to change the subject from carbon to nuclear.

Fortunately I cured him, he’s gone full Denier again.

I heard that the population has been going apey and buying its own geiger counters to retest everything the government says.

Maybe Heartland Japan could run a series of billboards, “Aum Shinrikyo believed nuclear was dangerous.  Do you?”

(These are the guys who set of Sarin gas in the Tokyo subway.)

And show the rest of the world that the solutions to both our carbon & nuclear challenges are pretty much the same, no matter how much Heartland & TEPCO deny the facts & disinform the public. 

“Japan is at a tipping point. You have an opportunity here to change the way we use energy. Or Japan can go back and turn on all its nuclear reactors again and continue business as usual and of course risk another accident. So you have a choice, you have the opportunity to change the way you use energy and to change the way you distribute energy. You can create smart grids that share power from the north to the south and from the east to the west, where the frequencies are different. We can distribute our generation, instead of having massive power plants in locations like Fukushima-Daiichi and Fukushima-Danai. We can distribute those power plants throughout Japan, throughout the world, with windmills, with solar power, with conservation and with distributed small sources of generation.”

“So the Fukushima-Daiichi accident is the worst industrial accident in history: it is a half a trillion dollars. But it also can be an opportunity for Japan to change the way it does business and to create the economy for the 21st century and beyond with distributed generation and smart grids. I hope you choose that choice. Japan is at a tipping point and it is your choice to make.”

Fukushima Daiichi: The Truth and the Future

Is it possible that some of Heartland’s most devoted corporate donors also support Keidanren?

“Japan’s biggest business lobby, Keidanren, has voiced worries that a rise in electricity costs due to abandoning nuclear power could prompt Japanese companies to relocate overseas, costing jobs and growth. Potential power shortages could also undermine Japan’s fragile economic recovery.

The latest poll, taken alongside the monthly Reuters Tankan survey, suggests big companies are less wedded to nuclear power than Keidanren’s position suggests.

Critics of Keidanren, including Hiroshi Mikitani, president of virtual mall operator Rakuten Inc, accuse the business lobby of protecting the utility firms.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents were opposed to the idea of ditching nuclear power while 18 percent fully supported ending it. A 55 percent majority backed abandoning nuclear power as long as alternative energy resources were secured.”

Three-quarters of Japanese firms oppose nuclear power

WHO has released a preliminary report on radiation risks in Japan.  The conclusiion is that there is almost no risk whatsoever except to children in one or two towns.  Using the highly conservative LNT estimates, their lifetime risk of developing a thyroid cancer increased by 1%.

While unfortunate,you might like to determine the extra LLE risk they are now subject to by burning much more coal…

Similar to Heartland & the fossil fuel industry’s disinformation & denial campaigns to hide the clear & present dangers of anthropogenic climate change, TEPCO & the nuclear industry have been doing their damnedest to hide the catastrophic dangers of the Fukushima quadruple disasters from the public.

Fukushima Daiichi Site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl Accident

“In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements.”

“If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident. The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.”

“Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).”

It’s way past time for TEPCO to come clean with the public & to start moving the millions of curies of radioactive spent fuel assemblies into dry cast storage before Unit 4 spent fuel pool collapses or goes dry from another earthquake & makes Tokyo along with Northern Japan & other large areas of the world uninhabitable.

The half trillion dollar estimated costs so far would be a drop in the bucket compared to the trillions in economic losses, not to mention the untold costs in human death, health, & suffering.