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Distinguished Scientist Calls Heartland 500 List “Offensive and Wrong”

“This is just another example of lack of scruples that climate skeptics have shown in pursuing short-term financial advantages, and basically condemning the next generations to suffer the consequences of climate change due to our lack of prudent and responsible planning.”

With those words, the University of Maryland’s Distinguished Professor Eugenia Kalnay dismissed the Heartland Institute’s wholly discredited list of 500 Scientists with Documented Doubts about Man-Made Global Warming Scares.

Prof. Kalnay, with dozens of her colleagues, is outraged that Heartland Senior Fellow Dennis T. Avery included their names as contributors to a climate-change denial paper without their permission and in direct contradiction to their scientific work.

A Few Scientists Who Won't Deny Being Deniers

We can now count the dead and the imaginary among the shrinking number of scientists in the Heartland Institute list of 500 Scientists with Documented Doubts of Man-Made Global Warming Scares.

“Bond, G., Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory;” “Bradbury, J. Pratt, USGS;” and “Keeling, Charles D., Scripps Institute of Oceanography” are all deceased and therefore unable to join the chorus of legitimate scientists who are demanding that their names be removed from the list.

Are You on the Heartland 500 List of "Doubters"

Earlier today we broke the story about dozens of scientists outraged that their name is included on a list widely distributed by the Heartland Institute with an article entitled 500 Scientists with Documented Doubts of Man-Made Global Warming Scares.

The article is written by Dennis Avery, a “Senior Fellow” at the Heartland Institute. The article which was first published by another think tank called the Hudson Institute, where Avery is also listed as a “Senior Fellow,” has bounced around the internet as proof that there is great doubts about the realities of human-caused global warming.

We emailed 122 of the scientists and in less than 24 hours more than 35 scientists have responded in outrage.

The list of the Heartland 500 is attached. If you are on the list please let us know by email at: [email protected].

Free Speech at the Heartland Institute

And who are you that we should care one whit about your opinion?

With that tart quip, Diane Bast of the Heartland Institute dismissed a recent query about the rationale for its last-stand global warming denial conference. Diplomatic Diane, presumably, is related to Joseph Bast, founder and president of the Heartland Institute.

Denial-a-Palooza is a Media Hit

… But Not What Organizers Wanted

Mainstream media seem to have caught up with climate change denial (caught up with reality, really), just in time to humiliate the assembled “sceptics” at the Heartland Institute's 2008 International Conference on Climate Change.

While Heartland wants to position the conference as a “smashing success,” the New York Times, CNN - even that raving left-wing apology sheet the Wall Street Journal - have all lifted their delicate hands and snickered. CNN, in a spot that left the cool dudes at Newsbusters apoplectic, went so far as to call the assembled skeptics “flat earthers.” (click on the seventh item here for Miles O'Brien's actual video.)

Fred Singer: Let's Lie About Global Warming

In his opening presentation to the Heartland Institute's climate change quibblefest, the ever-unreliable Dr. S. Fred Singer says, “Let's conclude that greenhouse gases are not responsible for global warming.”

Oh yes, let's.

Of course, according to form, Singer offers no proof to support this conclusion. He claims in a passing reference that he and a couple of other (more credible) authors have recently published a journal article that categorically dismisses the role of CO2 in global warming.

But that article, which Singer has been misrepresenting for months, does no such thing.

Heartland Conference Celebrates Science for Sale

The Heartland Institute is rounding up the usual suspects for a conference that will alert international media to “the fact” that a shocking number of “scientists” can be induced with a little cash and a free trip to New York City to question the science of global warming.

Heartland Institute Ensures Bad Book Has Great "Sales"

In a sustained campaign to stamp out responsible policymaking, the Heartland Institute has been distributing the denier text Unstoppable Global Warming - Every 1,500 Years to state politicians who are grappling with decisions about how to address global warming.

Late last week, the Hays Daily News reported that Heartland was behind the gift of an autographed copy of the book to Kansas Governor Kathleen Sibelius. DeSmogBlog regulars will recognize Sibelius as the woman behind a decision to block approvals for new coal-fired electricity plants in Kansas, a move that has inspired all manner of corporate underhandedness in response.

Now, the Des Moines Globe Gazette is reporting that Heartland also handed out copies of S. Fred Singer and Dennis Avery 's risible book to Iowa legislators who are considering new measures intended to combat climate change.

"Extremist" hopes Heartland's "building explodes"

The oil industry-backed Heartland Institute is at the forefront of the attack on global warming science and no doubt they're an organization more than just disliked by many.

Here's an audio clip the Heartland is passing around in which they claim an “environmental extremist” hopes their “building explodes.” To be clear, I'm not in any way condoning what this person says, there are better ways(like DeSmogBlog) to get after “think” tanks bent on spreading misinformation and confusing the public.

Random Sampling - Part 2 of "Ew, I just stepped in a Heartland study!"

This is part 2 in a series on the Heartland Institute's supposedly rigorous study (pdf) on the state of global warming science. This flawed paper has been distributed to 10,000 Utahns by the Utah-based Sutherland Institute, a “sister” of the Heartland Institute.

Paul T. Mero, the president of the Sutherland Institute claims that, “for skeptics, we went out of our way to include a special analysis of the methodology used to create this study. This report is an honest reflection of the international scientific community…”

Let's see how that holds up.

Flaw #1: Heartland's study is not based on a random sample.

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