You may have heard about Climategate, the stolen emails that showed some scientists were so concerned about climate change that they were willing to distort their findings so they would be more sensational? Welcome to Denialgate, which reveals some of the secrets of one of the shadowy, billionaire funded, AstroTurf think-tanks who has driven scientists to desperate levels of PR to get the truth into people’s heads.
DeSmogBlog has documents you can go through that will help confirm that doubt around climate change is entirely contrived by the 1%, the billionaires who control public debate through mass media and media manipulation.
Forbes and other business press are favored outlets for Heartland’s dissemination of climate denial messages, and the group is worried about maintaining that exclusive space. They note in particular the work of Dr. Peter Gleick:
“Efforts at places such as Forbes are especially important now that they have begun to allow high-profile climate scientists (such as Gleick) to post warmist science essays that counter our own. This influential audience has usually been reliably anti-climate and it is important to keep opposing voices out.”
-Confirmation that skeptic blogger Anthony Watts is part of Heartland’s funded network of misinformation communicators.
“We have also pledged to help raise around $90,000 in 2012 for Anthony Watts to help him create a new website to track temperature station data.”
An AstroTurf agency called Heartland
accidentally leaked was tricked into giving its secrets to a third party (Peter) who leaked them to DeSmogBlog. A multi-millionaire (or billionaire), who is still anonymous, gives the agency more than $1M/year to operate, as do the Koch brothers who give hundreds of thousands.
Their purpose is to create doubt about science regarding climate change.
For bonus hilarity I’ve included a portion of a comment from frequent AbandonedStuff.com commenter Klem. Klem is a climate change denier, and jester-in-residence.
For years now I have wondereed [sic] if the alarmists were correct, and now that question has been answered. It does not pay to be a climate skeptic. It has been the greens who have been well funded all along.
Its [sic] amazing that climate skepticism has been this successful considering how little money is required.
Here’s a “little money” according to Klem:
“funding for high-profile individuals who regularly and publicly counter the alarmist AGW message. At the moment, this funding goes primarily to Craig Idso ($11,600 per month), Fred Singer ($5,000 per month, plus expenses), Robert Carter ($1,667 per month), and a number of other individuals, but we will consider expanding it, if funding can be found.”
Who doesn’t get paid $1667/month just to keep mentioning that everything is okay with burning lots of fossil fuels? That little amount would certainly not influence anyone.
UPDATE: Information about the source of the Heartland documents has since come to light. The scientist, Peter, mentioned in DeSmogBlog’s summary, tricked Heartland into sending the documents while using a fake name, and has admitted doing so.
Heartland’s influence at Carleton U in Ottawa is being investigated.
UPDATE II: More Canadians funded by Heartland.
UPDATE III: Heartland struggling to stay afloat.