It’s been a tough few weeks for the forces of climate change denial.
First came the giant billboard with Unabomber Ted Kacynzki’s face plastered across it: “I Still Believe in Global Warming. Do You?” Sponsored by the Heartland Institute, the nerve center of climate change denial, it was supposed to draw attention to the fact that “the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.” Instead, it drew attention to the fact that these guys had over-reached, and with predictable consequences.
A hard-hitting campaign from a new group called Forecast the Facts persuaded many of the corporations backing Heartland to withdraw $825,000 in funding; an entire wing of the institute, devoted to helping the insurance industry, calved off to form its own non-profit. Normally friendly politicians like Wisconsin Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced that they would boycott the group’s annual conference unless the billboard campaign was ended.
Honestly I find this fascinating. Ninety-nine per cent of all the scientists in all the countries on earth, whether they are in public or private employ, agree that there is a green house gas problem, and that it is man made. You still have these people running around saying that it is a huge conspiracy.
After a while you’d think that there would be some common sense, and that if there is such a unison wall of experts saying this, that there would be some truth to it. Instead, you have people even more convinced of the idea of the Big Conspiracy.