Nature on Heartland, Last Summer

Nature had an interesting piece by Jeff Tollefson on Heartland and Joe Bast, last summer.

Heartland plans to spend… $413,000 … supporting the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), a small group of sceptics who have set themselves up as a counterweight to the IPCC. Made up of Bast and a few dozen colleagues, the NIPCC mines the scientific literature for nuggets of contrary evidence and doubt — often the kind of uncertainties that scientists readily acknowledge in their publications. The NIPCC also ignores mountains of evidence about the adverse effects of global warming and instead strings together a confident story that makes rising carbon dioxide concentrations seem entirely beneficial.

Jay Gulledge, senior scientist at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in Washington DC, says that Bast, Heartland and the NIPCC all approach scientific data as attorneys, simply trying to sow doubt and justify political inaction. Other climate scientists agree.

The best line, though, is Bast’s own.

“We’ve won the public opinion debate, and we’ve won the political debate as well,” Bast says. “But the scientific debate is a source of enormous frustration.”

hmm…

 

Comments:

  1. “We’ve won the public opinion debate, and we’ve won the political debate as well,” Bast says. “But the scientific debate is a source of enormous frustration.”

    As I said when that article was first published:

    Both public opinion and political debates are frequently, affected by things other than reality. The scientific debate on the other hand isn’t.

    And reality matters. In many ways it is the only thing that does.


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