Heartland Calls Wahhmbulance. Anticipates Frontline will Report Truth.

October 23, 2012

Heartland Institute, famous for billboard craziness (see above) and hosting the semi-semi-annual woodstock for wackjobs known as the International Conference on Climate Change (hereafter “Denia-Palooza) – which this year featured the (wildly applauded) racist rantings of “Lord” Christopher Monckton, once mere climate crank, now AIDS curer and full-on Obama birth certificate nut-job – that Heartland – has now released a press release pre-protesting whatever treatment they might get in tonights PBS Frontline production “Climate of Doubt”.

Heartland screed as follows:

On Tuesday, October 23, PBS’s “Frontline” program will broadcast a special titled “Climate of Doubt.” It promises to go “inside the organizations” that helped turn the tide of public opinion, and then of elected officials, away from excessive concern over the possible threat of man-made global warming.

The Heartland Institute is likely to be a central figure in this program as we welcomed “Frontline” producer Catherine Upin and her crew to our Seventh International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago in May. Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor also gave a three-hour interview to the film crew in August. Earlier this year, The Economist called Heartland “the world’s most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change.”

We hope the program is accurate and fair, but past experience both with PBS and other mainstream media outlets leads us to predict it will be neither. Several Heartland staff will be watching the program and commenting live via Twitter and on our blog, Somewhat Reasonable.

The Frontline crew, rumor has it,  have been doing some exhaustive digging into the climate denial movement. My only hope would be that the affair doesn’t boomerang with too much face time for crazy people, and not enough for explanatory science.

Moreover, at that conference, a well known denier told me that his biggest concern about public opinion was that it might be swayed by extreme events. I told him to bet on it.  That was a few weeks before we knew that the corn crop was in trouble – and subsequent polling has confirmed his premonition. This summer was a hinge-point in US Public awareness of climate change.

If you think Mitt Romney’s recent threats against Public Broadcasting were about budgets or Big Bird, think again. The reason the right hates PBS is that sometimes it commits the unpardonable sin of journalism.

12 Responses to “Heartland Calls Wahhmbulance. Anticipates Frontline will Report Truth.”

  1. I was laughing a couple of weeks ago when Anthony Watts was promoting Climate of Doubt as a program that would reflect positively on climate deniers. He’s changed his tune today.

    The program will undoubtedly be fair, meaning that it will be very harsh towards the behavior of climate deniers. It will probably also feature the SkS Temperature Escalator.

    I’m very much looking forward to it.

  2. guylacrosse Says:

    I wouldn’t expect a miracle to come from this documentary. PBS Frontline did “HEAT” just before the 2008 election. It might have helped the Democrats but they still failed to pass any meaningful climate change legislation.


  3. MorinMoss Says:

    I see that this blog entry of yours has been cross-posted on Joe Romm’s Climate Progress. Congrats to you.
    But I wouldn’t expect a Christmas card from TonyBoy Watts and the dittohead denialists.

  4. Here’s another little goodie to poke Anthony Watts in the eye with.


    It’s an animated GIF image that shows global-average temperature results computed from data taken from just 1 to 40 randomly-located rural stations.

    The animation starts off with 1 station — global-average results are updated 1 station at a time up to a maximum of 40 stations. The GIF animation shows two plots. In the upper plot, raw data results are plotted in red; homogenized data results are plotted in green. The official NASA results are plotted in blue (to provide a comparison baseline).

    The lower plot shows how many of the selected stations actually reported data for any given year. (Remember that station record lengths vary, and there can be gaps).

    As you watch the animation, note how quickly both the raw data and homogenized data warming trends converge with the official NASA warming trend.

    This little animation alone debunks Watts’ favorite claims about the global-temperature record: the claim that warming is a result of UHI (I used just rural stations), the claim that warming is a result of homogenization (raw and homogenized results converge rapidly after just a dozen or so stations), and claim that going from 6000 to 1500 stations exaggerates the warming (I replicated the NASA results from fewer than 40 stations).


    • andrewfez Says:

      Very nice.

      Do you know of any free programs on the net that will allow me to put the IPCC AR4 projections on the same graph as, say, GISS data, where I could tell the program to display 1 year or 3 year running averages of the monthly points (to compare to the AR4 models)?

      I see GISS has software on its site to compare data against its models, and http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot has some stuff, but no models. But i was hoping to get the entire AR4 ensemble.

  5. guylacrosse Says:

    The documentary was eye opening on the true cause of why the cap-and-trade bill failed. A combination of factors came together to create a perfect storm and scared politicians away from passing it.

    These climate deniers are going to have to do a lot more than just apologize when the reckoning comes. There’s going to be a lot of very angry people out there. It will make the Tea Party anger seem like a school yard temper tantrum by comparison.

    • skeptictmac57 Says:

      The problem that was never mentioned is that our organ donor program in this country is inadequate.
      There are many hundreds of politicians on the waiting list to receive a desperately needed backbone transplant,and sadly,they and we must continue to suffer until such time as they become available.

  6. After watching the program, I wanted to go out and shake some denier necks. At the same time there has to be a concerted patience and persistence to move the argument forward.

  7. badgersouth Says:

    Why didn’t PBS air this program prior to the first Presidential debate?

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