I've read that this is the list of the science deniers who are
getting bravery awards being patronised by the Heartland Institute at an upcoming denier festival in Las Vegas.
The awards are for mostly well-paid work, which involves pretending to be extremely stupid at best and/or deliberately conning the gullible about climate change. It's the equivalent of the Academy Awards I guess, where deniers pat each other on the back and put their hands up for more speaker engagements at denier festivals. Like the Academy Awards, it focuses on a person's ability to present fiction to the hoi polloi rather than, say, scientific documentaries. It involves a fair amount of acting and there are separate categories.
One category is script-writing. One or two of this motley lot run a blog and a couple even manage to write the occasional paper or popular science-denying book. They have even been known to get published in the scientific literature. Well not in the best journals. Nor usually in mediocre journals. But deniers can't be choosers. Often they have to resort to vanity publications.
Another category is best comedian/make-up artist - you can guess who won that award.
Another is best pseudo-religious characterisation. That award was shared this year.
The Heartland Institute also awarded some prizes for trying, to dull plodders in their dotage.
Here are the people being paraded by the Heartland Institute, probably hoping to attract more funds from individual deniers who have more money than sense, and to faceless corporations with an agenda:
- Sherwood B. Idso - who is part of the Idso family, denialist shills for hire
- Arthur B. Robinson, one of those who was behind the fake "Oregon Petition"
- Roy Spencer, a member of a science-denying alarmist cult called the Cornwall Alliance
- Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (I think it should be The Viscount Monckton aka the potty peer)
- S. Fred Singer, another denier for hire
- Willie Soon, another denier for hire
- Patrick Moore, another denier for hire who falsely claims to have founded Greenpeace
- Tom Harris, a very weird person who can't even lie straight, and runs the Canadian branch of the anti-climate science coalition
- Alan Carlin, another American denier
- E. Calvin Beisner from the science denying alarmist cult, the Cornwall Alliance.
Not all of the above have graced these pages yet. If they ever let women into denier festivals, maybe Judith Curry will get a guernsey when she's old enough. She's been doing her bit for the denier cause these past few years.