This year the Heartland Institute's Annual Denier Fest is to be held in Washington DC. Going by Anthony Watts' headline, a lot of fake experts and climate misinformers will be presenting (archived here). All are welcome, particularly white men over 75 years of age who reject climate science, haven't been near a University science faculty in fifty years or don't know what a University science faculty is, and think that any and all climate science is a hoax.
What the Heartland Institute won't tell you
The Heartland Institute tells you what you want to hear, if you are a science denier. It won't tell you what is happening to our climates. That would be a step far too far for an extremist right wing lobby group in the USA. Instead, the Heartland Institute promises to feed you lies and half truths, from panels of fake experts, professional disinformers and anti-science bloggers.
Oceans are getting hotter
|Data source: NCEI NOAA|
Global surface temperature keeps rising
|Data source: GISS NASA|
Seas are rising faster
|Data source: U Colorado|
Ice is disappearing
That means that you won't be shown any chart of the loss of ice mass in Greenland, like this one, which shows a dramatic loss of ice since 2002 - about 3,000,000,000,000 tonnes:
|Source: Arctic Report Card|
Nor will you be told about the dramatic decline in summer sea ice in the Arctic, measured in millions of square kilometres:
|Data source: U Colorado|
You will no doubt be told that sea ice off Antarctica is increasing slightly, but it won't be in the context of the overall sea ice decline:
|Data source: U Colorado|
Nor will the Heartland Institute fake experts tell you of the alarming melting of ice shelves in Antarctica, particularly western Antarctica - or what a melted Antarctica would mean for Washington DC, where their denier fest is being held this year.
That's just some of what you probably won't be told if you go to the Heartland Institute's denier fest this year.
From the WUWT comments
There are 195 "thoughts" so far. These "thoughts" started off with a lengthy discussion about hairdryers and water. Only one person suggested he'd try it in the bath and I think he was joking.
average joe is a climate denying activist:
May 6, 2015 at 8:10 am
What would be nice to see, is 100,000 demonstrators outside the White House holding signs with slogans something like “Quit wasting our tax dollars on worthless climate research that provides NO value!”. Here is a thought experiment: would society be better or worse off today if all moneys invested in climate research had instead been invested to dig holes in the morning and fill them in in the afternoon. Honestly, I think we would be better off! The end effect of those research dollars has been to polarize the country like never before. We’d been better off digging and filling holes!
alexwade makes excuses for why it will never happen:
May 6, 2015 at 9:25 am
It would be great to see so many demonstrators, but it won’t happen. The people who protest against CAGW have jobs and a life. They are also opposed to rent-a-mobs. Leftists have no such restrictions.
Jeff Glassman points out the difference between scientists who leave their science at the door when they appear before US government committees, and utter nutter deniers:
May 6, 2015 at 8:53 am
Skeptics like Roy Spencer, Roger Pielke, Jr., Judith Curry? They are certain AGW exists, but only wonder how bad it’s going to get. A true skeptic, a real scientist, has grave doubts about the existence of AGW. The major attempt to predict climate based on the AGW conjecture has failed. The notions of AGW is invalid.
Max Sargent isn't modded, oddly:
May 6, 2015 at 10:42 am
The Merchants of Doubt all in a single venue. Awesome.
richardscourtney thinks Pope Francis is okay after all, and writes:
May 6, 2015 at 11:36 am
NEWSFLASH: Religion and science are, by definition, mutually SUPPORTIVE.
That is why the science of, for example, Isaac Newton, Friar Mendel, Michael Faraday, and etc. was revolutionary.
Gamecock urges caution about having the half dozen or so people who tell climate lies for a living, all congregating in one place:
May 6, 2015 at 11:39 am
Is it safe for the World’s Leading Skeptics to be in one place?
Poor little Eliza is still waiting for someone to expose what she/he regards as a global climate hoax:
May 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm
Agree with Tim about this conference. Basically heartland is preaching repeatedly to the converted. The only front in my view that will bring the AGW to a dead end stop is the work/data of Goddard, Homewood, Mahorasy ect actually proving without ANY doubt massive fraud by the AGW persons controlling surface temperatures. Once some greedy lawyers see some big time bucks then the AGW’s will come to a complete end.Not before this happens though.
Goldrider says his dog can adjust to both winter and summer seasons, therefore global warming isn't a big deal:
May 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm
Three months ago when I put my dog out to walk, the temp. she fluffed her coat up for was 0 degrees F. This morning she was panting at nearly 80 degrees. Proving, that even a shaggy dog can adapt effortlessly to an EIGHTY DEGREE “climate” shift and more, in 3 months’ time. Can anybody who isn’t educated beyond their intelligence then explain why I’m supposed to be losing my sh*t about 0.5 degrees C. over a hundred and fifty YEARS?! The lefties just can’t see the silly!