Posts Tagged ‘Joe Bast’

DeSmog Blog’s Bogus “Exposé” of the Heartland Institute

Saturday, February 18th, 2012


Earlier this week, the climate hysterics at DeSmog Blog and ThinkProgress tried (but failed) to manufacture a scandal by posting board-meeting and fund-raising documents stolen under false pretenses from the Heartland Institute, the Illinois-based free-market think tank. You can read Heartland’s response to the document heist here.

In the climate debate, Heartland is perhaps best known as organizer and host of six international climate conferences and as publisher of Climate Change Reconsidered: The Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

The Heartland conferences transformed the disparate ranks of climate-alarm skeptics into a confident, energized, networked movement. The NIPCC report and related publications not only debunk Al Gore’s “planetary emergency” but also provide the only comprehensive, fully-documented alternative to the alleged “scientific consensus” represented by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (more…)

Heart of the matter [Profile of Joe Bast]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Source:  Nature Magazine


Joe Bast considers himself an environmen­talist. He and his wife Diane used to volun­teer for the Sierra Club, one of the United States’ largest environmental groups. The two built a geodesic dome in the Wisconsin coun­tryside and once entertained the idea of aban­doning the city to live off the land. But today Bast is on the other side of a cultural divide, fighting former colleagues, politicians and scientists on the battlefield of global warming.

As head of the Heartland Institute, a policy think tank with a free-market focus based in Chicago, Illinois, Bast has raised millions of dol­lars to mount a systematic attack on mainstream climate science. The organization provides fod­der for politicians and conservative commenta­tors bent on preventing government regulation of carbon emissions, and Heartland’s climate conferences have become rallies for sceptics. (more…)

Seven Theories of Climate Change

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Source:  Heartland Institute

by Joe Bast

“At least seven theories of climate change enjoy some support in the scientific community. With the anthropogenic global warming theory now in disrepute, it is a good time to review the other six …”

This booklet identifies seven theories, anthropogenic global warming (AGW) plus six others that do not claim man-made emissions are a major cause of climate change. Each theory is plausible and sheds light on some aspects of climate change that were hidden or obscured by too great a focus on the AGW theory.

The six alternative theories are: (more…)

International Survey of Climate Scientists

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

by Joe Bast

German scientists Dennis Bray and Hans von Storch have released their latest international survey of climate scientists. The data is reported here:

I’ve spent a little time with this report. Here are my observations. Feel free to forward and cite this posting, I’ll get it up on Heartland’s Freedom Pub momentarily. I’ll appreciate comments on whether I got this right.

* The report consists of 120 graphs (the numbering system includes, e.g., 11a and 11b, so the exact number is different from the 73 that identifies the last table) and contains no interpretation or discussion of the results. Discussion of the results apparently appears (or will appear) in an article in Environmental Science and Policy. The abstract of that article (presented on page 12 of the current report) seems to completely miss the obvious implications of the survey. No surprise, since Bray and von Storch tried to hide the plain results of their past work in a similar fashion. (more…)