In preparation for it's Seventh Annual Conference on Global Warming, The Heartland Institute is using an 'interesting' tactic - linking acceptance of the science of global warming (something even skeptics don't deny anymore, although they do continue to argue about it's causes) to unsavory characters like Charles Manson, Fidel Castro, Osama bin Laden, and Ted Kaczynski (aka, The Unabomber - pictured above). The good residents of Chicago will now be able to see billboards like this scattered around their city.
I'm really not making this up.
Heartland is proudly promoting the use of these billboards in a press release entitled 'Our Billboards'. The release says, in part:
"Billboards in Chicago paid for by The Heartland Institute point out that some of the world’s most notorious criminals say they “still believe in global warming” – and ask viewers if they do, too. The first digital billboard – along the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) in Maywood – appeared today....
1. Who appears on the billboards?
The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).
These rogues and villains were chosen because they made public statements about how man-made global warming is a crisis and how mankind must take immediate and drastic actions to stop it.
2. Why did Heartland choose to feature these people on its billboards?
Because what these murderers and madmen have said differs very little from what spokespersons for the United Nations, journalists for the “mainstream” media, and liberal politicians say about global warming. They are so similar, in fact, that a Web site has a quiz that asks if you can tell the difference between what Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, wrote in his “Manifesto” and what Al Gore wrote in his book, Earth in the Balance.
The point is that believing in global warming is not “mainstream,” smart, or sophisticated. In fact, it is just the opposite of those things. Still believing in man-made global warming – after all the scientific discoveries and revelations that point against this theory – is more than a little nutty. In fact, some really crazy people use it to justify immoral and frightening behavior.
Of course, not all global warming alarmists are murderers or tyrants. But the Climategate scandal and the more recent Fakegate scandal revealed that the leaders of the global warming movement are willing to break the law and the rules of ethics to shut down scientific debate and implement their left-wing agendas.
Scientific, political, and public support for the theory of man-made global warming is collapsing. Most scientists and 60 percent of the general public (in the U.S.) do not believe man-made global warming is a problem. (Keep reading for proof of these statements.)
The people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen."
At this point, words fail me. Never in my life did I imagine that mainstream science would face radicals like this, who call scientists 'murderers, tyrants, and madmen'. Because the bottom line is that the most prominent advocates for global warming (and specifically, human-caused global warming) are scientists.
Did any of you know that Ted Kaszinsky accepted the science of global warming? How many of you know that Jim Hansen and Michael Mann do?
The Heartland Institute will host its Seventh International Conference on Climate Change from Monday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. Perhaps some Chicago-area NewsVine advocates for reality will show up to join the festivities.