Oil-funded group wants to ‘restore scientific method’ to climate science
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — If it weren’t so dangerous, it would be funny. The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank funded by Exxon Mobil and Charles Koch, is once again rounding up its stable of climate change deniers for the sixth annual Conference on Climate Change (June 30, July 1) in Washington, D.C.
The group is literally playing with fire by trying to slow and block any meaningful policy changes that might slow the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It works hard to confuse the public about the veracity of climate science.
This year’s conference is centered on the theme of of “restoring the scientific method,” and will begin with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who has described global warming as the the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” in 2003 and described it as “hysteria” in 2008.
Inhofe continues disputing the science, backing legislation that would strip the EPA of their authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and ignoring the extreme storms, flooding, droughts, and rising sea levels that the world has been experiencing.
The Heartland Institute website says the conference acknowledges the fact that claims of scientific certainty and predictions of climate catastrophes are based on “post-normal science,” which substitutes claims of consensus for the scientific method.
“This choice has had terrible consequences for science and society. Abandoning the scientific method led to the “Climategate” scandal and the errors and abuses of peer review by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change … “The scientists speaking at this conference, and the hundreds more who are expected to attend, are committed to restoring the scientific method. This means abandoning the failed hypothesis of man-made climate change, and using real science and sound economics to improve our understanding of the planet’s ever-changing climate.”