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Thursday, May 3, 2012

HEARTLAND INSTITUTE IS IN FEAR OF MARK BOSLOUGH! They are terrified to let him speak at their junk science "conference" in Chicago, May 21-23, 2012


The Heartland Institute, which challenges the consensus on global climate change, supposedly wants scientists who disagree to debate them publicly. From the announcement to Heartland's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change, May 21 – 23 in Chicago:
"Heartland has invited dozens of scientists who believe man is chiefly responsible for the fluctuations of the climate to debate those who disagree … again.
... Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences ... said 'a rational public debate is desperately needed.' We agree, which is why we have repeatedly invited scientists with wide-ranging views to speak at these conferences."
While Heartland talks the talk, they will not walk the walk. Here's what they wrote to Mark Boslough on April 24, 2012:
From: Jim Lakely []
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:49 AM
To: Boslough, Mark B
Subject: RE: Former NASA Scientists, Astronauts to Attend Heartland Institute Climate Conference

We've invited more than two dozen scientists who are on "your side" of the debate. Considering your treatment in the press of Dr. Harrison Schmitt – who will be presenting at the conference – you will not be getting an invitation to speak
If you'd like to attend on your own time and dime, you can register here
Jim Lakely
Director of Communications
The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive #2740

And Just How did Boslough "Mistreat" Dr. Harrison Schmitt? Why is the Heartland Institute so Afraid of Mark Boslough?

Harrison Schmitt put out a 2009 white paper on climate change.
From the conclusion:
"...Artic [sic] sea ice has returned to 1989 levels of coverage, and snowy, cold winters and cool summers have dominated northern North America and Europe."
All Mark Boslough did was to point out that Dr. Schmitt was mis-stating the facts, and should make a correction:
"The authors of Heartland Institute publications, including Schmitt, refuse to play by the rules of science, which include integrity, honesty, and peer review. Heartland does no research, but generates reports containing, among other things, fabricated temperature data and doctored graphs that are intended to undermine evidence-based science. In 2009, Schmitt submitted a white paper to NASA. He stated, 'Artic (sic) sea ice has returned to 1989 levels of coverage.' I wrote to him, politely pointing out that this was not true, and directing him to the data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (the ice extent in 2009 had not recovered, and as of this writing is at an all-time winter low). He responded, but never made the necessary correction. Anyone can make a mistake, but scientific integrity requires that authors own up to mistakes and fix them."
Well, was Boslough mistreating Senator Schmitt? How about we show you the data, and let you decide?
On February 7, 2011, staff of the National Snow and Ice Data Center wrote the Santa Fe New Mexican to corroborate Boslough's analysis.

More at Desmogblog.

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