Over the past 24 hours, the web pages at various climate related websites have been ablaze with ‘Big’ Somethingorotherbutitsverybadbadbadhonestguv funds the Heartland institute to the tune of six and a half million dollars. Oooh mummy, and that naughty doyenne of deniers Anthony Watts has been taking hundred thousand dollar backhanders.
Well, not content with leaking internal documentation, which in itself was quite innocuous, the leakers sought to traduce the doughty Mr Watts and friends by faking some of their ‘leaks’. Over egging their propaganda pudding. Quite clumsily in fact, so that it didn’t require Sherlock Holmes to decide that the whole ‘Heartlandgate scandal’ is a flake, a pumped up puff piece of desperation.
Okay, so wattsupwiththat? Well’ Anthony himself freely admits receiving funding to the tune of $88,000 from the Heartland institute (Having first applied for it) for, amongst other things, the worthy Surfacestations.org project which highlights the misplacement of many USHCN Weather monitoring stations, which were (and some still are) feeding erroneous data into temperature monitoring figures, thus giving misleading substance to the ‘uncontrollable warming’ myth.
What makes me quirk my lips is the outraged howling from organisations who get funding in the tens, even hundreds of millions of dollars every year to act as advocates for the myth of uncontrollable global warming. 3.9 Billion dollars in the US alone was given in Federal Grants to companies whose very existence depends upon said myth. Never mind the cash from the UN and EU. Never mind the millions in cash donations to various once – environmental organisations from people who have more ulterior motives than you could shake a large and extremely dirty stick at. It’s only taxpayers money, right?
There’s the real scandal right there. Billions, not a paltry few ten thousand dollars are being thrown into the devouring maw of the ‘low carbon’ myth. Subsidies, grants and advocacy form a massive ever tightening Ouroboros, a slow strangling noose around the economic world, the rot that should stop. A millstone on the chest of 21st century human aspiration.
Fortunately, the current Canadian Federal administration has seen the light, but other countries appear locked in some strange dream world. A looking glass land where carbon guilt money is thrown at useless projects and into third world money pits, ironically stunting their growth and preventing their entry into the modern world. Keeping millions of people in poverty they could climb out of, given a fighting chance.
Now if that’s not a real scandal, I don’t know what is.