A New Global Warming Fraud
The New York Times headline on February 16, 2012, read as follows: “Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science.” The story appeared to present a shocking indictment of the mores and sinister practices of the so-called climate-denial lobby. According to documents allegedly leaked from a Chicago-based free-market think tank called the Heartland Institute, climate skeptics were not only lavishly funded by moneyed polluters like Koch Industries, but also were engaged in a devious strategy to discourage the teaching of science in schools.
The story was widely, gleefully disseminated by environmental activists and the liberal media. It was soon given the nickname “Deniergate,” because it was seen as a conservative scandal to rival or surpass “Climategate,” the 2009 exposure of e-mails in which climate scientists discussed among themselves the severe problems with global-warming data they were trumpeting at the same time.
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