Climate disruption report ‘propaganda’ says Heartland Institute fellow

By Neal McNamara | May 7, 2014
Climate Report

A leading climate change researcher told David Boze Wednesday that a new Obama administration report on climate disruption was written by biased scientists and is a pretext to destroy America’s coal industry.

James M. Taylor, editor of Environmental and Climate News, and a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, called the National Climate Assessment report a fabrication based on the assumptions of scientists who are already in the tank for climate disruption.

“The [report] does not draw upon objective science – it’s mere propaganda,” Taylor said. He pointed out that the leading scientists working on the study are from liberal, extremist environmental groups like the Nature Conservancy and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

LISTEN: JAMES M. TAYLOR ON CLIMATE REPORT ‘PROPAGANDA’

Boze said that government has implied that it wants to wean America off fossil fuels, but wondered which new laws and taxes it would enact to reach that end.

Taylor said that the government would likely push for solar and wind power. He said that to replace a single coal plant with wind turbines would require 600 square miles of land. Worse, those turbines are responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million birds and bats per year, some of which are endangered species.

“You have a much great environmental toll,” with wind power over, say, hydroelectric power, Taylor said.

What’s really bogus, Taylor said, is that today’s scientists are using wildly inaccurate temperature comparisons to skew how much the Earth has warmed. Scientists today are comparing global temperatures to those felt during the “little ice age,” a 500-year period of cooling felt between 1350 and 1850.

In fact, Taylor said, a warming Earth is good for human health. Warmer temperatures even allow for longer growing seasons, leading to a greater production of food.

“Warmer temperatures have always benefited human health and welfare,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that, by one conservative estimate, human ingenuity and the free market would solve whatever issues – if any – climate disruption poses within 100 years. Taylor’s Heartland Institute, which ExxonMobil and Altria, the company that produces Marlboro cigarettes, has provided funding to, is a crusader against extremist climate disruption science.

The Heartland Institute has been tracking climate disruption since 1996, and found no measurable increase in warming – that’s 17 years and five months, up to January 2014.

Producing scary climate disruption reports is “an opportunity for people to feel important in front of other folks to raise money and increase their power,” Taylor said. “Every new report tries to be more alarmist than the last one, because they can justify their existence.”

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