Doubting facts in new climate book – Chico Enterprise-Record

In his most recent letter to the editor, Anthony Watts references “facts” from his own booklet (“Climate at a Glance for Teachers and Students: Facts on 30 Prominent Climate Topics”) to make a point about climate change.

The publishing of this pamphlet was funded by the Heartland Institute, coauthored with James Taylor, and edited by H. Sterling Burnett. Taylor is the President of the Heartland Institute, received his bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Syracuse University. Burnett has a Ph.D. in Applied Philosophy from Bowling Green State University. So, like Watts, neither Taylor nor Burnett are scientists, and both, like Watts, are associated ($) with the Heartland Institute.

The Heartland Institute is a Right Wing “Think Tank” funded by the Fossil Fuel Industry and other corporations (Koch Brothers, Murray Energy, Philip Morris, etc.). Examples of their good works: Philip Morris paid the Heartland institute to tell us that cigarette smoke isn’t bad for us. They also erected billboards comparing those who believe in man-made global warming to the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski

So, I would seriously question the validity of anything these guys have said or written about Climate Change or the Environment, and really wonder if they should be allowed to try to teach our kids … anything.

Sounds like the intro to a bad joke: A Philosopher, a Lawyer, and a Weatherman walk into a bar; they’ve been paid to write propaganda …

— John McMurtry, Chico

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