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The Heartland Institute Steps in It Big Time.


As most people know the Heartland Institute is staffed and backed by people who are to put it mildly, skeptical about global warming and our species role in climate change. The other month a climate activist admitted getting access to the Institute's e-mails by posing as an Institute board member. The Heartland Institute in response has decided to shoot itself in the foot with an "experimental" set of billboards comparing climate scientists to the Unibomber and other assorted terrorists.

Well the blowback was immediate and the H.I. took down the billboards after even some of their own supporters including insurance companies objected to the campaign. See this article from the Washington Post for details.


A visit to the Institute Website reveals this interesting comment:

Billboards in Chicago paid for by The Heartland Institute point out that some of the world’s most notorious criminals say they “still believe in global warming” – and ask viewers if they do, too. The first digital billboard – along the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) in Maywood – appeared today.

Really, granted there are extremists on both sides of this issue, but I wonder where the H.I. got their data about the beliefs of the world's most notorious criminals. If their opponents do stoop to name calling...do two wrongs make a right?


Bill Griffith 5 years, 10 months ago

So, by this logic a billboard of Hitler with the statement "He believes in vegetarianism. Do you?" would be appropriate.

Fossick 5 years, 10 months ago

Surely it would not be any more illogical that what happens on this award-winning site every day.

It was a stupid campaign, and was predictably rejected by people on both sides of the aisle. I join all right-thinking people in expressing sincere disdain and insincere outrage over the billboards (from a source). Hopefully, they will never do that again and will instead leave idiotic, attention-grabbing emotional appeals to PETA..

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