Global warming deniers resort to all time low

Global warming deniers resort to all time low

Stupid, irrational, illogical and evil are just a few of the words that come to mind when reading about The Heartland Institute's new billboard campaign that tries to discredit global warming science by linking it to mass murders like Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden.

 
Yes, you read that right. This is unfortunately not a parody or the work of some fringe group, but a calculated propaganda campaign by one of the main right-wing attack groups in the nation. Heartland, already a mouth-breathing opponent of global warming, has placed billboards around the country with photos of people like Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber, next to the text, "I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?"
 
Heartland defends its billboards on its website: "The people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen."
 
The "radical fringe of society" Heartland refers to is, frankly, a lie. Scientists worldwide agree almost unanimously that the earth is warming and that the spike in temperatures is due mostly to the burning of fossil fuels. If Charles Manson happens to agrees with them, then that only proves that a mass murderer has more sense than a right-wing "think tank" like Heartland. 
 
Heartland is funded by corporations that apparently feel threatened by our attempts to stop global warming by reducing the use of fossil fuels. Thanks to pressure from Environmental Action and other groups, General Motors recently stopped funding Heartland, but a number of other corporations still do: State Farm insurance, Microsoft, Eli Lilly & Co., GlaxoSmithKline, Nucor, Pfizer and Time Warner Cable are all giving company money to Heartland, and are therefore supporting this tasteless billboard campaign.
 
It must be hard times for the anti-global warming propagandists when they have to resort to crazy ideas like this. But as nuts as it is, we cannot ignore this. If you see one of these billboards, snap a photo or two and email it to colin at environmental-action.org, and we'll post it here along with whatever juicy comments you provide.