The believers of man-made-weather-disasters are wetting themselves with excitement. It painful to watch grown men drool.
Poor things, they were really wounded by Climategate, and they’ve been waiting, praying that some day someone would level the playing field and show that skeptics were just as petty, shameless, and money-grubbing as their team turned out to be (not to mention hypocritical, deceptive and incompetent). In their dreams.
Instead the hyped non-denier-gate shows just how incredibly successful the Heartland Institute is. Look at the numbers. The skeptics have managed to turn the propaganda around against a tide of money, and it is really some achievement.
|Greenpeace||$300m||2010 Annual Report|
|WWF||$700m||” ($524m Euro)|
|Pew Charitable Trust||$360m||2010 Annual Report|
|Sierra Club||$56m||2010 Annual Report|
|NSW climate change fund (just one random govt example)||$750m||NSW Gov (A$700m)|
|UK university climate fund (just another random govt example)||$360m||UK Gov (£234 m)|
|Heartland Institute||$7m||(actually $6.4m)|
|US government funding for climate science and technology||$7,000m||“Climate Money” 2009|
|US government funding for “climate related appropriations”||$1,300m||USAID 2010|
|Annual turnover in global carbon markets||$120,000m
||2010 Point Carbon|
|Annual investment in renewable energy||$243,000m
|US government funding for skeptical scientists||$ 0|
These are annual turnovers or annual budgets
So what the expose shows is that the Heartland Institute punches far above its weight with an incredibly efficient budget. That is, of course, assuming that the so-called expose is real and not a fake, or altered, which it could be, watch the Heartland site for any confirmation or information. [UPDATE: It was, see here]
This is a wake up call to the freedom loving people of the world, it’s time to make donations a regular part of your monthly budget to support all the people out there who work on your behalf. The fact that Heartland has only one major, generous donor is remarkable. Where are the rest?
The hypocrisy is flagrant. The Sierra Club listed a category for $1,000,000 donations by “anonymous donors” in their 2010 annual report. Strangely DeSmog didn’t froth with anticipation. Their Sierra Club annual report mentions “Matching Gifts”, and apparently supporters who matched gifts include the evil Exxon, not to mention GoldMan Sachs, Barclays, Google, Monsanto, Nestle, Yahoo, Bank of America, and many many more. But that’s alright then.
And if Bob Carter receives an honorarium type amount of $1500 a month, the pull of those big dollars must be powerfully tempting for people like Tim Flannery who struggle along on about $1200 each day he works.
As I always say when these matters are raised, YES Please. Let’s do talk about the funding.
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The Climate Change Scare Machine shows how your tax dollars feed the cycle of alarm.
What stops the cycle?
UPDATE 18-2-2012. Delingpole has coined the term FakeGate and it’s apt, so I’ve renamed the title from “Logic-gate”. – Jo