Fake Science & Funny Finances (to Confuse You)

The following is a tremendous post that is the result of tremendous research by John Mashey of DeSmog Blog (and other publications). It exposes some pretty weird science and finances regarding some of the top global warming deniers in the world. To put it simply, it seems there is nothing moral about these people or institutions at all.

by John Mashey

Modern anti-science was created by the tobacco industry in the 1950s and then used against climate science, often by the same well-experienced think tanks and individuals.Ā  Tobacco anti-science is strangely entangled with climate anti-science, as the attached report shows in detail involving Fred Singer’sĀ SEPP, Joseph Bast’s Heartland, andĀ more.

S. Fred SingerĀ is President of theĀ Science and Environmental Policy ProjectĀ (SEPP), but has done almost all the work himself for 20 years., including help for tobacco in the early 1990s. Research forĀ Weird ScienceĀ sent me on aĀ  trek through his and otherĀ IRSĀ Form 990s, which unearthed many curiosities of strange governance, fakery and funny finances, allĀ tax-free.

Singer claimedĀ Frederick SeitzĀ as Chairman for two years after his demise and 20 years after a Philip Morris staffer had written inĀ 1989:

ā€œDr. Seitz is quite elderly and not sufficiently rational to offerĀ advice.ā€

SEPPā€™s finances wereĀ curious.Ā Ā SEPPĀ paid no salaries, even for Singerā€™s 60-hour workweeks.Ā  Money flowed oddly. Ā Asset trades often exceeded normal income and they accumulated to $1.5M, tax-free.Ā Ā  Then one money trail led toĀ Heartland.

Heartland Instituteā€™sĀ Joseph BastĀ staunchly defended ā€œJoe Camel,ā€Ā the infamous campaign to addict younger children. Ā Heartland got tobacco funding for many years, along with a Philip Morris BoardĀ member.

Whitney Ballā€™sĀ DONORSĀ TRUSTĀ funded a major expansion of Heartland climate anti-science.Ā  Singer collected old associates to help write ā€œNonGovernmental International Panel on Climate Changeā€œ (NIPCC) reports, filled with unsupported claims and long-refutedĀ anti-science.

He was helped byĀ Craig Idso, of theĀ Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (CDCDGC), whose money flows also seem unusual.Ā  Robert Fergusonā€™s Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) was a website and aĀ Ā POĀ Box in aĀ UPSĀ store and he was actually aĀ CSCDGCĀ employee.

UnderĀ Jay LehrĀ andĀ James Taylor, anti-science permeated Heartlandā€™s Environment and Climate News (E&CN)Ā sent mostly to elected officials. Ā Heartland incessantly touted its access and influence with such officials, but its tax forms claimed no lobbying.Ā  It ran ā€œfake scienceā€ conferences, paying for government staff attendance.Ā  It sent money to foreign non-charity advocacy groups, sent anti-science handbooks to school boards and urged parents to complain.Ā  It has been criticized inĀ NatureĀ andĀ Science.

Free speech allows people to express opinions, even lie about facts,Ā but tax-free operation is a revocable privilege.Ā  Spreading factual untruths and confusion about smoking or climate science is neither research nor education in the publicĀ interest.

Read the report, at least the first 21 pages, backed by nearly 200 of detailedĀ backup.

This report was scheduled to be published in a few days,Ā  and by astonishing coincidence, just today we seeĀ Heartland Institute Exposed.Ā  The report was done entirely from public sources, but today’s new information is quite consistent and fills some holes.Ā  However, the unnamed large Anonymous donor is now seen to be someone hiding behindĀ DONORSĀ TRUST, and some of the smaller ones dedicating funds appear in pp.57-59, with red itemizations. We also see some of the actual payments I had toĀ infer.

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