In yet another attempt to deny the effects of climate change, the fossil fuel industry has funded a study that experts say lacks scientific credibility and is packed full of ‘nonsense.’ The Heartland Institute, an agency financed by coal and oil giants, published a report claiming that climate scientists aren’t actually in agreement about the human contribution to global warming, which is patently untrue. Scientists in the field who have responded to the ‘findings’ say the new Heartland report is just another distraction from the fight against climate change.
The three authors of the new study – Craig Idso, the late Robert Carter, and Fred Singer – are not considered to be active or reputable climate scientists, lacking any prior published studies in many years, according to research by the Guardian. The report’s main contention attacks the expert consensus on human-caused climate change, and the trio behind this study aren’t the first to attempt to measure such a consensus. Multiple previous studies, which were indeed conducted by reputable scientists, have shown a strong 97 percent agreement regarding the human causes of global warming.
The Heartland Institute, which backed the study, receives its funding from ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers, Donors Trust, the American Petroleum Institute, and other fossil fuel sources, all of whom have a clear and vested interested in denying the effects of climate change related to the very businesses that fund their paychecks.
Meanwhile, some of the world’s leading climate scientists – 105 of them, to be exact – have published an open letter to the President of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), urging the union to end their relationship with ExxonMobil for reasons such as this one.
Via The Guardian