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Leaked Heartland Institute Documents Reveal Opposition To Science 615

New submitter bheerssen writes with an excerpt from an article by The Bad Astronomer: "The Heartland Institute — a self-described 'think tank' that actually serves in part as a way for climate change denialism to get funded — has a potentially embarrassing situation on their hands. Someone going by the handle 'Heartland Insider' has anonymously released quite a few of what are claimed to be internal documents from Heartland, revealing the Institute's strategies, funds, and much more." At least one site has the documents in question.
Media

Submission + - RealClimate: Getting things right (realclimate.org)

jamie writes: "'Last Monday, I was asked by a journalist whether a claim in a new report from a small NGO made any sense. ... The press response to their study has therefore been almost totally dominated by the error at the beginning of the report, rather than the substance of their work on the impacts. This public relations debacle has lessons for NGOs, the press, and the public.'"
Science

Submission + - NOAA: 2010 Tied For Warmest Year on Record (noaa.gov)

jamie writes: "A NOAA preliminary analysis reports that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature record, beginning in 1880. This was the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th century average — 0.62 +/- 0.07 C above, to be precise. It was the wettest year on record too, according to the Global Historical Climatology Network."
Idle

Submission + - Tired of Repetitive Arguing About Climate Change, (popsci.com)

jamie writes: "It's the timesaver of the century. 'Tired of arguing with climate change deniers in 140 character quips, the programmer wrote a script to do it for him. Chatbot @AI_AGW scans Twitter every five minutes searching for hundreds of phrases that fit the usual denier argument paradigm. Then it serves them up some science... Those who claim the entire solar system is warming are met with something like: 'Sun’s output has barely changed since 1970 & is irrelevant to recent global warming' followed by a link to corresponding scientific research.' Finally this guy can go to bed."
Science

Submission + - The contradictory nature of global warming skeptic (skepticalscience.com)

jamie writes: "A major challenge in conversing with anthropogenic global warming (AGW) skeptics is that they constantly seem to move the goalposts and change their arguments. As a consequence, they also frequently contradict themselves. One day they'll argue the current global warming is caused by the Sun, the next that it's "natural cycles", the next that the planet is actually cooling, and the next day they'll say the surface temperature record is unreliable, so we don't even know what the global temperature is. This is why Skeptical Science has such an extensive skeptic argument list."
Republicans

Submission + - Virginia AG's Fishing Expedition Ended (washingtonmonthly.com)

jamie writes: "Back in May, the Attorney General for Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, demanded "a sweeping swath of documents" from a prominent climate scientist. (Slashdot ran a story.) Today, a judge informed him that since his "subpoena failed to state a 'reason to believe' that Mann had committed fraud," it was set aside. Thus ends another politician's crusade against science. The next one begins in 5... 4... 3..."

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