'Fear of science' at root of journalists' critique of think tank

Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

hot temperaturesAfter its information was labeled "propaganda" in an AP news article, a think tank essentially says "right back at you" to the news organization.

The Associated Press reports that science teachers are having a difficult time finding materials on climate change that were not "produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information." One of the organizations identified in the AP story is The Heartland Institute:

The Heartland Institute, an Illinois-based group that dismisses climate change, in 2017 sent thousands of science teachers copies of a book titled "Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming." The book, attributed to the group's Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, misrepresents the near-universal consensus of scientists and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that global warming is real and man-made. (Excerpt from AP story titled "Many online climate change lessons are actually junk")

OneNewsNow contacted The Heartland Institute for reaction.

"The Associated Press is always attempting to criticize The Heartland Institute's position and activities regarding climate science – [and] that's because they fear the science," said James Taylor, senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute.

Taylor

"One would think that The Associated Press – or any educational organization or people in general – would celebrate groups performing the scientific method and discussing science based upon fact and … skeptical review of asserted claims," he continued. "But [AP] isn't interested in scientific truth or the scientific method. [Rather] they're interested in their left-leaning propaganda."

Taylor explained how his organization employs the scientific method.

"In our publications, we list and cite peer-reviewed studies to objective data from NASA, from NOAA, etcetera," he said. "What we do is we perform science, and we adhere to the scientific method.

"The scientific method … says that rather than taking at face value claims by people that this or that may be the case, you subject them to strict scientific scrutiny – and what the climate alarmists seek to do is eliminate and negate the scientific method because they vilify anybody who subjects their claims to scientific scrutiny."

students in HS chemistry labAnd Taylor affirmed The Heartland Institute would be okay with a school teaching the so-called "alarmist perspective," provided skeptics were given fair and equal treatment.

"Any time that you present scientific evidence from all sides, that is how science is performed," he continued. "In this case, what is being disputed [isn't] whether the earth has been warming, because it has; [and] it's not that carbon dioxide is greenhouse gas, because we know it is.

"But the dispute between alarmists and skeptics is how much warming can we expect and what will be the impacts."

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