Heartland Institute's misinformation campaign into schools
Posted on 21 April 2017 by John Cook
Last month, the Heartland Institute sent a climate denial booklet to 25,000 teachers around the US. In Episode 8 of the Evidence Squared podcast, we look at the why and how of this book. What is the chief motivation for the book’s misinformation and what are the techniques they employ to cast doubt on climate science?
Links from this episode
Lee Fang’s video of Heartland Institute director Joe Bast denying his denial of the health impacts of smoking then denying the health impacts of smoking.
2016 paper by Lewandowsky, Cook and Lloyd examining the incoherence of climate denial.
Article about Heartland billboard equating people convinced about climate change to Unabomber
PBS Frontline article Heartland book being delivered to 25,000 science teachers
National Science Teachers Association letter to their members
Science paper Climate confusion among U.S. teachers
Educators Decry Conservative Group’s Climate ‘Propaganda’ Sent to Schoolteachers (Inside Climate News)
NCSE blog post on teachers using Heartland book as a “teachable moment”.
Studies on the importance of “perceived consensus” as a gateway belief:
- 2011 paper by Ding and colleagues
- 2013 paper by McCright, Dunlap and Xiao
- 2013 paper by Lewandowsky, Gignac and Vaughan
- 2015 paper by van der Linden and colleagues
Studies finding overwhelming scientific consensus on human-caused global warming:
- 2004 consensus paper by Naomi Oreskes
- 2009 97% consensus paper by Peter Doran and Maggie Zimmermann
- 2010 97% consensus paper by William Anderegg and colleagues
- 2013 97% consensus paper by Cook and colleagues
- 2016 Paper finding consensus on consensus by Cook and colleagues
Skeptical Science debunking of the Global Warming Petition Project.
Skeptical Science debunking of “it’s the sun” myth