…. comparing holocaust survivors to Hitler? Hmong refugees to Pol Pot? Well, maybe not exactly but there is a structural similarity.
People at the Heartland Institute have very little to do with science and very little experience in that area of academics. Otherwise they would remember the Unibomber days, when everyone was worried about the packages they were receiving in the mail, but especially those in mathematics. Now, the Heartland Institute has a billboard campaign with a picture of the Unibomber on it, making the claim that only very fringe people, such as the Unibomber, still “believe in global warming.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Anthropogenic Global Warming is real, it is recognized as real by science, and those who deny its reality are, in fact, the ones on the fringe.
Heartland has crossed many lines in the past, but now they’ve crossed a line that even those of us who have been watching this “think” (not) tank did not see coming. And by extension, a number of corporations have crossed the same line. These are the companies that fund Heartland in its science denialism efforts.
No more Pepsi for me, and I’m not ever going to use a Microsoft product again!