Michael Tobis over at Planet 3.0 makes a good point about the value of meme’s in the climate change debate:
Fortunately for all concerned, Joe Bast of HI followed on his mistake of calling the event “fakegate” with an even stupider move – the infamous unabomber billboard. There’s no doubt that this was an unforced error on Bast’s part. But the consequences to Heartland’s donor base would not have followed had Gleick not revealed them.
So far so good. Now it would be good if people’s attentions meandered toward the whole issue of “nonprofits” that serve entirely the interests of corporate and/or wealthy donors.
As a start, nonprofits should have to identify large donors as an ordinary aspect of business. Unrevealed donors, at the least, should get no tax writeoff. And we can thank Peter Gleick for the lesson.
As always, speculation on who wrote the document is encouraged. The more we talk about “fakegate”, the more attention goes directly to Heartland and not to the nonsense they are spewing.
So. Fakegate. Fakegate, fakegate, fakegate.
Spread the meme far and wide… #Fakegate, #Fakegate, #Fakegate
Operation Heartland – bringing accountability to those undermining science at the behest of anonymous donors.
What the Heartland episode has taught us: truth, tenacity
There are three important lessons to learn from the Heartland episode (that includes the document leaks and billboard incident):
- The faux sceptic movement withers under the harsh light of truth. The more light we shine on Heartland, its methods and sources of funding the more it likely it will implode or be reduced to utter irrelevance
- Focus fire tactics (i.e. putting one target under the microscope) works
- “We” can be tenacious and shouldn’t apologise for using the tactics of civil disobedience.
Bringing down Heartland won’t “win the war” – we know the denial machine needs to be destroyed piece by piece. But given Heartland’s central role in in the denial machine, “taking them down” is a good as any place to start.