Follow the money: Bob Carter’s $1600 a month from Heartland Institute to help undermine the IPCC

Hat tip DeSmogBlog for bringing to light a leaked memo from the Heartland Institute – a libertarian think tank at the forefront of denial – that details its strategy for 2012.

The memo outlines the need to raise funding programs for climate change denial it intends to support.

Australia’s very own Bob Carter is named:

Funding for selected individuals outside of Heartland.
Our current budget includes funding for high-profile individuals who regularly and publicly counter the alarmist AGW message. At the moment, this funding goes primarily to Craig Idso ($11,600 per month), Fred Singer ($5,000 per month, plus expenses), Robert Carter ($1,667 per month), and a number of other individuals, but we will consider expanding it, if funding can be found.

The irony of course is Carter bleating about the “corruption” of science and how “climate change” is simply a form of “propaganda”.

To quote Cater:

The present global financial crisis should be inducing politicians not to squander money on non-solutions to non-problems. Yet to support their plans for emissions taxation Western governments, including ours, are still propagating scientifically juvenile greenhouse propaganda underpinned only by circumstantial evidence and GCM computer gamesmanship.

And yet receiving an expected $20,000 this year from a think tank – funded by donors who prefer to remain anonymous – to counter the scientific consensus is not propaganda?  

For those who don’t know Carter, he is an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University and notorious for questioning the scientific consensus on climate change.

The memo also makes explicit the role of Heartland to “undermine the credibility the IPCC:

Funding for parallel organizations.
Heartland is part of a growing network of groups working the climate issues, some of which we support financially. We will seek additional partnerships in 2012. At present we sponsor the NIPCC to undermine the official United Nation’s IPCC reports and paid a team of writers $388,000 in 2011 to work on a series of editions of Climate Change Reconsidered. Expenses will be about the same in 2012. NIPCC is currently funded by two gifts a year from two foundations, both of them requesting anonymity.

Carter is paid to support this initiative, as noted in the Heartland 2012 budget that was also leaked. Over $300,000 is earmarked to the project to undermine the IPCC of which Carter is a “team member” (see pages 7-8).

I don’t think the connection between the denial of climate change, industry think tanks and “anonymous” funders could be made any clearer.

The memo also details attempt to deter teachers from teaching the science by making it “controversial”

Development of our “Global Warming Curriculum for K-12 Classrooms” project.
Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective. To counter this we are considering launching an effort to develop alternative materials for K-12 classrooms. We are pursuing a proposal from Dr. David Wojick to produce a global warming curriculum for K-12 schools. Dr. Wojick is a consultant with the Office of Scientific and Technical Information at the U.S. Department of Energy in the area of information and communication science. His effort will focus on providing curriculum that shows that the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain – two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers from teaching science. We tentatively plan to pay Dr. Wojick $100,000 for 20 modules in 2012, with funding pledged by the Anonymous Donor.

Dr. Wojick can expect $100,000 to undermine the teaching of science to children. Nice work if you can get it…

The memo is here, but I’ve also reproduced the section mentioning Carter’s name:


12 thoughts on “Follow the money: Bob Carter’s $1600 a month from Heartland Institute to help undermine the IPCC

  1. Geoff Brown says:

    You say that Bob Carter is being paid for “the denial of climate change.”
    Can you point out anywhere that Bob Cartewr has denied that climate changes?

    The actual deniers of “climate change” are the global warming alarmists, the IPCC Climategate CRU who tried, by the use of the flawed “hockeystick” to DENY that climate had changed until the late 20th Century.

    Thank Heavens we have scientist like Bob Carter to correct the misinformation put out by the REAL DENIERS like Gore, Hansen, Mann, Schmidt et al/

  2. john byatt says:

    Hey Geoff, google 2003 European heat wave. then compare deaths if that is your criteria,

    • klem says:

      I googled it and Wikipedia says “The 2003 European heat wave was the hottest summer on record in Europe since at least 1540”.

      Since 1540. Um, what was the atmospheric CO2 content in 1540? About 250 ppm.

      There is no way a heat wave was even possible in 1540 based on CO2 concentrations at the time. Once again climate alarmism fails even the most cursery investigation.

      How do you people survive each day?

  3. john byatt says:

    Climate change

    The term sometimes is used to refer specifically to climate change caused by human activity, as opposed to changes in climate that may have resulted as part of Earth’s natural processes In this sense, especially in the context of environmental policy, the term climate change has become synonymous with anthropogenic global warming. Within scientific journals, global warming refers to surface temperature increases while climate change includes global warming and everything else that increasing greenhouse gas levels will affect.

    this is the climate change that Carter denies.

    • klem says:

      Actually no, according to Wikipedia anthropogenic global warming and natural global warming are terms which can be used interchangeably. So this way, denying anthropogenic climate change makes you a full blown climate denier.

      Don’t you just love how the alarmists think?

  4. zoot says:

    Can you point out anywhere that Bob Cartewr has denied that climate changes?

    You could try here where he writes

    Both the ocean and the atmosphere are presently failing to warm, despite continuing increases in carbon dioxide; …

    Took me five minutes with Google to find that, and while it doesn’t mention the word “climate” the implication is clear. I’m sure if you look a bit more diligently you’ll find he has in fact denied the climate is changing.

  5. Thank Heavens we have scientist like Bob Carter to correct the misinformation put out by the REAL DENIERS…

    You can has scientist.
    Yet we can has science.
    Lolcat can has scientist too if Lolcat want.

    NASA and every single scientific community are not involved in a global conspiracy just to get you.
    NASA did not lie to you about the moon landings.
    NASA is not lying to you now about climate change.

  6. klem says:

    The ruly amazing part is the Heartlanders overpaid, it would have taken alot less that $1600/mo to undermine the IPCC. The IPCC has already undermined itself for free.

  7. […] as Exxon. A notable Australian sci-fi author, Bob Carter, is a current recipient of the award, the $1600 a month stipend helping him write sci-fi stories […]

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