An Open Letter to the Heartland Institute Addressing your Skepticism of Climate Change

To: James Taylor, Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute.

Greta is right to be confused about climate change. She is wrong to be so cocky and confident about the future. That’s the problem I address in this letter.

The Heartland Conference

I attended your annual climate conference in August in Washington, and I want to give you some feedback, because I was very unhappy with it. I was thrilled to say hi to Anthony Watts and Dick Lindzen, but I was sad to watch the theater that played onstage. It wasn’t a conference, it was a jamboree. It was a scout-troop meeting of old white-haired American men who thought they were winning the argument, the same way they “won” back in Vietnam.

  • Tyler Cowen is against free-market economics
  • Swedish statistician Hans Rosling had a political agenda to transform American society
  • Barack Obama is an idiot
  • Ray Dalio is a parasite
  • Elon Musk wants centralized government
  • Leonardo diCaprio, Jessica Alba, Emma Thompson, Robert Redford, and Harrison Ford know nothing about climate or science.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

And here’s the pick-up point, James:

Changing Minds

Here are some of my writings:

Can We Improve?

I live in DC. I don’t really want to be associated with the Heartland Institute, but I would be happy to meet and discuss how the Heartland Institute can have a change of heart. How you can go listen to smart people who don’t believe what you believe and try to figure out how to engage them in civil conversation. I have some ideas on that. So does Scott Adams. Perhaps a very few of us could make a big difference if we just had the right attitude.

Provocateur, professional heretic, slayer of myths, speaker of truthiness to powerfulness, and defender of the Oxford comma.

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