Saturday, October 28, 2017

                                   A  BLAST  FROM  THE  BAST


From: Joseph Bast
 Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:31 PM 
Subject: Follow-up on second Red  Team briefing

Friends, On September 28, The Heartland Institute hosted a meeting of about 40 climate scientists, economists, lawyers, and other experts to discuss the possible creation by the Trump administration of a Red Team – Blue Team exercise on climate change…Here are my thoughts about the meeting…

 * EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal for a Red Team-Blue Team exercise is vague, probably would not be effective, and is unlikely to come about
 More likely to occur is a similar exercise directed by… (NASA, NOAA, or OSTP) with more interest than Pruitt has shown in the scientific debate…

 It could be a presidential commission, ala the President’s Council on Bioethics, which enabled Bush II to pivot away from Clinton’s pro-abortion stem cell research agenda. 

* David Schnare described how policy can be changed from “inside the swamp” via seven “legal points of entry” such as legal challenges under the Information Quality Act and violations of peer review. 

Former Congr. Tim Huelskamp said that the debate is “political and not scientific,” and that Congressmen, administration officials, and Trump himself are making decisions based on what their campaign donors …are telling them…  Schanre and Huelskamp both were saying the scientific debate matters less than most people in the room were willing to admit. 

* David Legates offered two iconic graphs to compete with the Hockey Stick: the first showing plant productivity and crop yields RISE in the presence of higher CO2 and warmer... the second showing how computer models “run hot” and so fail to match observations… is from [The Cato Institute] 

* Harry MacDougald explained why judges often reject science arguments, preferring to rule on procedural matters rather than substantive matters, and so lawyers often avoid science arguments in court. Harry believes our science arguments... must be included in litigation to overcome the initial presumption held by many judges that the science is settled and EPA and other regulators are “doing the right thing.” 

* Jim Lakely… stressed that surveys show we are winning the public opinion battle, since most Americans don’t believe global warming is a problem…The best messages are positive: CO2 increases crop yields, the earth is greening. 

*To effectively market our ideaswe should…

* be briefing news reporters and news readers at Fox News. 
* reach the President by tweeting on the issue. 
* hold more congressional hearings…

* turn debate from referring to median temperatures to high temperatures, which show no trend. 
* find independent funding for Roy Spencer, David Schnare, Willie Soon, Craig Idso, David Legates, etc.

* push Pruitt to start a proceeding for reconsideration of the Endangerment Finding… he won’t do it without pressure.

* we need to be able to say “EPA is reconsidering whether CO2 is a pollutant.” 

* use the White House Petition process – 100,000 signatures and the administration will issue a statement on why it isn’t reconsidering the Endangerment Finding.

* ... respond  to  the  [National Academy of Science]  Climate Science Special Report

* conduct a new survey of scientists to refute the 97% consensus claims. 

* sue a company for not increasing CO2 emissions, force a court to consider the evidence on CO2 benefits…

* never use the phrases “windmill farms,” “all of the above,” “carbon pollution,” “social cost of carbon,” or “air pollution.” 

* emphasize that we are pro-science and pro-environment… and the other side is not...

*...reform, or replace the National Academy of Sciences, the source of much pseudoscience. 

* stop funding “more research” 

*…mention John Beal every chance we get… wasn’t he responsible for the Endangerment Finding? Is he still in jail? 

* ...tell EPA to tell the courts… CO2 may be a net benefit.”...

* thinking we can forecast anything 100, 200, and even 300 years into the future is pure lunacy… 

90% of global warming alarmists sincerely believe man-made CO2 is causing a climate catastrophe,  but the 10% who are the loudest ... pretending to be referees, “progressives” (socialists or communists)  pretendng to be scientists, reporters, and experts...  needs to be outed and desmocked… without offending the remaining 90%, who are just deluded. 

* Many people said “we need a PR plan” or a “single strategy,” otherwise we will continue to lose the battle with AGW alarmists. I observed that ... Heartland, CEI, Cato, Heritage, and other groups have done a poor job communicating their STRATEGIES to people in the room. More transparency is needed. 

We tend to hide, or at least not advertise, our playbooks for fear the other side will use them… But we ought to find a way to communicate our plans to our friends. 

 Thank you all once again for attending…I hope to see some of you in Houston on November 9 ... Diane and I hope to show up on your doorstep asking to spend a night or two on your living room couch. 


Joseph Bast Chief Executive Officer The Heartland Institute 3939 N. Wilke Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004  


Sunday, October 22, 2017


Thanks to Breitbart's vigilant  fact-checkers,  the pesky things rarely outcrop in the work of: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


The nondescript Venezuelan Poodle Moth            The  Flannel Moth pussy caterpillar, Megalopyge opercularis 
The  probable  failure of  some of  President Trump's  EPA and DOE nominees to secure  confirmation  by the Senate raises an interesting structural civics question: once an adminstration runs out of nominees from the bottom of the  pork barrel where can it turn  for yet more political cannon fodder?

The answer may  be that Capitol Hill time-servers seldom reject nominees who strongly resemble those in high office, which in President Trump's  case, makes for a very short list/
It can only be extended beyond Alec Baldwin by turning to the biodiversity of tropical wetlands beyond the fever swamps of the Potomac.

Besides its uncanny phenotypic resemblence to Vice President Pence, the Venezuelan  Poodle  Moth is easily captured, as it is irresistably drawn to tiki torches. As is a MAGA  hat-worthy Megalopygid called the Flannel Moth  Pussy Caterpillar which is the spitting image of our  Chief Executive's hair :

Both  of  these  tropical species  are  marching North  towards the District of Columbia in lock step with rising global temperatures, and may be expected to follow in the footsteps of the prickly pear cacti that colonized NewYork Harbor in the 1950's. Once there, they will soon be enfranchised to vote for Mayor de Blasio like all the other immigrants before them. It but remains for the Senate to prepare for that contingency by appointing these remarkable creatures as Acting Deputy Assistant Undersecretaries  before their relatives arrive.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


This Hot Lead Type Headlined The New York Times

Raymond_henry_1_2The ghastly shootings in Las Vegas  have  driven New York Times  columnist Bret Stephens to op-ed overkill in calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment of the Constitution:

"The idea that an armed citizenry is the ultimate check on the ambitions and encroachments of government power is curious," he writes. "The Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, the New York draft riots of 1863, the coal miners' rebellion of 1921, the Brink's robbery of 1981—does any serious conservative think of these as great moments in Second Amendment activism?"

While Stephens freedom of opinion is guaranteed by the First Amendment, he has no right to  rewrite the  Times own history. A century and a half  ago, the paper  reported on the  Civil War Draft Riots raging on its doorstep even as the none too distant thunder of  Confederate guns was heard in Washington D.C.
Reader response to the  Times Editorial Page peaked in 1864, when a gun-toting mob set out to lynch the Editor, for  a reason some present subscribers might approbate: Henry J. Raymond was Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

It did not signify that the Times  supported Abe Lincoln. What made the mob howl was bloodthirsty editorials by  competitors like Horace Greeley of The New Yorker. But when armed thugs marched up Broadway to sack the New-York Times offices, they found the Editor  waiting for them. 

Having  stood  beside  Yankee  General  McClellan  on  the battlefields of Virginia, Henry Raymond was quite prepared to defend the freedom of the press in New York.
Gat1865_2New-York Times Editor Raymond put himself on the firing line by deploying a brace of Gatling guns, one in the newsroom window, and another in the front entrance, " commanding Park Row to the north," and the fully automatic weapons' debut well and truly detered the gangs of New York.
When Raymond died in 1867, the paper went to press "in full mourning"  with a front page edged in black.  It is sad to see a newsroom where the Second Amendment insured the defense of the First in 1864 plead the Fifth when called upon to remember its own history.

Monday, October 2, 2017


The  carnage in  Las Vegas  cannot  surprise  James  Delingpole.  In 2014 the Breitbart hack served as MC,  as some  of  the world's best paid  excoriators of  climate science  gathered  at  the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino to witness the climax of the Heartland  Institute's 6th International Climate Conference-- Dominionist  theologian Calvin Beisner Th.D.  anointing  Dr. Roy Spencer  as the  year's
Reverend Beisner is the  intelligence behind the design of the Cornwall Alliance, which he created in 2006, to preach that 
'Earth and its ecosystems– created by God's intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence – are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory. Earth's climate system is no exception.' 
Whatever He had in mind when creating Vegas's Hellish climate has yet to be revealed to the faithful.

The  venue inspired Delingpole to pen this prescient riff :
"You can only survive Vegas if you learn to love it-- and to do that you must first sell it your soul... The reason I was there was to cover two conferences: first the
... by  day, I  interviewed... At  night,  I got totally wasted and had adventures.
What ever was he smoking?
My favourite was a trip to the Strip, the low-rent  end  of Vegas, where the clientele is poorer and trashier and the whores skankier... The tackier  the  better ,  really , because the more depraved and messed up everyone else looks, the less discomfited you are by your own growing squalor ...
Stage a conference of libertarians, pot-legalisers, gun nuts and gold bugs in a city of booze, whores, gambling and semi-automatics: What could possibly go wrong?"

Delingpole  goes wrong again, this time with Harry Potter.