Environment

You May Be a Terrorist…

...if you believe in Climate Change.

At least that's the new message from the Heartland Institute which has purchased billboards along the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago that display things such as this:

The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).

These rogues and villains were chosen because they made public statements about how man-made global warming is a crisis and how mankind must take immediate and drastic actions to stop it.

Notice that there is no scientific claim or dispute at the heart of this. This campaign does not present scientific evidence to contradict the widely accepted fact that our climate is changing. Something that over 60 percent of Americans now agree with following several years of experiencing and witnessing freakish weather.

This is about character assassination and misinformation, and it's akin to conjuring images of mushroom clouds to invoke the fear of terrorism.

  • How awful does an organization have to be to have a worse grip on reality than terrorists have?

  • muselet

    UPDATE: Heartland ended their gruesome failure today at 5 pm, but in a release, refused to admit it was a mistake or apologize. Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast tried to call this an “experiment” even though a series of billboards were planned … and stated, “We do not apologize for running the ad.” So, apparently, no lessons learned for the disinformers.

    It’s possible this billboard was a trial balloon to test public reaction. Regardless, given Bast’s comment, we can expect a repeat in the near future.

    –alopecia

  • GrafZeppelin127

    This sums up modern conservatism rather well, I think.

  • eljefejeff

    how bout a billboard with hitler on it that says “I’m a right winger too”?

  • Where’s the billboard pointing out the Heartland Institute was founded to convince people smoking isn’t bad for you.