Why is an infamous climate denier speaking at a Miami Beach climate change workshop?

Mar 27, 2018

By Alex Harris

James Taylor — no, not the singer — is the man to call when you want an official-sounding, educated voice on why climate change isn’t happening (it is), why humans haven’t caused it (we have) or why it’s actually good for the planet (it isn’t).

It’s all but impossible to find a reputable climate scientist that agrees with Taylor but his views are popular with the fossil fuel industry and climate-change deniers. He’s a senior fellow with the Heartland Institute, which is notorious for a series of 2012 billboards in Chicago with the phrase “I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?” alongside pictures of The Unabomber, Fidel Castro and Osama bin Laden. Heartland was at one point funded by oil and gas giants, including Exxon Mobil.

So why is he speaking in Miami Beach next week at a workshop to teach journalists and editors about covering climate change?

“It’s like having a debate on gun control and not inviting the NRA,” said Alejandro Alvarado, an associate professor at Florida International University and co-organizer of the event. “The key word here is workshop. This is not a science forum. It is a workshop.”

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One comment on “Why is an infamous climate denier speaking at a Miami Beach climate change workshop?”

  • @OP – It’s all but impossible to find a reputable climate scientist that agrees with Taylor but his views are popular with the fossil fuel industry and climate-change deniers.

    So the false news pundits, will find a delusional or disreputable denier, and tart them up as a credible information source!

    He’s a senior fellow with the Heartland Institute,

    Ah! That sponsored-stooge, junk-pseudo-science, propaganda, disinformation, outfit!

    So why is he speaking in Miami Beach next week at a workshop to teach journalists and editors about covering climate change?

    “It’s like having a debate on gun control and not inviting the NRA,” said Alejandro Alvarado, an associate professor at Florida International University and co-organizer of the event.

    Perhaps Professor Alejandro Alvarado Dim-Witty, will be inviting the Flat-Earthists to workshops to teach journalists and editors about covering astronomy and space exploration, and of course Phlogiston Theorists to workshops about teach journalists and editors about covering the development of thermonuclear electrical generators!

    “The key word here is workshop.
    This is not a science forum. It is a workshop.”

    This is certainly not not a science forum.
    It is a pseudoscience propaganda false-news forum, badged as a workshop, discussing what is clearly an evidence based scientific topic, while giving a platform to perverse unqualified propagandist opinion!

    I think we can guess which grade of journalists will turn up to write enthusiastic reports!
    Why would any reputable science editor think these disreputable pseudoscience clowns have anything to teach them about climate change?

    The article does not mention what is Alejandro Alvarado’s subject specialism at university, but he clearly has no academic expertise or credibility, in these science topics – so deserves all the mockery he gets for his dishonest posturing!



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