Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cooperation Between The Heartland Institute And The Chinese Academy Of Sciences: Much Less than Meets The Eye

Breitbart News has reported that the Heartland Institute--an infamous U.S. think-tank that shilled for both the oil and tobacco companies in times past--has teamed up the with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to publish Chinese translations of HI's Climate Change Reconsidered papers, which are attempted "rebuttals" of the IPCC consensus report on global warming:

The volumes, Climate Change Reconsidered and Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report, are chock full of 1,200 pages of peer-reviewed data concerning the veracity of anthropogenic climate change. Together, they represent the most comprehensive rebuttal of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change findings, which have been the basis of the climate change legislation movement across the planet.

And here is shot of the publication's cover:
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However, Breitbart makes it sound as though CAS has endorsed HI's rebuttal and has reconsidered its stand on the IPCC consensus, which the academy previously supported.  This is not the case.  CAS was kind enough to respond to an email query I sent them with the following:

(Note: as usual, you can read it easier if you click on the image)

So, CAS has NOT changed its mind re the facts of AGW, and indeed whatever cooperation took place was between one branch of CAS and HI, not the former organization as a whole (its governing body, as it were).

Once again, the folks at Heartland have wildly exaggerated events, if not lied about them.

Note: The "mistaken" news release announcing the translation has been pulled from the UCAS website.  Perhaps the CAS is distancing itself from the "Lanzhou branch"?


Gary said...

At least the CAS is willing to publish and allow the reader to determine without rhetoric. Even NASA has multiple arms that do not necessarily agree on this subject, and in peer reviewed literature. So too should the CAS.

bigcitylib said...

Not really. NASA may have a few people working in it (usually in unrelated fields) that disagree, but not multiple arms with differing views.

citizenschallenge said...

Thanks for putting this out there.

More info please.

Jim Eager said...

"allow the reader to determine without rhetoric"

An NIPCC publication without rhetoric?

Now that is a real knee-slapper, Gary.

Captain Pithart said...

Great work, BCL :)

Any names would be great, but probably difficult to get, not only due to the language barrier… The only climate deniers from China I know so far are some Cathay Institute members and Global Coolists Lin Zhen-Shan & Sun Xian from Nanjing University; Ding Zhongli (CAS vice president) also seems to have a climate "skeptical" view. None of these is from Lanzhou though.

Captain Pithart said...

HotWhopper has a link to the report, hosted by Heartland.