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I appreciate OOOG pointing out that LudwigVanQuixote has proved nothing, but has engaged in pure conjecture. But, let me correct the record anyway.
1. Ludwig writes: “Of course he is getting paid. Of course Heartland pays its “experts.” That is 100 percent false in the case of Ivar Giaever. We do not pay Ivar Giaever. He is among more than 200 unpaid “policy advisors” for Heartland.
2. As for scientists being paid a modest $1,000 honoraria for speaking at Heartland’s climate conferences — that is common practice all over the think tank world, on all sides. It is idiotic to suggest it’s a scandal to pay the travel costs of people you’re asking to travel thousands of miles to share their research. Are you not curious if speakers are paid at climate alarmist conferences? Check into it. I’ll bet you’ll find that … GASP! … those folks are paid for their time, travel and work preparing for a conference.
3. The Heartland Institute has NEVER denied that smoking cigarettes causes cancer. And the link Ludwig used doesn’t claim that, either. Heartland has pointed out that the links between second-hand smoke and cancer are thin to non-existent. There is quite a bit of difference between the two.
4. There is plenty of scientific literature that undercuts the theory of man-caused global warming. See our new 400-page report.
LUDWIG: I think you should admit that your bold claims to “prove” Giaever is “on the take” from Heartland or anyone else is a complete failure. Actually, you should apologize to Giaever. The Heartland Institute will accept a simple correction.
You’re entitled to your opinions. You’re not entitled to make up facts and pretend to prove something you have not.
Director of Communications
The Heartland Institute