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An EPA source who requested anonymity provided the watchdog Climate Investigations Center with a list that Heartland compiled for the agency, which includes 145 scientists and 60 economists. The watchdog group shared it with HuffPost and said they were told the names had been presented to the EPA for consideration when shaping the red team.

The list includes Edwin Berry, the self funded researcher who compares belief in climate change to Aztec human sacrifices; Alan Carlin, the so called “whistleblower” who challenged the EPA’s finding that rising greenhouse gases warm the planet; and, for good measure, Joe Bastardi, Fox News’ favorite yelling meteorologist.

Heartland Institute spokesman Jim Lakely declined to comment before this story was published. Five days after the story was published, Bast issued a statement disputing Canada Goose Parka the nature of the lists, which the group described as just a mailing list for invitations to an EPA event that the agency later canceled. The statement came three days after Canada Goose sale HuffPost published a follow up article identifying Oliver Manuel, one of the scientists included on the list, as a convicted pedophile.

Canada Goose Outlet In August, the Heartland Institute confirmed to Nature that it provided the EPA with lists for a climate science red team. “Many agency researchers assume that Pruitt will use the lists to assemble that team,” Nature wrote, “but some fear that it could be used to identify candidates for empty slots on the EPA’s Board Canada Goose Outlet of Scientific Counselors, which advises the agency’s research arm. Canada Goose Outlet

The names included on the list, as well as Bast’s own meeting notes, suggest the Heartland Institute wants the debate to go directly after the scientific buy canada goose jacket and legal canada goose black friday sale underpinnings of the EPA’s regulations on climate change. Rather than debating the regulatory approaches, they want to undermine the conclusion that climate change is a real problem.

Canada Goose online “This is not a good faith debate,” Robert Brulle, an environmental sociologist at Drexel University who tracks climate change denial groups, told HuffPost. “They’re not just misinformation people, they’re either ‘CO is good for you’ or ‘climate change can’t possibly be happening.'” Canada Goose online

buy canada goose jacket cheap The Heartland Institute has been among the loudest cheerleaders of President Donald Trump’s aggressive rollback of regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, availing its dozens of fellows to provide commentary feting the decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement or admonishing scientists for linking the recent series of deadly hurricanes to global warming. buy canada goose jacket cheap

But while Trump and Pruitt have begun rolling back regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, so far they have not attempted to undo the 2009 finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases pose a threat to human health and the environment a conclusion known as the endangerment finding. It was the EPA under George W. Bush that first made that determination in response to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, but it never acted on that finding. The Obama EPA did, and, once that conclusion was reached, the agency was required by law to issue regulations under the Clean Air Act. Ninety seven percent of peer reviewed research agrees with the conclusion that burning fossil fuels, deforestation and industrial farms are enshrouding the planet in heat trapping gases, and a research review published last November found significant flaws in the methodologies, assumptions or analyses used by the 3 percent of scientists who concluded otherwise.

canada goose deals “If Scott Pruitt tried to challenge the endangerment finding, he’d be laughed out of court,” DavidDoniger, director and senior attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate and clean air program, told HuffPost. canada goose deals

cheap Canada Goose In an interview with Time Magazine last week, Pruitt said he planned to model his red canada goose uk shop team, blue team debate on Cold War era discussions of the Soviet nuclear threat and suggested that he believed his agency did not “engage in a robust, meaningful discussion” about the threat canada goose factory sale posed by carbon dioxide before adopting the endangerment finding. cheap Canada Goose

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canadian goose jacket “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,” Bast wrote in the canada goose clearance email published last week by E News that summarized a late September meeting at the group’s headquarters just outside of Chicago. canadian goose jacket

The meeting included “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,” he wrote. A final summit is scheduled for Nov. 8, canada goose coats the day before the Heartland Institute’s America First Energy Conference in Houston.

The Heartland Institute wants to go after the endangerment finding directly, and thinks it’s the canada goose store group’s buy canada goose jacket cheap job to push Pruitt. “He won’t do it without pressure,” Bast concluded.

canada goose clearance This seems to be the goal of the list, which includes 145 scientists and 60 economists who have long been on the fringes of the climate debate and have made their names as contrarians given to bombastic public statements. canada goose clearance

canada goose coats “The Heartland Institute has been spearheading a ‘red team’ campaign for the past six months to use Scopes Monkey Trial theatrics to undermine climate science and the EPA’s endangerment finding on carbon pollution,” Kert Davies, director of the Climate Investigations Center, told HuffPost. “Their red team campaign has been a failure. Pruitt hasn’t done anything but talk.” canada goose coats

canada goose clearance sale Some of the scientists on the Heartland Institute list have a lot to say, about the endangerment finding and more. Berry’s assertions include tweeting 18 times about Islam over the past year, calling the religion a “death cult,” “our enemy” and a “cancer that invades and can kill.” His arguments about climate science strike a similar tone. canada goose clearance sale

“Aztec priests told people they must cut out their beating hearts to bring better canadian goose jacket climate for their crops. The people believed them,” he wrote in a December 2015 blog post. “Today’s climate priests tell people they must canada goose clearance sale cut out their CO2 emissions and pay penances to other nations, like China, to save our climate. The people believe them.”

In an interview with HuffPost, Berry said he did not know his name was on the list but would serve on the red team if asked.

buy canada goose jacket “I would go right down to the core, starting with the question, ‘How much do human emissions canada goose outlet increase atmospheric carbon dioxide?’ That’s the first assumption the blue team makes, and they have to prove that that’s true,” he said. “In my opinion, the red team would win that debate on the carbon dioxide.” buy canada goose jacket

canada goose Carlin spent decades as an economist working at the EPA before becoming a conservative media darling for publicly accusing the agency of muzzling his criticism of the endangerment finding. He was never assigned to work on climate change and holds a doctorate in economics, not atmospheric science or climatology, and his cheap Canada Goose comments on the finding were deemed to be the “product of rushed and at times shoddy scholarship,” Canada Goose Jackets according to a 2009 analysis by The New York Times. Yet he submitted the 93 page report suggesting the research behind human caused climate change is “more religion than science.” canada goose.

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