Don Shelby at MinnPost.com ripped Republican Minnesota state Sen. Michael Jungbauer in a piece today for supposedly not having his facts straight about global warming. (Shelby believes it’s happening at an alarming rate and is a threat to the planet and humanity; Jungbauer disagrees.) Shelby should think about getting his facts straight before mocking anyone. It is riddled with errors.
Jungbauer is a a frequent guest at The Heartland Institute’s climate conferences, the next coming up on June 30 and July 1 in Washington, DC. Shelby has never attended one of these conferences. Perhaps if he did, he wouldn’t have printed these falsehoods about Heartland:
Heartland is a fossil-fuel funded, conservative think-tank designed to protect the interests of oil and coal from government regulation.
Jungbauer told me he gets no contributions from Heartland, but he has been paid to speak at conferences and on Heartland sponsored radio programs. Heartland gets a lot of the money it pays to Jungbauer from Exxon-Mobil, Koch Brothers and the Scaife Foundation.
The Heartland Institute was not “designed to protect” anything but our liberties. Heartland was founded 27 years ago, before “global warming” was even an issue — and even that issue is but one of a dozen we address. Heartland has not received money from Koch or Scaife in more than a decade, and none from ExxonMobil since 2006 — all of which predates any association with Sen. Jungbauer we’ve enjoyed.
Another error from Shelby — who, remember, is mocking Sen. Jungbauer for his level of education and for not having his facts straight:
Sen. Jungbauer is fond of making pronouncements from on high regarding the scientific weakness of the United Nation’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
IPCC stands for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, not “International.” A minor and common mistake. But it is so easily checked, one must wonder if Shelby knows how Google works.
There are other errors to point out and rebuttals to make of Shelby’s over-arching theme. We’ll get to those in later posts. But this error about Heartland Senior Fellow S. Fred Singer must be addressed now.
… S. Fred Singer not only thinks global warming a fraud, but that he also testified that smoking didn’t cause cancer…
This is a lie. And Shelby had better address it pronto. Singer has never stated that smoking doesn’t cause cancer. He has stated that current epidemiological research does not prove that exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke increases cancer risks. Big difference.
Most research finds the risk of secondhand cigarette smoke to be too low to separate increased cancer cases from random chance. Exposure to second-hand smoke might be a risk factor for cancer. And it’s entirely likely that extended exposure to high levels would have some positive impact on the rates of cancer. But current evidence shows the risk of exposure at levels that prevailed in the past, and more recently are extremely unlikely to pose a measurable risk to health.
Don Shelby, over to you. Let’s see if you or MinnPost.com have the integrity to correct and apologize for these false statements that do damage to the reputations of The Heartland Institute and our friends.