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Heartland Institute Hits Global Warming With Ted Kaczynski Billboard Campaign

Posted on | May 4, 2012 | 21 Comments

This is brilliant:

Billboards in Chicago paid for by The Heartland Institute point out that some of the world’s most notorious criminals say they “still believe in global warming” — and ask viewers if they do, too. . . .
The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).
These rogues and villains were chosen because they made public statements about how man-made global warming is a crisis and how mankind must take immediate and drastic actions to stop it.

Speaking of deranged nutjobs who believe in global warming, if you’ll check the Memeorandum thread, you’ll see that Little Green Footballs and Andrew Sullivan are both apoplectic over this billboard campaign.

Scratch an environmentalist and a thin-skinned hysteric bleeds. Facts always drive ’em nuts, and the Heartland Institute links to the famous Al Gore or Unabomber quiz. Heartland also points the way to other excellent resources:

Global warming . . . is not a crisis. For a plain English introductory essay with lots of links to research that proves these points, see “Global Warming: Not a Crisis.”
Most people who still believe in global warming do so because they trust the United Nations, the so-called mainstream media, and leading political figures to be telling them the truth about a complicated scientific issue. That trust has been betrayed. . . .
See the Media Research Center’s 2008 report, “Global Warming Censored,” for a good account of media bias on this topic. . . .
For a detailed analysis of the claim of a “scientific consensus” on global warming, see this essay: “You Call This Consensus?

Despite all the “crisis” and “consensus” claptrap, the facts expose global warming as an anti-capitalism, anti-technology, anti-human cult belief. If you’re interested in learning more, check this out:

The Heartland Institute will host its Seventh International Conference on Climate Change from Monday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, starting on the final day of the historic NATO Summit. The conference will feature more than 50 scientists and economists lecturing on their latest findings, as well as political leaders and dignitaries from around the world.
Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, will deliver the first dinner address on Monday, May 21. More information about the conference – including registration information for the public and the media – can be found at

That sounds like fun. Probably a lot of “Occupy” types and other left-wing protesters will show up screaming about the Koch brothers.



21 Responses to “Heartland Institute Hits Global Warming With Ted Kaczynski Billboard Campaign”

  1. Christy Waters
    May 4th, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out why The Unabomber and Bill Ayers aren’t prison neighbors on Cellblock Ave.

  2. rosalie
    May 4th, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    I think  the billboards will be effective. That photo should scare  global warming right out of anyone who believes in it. 

  3. Adobe_Walls
    May 4th, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Need one with Pol Pot.

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    May 4th, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

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  5. Bob Belvedere
    May 4th, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    Heartland is pulling the billboard.

    The following statement by Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast may be used for attribution. For more information, please contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at [email protected] or 312-377-4000.
    “This provocative billboard was always intended to be an experiment. And after just 24 hours the results are in: It got people’s attention.

    “This billboard was deliberately provocative, an attempt to turn the tables on the climate alarmists by using their own tactics but with the opposite message. We found it interesting that the ad seemed to evoke reactions more passionate than when leading alarmists compare climate realists to Nazis or declare they are imposing on our children a mass death sentence. We leave it to others to determine why that is so.

    “The Heartland Institute doesn’t often do ‘provocative’ communication. In fact, we’ve spent 15 years presenting the economic and scientific arguments that counter global warming alarmism. No one has worked harder, or better, on that task than Heartland. We will continue to do that – especially at our next International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago from May 21 – 23.

    “Heartland has spent millions of dollars contributing to the real debate over climate change, and $200 for a one-day digital billboard. In return, we’ve been subjected to the most uncivil name-calling and disparagement you can possibly imagine from climate alarmists. The other side of the climate debate seems to be playing by different rules. This experiment produced further proof of that.

    “We know that our billboard angered and disappointed many of Heartland’s friends and supporters, but we hope they understand what we were trying to do with this experiment. We do not apologize for running the ad, and we will continue to experiment with ways to communicate the ‘realist’ message on the climate.”


  6. Adobe_Walls
    May 4th, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    The simplest most direct solution to climate alarmists involves massive doses of Thorazine.
    “Chlorpromazine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia….conditions that cause difficulty telling the difference between things or ideas that are real and things or ideas that are not real”

  7. ThePaganTemple
    May 4th, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    Charles Manson was one of the earliest of the modern environmentalist wackos, and still today advocates environmental activism, in care of what he calls ATWA (Animals, Trees, Water, and Air-I think). Write to him and he’ll send you a list of non-profits he personally recommends that work for the environment. Or there might still be an on-line list.

    The scariest part is, Manson and Kaczynski  aren’t that far out of the mainstream of the progressive environmentalist movement. They’re just one of the very few of them that are where every damn one of them belong.

  8. Irish92
    May 5th, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    Now we need some billboards of Hitler and Mao voicing their support for social engineering

  9. Saul
    May 5th, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    This is brilliant.

    No, it’s not. It’s moronic for a “think” tank to embrace the logical fallacy that an idea is discredited if one of its supporters is disreputable for reasons that have nothing to do with the idea. Hitler believed the world is round. That’s not evidence it’s flat.

    Heartland admits being deluged by “friends and supporters”  asking, “What the hell are you smoking?”, but tries to claim victory with the lame excuse that they got people’s attention. Well, so Kaczynski. 

  10. Saul
    May 5th, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    …so did Kaczynski.

  11. Zilla of the Resistance
    May 5th, 2012 @ 8:42 am

     This is the problem with our side, they fucking back down so easily. Case in point, the limpdick Congress after the 2010 election and how they rolled over for Zero, approving his surrender to Russia and the gov’t takeover of our food, among other such fuckery they caved in for when there was NO REASON to do so! They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, the Republicans had Obama on the ropes after the left’s electoral shellacking and instead of giving what would have been an easy knockout punch, they took a dive and threw the fight. A pox be upon the traitors and cowards who hide among us.

  12. About Those Heartland Billboards That Made The Warmists Insane.. : Stop The ACLU
    May 5th, 2012 @ 8:48 am

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  14. Pathfinder's wife
    May 5th, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Heh, yeah, I took that quiz and only screwed up two — my method involved ascribing the less radical, thoughtful, and more individual people friendly quotes to Kaczynski (and there’s your sign folks)!

  15. Pathfinder's wife
    May 5th, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Your argument engages in making a dubious merit claim: yes, Hitler believed the earth is round, but so did the majority of the people in the 30s and 40s.  So, this was not an inherently personal belief of Hitler’s, merely a generally agreed upon knowledge of the time.

    Now…would you like to take an idea of Adolf’s that was particular to him (and perhaps a few other people, but certainly not commonly accepted) and argue your claim?

  16. Pathfinder's wife
    May 5th, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    although to be honest: Adolf would have loved the climate change agenda

  17. ThePaganTemple
    May 5th, 2012 @ 11:40 am

     Damn good response to the liberal twit.

  18. Bob Belvedere
    May 5th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    This war to restore our freedoms and liberties is made an swful lot hardder because we not only have to fight the Leftist enemy at our front, but the appeasers and Quislings in our ranks.

  19. Bob Belvedere
    May 5th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    Hear, hear.

  20. Pathfinder's wife
    May 5th, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    Eh, every once and a while I hit a trifecta.

  21. Cube
    May 5th, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    >It’s moronic for a “think” tank to embrace the logical fallacy…

    The Left doesn’t think deeply about things.  If they did, they wouldn’t be leftists.  Instead they just know how they FEEL about a given subject.  The ad IS brilliant – communicating a FACT  to leftists in their own language of feelings and group identity.