This week, Peter Ferrara delivers what sounds like a devastating blow to anthropogenic theories to explain climate change. He writes, in an article published by Forbes, “The theory of man-caused, catastrophic, global warming is embraced not because of any ‘science,’ (that sham is for the ‘useful idiots,’), but because it is a justification for a government takeover of the energy industry, with massive increases in regulation, taxes and government spending.”
Peter Ferrara speaks with authority about what is and is not science, but he himself is not a scientist, actually. He’s a former government bureaucrat (having worked for Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush). In 2012, Ferrara was a policy advisor for Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Currently, Ferrara holds the position of Senior Advisor for Entitlement Reform and Budget Policy at the National Tax Limitation Foundation. In his work for the National Tax Limitation Foundation, Ferrara has not been known to conduct any scientific climate research. Instead, Ferrara specializes in coming up with ways to cheat people out of the Social Security benefits that they’ve already paid for through years of hard work.
In another professional position, however, Peter Ferrara has got himself thoroughly embedded in debates over climate change – though not from a scientific perspective. Ferrara works as Director of Entitlement and Budget Policy for the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute isn’t a scientific organization so much as it is a political organization that seeks to employ scientists who are willing to twist their “research” to suit the needs of the organizations that fund its activities. Those organizations include Exxon-Mobil and the American Petroleum Institute.
It should come as no surprise that Peter Ferrara relies almost exclusively on Heartland Institute propaganda in his article for Forbes. Ferrara urges his readers to pay attention to the conclusions of the Non-governmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). Ferrara calls the NIPCC an “independent” group of scientists, but the NIPCC is a small group of scientists who have been hand-picked by the Heartland Institute because of their willingness to write, in exchange for money, in opposition to anthropogenic theories of climate change.
While Peter Ferrara and his squad of contrarian hacks issue politically-motivated pseudoscience, professional scientists elsewhere continue to add to the small mountain of research that confirms that climate change is largely being caused by human activities. This week, for example, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory released the results of a study that proves that changes in patterns of precipitation around the world cannot be explained by natural factors, and are caused by human activities.
Peter Ferrara and his friends at the Heartland Institute have no comment on this study. They’re too busy, apparently, assembling an “independent” group of scientists who are ready to announce research findings showing that up is, in truth, down.