Conservation Hawks Condemn Heartland Institute
Heartland Institute advertising “experiment” compares Americans who accept the reality of climate change with “murderers, tyrants and madmen.”
BIGFORK, Mont. – Conservation Hawks, Inc., a group of hunters and anglers working to defend America’s sporting heritage, has released the following statement:
The Heartland Institute recently compared Americans who accept the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change to the Unabomber, and to mass murderers Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden. According to the Washington Post, “A stark mug shot of domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski briefly took center stage in the increasingly ugly debate over climate change Friday as the Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank funded by major corporations, launched a billboard campaign equating people convinced that global warming is real to the convicted killer."
If we accept the Heartland Institute’s premise, every single hunter or angler who believes our planet is warming is in league with a serial killer. In Heartland’s own words, “the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.”
This kind of warped, twisted rhetoric is an insult to every American who hopes to pass on a healthy natural world to future generations. When the Heartland Institute ran this ad, it not only took direct aim at our hunting and fishing, it also put our children and grandchildren squarely in the cross-hairs. This dishonest attack must not go unchallenged.
Conservation Hawks is working with America's hunters and anglers to address the single gravest threat on the horizon - climate change. We condemn the intellectually bankrupt and morally bereft Heartland Institute.