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Nucor CEO Dan Dimicco stands by the Heartland Institute and denies his climate denial

Climate change denial is a set of organized attempts to downplay, deny or dismiss the scientific consensus on the extent of global warming, its significance, and its connection to human behavior, especially for commercial or ideological reasons. Source: Wikipedia

In a bold and innovative new move for climate change deniers, Dan Dimicco, the CEO of Nucor - one of the largest steel companies in the U.S - has denied that the Heartland Institute is involved in climate change science denial. 

For background, the Heartland Institute is a corporate front group, well known for attacking scientific findings that their corporate paymasters find inconvenient.  Heartland has denied the health effects of tobacco smoke while taking millions of dollars from tobacco corporations, and currently denies the cause and effects of global climate change, while being paid by major carbon polluters like the oil and gas industry and Nucor.

Dimicco’s denial of Heartland’s climate denial came in the form of a letter to a concerned Nucor shareholder.  The letter contains a number of outright fallacies, chronicled below:

"Heartland does not deny climate change"

Really? Then why has Heartland organized 7 conferences on climate denial? Why does Heartland president Joe Bast frequently say things like: "Most scientists do not believe human activities threaten to disrupt the Earth's climate."

See this blog by ThinkProgress for a longer list of Heartland's climate denial.

"[Heartland] supports research and scholarly debate on causes and effects of climate change"

An example of research and scholarly debate:

The Heartland Institute unveiled this banner in Chicago.

"It is entirely appropriate for Nucor and other like minded companies and groups to fund the Heartland Institute."

Because of  Heartland’s extreme climate stance and indefensible tactics, many major corporations have distanced themselves from Heartland.  In 2007 ExxonMobil, a major funder of climate science attacks, stopped funding the Institute, saying they could no longer support groups that “serve as a distraction” to the climate issue.  In the last six months, 19 other major corporations like GM, Pepsico, and Bayer have cut ties with Heartland over their climate stance. These major corporations don’t think supporting Heartland is appropriate, why does Nucor?

Though it is tempting to find Dan Dimicco’s (picture right) absurd comments on Heartland and the climate change “debate” laughable, it is a deadly serious issue.

If all people act responsibly, including Nucor and the rest of the steel industry, overcoming the threats of climate change will be an enormous task. If industry leaders like Nucor continue to sit on the sidelines - or worse, intentionally obstruct climate solutions, people and the planet will suffer immensely.

Tell Nucor to stop obstructing solutions to climate change and stop funding attacks on climate science.  Nucor needs to create a coherent and fact based stance on climate and stand by it.

Sign this petition and tell denier Dan Dimicco to stop funding attacks on climate science.

 

The letter:

 

Joseph Bast

Closed to Debate?

It seems to me that Heartland doesn't do much more than fund the debate. the manmade impact of climate change is still unknown and if we make changes in how we fuel our economy we may end up taking from peter to pay paul. Look at what rising ag prices can do to famine-plagued areas; climate change should be researched academically rather than politicized in this near-religious fervor.

Closed to obstruction

Heartland does not fund academic debate. Heartland funds programs that lie to people and children about climate change science, in order to stop solutions that may cost carbon polluting industries in the short run.  Dan Dimicco and Nucor want to protect their profits, and thus want the cheapest energy available, regardless of the cost to later generations.  This may increase margins in the short run but will cause major suffering in the long run as famine, sea level rise, drought and extreme weather take their toll.  Real scientists tell us this - we should listen.  

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