We were loathe to write anything earlier this week when the Heartland Institute-- a group of climate change "skeptics" propelled by industry-based funding that is quite similar to the pattern we've documented for anti-regulatory judicial junkets (including the tobacco industry patterns and connections)-- convened a big confab in New York. Simply put, there wasn't anything new or noteworthy about this gathering, despite the clearly evolving rhetoric masking the same old agenda. There's been some great reporting that we've thoroughly enjoyed, and there just wasn't anything to add.
Until, that is, we read this gleeful first-person account from the American Thinker, which reveals that even as Heartland spins for mainstream legitimacy, its attendees still feel rather passionately about undermining Supreme Court orders and attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
[At Tuesday morning's final political forum], CEI senior fellow Marlo Lewis painted a harrowing picture of an America in which CO2 had been declared a pollutant by the EPA...He then coined the phrase "policy terrorism" to describe potential EPA extortion -- accept cap and trade or we'll blow up your economy. Nice.