Well, as it turns out, what provided a few guffaws then gives up raucous laughter now. As it turns out? Some of the secret documents weren't even legitimate:
I Heart HeartlandAnd Heartland itself has responded both with a denial that the document central to the "scandal" is authentic and with a vow to have the perpetrator's ass on a platter.
By Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
The unauthorized release of supposedly scandalous Heartland Institute documents has been pretty thoroughly addressed on many blogs over the last day or so. The documents are being used in an attempt to “expose” a “well-funded” “climate denial machine”, which is laughable on several levels.
The only document involved that could be viewed as damning in any way is almost certainly a fake. The others are fairly boring, unless you really are surprised that any organization would take (very modest) donations to explore alternative hypotheses on the subject of global warming and climate change.
Supporting alternative hypotheses in science…what a scandal!
Only fringe lunatic save-the-Earth-by-killing-everyone-but-me types could really believe that any organization would actually promote “dissuading teachers from teaching science”. The person who wrote this obviously fraudulent Heartland goal clearly knows little about science or what kind of organization Heartland is. [link]
It speaks volumes that those who were shown these documents and were told they were the real deal - and believed it without equivocation - also cling desperately to their now-discredited global warming theory, despite all the evidence that's piling up that leads normal human beings to the conclusion that their case hasn't - and can't - be made.
Global warming. Fake documents.A pattern.