June 16, 2015
And Now for Something Completely Different
by Robert Kropp
The Heartland Institute hosts its annual conference on climate change, at which such scientific
luminaries as climate denying Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma are honored.
In her 2014 book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, author Naomi Klein observed
that conservative organizations are well aware of the reality of climate change. They are, she
continues, well aware of the implications as well: that the only effective global response to
climate change requires the dismantling of the neoliberal gospel of deregulation and privatization.
Because of this, she writes, the right wing maintains a corporate-funded attack on the veracity of
climate change; not because it disbelieves the science but because it recognizes that acting on
that science means an end to their day at the trough.