An Assignment To Our Readers Attending The American Chemical Society Meeting

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | August 14, 2009 7:55 am

The Heartland Institute has bought an exhibit booth to promote their petition for overturning the ACS statement on climate change.  I encourage those in attendance to join Eli by heading over to discuss the issue. Start preparing here


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  1. Michael

    I have no love for the Heartland Institute, but the globe is cooling, not heating up. Since 2006 the average temp has increased about .75 degrees F. which is pretty amazing. The IPCC and it’s political appointees have been wrong in every prediction made because they used a broken climate model.

    I simply suggest that people do their own research as I have done, and not listen to the extreme of either side, and don’t listen to ANY politicians, all of whom are ignorant on this subject.

    Note that I believe in evolution, am an atheist, support gay marriage and abortion rights, etc. I am no right-wing fundamentalist wacko. It took me a few months of fairly intense study, but I’m convinced that the Earth is entering a cooler, wetter period overall. This period may be another little ice age, or even a Younger Dryas time period. In any event, there is no ‘concensus’ and additionally, when was science fact determined by a show of hands?

    So, now let the name-calling begin…

  2. I’d rather the entire membership of the ACS simply resign for a week to protest their convention committee being so stupid as to allow the Heartland Institute to even be there. The ACS is a private professional society with full control over who exhibits at their meetings. No sense in letting a perfectl good week of Chemistry be destroyed by this drivel.

  3. MadScientist

    That seems rather silly and futile. I guess it’s not quite as silly as attending a conference on radiative transfer and asking people to renounce global warming, or perhaps attending an astronomy conference and asking people to say that Newton was wrong about everything. I’d like to see how the Heartland Institute does. :)

  4. ShowsOn

    What gives you the right to challenge the climate change denialism of the Heartland Institute? Are you a ‘New Climatechangeist’ who feels it is their obligation to go around arrogantly attacking people and telling them that their belief that climate change is not real is incompatible with science?

  5. SLC

    Re MadScientist

    Or like attending a medical convention and manning an exhibit boot and attempting to get signatures on a petition proclaiming that cigarette smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer (which was the original purpose of the Heartland Institute).

  6. MadScientist

    @Michael: What makes you decide the globe is cooling rather than warming? All the evidence I see is that it’s warming. Some people have been claiming that the globe has been cooling since 1998, but even that claim isn’t true.

  7. The Heartland Institute’s presence in the expo center of the ACS meeting is solely for the purpose of asking ACS attendees to consider requesting the ACS board review its hard-line alarmist position of anthropogenic global warming. The Heartland booth is staffed by a Heartland senior fellow, James Taylor, and ACS members who are skeptical that the Earth faces a crisis of global warming and that human activity has been the primary cause.

    Surely no one could object to ACS members petitioning their own society to review new data and updated information in the area of global warming?

    Dan Miller

  8. SLC

    Re Dan Miller

    Yessir, the Heartland Institute, set up as a shill for the tobacco companies to dispense propaganda against the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and now a shill for the energy companies to dispense propaganda against anthropogenic global warming. Josef Goebbels would be so proud.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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