This afternoon, Joseph Bast delivered the closing remarks to the Heartland Institute's Seventh and final "International Conference on Climate Change."
The final Denial-a-Palooza was co-sponsored by dozens of organizations that have received over $67 Million from ExxonMobil, Koch, and Scaife family foundations.
There was tension in the air at this . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: A Closer Look at Heartland’s ICCC7 Denial-a-Palooza Speakers and Sponsors
The Heartland Institute's Seventh "International Conference on Climate Change" – the somewhat-annual gathering of climate deniers that we call Denial-a-Palooza – is underway in Chicago. Heartland's contrarian gathering this year is clouded by the group's incredibly offensive billboard campaign that flamed out within hours but is causing lasting damage to the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Denial-a-Palooza Sponsors Have Received $67 Million From ExxonMobil, Koch and Scaife Foundations
Following the May 4 shocking Unabomber billboard campaign and subsequent departures of more of Heartland's corporate donors, Heartland was likely heartened to add the Illinois Coal Association as a new Gold Sponsor for its forthcoming ICCC-7 "climate" conference. Although ICA was not on the 05/09/12 sponsor list, it joined the usual collection . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Illinois Coal Association Emerges As Heartland Denial-a-Palooza Sponsor
In the wake of the outrageous Heartland Institute billboard campaign equating everyone who acknowledges the science of global warming with "murderers, tyrants, and madmen," many of the group's corporate donors are fleeing away, lest their public reputations get sullied by Heartland's recklessness.
Today, Forecast The Facts announced that USAA, a Fortune . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Corporate Exodus From Heartland Institute Continues As USAA and Insurers Bail
Ever wonder why a blooming green energy industry has faced such harsh opposition? Now, as the old adage goes, "the cat's out of the bag."
The Guardian today revealed the network of fossil-funded groups coordinating the ongoing onslaught of attacks on renewable energy, particularly wind power. A memorandum passed to The Guardian from the Checks and . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Guardian Exposes Fossil Funded Groups Coordinating Renewable Energy Attacks
Although not likely to be the last, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) became the first speaker to distance himself from Heartland Institute's outrageous billboard stunt today, telling the Washington Post that he will no longer attend Heartland's forthcoming denier conference in Chicago, a.k.a. Denial-a-Palooza.
Washington Post's Greg Sargent reports in his The Plum . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Cue the Defections: Rep. Sensenbrenner First To Pull Out of Heartland Institute’s Denial-a-Palooza Conference
UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that Joe Bast and the Heartland Institute will discontinue the outrageous billboard campaign in a matter of hours. Bast issued the following statement to the Washington Post:
We will stop running [the billboard] at 4:00 p.m. CST today. (It’s a digital billboard, so a . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Will Heartland Institute’s Corporate Funders Tacitly Endorse Comparing Climate Realists to bin Laden and the Unabomber?
A line-by-line evaluation of the Climate Strategy memo, which the Heartland Institute has repeatedly denounced as a "fake" shows no “obvious and gross misstatements of fact,” as Heartland has alleged. On the contrary, the Climate Strategy document is corroborated by Heartland’s own material and/or by its allies and employees.
It also . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Evaluation shows "Faked" Heartland Climate Strategy Memo is Authentic