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DeSmogBlog: Joe Bast Announces the Death of Denial-a-Palooza at Final Heartland ICCC Conference

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During his closing remarks at the Heartland Institute's Seventh "International Conference on Climate Change," Heartland President Joseph Bast revealed that the group has no plans to hold another conference and is struggling to pay its staff following the defections of corporate sponsors  in the wake of the disastrous Unabomber billboard campaign . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Joe Bast Announces the Death of Denial-a-Palooza at Final Heartland ICCC Conference

DeSmogBlog: A Closer Look at Heartland’s ICCC7 Denial-a-Palooza Speakers and Sponsors

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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

DeSmogBlog: Peter Sinclair’s New Video Skewers Heartland’s Offensive "Murderers, Tyrants and Madmen" Billboard Campaign

Peter Sinclair, the creator of the "Climate Crock of the Week" series, has a new video posted at the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media documenting just how out of touch with reality the Heartland Institute's recent offensive Unabomber billboard campaign is. Featuring the calm and insightful comments of Margaret Thatcher, Sinclair shows . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Peter Sinclair’s New Video Skewers Heartland’s Offensive "Murderers, Tyrants and Madmen" Billboard Campaign

DeSmogBlog: Will Heartland Institute’s Corporate Funders Tacitly Endorse Comparing Climate Realists to bin Laden and the Unabomber?

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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?

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute Attacks Forecast the Facts, Denies Its Climate Change Denial

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This is a guest post by Daniel Souweine, Campaign Director, Forecast The Facts

On April 24, Heartland Institute President Joe Bast issued an angry missive attacking Forecast the Facts, a new campaign that successfully petitioned automobile giant General Motors to end their financial support of Heartland earlier this month. In . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute Attacks Forecast the Facts, Denies Its Climate Change Denial

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Payments to University of Victoria Professor Susan Crockford Probed

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University of Victory adjunct professor Susan Crockford doesn't seem interested in discussing the monthly payments she appears to receive from the climate denying Heartland Spinstitute.

"Crockford would not respond to emails, and refused to speak with the Martlet," reports a UVic student newspaper attempting to probe the payments.

The Heartland . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Payments to University of Victoria Professor Susan Crockford Probed

DeSmogBlog: GM Dumps Heartland Institute, Will No Longer Fund Climate-Denying Spinstitute

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General Motors is breaking up with the Heartland Institute, announcing recently that the company will discontinue funding to the notorious climate-denying spin shop.

The move by GM comes in direct response to a national outreach campaign organized by Forecast the Facts, which garnered more than 20,000 people, including 10,000 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: GM Dumps Heartland Institute, Will No Longer Fund Climate-Denying Spinstitute

DeSmogBlog: SPINalysis: Heartland’s Echo Chamber Shifts the Target

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President Joe Bast Dodges Responsibility – for Now

It’s been a month since the Heartland Institute was caught in a St. Valentine’s Day Striptease – inadvertently exposing its entire budget and fundraising plan. Yet an objective analysis of the resulting internet and mainstream media coverage has to credit Heartland’s spin machine . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: SPINalysis: Heartland’s Echo Chamber Shifts the Target

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Double Standard: Institute Tried to Scam Greenpeace for Internal Documents

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A Heartland Institute front man* phoned a Greenpeace activist and lied about his identity in an effort to get her to turn over UN climate conference documents to which he had no legitimate access. Heartland senior fellow James Taylor then boasted about the scam in a press release decrying what . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Double Standard: Institute Tried to Scam Greenpeace for Internal Documents

DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Denial Isn’t About Science, or Even Skepticism

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Cross-posted from the David Suzuki Foundation's Science Matters blog. By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Editorial and Communications Specialist Ian Hanington.

Let's suppose the world's legitimate scientific institutions and academies, climate scientists, and most of the world's governments are wrong.

Maybe, as some people have argued, they're . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Denial Isn’t About Science, or Even Skepticism

DeSmogBlog: Heartland has Long History of Blowing Smoke

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One of the most bizarre reactions to the St. Valetines Day Striptease, in which the Heartland Institute was tempted by a mild-mnannered scientist to completely expose itself – its strategies, funders and plans for the new year – is the complaint by "neutral" observers like Judith Curry that people . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland has Long History of Blowing Smoke

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute: A Manifestation of the Kochtopus Empire

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It is nearly impossible to discuss the vast climate change denial echo chamber and not mention the Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, and what some have called the Koch Empire.

Perhaps unsurpisingly then, the origins of the Heartland Institute — whose internal documents were recently leaked to DeSmogBlog — have a direct historical link to the rise of the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute: A Manifestation of the Kochtopus Empire

DeSmogBlog: Fake Heartland "Scientist" Infiltrates Canadian University

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Bogus climate course “a source of embarrassment to the institution”

An energy industry public relations man and lobbyist with no background in climate science has infiltrated Carleton University in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, teaching a course on climate change denial that other Carleton professors describe as “a source of embarrassment . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fake Heartland "Scientist" Infiltrates Canadian University

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Funding Disinformation Echo Chamber

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The Heartland Institute has been using its corporate funding to create an echo chamber of experts-for-hire, subsidiary think tanks and websites which all work together to rebroadcast information in Heartland's manufactured controversy about climate change.

In the last week, Heartland has been able to rely on this network – and on its . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Funding Disinformation Echo Chamber

DeSmogBlog: Republic Report Slams Media Obsession With Shiny Penny In Heartland DenialGate Coverage

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Lee Fang at the Republic Report has a great post noting the media's obsession with the shiny penny of the who/how story surrounding the leaked documents chronicling the Heartland Institute's planned attacks on science and democracy.  

While groups like Greenpeace, The Climate Reality Project and Forecast the Facts are . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Republic Report Slams Media Obsession With Shiny Penny In Heartland DenialGate Coverage

DeSmogBlog: Congressman Calls For Hearing Into Heartland Institute Payments to Federal Employee Indur Goklany

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Representative Raúl M. Grijalva today called for a full Natural Resources Committee hearing to probe whether Indur Goklany, a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Interior Department, improperly received payments from the Heartland Institute while collecting a paycheck from U.S. taxpayers.

Rep. Grijalva, the ranking member of the House Subcommittee . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Congressman Calls For Hearing Into Heartland Institute Payments to Federal Employee Indur Goklany

DeSmogBlog: Whistleblower Authenticates Heartland Documents

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Climate scientist Peter Gleick has acknowledged that he was the person who convinced the Heartland Institute to hand over the contents of its January Board package, authenticating the documents beyond a doubt and further exposing the disinformation campaign Heartland has pursued in the last week, trying to discredit the information.

In the Huffington Post . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Whistleblower Authenticates Heartland Documents

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Demands DeSmogBlog Remove ”Climate Strategy" Document

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DeSmogBlog will leave them in place – in the public interest

Heartland Institute general counsel Maureen Martin has sent letters to the DeSmogBlog and several other publications demanding that we remove all Heartland-related documents that we posted on February 14, as well as all related commentary.

After due consideration, we could see no . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Demands DeSmogBlog Remove ”Climate Strategy" Document