Last week the Heartland got into it with Chinese Academy of Science. The academy had seen fit to translate HI’s Climate Change Reconsidered reports, and PR guy Jim Lakely from the institute suggested that this counted as an endorsement of the think-tank’s position re global warming. But no; CAS begged to differ, in fairly strong . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Heatland Institute Vs. Chinese Academy Of Science, Round II
As regular readers may know, I spent a good part of May 2012 trying to convince that subset of the Heartland Institute expert list who were also legitimate scientists to distances themselves from HI for their disastrous billboard campaign, with some modest success. Well, one of the people I emailed was Richard Epstein, a Professor of Law at . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Richard Epstein Off The Heartland Expert List
Much has been made lately of the Heartland’s Institute’s implosion over it extreme position on climate change. In February there was the revelation of internal strategy documents that included a plan to promote climate change scepticism in schools. In early May they unveiled a billboard equating those who believe in global . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: How To Divide And Conquer The Free Market Climate Change Denial Movement
This is a guest post by Jesse Coleman that originally appeared at PolluterWatch.
Pharmaceutical giants Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline, along with Verizon, Wisconsin Insurance Alliance, and Credit Union National Association, have announced that they will not fund the climate change denying Heartland Institute in 2012. According to the Heartland Institute’s own fundraising document, it hoped to . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Verizon, and CUNA Drop Heartland Institute, Continuing Corporate Defections
Yesterday, I noticed this in the UK Gaurdian re. The Heartland Institute’s ongoing travails:
A number of other experts meanwhile began cutting their ties with Heartland, according to a tally kept by a Canadian blogger BigCityLiberal.
But I noted that they just linked to my blog front page. So I thought I would work up a proper tally . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Just Who Has Bailed On The Heartland Institute?
The somewhat hysterical Heartland Institute President Joe Bast has lashed out at the lengthening list of "friends" who are trying to distance themselves from the institute's increasingly embarrassing anti-science antics.
In a letter to one of the "scholars" who have asked to be removed from the list of "Heartland experts" (BigCityLiberal . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland’s Joe Bast lashes out at Institute’s own "friends"
…in which he says goodbye to all those scholars who “are feeling trepidation” at being seen on the HI website. Joe still loves you. Its all a big misunderstanding. Please come home again.
The Heartland Institute's current President, Joe Bast, has launched a billboard campaign denouncing science, scientists, conscientious political activists – and by association EVERYONE else who speaks with concern about climate change – as murderous, tyanical or insane.
Settling on that third descriptor, it's difficult to imagine what kind of crazy person . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Billboard: "the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists; they are murderers, tyrants, and madmen"
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
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
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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
Levenfeld Pearlstein, the law firm that has stepped up to pass on complaints about the publication of leaked Heartland Institute documents, appears to be one of the greenest in Chicago. For example, James Brusslan, head of the Environmental Services Group at Levenfeld Pearlstein, says companies should act now to prevent climate . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: At Heartland’s law firm: "Carbon Matters"
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
Heartland response would be a useful PR tactic
The Climate Strategy that was emailed to the DeSmogBlog with a package of material from the Heartland Institute’s Jan. 17 Board of Directors meeting is serving as an excellent distraction from the legitimate issues raised in the other documents and reinforced by the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: It’s a bird; it’s a hockey stick; it’s a faked document!