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

sponsors.png 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 year's gathering in Chicago. In ...

DeSmogBlog: Will Climate Denial, Like, Ever End?

The_Heartland_Institute_logo.png This week, as the Heartland Institute commences its annual conference, the organization is clearly back on its heels. Funders, experts, and even some staff are bailing, reports The Guardian. Apparently pushed into defensive mode by Peter Gleick and his attempt to expose its funding, the Institute struck back with its ill-advised “you guys are kinda ...

DeSmogBlog: Illinois Coal Association Emerges As Heartland Denial-a-Palooza Sponsor

shutterstock_71070031.jpg 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 of thinktank sponsors  ...

DeSmogBlog: Us and Them: The Psychology Behind the Heartland Institute Billboards

Leo-blog–The-Heartland-I-007.jpg The Heartland Institute’s jaw-droppingly ill-advised, and now withdrawn billboard campaign—pictured here—has drawn a huge volume of denunciations in the last week. There’s not much more to say substantively about the campaign, or the fallout from it, which has included a number of Heartland funders heading for the hills. But it is fascinating to try to understand why ...

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

heartland logo.jpg 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 a 2,000-word screed, Bast ...

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

heartland logo.jpg 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 GM vehicle owners, calling ...

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

heartland logo.jpg 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 with having put ...

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute: A Manifestation of the Kochtopus Empire

Kochtopus-3.png 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 Kochtopus's wide-reaching climate ...

DeSmogBlog: Whistleblower Authenticates Heartland Documents

Gleick.jpg 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 tonight, Gleick reported ...