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DeSmogBlog: Enbridge Video Stunningly Misleading

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For compulsive watchers of, Enbridge Inc., the spill-crazy pipeline company that wants to pipe tarsands crude to the Canadian West Coast – or just for students of the barefaced lie – this video can't be beaten. It purports to show the pipeline route, including an open sea exodus where tankers . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Enbridge Video Stunningly Misleading

DeSmogBlog: Arctic Ice Decline Much Worse Than Expected

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As the extent of Arctic sea ice declines to levels unrecorded since satellite monitoring began, the National Snow and Ice Data Center has released a new analysis that shows the situation to be worse by far than even the most pessimistic models predicted.

It's a perverse endorsement . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Arctic Ice Decline Much Worse Than Expected

DeSmogBlog: Heartland’s Joe Bast lashes out at Institute’s own "friends"

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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"

DeSmogBlog: Diageo: Liquor giant backs away from science-dissembling Heartland Institute

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The London-based liquor giant Diageo has joined the companies that are criticizing or cutting off the Heartland Institute in protest over its campaigns to confuse people about climate science and to cast prominent climate activists as "murderers, tyrants and madmen."

As Leo Hickman reports in the Guardian, a Diageo spokester . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Diageo: Liquor giant backs away from science-dissembling Heartland Institute

DeSmogBlog: Microsoft Fail: Computer company criticizes Heartland but won’t withhold future support

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Microsoft is finally taking a clearer position denouncing the Heartland Institute's irresponsible position on climate science, but the computer megacorp still won't shut the door on providing Heartland with free software in the future.

In the wake of Heartland's highly offensive advertising campaign, in which Heartland said, flatly, "the most . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Microsoft Fail: Computer company criticizes Heartland but won’t withhold future support

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Billboard: "the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists; they are murderers, tyrants, and madmen"

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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"

DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers fund Fraser Institute

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Hats off to Alex Stoymenoff at the Vancouver Observer for turning up evidence that the Koch Brothers have been ladling money into Canada's own climate dissembling Fraser Institute since at least 2008.

It helps to answer why a so-called "think" tank – even one so ideologically hidebound as the Fraser Institute . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers fund Fraser Institute

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: 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: 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: Heartland: Selling Out Science in School

DeSmogBlog: What passes for a Brain Trust at Heartland?

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Has beens, also-rans, deniers-for-hire on retainer at "think tank"

The Heartland Institute maintains a stable of 13 scientists on retainer for the express purpose of attacking the work of the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), according to budget information released last week in the Heartland document dump.

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What passes for a Brain Trust at Heartland?

DeSmogBlog: At Heartland’s law firm: "Carbon Matters"

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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: Evaluation shows "Faked" Heartland Climate Strategy Memo is Authentic

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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

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

DeSmogBlog: Climategate victims chide Heartland double standard

A group of top-tier climate scientists who were victimized in the email theft known as Climategate has written to the Heartland Institute, sympathizing that the Institute is reading its own confidential documents in the public press, but chiding the "think tank" for how irresponsibly it dealt with the stolen emails.

In a letter printed in The . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Climategate victims chide Heartland double standard

DeSmogBlog: It’s a bird; it’s a hockey stick; it’s a faked document!

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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!

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Confirms that it Mistakenly Emailed Internal Documents

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The Heartland Institute has confirmed in a prepared statement that it mistakenly emailed its board materials to an anonymous third party – confirming the source of the documents released here on the DeSmogBlog yesterday.

Heartland then goes on allege that one of the documents (the Climate Strategy) is a fake.

The DeSmogBlog has . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Confirms that it Mistakenly Emailed Internal Documents

DeSmogBlog: Mashey Report Confirms Heartland’s Manipulation; Exposes Singer’s Deception

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S. Fred Singer Lied to the IRS about identity of his chair

The new report by computer scientist, researcher and DeSmogBlog contributor John Mashey (next post), completely corroborates the authenticity of leaked Heartland Institute budget, planning and fundraising documents released on the DeSmogBlog earlier today.

Mashey's report also produces evidence . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Mashey Report Confirms Heartland’s Manipulation; Exposes Singer’s Deception

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Insider Exposes Institute’s Budget and Strategy

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An anonymous donor calling him (or her)self "Heartland Insider" has released the Heartland Institute's budget, fundraising plan, its Climate Strategy for 2012 and sundry other documents (all attached) that prove all of the worst allegations that have been levelled against the organization.

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. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Insider Exposes Institute’s Budget and Strategy

DeSmogBlog: The Enbridge Board: A foreign Special Interest Group

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If Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is looking for ideologues and "foreign special interest groups" who are trying to interfere with the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline hearings, he need look no farther than the Board of Directors of pipeline proponent Enbridge Inc.

Oliver got his lapels all flecked with foam . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Enbridge Board: A foreign Special Interest Group

DeSmogBlog: NCC: Not Much Blood on Canada’s Hands!

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It's Christmastime in Canada – when all self-satisfied ideologues take a moment to lift the finger of blame and point it at somebody else.

"Credit" for outstanding performance in this regard must go to National Citizens Coalition President andf CEO Peter Coleman. In ringing defence of the former NCC president (and . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: NCC: Not Much Blood on Canada’s Hands!

DeSmogBlog: DeSmogger "Caught" in Climategate Emails

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The heretofore anonymous blogger Tom Nelson REVEALED today that even the DeSmogBlog has been caught in the talons of the DenierMobsters who are responsible for stealing the Climategate emails (two years ago) and retreading the bumptious "scandal" this year.

The (partial) quote now making the rounds (see also Mark Morano's . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: DeSmogger "Caught" in Climategate Emails