Leak Exposes Heartland Institute Campaign To Undermine Climate Science

"Libertarian thinktank keeps prominent sceptics on its payroll and relies on millions in funding from carbon industry, papers suggest."

"The inner workings of a libertarian thinktank working to discredit the established science on climate change have been exposed by a leak of confidential documents detailing its strategy and fundraising networks.

DeSmogBlog, which broke the story, said it had received the confidential documents from an 'insider' at the Heartland Institute, which is based in Chicago. The blog monitors industry efforts to discredit climate science.

The scheme includes spending $100,000 on commissioning an alternative curriculum for schoolchildren that will cast doubt on global warming.

It was not possible to immediately verify the authenticity of the documents. 'There is nothing I can tell you,' Jim Lakely, Heartland's communications director, said in a telephone interview. 'We are investigating what we have seen on the internet and we will have more to say in the morning.' Lakely made no attempt to deny the veracity of information contained in the documents."

Suzanne Goldenberg reports for the Guardian February 14, 2012.


"Heartland Institute Exposed: Internal Documents Unmask Heart of Climate Denial Machine" (DeSmogBlog)

"Heartland Insider Exposes Institute's Budget and Strategy" (DeSmogBlog)

"Fake Science, Fake Experts, Funny Finances, Free of Tax" (DeSmogBlog)

"Mashey Report Confirms Heartland's Manipulation; Exposes Singer's Deception" (DeSmogBlog)

"The New Anti-Science Assault On US Schools" (Guardian)

"Breaking news: A Look Behind the Curtain of the Heartland Institute’S Climate Change Spin" (Discovery)

"The REAL Climategate: Blog Busts Anti-Science Warchest" (Forbes)

"Internal Documents: The Secret, Corporate-Funded Plan To Teach Children That Climate Change Is A Hoax" (Think Progress Green)

Source: Guardian, 02/15/2012