"Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science"

"Leaked documents suggest that an organization known for attacking climate science is planning a new push to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools, the latest indication that climate change is becoming a part of the nation’s culture wars."

"The documents, from a nonprofit organization in Chicago called the Heartland Institute, outline plans to promote a curriculum that would cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet. 'Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective,' one document said.

While the documents offer a rare glimpse of the internal thinking motivating the campaign against climate science, defenders of science education were preparing for battle even before the leak. Efforts to undermine climate-science instruction are beginning to spread across the country, they said, and they fear a long fight similar to that over the teaching of evolution in public schools."

Justin Gillis and Leslie Kaufman report for the New York Times February 15, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"The Heartland Files and the Climate Fight" (Dot Earth)

"What Happened At Heartland?" (Forbes/Steve Zwick)

"Climate Science Attack Machine Took Donations From Major Corporations" (Guardian)

"Leaked: a Plan To Teach Climate Change Skepticism in Schools" (MSNBC)

"Heartland Institute Claims Fraud After Leak of Climate Change Documents" (Guardian)

"The 'Fake' Memo Definitely Looks Suspicious" (Quark Soup/David Appell)

"Dollars, Documents And Denial: a Tangled Web" (Australian ABC)

"Scientist Denies He Is Mouthpiece Of US Climate-Sceptic Think Tank" (Sydney Morning Herald)

"Think Tank Reverses Course on Climate Lobbying" (Capital Weather Gang/Wash Post)

"The Sureness of Global Warming Skeptics" (Capital Weather Gang/Wash Post)

"Internal Heartland Institute Email Blasts 'Lamestream Media' for Climate Leak" (Mother Jones)

Thursday, February 16, 2012