"Unabomber Billboard Continues To Hurt Heartland Institute"

"With a simple statement on Tuesday, State Farm Insurance became the latest company to withdraw its support from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think-tank which claims a 'realist' position questioning that humans are responsible for climate change."

"'State Farm is ending its association with the Heartland Institute. This is because of a recent billboard campaign launched by the Institute,' said the entirety of the statement, which ran on the State Farm Facebook page.

Also, just announced Wednesday, the United Services Automobile Association, an insurance and financial services company for military familes, has also withdrawn its support for Heartland.

The withdrawals are part of what has become a small-scale defection from the institute since it launched what it called an 'experiment' in the form of a Maywood, Ill., billboard featuring a photo of convicted 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski and the words, 'I still believe in global warming. Do you?'"

Dean Kuipers reports for the Los Angeles Times May 9, 2012.


"Big Donors Ditch Rightwing Heartland Institute Over Unabomber Billboard" (Guardian)

"Heartland Stands By Its Climate Change Denial As Donors Jump Ship" (Huffington Post)

Source: LA Times, 05/10/2012