"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.


"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)

Source: NY Times, 02/16/2012