Denialgate – Heartland Institute Internal Documents Leaked
A genuine conspiracy to mislead the American people on climate change has been unmasked tonight with the release of several internal documents from the Heartland Institute, an organisation that has long been suspected of being a major cog in the climate change denial machine.
One document reveals that the Institute pay climate skeptic and defender of the tobacco industry Fred Singer $5K/month, while the weatherman Anthony Watts who runs a popular climate denial blog is on track to receive $90,000 in 2012. Funding is also to be made available to run courses in American schools that cast doubts on climate science.
After this there can no longer be any doubt about Heartland’s role in funding climate disinformation and seeking to undermine the IPCC. We always knew it, but now there is proof that so-called ‘indepdendent’ climate ‘sceptics’ have been getting paid by corporate America. After enduring two years of the ‘Climategate’ nonsense the good guys finally have some ammo to fire back.
Now what we need is a whistleblower to shine some light into the dark recesses of our own Global Warming Policy Foundation**.
More via the links below or on Twitter under the hashtag #denialgate . We will attempt to keep this links list updated as the story continues to unroll. Links are in (roughly) chronological order.
DeSmogBlog article with links to the documents - DeSmogBlog (who originally broke the story)
Heartland Institute budget and strategy revealed – from Deep Climate
Is Turnabout Fair Play? – Planet3.0
Guardian article 15/02/2012 – The Guardian
Openness: A Heartland-warming tale – BBC News
Inside the dark Heartland of climate denialism – ThinkOrSwim blog
Heartland Institute attempts to discredit “stolen” papers – Business Green
The Heartland Files and the Climate Fight – Andrew Revkin, New York Times
Climate Denial Bombshell UPDATED – Neorenaissance , Shawn Lawrence Otto
Heartland Documents Reveal Fringe Denial Group Plans – Climate Progress
How is Joe Bast Like Joe Camel? – Climate Denial Crock of the Week
Theft and Apparent Forgery of Heartland Institute Documents – American Spectator fingers Gleick prior to his confession
Climate scientist Peter Gleick admits he leaked Heartland Institute documents – Guardidan 21/02/2100
Scientist who lied to obtain Heartland documents faces fight to save job – Guardian 24/02/2012
** Bob Carter ($12K pa from Heartland) is on the advisory board of GWPF
– which is presumably one of the ‘parallel organizations’ referred to in the documents.