A number of internal documents were apparently leaked this week from conservative think tank, The Heartland Institute, revealing its funding sources, strategy and a 2012 action plan to deliberately cast doubt on the subject of global warming despite the clear evidence and overwhelming scientific consensus. Some sources are describing the leak as a counterpoint to “Climategate” and at least as potentially damaging, though this time to the “skeptics” side.
In a quickly prepared press release, the Heartland Institute claims both that the documents were fake and that they were stolen, which is a bit puzzling.
On the one hand they say that, “the stolen documents were obtained by an unknown person who fraudulently assumed the identity of a Heartland board member and persuaded a staff member here to ‘re-send’ board materials to a new email address.” And at the same time, they are “respectfully” asking that these materials not be disseminated since, “the authenticity of those documents has not been confirmed.”
They go on to appeal for civility, stating that, “As a matter of common decency and journalistic ethics, we ask everyone in the climate change debate to sit back and think about what just happened.” This is, of course, exactly what they did when the East Anglia e-mails were leaked, suggesting data tampering on the part of climate scientists. Not.
A list of the leaked documents can be found here. The Heartland Institute, claims that one of the documents, the 2012 Climate Strategy document is a fake. However, independent investigation has verified that each of the five strategic elements contained in the two-page overview are also contained in other documents whose validity have not been contested.
The “allegedly fake” strategy document opens with the following statement.
Given the increasingly important role the Heartland Institute is playing in leading the fight to prevent the implementation of dangerous policy actions to address the supposed risks of global warming, it is useful to set priorities for our efforts in 2012. This document offers such a set of priorities. I propose that at this point it be kept confidential and only be distributed to a subset of Institute Board and senior staff. More details can be found in our 2012 Proposed Budget document and 2012 Fundraising Strategy memo.
These priorities include:
- Heartland’s 2012 Fundraising Plan, which shows that they expect to raise $7.7 million, a 70 percent increase over last year. Their budget for the year is $6.5 million.
- A plan for a K-12 school curriculum to be developed by a consultant that will, “show that the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain – two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers from teaching science.” An anonymous donor has pledged $100,000 to cover this expense.
- Funding for parallel organizations, such as the NIPCC to “undermine the official United Nation’s IPCC reports.” They include $388,000 for a team of writers. (Hmmm, that’s pretty good money.)
- There is also another $18k per month, for “funding for high-profile individuals who regularly and publicly counter the alarmist AGW message.” (We put stuff like this in our novel Vapor Trails, but we thought we were making it up.)
- Expanded Climate Communications, where they say, “Heartland plays an important role in climate communications, especially through our in-house experts (e.g., Taylor) through his Forbes blog and related high profile outlets, our conferences, and through coordination with external networks (such as WUWT and other groups capable of rapidly mobilizing responses to new scientific findings, news stories, or unfavorable blog posts). Efforts at places such as Forbes are especially important now that they have begun to allow high profile climate scientists (such as Gleick) to post warmist science essays that counter our own. This influential audience has usually been reliably anti-climate and it is important to keep opposing voices out.”
These documents, if they are indeed genuine, reveal nothing less than the well-funded, well-oiled heart of the climate denial machine. And while the two-page strategy document is the only one whose authenticity is being disputed, all these elements are referenced in the other documents.
Nothing here should be surprising to anyone who has been following this story, except perhaps how shameless these folks are in their bald-faced attempt to subvert the truth for their own monetary gain.
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Now why doesn’t this surprise me?
That’s a rhetorical question, it doesn’t need an answer, in as mauch I am not surprised.
It’s just another ploy from the government’s ‘bag of tricks’ to shut the people up and divert them from the issue.
If you can create enough doubt, then the people believe there is no issue.
Well, there is!
The issue is that the government are the biggest pack of lying hypocritical bastards that exist!
The government will do and say anything their corporate masters tell them to say; and the corporate masters are not interested in you or the issue at hand. They want to shut your complaining mouths so they can continue raping the planet for profits!
This year is election year. Repugnicans vs Democraps – it doesn’t matter which of these lying bastards you vote for, you’re still going to get lies, lies and more bloody lies.
Get this two-party system out of your heads.
It doesn’t work!
Vote for independent candidates, show these corporations that they have wasted the freakin’ money.
Make the government accountable. Make the government recover the Constitution. Make the government give back to the country what it has stolen.
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