by Brendan DeMelle
14 February 12
Internal Heartland Institute strategy
and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog expose the heart of the
climate denial machine - its current plans, many of its funders, and
details that confirm what DeSmogBlog and others have reported for
The heart of the climate denial machine
relies on huge corporate and foundation funding from U.S. businesses
including Microsoft, Koch Industries, Altria (parent company of
Philip Morris) RJR Tobacco and more.
We are releasing the entire trove of documents now to allow
crowd-sourcing of the material.
Here are a few quick highlights, stay
tuned for much more.
Charles G. Koch Foundation is again funding Heartland
Institute’s global warming disinformation campaign.
Apparently even the Koch brothers think the Heartland
Institute's climate denial program is too toxic to fund. On
Wednesday, Koch confirmed that it did not cut a check for
the $200K mentioned in the strategy memo after all. A
statement released on
KochFacts.com and the
charleskochfoundationfacts.org states that "…the Charles
Koch Foundation provided $25,000 to the Heartland Institute
in 2011 for research in healthcare, not climate change, and
this was the first and only donation the Foundation made to
the institute in more than a decade. The Foundation has made
no further commitments of funding to Heartland.”]
reports show the
last time Heartland
received Koch funding was in 1999.
The "January 2012 Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate
“We will also pursue
additional support from the Charles G. Koch Foundation.
They returned as a Heartland donor in 2011 with a
contribution of $200,000.
We expect to push up their
level of support in 2012 and gain access to their
network of philanthropists, if our focus continues to
align with their interests.
Other contributions will be
pursued for this work, especially from corporations
whose interests are threatened by climate policies.”
** The Heartland
Institute alleges that the 2012 climate strategy document is
a "fake" and has threatened the DeSmogBlog with legal
action. However, the organization has not provided any proof
to support its allegations. We see no basis in fact or law
for us to remove this document, and will leave it available
in the public interest.
Our climate work is
attractive to funders, especially our key Anonymous
Donor (whose contribution dropped from $1,664,150 in
2010 to $979,000 in 2011 - about 20% of our total 2011
revenue). He has promised an increase in 2012…”
“funding for high-profile
individuals who regularly and publicly counter the
alarmist AGW message.
At the moment, this funding
goes primarily to Craig Idso ($11,600 per month), Fred
Singer ($5,000 per month, plus expenses), Robert Carter
($1,667 per month), and a number of other individuals,
but we will consider expanding it, if funding can be
As Brad Johnson
at ThinkProgress, confirmation that Heartland is working
David Wojick, a U.S. Energy Department contract worker
and coal industry consultant, to develop a ‘Global Warming
Curriculum for K-12 Schools.’
Forbes and other business press
are favored outlets for Heartland’s dissemination of climate
denial messages, and the group is worried about maintaining
that exclusive space.
They note in particular the work
“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.”
Note the irony here that
Heartland Institute - one of the major mouthpieces behind
the debunked ‘Climategate’ email theft who harped about the
suppression of denier voices in peer-reviewed literature -
now defending its turf in the unscientific business magazine
“Efforts might also include
cultivating more neutral voices with big audiences (such
as Revkin at DotEarth/NYTimes, who has a well-known
antipathy for some of the more extreme AGW communicators
such as Romm, Trenberth, and Hansen) or Curry (who has
become popular with our supporters).”
“We have also pledged to
help raise around $90,000 in 2012 for Anthony Watts to
help him create a new website to track temperature
The Heartland Institute's legacy of
evasion of this level of transparency and accountability has now