Thursday, February 16, 2012

libertarian think tank maintains prominent skeptics on the payroll and is based on millions of dollars in financing the coal industry, the documents suggest

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Heartland Institute is launching a "closed" climate change wiki

The workings of a libertarian think works to discredit established science on climate change submitted by a leak of confidential documents that detail its strategy for fundraising and networking.

DeSmogBlog, which broke the story, said he had received confidential documents to an "insider" at the Heartland Institute, based in Chicago. Blog tracking the industry's efforts to discredit climate science.

The plan includes spending $ 100,000 in start-up an alternative program for students who question global warming.

could not be verified immediately the authenticity of documents. "There is nothing I can say," said Jim Lakely, Heartland Communications Director, in a telephone interview. "We are investigating what we saw on the Internet and have more say in the morning . "Lakely made no attempt to deny the veracity of the information contained in the documents.

The Heartland Institute, founded in 1984, has built a reputation over the years to provide a forum for climate change skeptics. But is best known for hosting a series of lectures luxury of those who doubt the weather in luxury hotels in Times Square in New York and Washington DC.

If authentic papers offer a fascinating glimpse into funding priorities and policy work of one of the most powerful voice and to discredit established science on climate change and thus block any possibility of political to reduce global warming pollution.

"It's a rare glimpse behind the wall of denial of a key organization of the climate," said Kert Davies, research director at Greenpeace, in a telephone interview. "It is more than a small problem that these documents. It is shown that there is a coordinated effort to have an alternate reality in climate science in order to have an impact on policy. "

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Heartland is reminiscent piracy e-mails from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit in 2009. These documents helped sink the UN summit on climate by the end of this year.

In this case, however, documents are Heartland policy statements - no private e-mail. DeSmogBlog says came from an insider at Heartland and were not the result of a hack.

The material on this site include confidential memos Desmog denial strategy Heartland climate science, to plan the 2012 budget and fundraising, and minutes of a meeting of the recent meeting.

The financing plan suggests

Heartland expects a record year, projecting that it will raise $ 7.7 million in 2012, 70% over last year.
Heartland is anxious to maintain their control over the mass media, in newspapers worrying about how Forbes magazine publishes the renowned climate scientists like Peter Gleick. "This has been influential audience generally reliable against weather and it is important to bear in opposition voices," say the documents Heartland.

But the cache posed an equal number of questions - such as the identity of an anonymous donor who was a pillar of Heartland. The unidentified donor who contributed $ 4.6 million in 2008, is back as a level contributions. Even so, the contribution of $ 979 000 donors in 2011 represented 20% of the total budget of Heartland, in terms of fundraising, said

According to the document fundraising Heartland expects to hit $ 1.25 billion in 2012 [click for PDF].

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