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Heartland Institute documents reveal strategy of attacks against climate science

February 18, 2012

If you thought I was wrong about the lies from Charles Koch (Koch Brothers) FoxNews, Heartland Institute supplies them with nonsense.

By Dr. Jeff Masters
Published: 3:15 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Documents illegally leaked from the Heartland Institute, one of the most active groups engaged in attacking the science of climate change, provide an unprecedented look into how these groups operate. The story was broken Tuesday by DeSmogBlog, a website dedicated to exposing false claims about climate change science. The documents reveal that donors to Heartland included oil billionaire Charles Koch, and Heartland has spent several million dollars over the past five years to undermine climate science. Tens of thousands of dollars are slated to go this year to well-known climate contrarians S.Fred Singer, Craig Idso, and Anthony Watts of the Watts Up With That? website. Naturally, the leaked documents have lit up the blogosphere, but none of the revelations are particularly surprising. The U.S. has a very successful and well-funded climate change denial industry, primarily funded by fossil fuel companies, that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few decades on a PR campaign against climate change science. I made a lengthy post on the subject in 2009 called, The Manufactured Doubt industry and the hacked email controversy. I won't say more here, but has compiled a long list of blogs that have interesting posts on the Heartland Institute affair for those interested in following this story.

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