Breaking news: A look behind the curtain of the Heartland Institute's climate change spin - 2012-02-15

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F0.png Breaking news: A look behind the curtain of the Heartland Institute's climate change spin February 15, 2012, Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy, Discover magazine

Heartland Institute — a self-described "think tank" that actually serves in part as a way for climate change denialism to get funded — has a potentially embarrassing situation on their hands. Someone going by the handle "Heartland Insider" has anonymously released quite a few of what are claimed to be internal documents from Heartland, revealing the Institute's strategies, funds, and much more.

[UPDATE: Heartland has confirmed that some of the documents are real, but claims the strategy document, which I quote below about teaching strategy, is faked. This claim has not yet been confirmed or refuted. DeSmogBlog has more info.]

These documents are available over at DeSmogBlog. Several people are going over them, and so far they appear legit. You can read some relevant discussions at DeSmogBlog, Deep Climate, Planet 3, Greg Laden, ClimateCrocks, Shawn Otto, and Think Progress. John Mashey at DeSmogBlog has more info that also corroborates the leaked documents, and to call it blistering is to severely underestimate it.


{{cite news | first = Phil | last = Plait | title = Breaking news: A look behind the curtain of the Heartland Institute's climate change spin | url = http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/02/15/breaking-news-a-look-behind-the-curtain-of-the-heartland-institutes-climate-change-spin/ | work = Bad Astronomy | publisher = Discover magazine | date = February 15, 2012 | accessdate = April 26, 2017 }}