Heartland documents not forged, exposing Bast and the think tank as cynical liars

The article from The Guardian is back up in a fuller form, seems they had a place holder article go up only for it to be replaced by a more detailed piece:

A review has cleared the scientist Peter Gleick of forging any documents in his expose of the right-wing Heartland Institute’s strategy and finances, the Guardian has learned.

Gleick’s sting on Heartland brought unwelcome scrutiny to the organisation’s efforts to block action on climate change, and prompted a walk-out of corporate donors that has created uncertainty about its financial future.

Gleick, founder of the Pacific Institute and a well-regarded water expert, admitted and apologised for using deception to obtain internal Heartland documents last February.

So let’s review:

  • When the documents exposed their cynical tactics, Heartland lied about the authenticity of the strategy document
  • When exposed they threatened to get medieval on anyone even commentating on the documents
  • They lied to the world’s media.

Yeah, Heartland sound’s like a wonderful bunch of folks!

I wonder if Ian Plimer, Bob Carter and Senator Cory Bernardi are going to continue associating themselves with the likes of Heartland?

Let’s remind ourselves what kind of organisation Heartland is. To quote the strategy document:

Heartland is part of a growing network of groups working the climate issues, some of which we support financially. We will seek additional partnerships in 2012. At present we sponsor the NIPCC to undermine the official United Nation’s IPCC reports and paid a team of writers $388,000 in 2011 to work on a series of editions of Climate Change Reconsidered. Expenses will be about the same in 2012. NIPCC is currently funded by two gifts a year from two foundations, both of them requesting anonymity.

Heartland is part of a network that seeks to undermine the IPCC reports, an effort underwritten by anonymous donors.

Does that sound like “science” or a “debate” to you?

6 thoughts on “Heartland documents not forged, exposing Bast and the think tank as cynical liars

  1. john byatt says:

    Bit of a boo boo in the Guardian story, it was the billboard stupidity that led to the loss of donors,

    • Watching the Deniers says:

      Actually both events caused HI to loose donors.

      They lost insurance companies and GM after the documents got leaked.

      More followed after the Billboard (see posts).

      A chronology would be interesting…

      • john byatt says:

        Yes you are correct,

        Looks like the petition from Forecast the Facts calling on GM to stop giving money to the Heartland Institute, a major player in climate change denialism, is having an effect. GM hasn’t promised to end its funding of the Institute’s School Reform News publication, which is dedicated to covering news about things like charter schools and vouchers, but GM CEO Dan Akerson recently told the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco that he is a believer in global warming and that he is committed to “taking another look at” the money that GM gives to Heartland.

        The GM-Heartland connection came to light when internal Heartland documents were leaked by the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick.

  2. I hope the destruction of Heartland will be slow, revealing and extremely painful for all those associated with that crowd. Then I’d like to see Ian Plimer, Bob Carter & Co done slowly for their willingness to sell out integrity for ideology. After that, I hope the assorted politicians who have derived comfort from this corrupting organisation wind up exposed for what they are, liars, deniers and fools for the fossil fuel crowd.

  3. […] 2012/05/22: WtD: Heartland documents not forged, exposing Bast and the think tank as cynical liars […]

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