Heartland, ran an unabashedly emotional appeal, precisely because the overwhelming evidence indicates man-made climate change is an occurring phenomenon. Heartland is also standing by their original "experiment" by keeping the statement, "most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen" proudly displayed on their website.
Fortunately, Heartland has been steadily losing funders and supporters. Back in March, General Motors confirmed it ended funding and it's 20 year association with the Heartland Institute.
Of course, dozens of companies still donate to Heartland Institute including a nice little Koch. The Charles G. Koch Foundation reportedly donated $200,000 in 2011. But, One-Fifth of their 2011 funding came from One Anonymous Donor,
"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…” [See the Story: Heartland Institute Exposed: Internal Documents Unmask Heart of Climate Denial Machine over at DeSmogBlog for more details of the chicanery of the Heartland Institute.]So the loss of Diageo and General Motors funding won't affect their mission of lying to sow doubt about man-made climate change. And there is absolutely no conflict of interest from having Koch Industries, one of the worst most profligate polluting Conglomerates in the United States, or any Corporation heavily invested in undercutting the EPA or environmental laws, providing Heartland funding.
But, Heartland please keep up the billboards along the Ike! You're helping the Illinois economy, hurting yourselves and making more people view climate change deniers, such as yourself, as dangerous loons.
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