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Sun May 20, 2012, 05:14 PM

Heartland Institute facing uncertain future as staff depart and cash dries up

Source: The Guardian

The first Heartland Institute conference on climate change in 2008 had all the trappings of a major scientific conclave minus large numbers of real scientists. Hundreds of climate change contrarians, with a few academics among them, descended into the banquet rooms of a lavish Times Square hotel for what was purported to be a reasoned debate about climate change.

But as the latest Heartland climate conference opens in a Chicago hotel on Monday, the thinktank's claims to reasoned debate lie in shreds and its financial future remains uncertain.

Heartland's claims to "stay above the fray" of the climate wars was exploded by a billboard campaign earlier this month comparing climate change believers to the Unabomer Ted Kaczynski, and a document sting last February that revealed a plan to spread doubt among kindergarteners on the existence of climate change.

Along with the damage to its reputation, Heartland's financial future is also threatened by an exodus of corporate donors as well as key members of staff.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/20/heartland-institute-future-staff-cash

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alp227 May 2012 OP
Woody Woodpecker May 2012 #1
Archae May 2012 #2
jerseyjack May 2012 #3
johnfunk May 2012 #4
cheapdate May 2012 #5
Plucketeer May 2012 #6
caveat_imperator May 2012 #7
dpibel May 2012 #8
alp227 May 2012 #9
Blue Owl May 2012 #10
quakerboy May 2012 #11
Liberty Belle May 2012 #12
qb May 2012 #13
SunSeeker May 2012 #14

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:17 PM

1. Good. All the stupid thinktanks should be shut down

 

Any right-wing thinktanks that gives bullshit in guise of pro-anything needs to be shut down.

We know they spread lies, and yet the First Amendment protects that.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:17 PM

2. Awww...my heart bleeds...

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:21 PM

3. Who says the news is all bad?

 

---but don't worry. The cock brothers will start a new think tank tomorrow, call it the Truthland Institute and you will read next month about how climate change is a fraud.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:09 PM

4. Buh-bye, fascist Kochfluffers, buh-bye, and don't let the door hitcha where the FSM splitcha!

Just sayin'...

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:22 PM

5. Heartland "Institute" - what a joke. Bunch of washed-up hacks. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 06:23 PM

6. A Coke Bruthers Stink Tank fails?

Perish the thoughts - no - really! Heartland's board members -------
--->

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 07:47 PM

7. As Ian MacKaye said so succinctly...

"Boo-Fucking-Hoo!!!"

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:35 PM

8. You got a problem with Heartland?

Some DU members think it's a quotable source:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1127&pid=15320

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Response to dpibel (Reply #8)

Sun May 20, 2012, 10:59 PM

9. expect that user to be PPR'ed pretty soon...

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 02:22 AM

10. The Fartland Instatoot is full of bloated gasbags

n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:21 AM

11. That just means its time to be vigilant

The corporate sponsors are jumping ship because the truth behind the organization has been publicly unmasked.

But I feel safe in assuming that the money is still being given to some group fighting to deny climate change. So, who can figure out which one first?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 05:30 AM

12. Good. Oh please let them go under!

I am involved with a nonprofit that has a similar name and this causes no end of grief, as our parent nonprofit sponsors conferences about how to stop global warming and promote sustainable clean energy policies -- we have to publish disclaimers that we have no relation to these nut jobs. We'd never heard of them until they starting getting so much prominence - I hope they go under and disappear.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 10:55 AM

13. And the corporate donors scatter like cockroaches from a kitchen light.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:15 PM

14. They really jumped the shark with the Unabomber billboard. Hee hee.

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