What does a climate denier group do when the science isn’t on their side? Perhaps they use fossil fuel money to foment doubt about the reality of climate change in American classrooms?
Earlier this week, the folks over at DeSmogBlog posted some documents from the Heartland Institute.
The Heartland documents appear to reveal the organization’s central role in the effort to discredit established climate science:
- Funding: Heartland receives funding from the Charles G. Koch Foundation and tobacco companies, and is otherwise funded by one anonymous donor.
- Schools: The organization is paying to develop an alternative K-12 school curriculum that calls established research on climate change “a major scientific controversy.”
- Deniers: Heartland directly funds deniers like Fred Singer, Robert Carter, Anthony Watts, and Craig Idso – who has said burning fossil fuels has “been win, win, win for all of life.”
The Heartland Institute has been working to deny the reality of climate change for years and now we finally have their own words as evidence. They are going to keep going if we don’t do something. It is important to stop this dangerous campaign of doubt wherever possible. If you need a refresher course in how and why these interests manufacture doubt, take another look at our Doubt video from last year.
We’ll be watching this story as it develops and will keep you updated.