Heartland Institute President Debunks Fakegate Memo

February 27, 2012

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 – The Heartland Institute today released an analysis of the fake "climate strategy" memo circulated by Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick to fellow environmental activists and journalists on February 14, 2012.

The analysis, written by Heartland President Joseph Bast, refutes the most damaging claims that appear in the forged memo:

  • The Charles G. Koch Foundation does not fund Heartland’s climate change efforts and did not contribute $200,000 in 2011. The foundation has issued a statement confirming that its 2011 gift of $25,000 - its first to Heartland in ten years - was earmarked for a health care reform project.
  • "[D]issuading teachers from teaching science" is not and never has been Heartland’s goal. Heartland is working with highly qualified and respected experts to create educational material on global warming suitable for K-12 students that isn’t alarmist or overtly political.
  • Heartland does not pay scientists or their organizations to act as spokespersons or to "counter" anyone else in the international debate over climate change. It pays them to help write and edit a series of reports titled Climate Change Reconsidered, in much the same way as any other "think tank" or scientific organization pays the authors of its publications.
  • Heartland does not try to "keep opposing voices out" of forums, such as Forbes.com, where climate policy has been debated. The truth is just the opposite: We send Heartland spokespersons to debate other experts at fora all across the country and invite persons who disagree with us to speak at our own events.

The analysis is accompanied by a copy of the forged memo with the forger’s own words highlighted. (Note: Text that is not highlighted is not necessarily accurate, and often it is not. Such text generally paraphrases text appearing in one of the stolen documents but was deliberately twisted or falsified to create a false impression.)

The analysis and marked up copy of the fake document can be found at Fakegate.org.

Previous press releases from The Heartland Institute plus links to more than 100 news reports and commentaries on the global warming scandal can be reviewed at Fakegate.org. For more information, contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org or 312/377-4000.


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