15 Feb '12, 2am

Heartland Institute takes money from Kochs, gives it to deniers

Looks like someone has pulled a Climategate on denialist think tank the Heartland Institute. (Is “think tank” the correct term for an institution devoted to spreading misinformation? Maybe “lie tank” is better.) Turns out that — surprise surprise — they take donations from the Koch brothers, as well as tobacco companies and Microsoft. And then they pay off pundits and scientists to publicly wage war on facts. The Heartland Institute trumpeted the so-called Climategate emails far and wide, so there’s more than a little schadenfreude in this. The best part? Unlike the non-incriminating non-evidence stolen from the Climatic Research Unit, this stuff doesn’t require any bald-faced trumping up in order to look pretty damning. It’s sort of all there right on the face. DeSmogBlog has the documents up for public perusal , but here are some of the findings so far: The Charles G. Ko...

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