01 Jun '12, 11am

It wasn’t just the billboards: How energized activists brought down the Heartland Institute

It wasn’t just the billboards: How energized activists brought down the Heartland Institute

Activists protest outside the Heartland climate-denier conference. (Photo by Forecast the Facts.) It’s been a rough few weeks for the Heartland Institute, the “intellectual” nexus of the fossil fuel-powered machine that disparages climate science in the United States. Nineteen corporations have pulled more than $1 million in expected funding for the institute, leading President Joe Bast to ask attendees at the recent Heartland climate-denial conference whether they had a “rich uncle ” who could help out. Seriously. At a time when most news about climate change is bad, Heartland’s decline has been a rare bright spot. How did it come about? In the reductive rendering of the mainstream media, the narrative has become that Heartland simply overplayed its hand by launching a billboard campaign comparing people who believe in global warming to the Unabomber, one of the single du...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-skeptics/it-wasnt-just-the-billb...

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