01 Mar '12, 7pm

Heartland Institute: A Manifestation of the Kochtopus Empire

Heartland Institute: A Manifestation of the Kochtopus Empire

It is nearly impossible to discuss the vast climate change denial echo chamber and not mention the Koch Brothers , Koch Industries , and what some have called the Koch Empire . Perhaps unsurpisingly then, the origins of the Heartland Institute — whose internal documents were recently leaked to DeSmogBlog — have a direct historical link to the rise of the Kochtopus's wide-reaching climate change denial machine. It all began in 1977 in Wichita, Kansas, with the creation of the Cato Institute . David Padden, Cato Institute, and the Rise of Heartland The Cato Institute was founded in 1977 and originally funded by Charles Koch, of Koch Industries fame and fortune. It is known today for its libertarian policy stances on issues like the War on Drugs , anti-interventionist foreign policy , and support for civil liberties , and perhaps most notoriously for its climate change denial...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/heartland-institute-manifestati...

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