Eleven prominent donors dump climate-denying Heartland Institute

• May 20, 2012
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Next week the cream of the world’s climate deniers will descend on Chicago for the Heartland Institute’s latest annual sceptic-fest. The headline for the conference is “Real Science, Real Choices.”  That’s more fact-twisting propaganda from Heartland that has pushed climate denial for years.

The Institute was hoping for a bumper conference that would help it push its climate denial agenda, its credibility and funding. But that looks like it is not going to happen. The conference will take place as Heartland is under pressure like never before.

The Institute is facing increasing financial and political isolation. Ever since the Institute ran its “Unabomber advert” earlier this month, its sponsors and donors have finally woken up to the realities of its dangerous climate denial extremism.

They are now dumping Heartland faster than rats on a fast sinking ship.  So far eleven companies have said they will no longer fund Heartland, including Eli Lilly, BB&T, Pepsi, GM, State Farm, Diageo, the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, Renaissance Re, XL Group, Allied World Assurance, and USAA..

“More than 100,000 Americans are telling corporations to stop polluting our democracy by supporting organizations like the Heartland Institute,” said Daniel Souweine, Campaign Director of Forecast the Facts. “Heartland’s remaining funders would be wise to heed their calls. Heartland’s radical agenda stains the reputation of any business that wants to be considered a responsible corporate citizen.”

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