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Heartland Institute: Hey Kids, Have a Smoke and Denial

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As has been widely reported in mainstream media and the blogosphere, a person calling himself “Heartland Insider” leaked internal documents that apparently show that Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank, has engaged in an anti-climate science campaign targeted at the adult general public but also toward undermining the science education being provided to our K-12 school children.  Although many of us have known for a long time what Heartland has been up to, these documents are still quite a smoking gun.

This blog post will present you with a way to voice your concern about Denialgate.

First and foremost, please read super-sleuth John Mashey’s expose on Heartland Institute that was posted at DeSmog Blog yesterday.

In this document John Mashey shows how Heartland Institute’s Joseph Bast staunchly defended “Joe Camel,” the infamous campaign to addict younger children.  Heartland got tobacco funding for many years, along with a Philip Morris Board member.

Heartland's President Supported Joe Camel

As described in the Joe Camel Wiki page, [emphasis mine]

Internal documents produced to the court in Mangini v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, San Francisco Superior Court No. 959516, demonstrated the industry’s interest in targeting children as future smokers.[5] The importance of the youth market was illustrated in a 1974 presentation by RJR’s Vice-President of Marketing who explained that the “young adult market . . . represent[s] tomorrow’s cigarette business. As this 14-24 age group matures, they will account for a key share of the total cigarette volume – for at least the next 25 years.”[6] A 1974 memo by the R. J. Reynolds Research Department points out that capturing the young adult market is vital because “virtually all [smokers] start by the age of 25″ and “most smokers begin smoking regularly and select a usual brand at or before the age of 18.”[7]

Now we find out that Heartland Institute is engaged in subverting our children’s education.  As reported in The New York Times today (and by many others – see links at end of post): [emphasis mine]

Leaked documents suggest that an organization known for attacking climate science is planning a new push to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools, the latest indication that climate change is becoming a part of the nation’s culture wars.

The documents, from a nonprofit organization in Chicago called the Heartland Institute, outline plans to promote a curriculum that would cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet. “Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective,” one document said.
 

Heartland did declare one two-page document to be a forgery, although its tone and content closely matched that of other documents that the group did not dispute.In an apparent confirmation that much of the material, more than 100 pages, was authentic, the group apologized to donors whose names became public as a result of the leak.

Do You Want Heartland Institute to Do This to Your Child?

Do You Want Heartland Institute to Do This to Your Child?

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Heartland has tried to sabotage our children’s educationSee this DeSmog Blog post about The Skeptic’s Handbook.  Heartland Institute printed 150,000 copies for distribution across the US including 850 journalists, 26,000 schools, “19,000 leaders and politicians”.  In fact, one of my colleagues here received the mailer. (A better handbook that promotes accurate science is John Cook’s The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism.
 
 
You should also see this brilliant post at ClimateSight which shows how Heartland Institute has used the same tobacco industry playbook to undermine climate science education.
 
 
I could go on with examples of how Heartland Institute is playing fast and loose with the truth but now it is time to send a message.
 
 
  1. Contact the IRS and ask them to investigate Heartland Institute and The Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) run by S. Fred Singer, who is also on Heartland’s payroll. According to John Mashey’s detailed report, these two organizations may have violated their tax-free status. You can send it online and John Mashey’s PDF document has information that can be easily pasted into your letter. Be sure to include the link to his report. It took me five minutes to complete the online fillable pdf form. Print and snail mail it to IRS in Fresno, CA.
  2. Contact your elected officials and tell them that Heartland Institute is undermining our children’s health and education and an investigation is warranted.
  3. Download Heartland’s 2012 Fundraising document and refer to Table 8 which shows major funders. Consider sending a letter to these groups questioning them on why they send funds to an organization like Heartland Institute. Remind these companies that there is no guarantee that their donations will not be used to confuse our children.  I have listed contacts for a few of these companies below:

Update (02/24): Video targeted at Heartland Institute:


Discussions of the Heartless Documents

Written by Scott Mandia

February 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

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  1. [...] Scott Mandia, Heartland Institute: Hey Kids, Have a Smoke and Denial, Global Warming: Man or [...]

  2. tommoriarty

    February 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  3. It takes less than five minutes to complete, print, and send IRS Form 3949A which is the form that the IRS uses to investigate possible tax violations.

    Scott Mandia

    February 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  4. [...] Mandia’s blog:  Heartland Institute: Hey Kids, Have a Smoke and Denial Mandia notes that John Mashey’s research shows how Heartland Institute’s director Joseph Bast [...]

  5. [...] Mandia’s blog:  Heartland Institute: Hey Kids, Have a Smoke and Denial Mandia notes that John Mashey’s research shows how Heartland Institute’s director Joseph Bast [...]

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  7. [...] Institute: Hey Kids, Have A Smoke And Denial. Here’s a post from Global Warming, Man Or Myth? “As has been widely reported in mainstream media and the blogosphere, a person calling [...]

  8. [...] Heartland Institute: Hey Kids, Have a Smoke and Denial (profmandia.wordpress.com) [...]

  9. (John Mashey told me I could quote his email to me here as a comment:)

    Charles Koch says (and this is consistent) that they are funding healthcare …

    From the HI funding document pp.22-, so do, among others (sum of 2010/2011):

    $25K Amgen

    $25K C.G. Koch

    $42K Dezenhall

    $25K Eli Lilly

    $50K GlaxoSmithKLine

    $290K Golden Rule Insturance

    $130K Pfizer

    $20K PhRMA

    (among others)

    FIRE:

    $90K Altria

    $110K Reynolds American

    (See Appendices F and G in http://www.desmogblog.com/fake-science-fakexperts-funny-finances-free-tax

    SO: people fund *healthcare* for Heartland, with:

    a) Long history of taking tobacco money, PM’s Roy Marden on Board

    b) Joe Bast defending Joe Camel

    c) E&CN carrying tobacco-supportive articles, ads for Smoker’s Lounge (see p.46 of Fake…)

    d) and the long-term funders saw things like fakery p.48, with Philip Morris as a Platinum Sponsor.

    The tobacco companies (and some smaller tobacco retailers) fund FIRE, i.e., keep taxes low to avoid lower cigarette sales.

    This is like cofunding a hospital emergency room … side-by-side with the mafia who put people there.

    Or like C.G. Koch funding cancer research (like he does) while running heavy-pollution industry.

    Scott Mandia

    February 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  10. [...] Note that these Republicans do not see Heartland Institute, who they do praise for some of its activities (”While Heartland has done commendable work in other policy areas, such as risk management …”), as a real think tank since as they state that “Heartland [is] a PR and lobbying organization”.  This perspective, enlightened by the leaked documents, have led to complaints to the IRS about Heartland’s tax free status due to its lobbying activities. [...]

  11. [...] Note that these Republicans do not see Heartland Institute, who they do praise for some of its activities (“While Heartland has done commendable work in other policy areas, such as risk management …”), as a real think tank since as they state that “Heartland [is] a PR and lobbying organization”. This perspective, enlightened by the leaked documents, have led to complaints to the IRS about Heartland’s tax free status due to its lobbying activities. [...]

  12. [...] Note that these Republicans do not see Heartland Institute, who they do praise for some of its activities (“While Heartland has done commendable work in other policy areas, such as risk management …”), as a real think tank since as they state that “Heartland [is] a PR and lobbying organization”. This perspective, enlightened by the leaked documents, have led to complaints to the IRS about Heartland’s tax free status due to its lobbying activities. [...]

  13. [...] Note that these Republicans do not see Heartland Institute, who they do praise for some of its activities (“While Heartland has done commendable work in other policy areas, such as risk management …”), as a real think tank since as they state that “Heartland [is] a PR and lobbying organization”. This perspective, enlightened by the leaked documents, have led to complaints to the IRS about Heartland’s tax free status due to its lobbying activities. [...]

  14. [...] blogged by me and many, many others, Heartland Institute got caught with their pants down when internal documents revealed what we have [...]

  15. [...] Blog, who has done great research on this matter, writes: The NY Times, LA Times and many otherscriticized Heartland’s inept plan to hire David Wojick to create an alternate-reality K-12 climate [...]

  16. Thanks, Scott. Great work you are doing here.

    Noble efforts not always the easiest…

    Zachary Shahan (@zshahan3)

    February 23, 2012 at 2:59 am

  17. [...] I have written about in the previous two blog posts (Hey Kids, Have a Smoke and Denial and Heartland Serves Threatening Letters, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund & PEER Hit Back), [...]

  18. [...] Heartland Institute: Hey Kids, Have a Smoke and Denial [...]

  19. [...] fake science pushed by Heartland Institute has been a top story for the past two weeks and it should be. Heartland Institute has been engaged in science [...]

  20. [...] Heartland Institute is the group that wants to educate our children about climate science. [...]

  21. [...] as a Heartland insider to expose the evil nature of this institution. For the back story see: Heartland Institute: Hey Kids, Have a Smoke and Denial where I showed how Heartland was trying to underminine the science education being provided [...]


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