Heartland Institute Responds to General Motors’ Decision to Pull Funding

by Jim Lakely on March 30, 2012

General Motors spokesman David Barthmuss today confirmed the company’s foundation will no longer donate to The Heartland Institute. The following statement by Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, may be used for attribution.

“The General Motors Foundation has been a supporter of The Heartland Institute for some 20 years. We regret the loss of their support, particularly since it was prompted by false claims contained in a fake memo circulated by disgraced climate scientist Peter Gleick.

“We once again respectfully ask liberal advocacy groups such as Huffington Post, the Center for American Progress, 350.org, and Greenpeace to stop attacking scientists who question the theory of man-made global warming and corporations and foundations that are willing to fund open debate on this important public policy issue.”

For more information, contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org or 312/377-4000. The Heartland Institute is a 28-year-old national nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

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1 Terri Jackson March 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

False claims, fake memos shows the depths to which some in the global warming crowd have stooped. As a former Heartland conference speaker and founder of the energy group at the Institute of Physics, London I give my full support to the Heartland Institute. I fully support the position of the Heartland Institute over climate change and the literally tens of thousands of climate scientists and physicists across the globe who will concur with me that the driver of climate change is not humans but the sun and ocean currents.

2 copner March 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

So you’re losing funders because of a fake document and stolen documents? Outside the climate bubble, the MSM pretty much stopped reporting after Peter Gleick’s confession of theft, but never covered the fact that the key document was forged.

Many of the warmists are still using, and plan to continue using, that forgery as a stick to beat you with. Those warmists with a bit more of conscious might not use the forgery themselves, but seem prepared to sit back and let others do the dirty work.

And meanwhile, the warmist “hero” Peter Gleick is getting invites to speak at Oxford (April 24th).

I don’t think this outcome is at all just. Frankly, I find it sickening. I hope you are not going to stand for it. Issuing press releases and creating a blog, while they are all very interesting and well written, isn’t going to make that much of a difference – so I hope that is not going to be your entire response!

3 Man Bearpig April 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Now this has changed dimension. It is now costing money, It could be argued to Sue Gleick and others that have supported this criminality or at least to force the authorities to press criminal charges.

I have been watching this from the sidelines and there seems to be nothing going on. Is HI going to do anything about this ?

4 Michel April 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

February 27, 2012 at 1:58 pmPACIFIC INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS STATEMENT The Board of Directors of the Pacific Institute is deeply conrecned regarding recent events involving its president, Dr. Peter Gleick, and has hired an independent firm to review the allegations. The Board has agreed to Dr. Gleick’s request for a temporary leave of absence. Following a distinguished career in energy and environmental policy, Elena Schmid has been appointed as the Acting Executive Director. The Pacific Institute will continue in its vital mission to advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity.What on God’s green earth does “social equality [equity]” have to do with any of this?======================================================================There’s something like this in nearly every organization’s mission statement. There has to be a vague civil righteousness to it. Has to be. Because they all do it, they all have to do it. Otherwise, you’re, well, uncivil. Trouble is, if you could look these non sequitirs of sorts up, they all mean self righteousness. But they can always hire an ethicist like Gleick or Garvey to be the great deciders.Also, it seems the highlighted stuff is the forger verbatim and useful for authorship analysis. Some of the unhighlighted stuff is Heartland based but paraphrased or otherwise compromised by the forger and unsuitable for authorship attribution, while other unhighligthed material is direct cut and paste from Heartland.

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