Feb 20, 2012

Heartland launches legal action against climate change bloggers, journos

Controversial US think tank the Heartland Institute has sent legal letters to bloggers and writers who reported on the release of the leaked Heartland Institute documents last week.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

Controversial US think tank the Heartland Institute has sent legal letters to bloggers and writers who reported on the release of the leaked Heartland Institute documents last week.


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16 thoughts on “Heartland launches legal action against climate change bloggers, journos


    Hey, why is the address blacked out in the image above, but clicking on the image brings up a PDF showing the full address?

  2. Amber Jamieson

    @Catbrain We blocked it out as it was the private address of the individual, but it links through to the Heartland website where they chose to publish it.

  3. Roger Clifton

    Every professional with a conscience about climate change must hanker to contribute to the struggle. In this case, it is lawyers who have an opportunity to put a shoulder to the wheel. If what Heartland is doing is terribly wrong, it should be made a crime.

    We need a process for International Crimes Against the Environment. Of course this would require the emergence of an international consensus of a universal “wrong”. And of course this would take enormous amount of time — legal advice to environmental groups worldwide, legal advice within political parties and eventually legal communication between governments. That’s work for lawyers with a conscience.

    If reformist lawyers have a heart for the Commons, they would be talking up possibilities amongst themselves. It’s about time you guys talked with us.

  4. Mike Flanagan

    It is interesting the tactics of Heartland. Whilst they manipulate data to support their activities, and they set about the destruction of scientist’s reputations, and they support parties that advocate the review of our media’s responsibilities to be honest, they use every means under the law, including legal bullying to protect themselves.
    A recent survey in America of relevent practicing scientist indicates that over 97% actively agree that Climate Change was occuring and is the result of human behaviour.
    This same survey identified that the scientists, that responded, were of the same mind regardless whether they were from a publicly funded institute or from industry.
    So much for the organisation’s like Heartland’s claim that our University and public institute scientists are maintaining a fallacy to feed their funding.

  5. John Mashey

    Heartland is not exactly handling this well.
    The leak is embarrassing and messy for Heartland, but people might look at the first few pages of Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax, much of which is about Heartland, with some strange AU/NZ connections. Those show up in Appendices H.3 and H.4. Heartland sent money to CA, NZ and almost certainly AU to non-charities and the IRS takes very dim view of that.

    There are a raft of alleged abuses of US tax law, which are rather more serious than embarrassment and having donors mad at you. This one might even rise to tax fraud conspiracy involving many people. Try this as an example of a far smaller case.

    It would have made my life a lot simpler of HeartlandInsider had waited a week … but should the 501(c)(3) violations and tax evasion issues happen … whoever did it may well be able to claim a whistleblower award of money reclaimed from Heartland.

    Meanwhile, Joe bast is spending his time doing this.

  6. heavylambs

    Joe Bast and Heartland : born spinning,they don’t know when or how to stop. John Mashey’s work is a must-read,as is his last link for an insight into the delightful ways of Mr Bast.

  7. AR

    BigBuck$ & Slap Writs. hey ho, off to the bank we go!

  8. Bellistner

    So it’s not really launching legal action, but rather sending nasty letters threatening legal action.

  9. Scott

    It appears Peter Gleick, head of the Pacific Institute and a noted water and climate scientist has admitted to obtaining the documents by deception from the Heartland Institute on his blog.


    He claims that he received the “fake” document first (by mail) and then admits he obtained the subsequent documents deceptively.

    “and in a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else’s name”

    He claims he did so confirm that the first document was authentic.

    Not a good look for Gleick.

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