The Heartland Institute, a notorious US climate change skeptic group, responded to a letter the DeSmogBlog team recently penned for the Philadelphia Daily News. Creating a perception of impartiality is their theme on the issue of tobacco and climate change science. Is it then just a coincidence that the same groups funded by oil money, such as Heartland, are the same groups “skeptical” about climate change?
Here are the facts on Heartland’s funding. You be the judge as to their objectivity on the issue of climate change:
• $561,500 from Exxon Mobil
• Over $400,000 from oil money-backed foundations
True to form, Heartland tries to bring into question the DeSmogBlog’s motivations and credibility by attacking our funding source, the Lefebvre Foundation, whose money is derived from the former President of the secure online transaction service NeTeller, John Lefebvre. Sorry Heartland, nice try. I know it is hard to understand that some people do what they do for reasons other than economic gain.