The Heartland Institute’s current President, Joe Bast, has launched a billboard campaign denouncing science, scientists, conscientious political activists – and by association EVERYONE else who speaks with concern about climate change – as murderous, tyranical or insane.
Settling on that third descriptor, it’s difficult to imagine what kind of crazy person thought this was an appropriate attack on the public dialogue about the most pressing environmental issue in the history of humankind.
This is a link to the 2012 Heartland Fundraising strategy, a document the institute was careless enough to email to a stranger, regardless that it includes the full list of Heartland funders. General Motors has already announced that it wants off this list – that it is embarrassed by any association with a disinformation organization of this nature.
But if you are concerned about climate change, if you are NOT a murderer, a tyrant or a crazy person, and you are a shareholder or customer of any of the organizations on this list (maybe we could start with Microsoft), please send an email, write a letter, make a phone call or sell your stock. Let’s make it clear that Joe Bast needs a vacation, permanently.