As most of you know The Heartland Institute had some emails lifted from them and posted at DeSmog…… Heartland has responded……
The stolen documents appear to have been written by Heartland’s president for a board meeting that took place on January 17. He was traveling at the time this story broke yesterday afternoon and still has not had the opportunity to read them all to see if they were altered. Therefore, the authenticity of those documents has not been confirmed.
One document, titled “Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy,” is a total fake apparently intended to defame and discredit The Heartland Institute. It was not written by anyone associated with The Heartland Institute. It does not express Heartland’s goals, plans, or tactics. It contains several obvious and gross misstatements of fact.
This just keeps getting funnier and funnier…… they attempt to equate a few thousand dollars of support from private donors to the $billions and $billions alarmists get from various sources. But, apparently, DeSmog, or whoever they got the emails from decided that wasn’t damning enough….. and they were right….. so they forged an email. They just couldn’t help themselves. Well, so much for the anti-climate gate. And so much for DeSmog’s credibility. The question now becomes, did they know this was erroneous when the posted it?
Additional thoughts: Of course, this once again brings us back to our eternal question we have with these people. Either they knew the email titled “Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy” was a lie and they intentionally disseminated it to mislead the public, or they are not very bright and lack proper critical thinking skills and cannot distinguish truth from fiction. Either way, the people who ran with this story without first verifying this rather incredulous email have shown themselves to be people incapable to giving us proper information in the climate discussion. This greatly calls into question all the information they’ve passed on to us in this regard. They should do the honorable thing and withdraw from the discussion altogether and let the adults speak. Perhaps, if they were told to shut up and listen in their formative years, they may have learned something.