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Americans Deserve Better than the Heartland Institute’s Climate “Experts”

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Who did President Trump invite to his Paris Climate Agreement announcement? A cadre of industry-tied lobbyists and others who have peddled climate disinformation for years. Read more >

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“Not Science” stamp on top of the report cover that the Heartland Institute mailed to teachers during spring 2017. The report misrepresents climate science.

Déjà vu all over again: Heartland Institute Peddling Misinformation to Teachers about Climate Change

, senior climate scientist

The Heartland Institute has been spreading misinformation about climate change in some American classrooms. As we have seen in the past, the classroom is a starting point for misinformation to spread more widely. Anyone concerned about misleading information in schools can learn more with an update forthcoming from those who keep track – the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Read more >

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The Heartland Institute Hijacks American Meteorological Society’s Name, and AMS Fights Back

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Heartland Institute—you know, the friendly folks behind the ads comparing climate scientists to the Unabomber—is at it again. In an email sent Thanksgiving week, the organization attempted to use the good name of the American Meteorological Society to misrepresent the views of society members regarding global warming science. It’s the latest in a series of attempts by groups such as Heartland to hide behind the names of legitimate scientific organizations to influence public understanding of climate science. Read more >

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GM Drives Away From Climate Denial, Dumps Heartland Institute

, former deputy director, Clean Vehicles

The big news today is that General Motors said they’ll no longer fund a group that regularly attacks climate science.

According to the Huffington Post, “The automaker told the Heartland Institute last week that it won’t be making further donations, spokesman Greg Martin said.” Read more >

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Oil and Gaslighting: The American Petroleum Institute Misses the Mark on Environmental Justice

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

Last month, the American Petroleum Institute (API) made a feeble attempt at refuting the findings of the latest report from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Clean Air Task Force, “Fumes Across the Fence-Line: The Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Oil & Gas Facilities on African American Communities.” The report highlights the disproportionate risk of health problems facing Black communities in proximity to oil and gas facilities. Read more >

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American Petroleum Institute Regresses with All Fossils, All the Time Plan

, Senior energy analyst

The oil lobbying group’s annual report on energy in the U.S. is out, and it’s a step backwards on climate change. While API’s 2015 State of American Energy report for the first time touted a host of clean energy options, the 2016 one is back to all fossils, all the time. Read more >

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Preview of Thursday’s VA Supreme Court Hearing: University of Virginia v. American Tradition Institute

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

UPDATE: I have now posted a recap of the January 9 hearing.

On Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the American Tradition Institute’s lawsuit seeking the private correspondence of climate scientist Michael Mann and dozens of other scientists. UCS and several other scientific and educational organizations argue that granting this access would damage scientists’ ability to communicate frankly and openly with their peers, and to explore new ideas free from harassment. Read more >

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Tell Pfizer’s Board to Break with Heartland

, former president

Misinformation about climate science is a dangerous thing. Scientists have been telling policymakers for years that climate change poses serious threats to our health and economic well-being. But too many polluting corporations have pursued a strategy of delay and denial to protect their near-term bottom lines rather than the public interest. Read more >

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Gleick’s Actions Don’t Excuse Heartland’s Anti-Science Campaign

, former president

Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and the head of the Pacific Institute, made a public statement yesterday in which he explained his role in obtaining internal documents from the Heartland Institute. Read more >

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Living in a Glass House in the Heartland

, former president

The Heartland Institute, the libertarian organization that has rarely discovered a peer-reviewed climate change science study that it finds credible, has become a victim of a possible crime.

By its telling, someone “fraudulently” assumed the identity of a Heartland Board member and fooled a staff member into “re-sending” a number of internal documents about their climate change projects.  These projects are designed to undermine public confidence in the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is driving disruptive changes in our climate.  The alleged con-man or woman then launched the documents into the blogosphere. Read more >

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Is No Place Safe? Climate Change Denialists Seek to Sway Science Teachers

Ann Reid

The Heartland Institute–an organization that denies climate change–has launched a misinformation campaign targeting school teachers. Across the U.S. teachers received a misleading booklet titled “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming” (sic). At the National Center for Science Education, we have almost three decades of experience helping teachers, parents, and students facing anti-science rhetoric in the classroom. Here is how we’re advising science teachers to explain why using these materials in any science classroom would be a terrible idea. Read more >

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Shell Puts Trade Groups on Notice about Climate Policy

, climate accountability campaign director

Today, Royal Dutch Shell published its Industry Associations Climate Review, delivering on a promise made late last year to leading institutional investors who are concerned about climate change. Shell’s review follows a similar report published by BHP in late 2017, and raises the transparency bar for fossil fuel industry competitors and their trade groups. Read more >

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Why is ExxonMobil Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups?

, senior writer

A decade after pledging to end its support for climate science deniers, ExxonMobil gave $1.5 million last year to 11 think tanks and lobby groups that reject established climate science and openly oppose the oil and gas giant’s professed climate policy preferences, according to the company’s annual charitable giving report released this week.

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Automakers Turn to Climate Deniers in Quest to Lower Fuel Economy Regulations

, senior vehicles analyst

Last month, the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers submitted a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Department of Transportation calling into question impacts of climate change and tailpipe pollutants in an effort to undercut the need for fuel economy regulation.  The Alliance is the trade group for Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Toyota, among others.  The report funded by the Alliance was written by industry shills with ties to the Heartland Institute and General Motors, and it flies in the face of automaker claims by the likes of Ford and Toyota that they are taking climate change seriously. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt Deals Yet Another Blow to Independent Science Advice at the EPA

, Lead science and policy analyst

Before September, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board was composed of 47 scientists volunteering their time as public servants to help advise the agency on issues ranging from the safety of selected chemicals to the types of models used by the agency to sufficiently study emissions. Read more >

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Will Scott Pruitt Tap Polluter-Friendly Scientists for Key Advisory Panel?

, senior writer

A third of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, an influential panel that reviews the science the agency uses in formulating safeguards, could be succeeded by climate science-denying, polluter-friendly replacements when their terms expire at the end of this month.

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Who Not to Pick for the EPA’s Science Advisory Board

, Lead science and policy analyst

In its effort to fill fifteen positions on the Science Advisory Board, the EPA has posted a list of 132 nominees to be a part of the esteemed EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is a group of over forty scientists, experts in a range of disciplines, who provide peer review and expert advice on EPA issue areas.

While many of the nominees are highly qualified and distinguished in their fields, there are a handful of individuals that are extremely concerning due to their direct financial conflicts, their lack of experience and/or their historical opposition to the work of the EPA in advancing its mission to protect public health and the environment.

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Got Climate Science Questions, Administrator Pruitt? Ask the US National Academy of Sciences

, director of science & policy

Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, appears to need some help in understanding the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change. Read more >

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Why Scientists Are Fighting Back: We’ve Had Enough of Trump’s War on Facts

, president

On Saturday, in Washington, DC, and in hundreds of rallies around the world, scientists and their supporters will stage what is likely to be the largest gathering of its kind in history. The March for Science, an idea hatched by a few enthusiastic people on Reddit, has mobilised scientists and their supporters as never before. Read more >

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Fact-checking the Trump Administration’s Claims about EPA’s Vehicle Standards

, senior vehicles analyst

It’s been one week since the administration caved to auto industry lobbyists and reopened the mid-term review of the EPA’s successful vehicle efficiency standards.  In that time, there’s been a lot of hot air around what this means for the industry, so I thought I’d look into the factual basis for some of the more common assertions made around the announcement. Read more >

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Peabody Energy Discloses Extensive Payments to Climate Denial Groups

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Aside from the sheer amount of money Peabody devoted to climate denial, what shocks me most about the bankruptcy filings is how much we didn’t know without them. A startling lack of transparency surrounds corporate political activities, and these documents prove it. Read more >

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Willie Soon’s Failure to Disclose Industry Funding for Contrarian Climate Research is Another Reason to Support Transparency

, former science communication officer

My first job in science communication was as an “Explainer” in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The program helps visitors – particularly students – understand the forces of flight. Our uniforms included red polo shirts that said “The Explainer Program” on the front and had the name of the company that sponsored the program – Cessna Aircraft – on the sleeve.

I recall this old uniform because the Smithsonian is under scrutiny for an entirely different type of sponsorship that was hidden from public view. Read more >

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Who Should Decide What Happens When Scientists Violate Conflict of Interest Rules?

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Scientists and institutions are under increasing scrutiny to be more transparent, especially when they publish research that has bearing on major public policy debates, and with good reason: funding can influence how studies are conducted and results are presented. It’s not easy though; when it comes to disclosure of conflicts of interest, practices vary across scientific disciplines, journals and institutions, and the lines regarding what should be disclosed are sometimes blurry. Read more >

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Out of Facts, Climate Contrarians Seek to Intimidate

, former science communication officer

Last week, my colleague Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel gave a talk alongside Dr. Michael Mann, a Penn State professor who has faced constant harassment from politicians and groups that don’t accept mainstream climate science.

The event received an outsize amount of scrutiny from climate contrarians, including some misleading and forceful demands directed at Dr. Mann and the event organizers. Read more >

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ALEC Can’t Deny Its Record of Climate Change Disinformation

, senior energy analyst

Faced with an ongoing exodus of corporate funders — News Corp and Occidental Petroleum are among the latest departures — the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is suddenly in a hurry to hide its long history of denying the reality of climate change.

But there’s no hiding the fact that ALEC has fought for decades to inappropriately sow doubt around the scientific consensus that climate change is happening, that its cause is largely man-made, and that we need to do something about it. Read more >

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