Heartland and Simple Maths

I love mathematics. It’s so simple. 1 + 1 = 2.

When the Gleick Heartland documents were first released, people who call themselves climate skeptics claimed that the strategy memo was a fake because Heartland wouldn’t be so blatant in its wording about its goals and strategy to undermine the IPCC and prevent teachers from teaching science:

Lines such as the following were given as examples:

“Heartland is part of a growing network of groups working the climate issues, some of which we support financially. We will seek additional partnerships in 2012. At present we sponsor the NIPCC to undermine the official United Nation’s IPCC reports and paid a team of writers $388,000 in 2011 to work on a series of editions of Climate Change Reconsidered.” 


“Principals and teachers are highly biased towards the alarmist perspective. To counter this, we are considering launching an effort to develop alternative materials for hte K-12 classroom… His [Dr. Wojick’s] efforts will focus on providing curriculum that shows that the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain — two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers from teaching science.”

People on the “skeptic” side argued that the document must be fake because there is no way any right-minded CEO would write a climate strategy that bald-faced about its efforts to deny science and undermine the IPCC.

Then we have this:


Any organization that would put up a billboard that is as extreme as this is very very capable of writing a confidential document that contains the quotes above.

Simple maths.


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9 Responses to “Heartland and Simple Maths”

  1. Gavin's Pussycat Reply May 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Damn. Now you got me thinking about that again 🙂

  2. This wasn’t new, Joe (Camel) Bast wrote about Unabomber in 2006, as per Brian @ Rabett Run.

  3. I never doubted it. Read their billboard page – and the examples in John Mashey’s link. They are not subtle in their denial of science or the way they go about it.

  4. Gavin's Pussycat Reply May 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    This proves of course nothing; yet it certainly proves that, while the “strategy memo” may well be made up, it sure as hell isn’t fake!

  5. Meanwhile, over in Toronto, BigCityLib is doing fine work, emailing Heartland Experts asking them if they knew of such status and wish to continue. He’s got a handful of posts giving answers so far, which range from “proud to be associated with Heartland” to the opposite.

    Also, Heartland scores yet another own goal, courtesy of Illinois Coal Association.

    And existing funders continue to depart.

  6. It gets better. From Heartland Expert Alan Caruba…

    Climate Nazis

  7. It appears that Gleick has been cleared of forgery. What a surprise!

  8. I miss your writing and your ideas. Won’t you consider coming back?


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