Well-funded information campaigns.
Since the heart of the matter between Heartland and Gleik appeared to be, a "...frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated...", then the funding that Heartland gets needs to be seen in context.
"...The Funding Imbalance
Richard North at the EU Referendum blog provides some interesting comment regarding funding.
While the warmists are successfully focusing attention on the minor-league operations of the Heartland Institute, with a total budget for all its issues, which include health care, education, and technology policy, of around $4.4 million, their own funding arrangements, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, are largely evading scrutiny..."
"...The Climate Works Foundation, though, is of special interest as it was in 2008, awarded $460,800,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a grant-making organisation with assets of $7.2 billion, which disbursed $353,400,000 in grants in 2011. It has made another grant to Climate Works only last week of $100 million – bringing the total grants to this organisation to just short of $600 million.
Where such huge funding is devoted to global warming advocacy, and policy development, there must indeed be a distortion of the democratic process, especially where politicians are also being paid. These organisations must come clean about the sources of their money, and provide exact details of how much is paid to which organisations, for what purposes.
Note that the latest grant of $100 million was made on the day after the hippies got all hot under the collar about Heartland's 'huge' annual budget of $4.4 million..."
I wonder just how "open" the The Climate Works Foundation is about THEIR funding.
Check for yourselves: Link
"...The ClimateWorks Foundation was launched in 2008 with the support of three foundations: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation..."
1. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Using their website, they have a chart here that shows, since 2003, they given 671 Environment grants to 171 groups, totaling $813,052,260.
Of this, $487,025,937 went to Climate Change/Global warming.
There were only three recipients for these funds:
Climate Works Foundation $481,505,182
European Climate Foundation $4,970,755
California Climate Action Registry $550,000
2. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has worked with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities—and to restore and protect our planet.
They've also donated to the ClimateWorks Foundation:
Makes their total so far: $568,662,975 ($87,157,793 plus $481,505,182).
Lets look at their third funder, The McKnight Foundation.
Two grants here - one in 2010 for $26,000,000, and another in 2008 for $16,000,000.
So since the ClimateWorks Foundation started, their three funders have "granted" them a total of $610,662,975.
Over 610 million dollars since 2008. About 150 mil per year.
How much was Heartland's funding again? $4,638,323.
That means that the ClimateWorks Foundation's annual funding is about 37x greater than the Heartland Institute.
And STILL they talk about the well-funded "Manufactured Doubt industry".
Show me ONE denialist org that got 610 million dollars since 2008 (or gets more that 150 million ANNUALLY) for their cause.
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