Tell Microsoft, Comcast and other corporate donors to stop funding the Heartland Institute’s offensive climate-denier propaganda

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I received the following email from Mike Palamuso of the League of Conservation Voters ( ) on May 11th. It looked interesting, and I thought you might want to be part of the campaign. While I can include the text of the email below, you'll have to click on the link to see the billboard in question, featuring the Unabomber himself. Believe me, it's not a pretty picture ... the picture of the Unabomber, or the message that the billboard in question contained.

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Tell Microsoft, Comcast and other corporate donors to stop funding the Heartland Institute’s offensive, climate-denier propaganda.

Have you heard what they’re calling us? Serial killers and terrorists.

I know it looks like a joke, but the ad below was actually put up on a billboard last week in Chicago. The Heartland Institute, a leading anti-science think tank, launched a campaign with images like this – implying that if you believe global warming is happening, then you are no different than the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, or mass murderer Charles Manson.

If you find this as outrageous as I do, sign our petition urging the Heartland Institute’s corporate donors, including Microsoft and Comcast, to end their funding today!

For years, the Heartland Institute has been producing climate-denying propaganda to benefit Big Oil and Dirty Coal. But this goes too far. In their press release, they actually said that “people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society… they are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.” This kind of inflammatory, hateful rhetoric is offensive to the millions of Americans who support common-sense solutions to the climate crisis.

Luckily, public outcry forced the Heartland Institute to take these billboards down after just 24 hours. Yet, they are still not apologizing for this deceitful campaign and will keep feeding the same rhetoric to the media, members of Congress, and even our schools unless we take action now.

Our partners at Forecast the Facts have been busy organizing a rapid response from activists, which has already convinced some major corporations like State Farm to pull their funding from the Heartland Institute this week. Now they’ve asked for our help in adding thousands more voices of activists like you to the call on other corporations to end their funding to the Heartland Institute.

Will you sign our petition to Microsoft, Comcast, and the other corporate funders of the Heartland Institute today?

It’s time for any corporation that cares about its reputation to stop funding climate-denying groups like the Heartland Institute. With enough people behind us, we can make that happen. So please take action, and then share it via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Only together can we set the record straight on climate change and ensure a clean energy future. We’ll get back to you soon with updates on the campaign as it progresses.


Mike Palamuso
Vice President, Communications
League of Conservation Voters

1920 L Street, NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

Jul. 7, 2011 12:13 pm

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