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Tue, 2012-05-22 01:00Brendan DeMelle
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Heartland Denial-a-Palooza Sponsors Have Received $67 Million From ExxonMobil, Koch and Scaife Foundations

The Heartland Institute's Seventh “International Conference on Climate Change” - the somewhat-annual gathering of climate deniers that we call Denial-a-Palooza - is underway in Chicago. Heartland's contrarian gathering this year is clouded by the group's incredibly offensive billboard campaign that flamed out within hours but is causing lasting damage to the group's fading financial support from corporations, defections by staff and board directors and other headaches

Below is DeSmog's analysis of the “co-sponsors” of this year's ICCC7 conference showing that these organizations have received more than $67 million over the past three decades from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the right-wing Scaife family foundations. This is just a subset of the funding flowing to these groups from just three sources, and is certainly not all earmarked to cast doubt about climate change science and policy. But it provides a window into Heartland's current and historical support from fellow travelers who endorse the group's anti-science agenda. 


Here's the breakdown of funding to Heartland Institute *conference co-sponsors* from these sources:

ExxonMobil (1998-2010):              $7,312,500
Koch Foundations (1986-2010):     $14,391,975
Scaife Foundations (1985-2010):   $45,337,640

Grand Total:                               $67,042,115 


Here's the complete list along with the funding totals for each of the organizations.

John Dale Dunn

John Dale Dunn

 Credentials

  • J.D., Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska (1979).
  • M.D., Creighton University (1971).
  • B.S., biology, Creighton University (1967).

Source: [1]

 Background

John Dale Dunn is a practicing physician and has worked as a civilian emergency medicine faculty physician at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood Texas since 2003.

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Craig Loehle

Craig Loehle

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Range Management (mathematical ecology), Colorado State University.
  • M.S., Forest Management, University of Washington.
  • B.S., Forest Science, University of Georgia.

Source: [1]

Read more: Craig Loehle

Vaclav Klaus

Vaclav Klaus

 Credentials

Vaclav Klaus majored in Foreign Trade Economics at the University of Economics in Prague. He was awarded a PhD in Economics at the Institute of Economics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in 1968. [1]

 Background

Vaclav Klaus was the second President of the Czech Republic (2003-2013) and a former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (1992–1997).

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