In February, Care2 reported on the discovery of leaked documents that exposed General Motors as a major donor to the Heartland Climate Institute, a notorious think-tank of climate deniers.
“Heartland’s expenditures include paying several people they consider “high profile” to keep spouting off about climate change being a hoax. Craig Idso is receiving some $135, 000 a year for this crap,” wrote Care2′s Joel Boyce. “Fred Singer receives not quite half as much, but $60, 000 simply for making stuff up? In this economy? Not too shabby.
“By the way, the Heartland Institute doesn’t just lie about climate change, they get paid by Reynolds American, a tobacco company, for saying that cigarettes are good for you, so now you know you can trust them.”
The leaked documents also revealed the Heartland Institute’s plan to insert climate change denial into public education materials.
In response to this discovery, over 5,500 Care2 members took action by signing a petition to GM. Now, ForecastTheFacts.org reports that General Motors has announced that they will discontinue funding from the climate change-denying Heartland Institute.
“We applaud GM’s decision and the message it sends: that it is no longer acceptable for corporations to promote the denial of climate change, and that support for an organization like Heartland is not in line with GM’s values,” said Forecast the Facts Campaign Director Daniel Souweine. “This victory belongs to the 20,000 Americans, including 10,000 GM owners, who demanded that GM put its money where its mouth is on climate change and sustainability.”
We couldn’t agree more. Congrats on another important victory Care2 community!
Image via ForecastTheFacts.org