With Latest Corporate Defection, Heartland Institute Losses Now Exceed $1 Million

by Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Forecast the Facts

LKQ, an auto-parts company that had been a major contributor to the Heartland Institute, has decided to end their association with climate denial. According to calculations by Forecast the Facts, their decision means that the Heartland Institute has now lost over $1 million in expected corporate support for 2012 from 19 different corporations. According to leaked documents, Heartland expected LKQ to contribute $150,000 in 2012.

LKQ announced last week on its Facebook page that it decided to “immediately sever all ties to the group”:

LKQ has never engaged with The Heartland Institute on any issues related to climate change. In fact, LKQ Corporation is an inherently green company whose widespread, large-scale recycling efforts conserve energy and preserve valuable natural resources.

LKQ informed The Heartland Institute on May 8 of its decision to immediately sever all ties to the group. We believe that this is an appropriate step that serves our company and its shareholders.

LKQ’s Facebook announcement was overshadowed by the Heartland Institute’s climate-denial conference in Chicago, which garnered the public support of the Illinois Coal Association. As Climate Progress reported, the conference featured birther jokes and conspiracy theories, but not a single climate scientist.

Blue-chip corporations General Motors, PepsiCo, State Farm, and Eli Lilly have now responded to public outcry over Heartland’s outrageous behavior, which includes classroom climate denial, Unabomber billboards, and its embarrassing parody of a scientific conference. Corporations that continue to support the Heartland Institute include Pfizer, Comcast, and Microsoft. Greenpeace has begun a petition to challenge Nucor, a major steel company that directly funds Heartland’s climate-denial work, to drop its support.

12 Responses to With Latest Corporate Defection, Heartland Institute Losses Now Exceed $1 Million

  1. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    I understand Microsoft’s support of Heartland is free software that they give to any registered charity.

    If this the case, then we should not target Microsoft in any way. Their generosity with a minimum of paperwork is applaudable. If we succeed in making it heard for Heartland, then we make it hard for others.

    Yes I wholeheartedly agree Heartland’s charitable status is a travesty, but this is not Microsoft’s doing.

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    I’m suprised about Nucor. Their steel is made from scrap, and has about 1/6 the carbon footprint of ore based steel from blast furnaces and coke ovens. Supporting Heartland on idealogical grounds explains why Di Micco has not exploited this big competitive advantage, especially compared to Chinese steel, which may be 8 times more carbon intensive.

    Memo to DiMicco: wake up and smell the profits. You have a big competitive advantage you and other SMA members are not exploiting.

  3. bjedwards says:

    I think Joe Bast will be out of a job soon if Heartland’s Board of Directors finally realizes what it’s purpose is.

  4. Nick says:

    Makes one wonder what’s REALLY behind a name like Heartland, doesn’t it?

  5. Encouraging news.

    Seems like “climate denial” is no longer a lucrative source of cash flow as the social stigma of denying established science grows. Any way you spin it, Heartland is in a death spiral.

    Bast will be gone within six months.

  6. Ozonator says:

    They didn’t lose any money beaming down the lord of the denier dance –

    After he was given space underwear, a Jindalstan crawfish bib, fudge sickle, and mechanical pony ride for $0.25 outside a Piggly Wiggly, “Lord Monckton Visits The Woodlands, Admires Civic Involvement of U.S. Citizens, Debunks Global Warming Alarmists” (By Debbie Georgatos; Posted By Texas GOP Vote;, 5/29/12). “Watch Now: Morano on Fox News … Morano: ‘Ad is an insult to space aliens. … the Chevy volt … a huge government boondoggle’” (racketeering found on 2/5/12) (Marc ‘Mengele’ Morano whistle-sucker perfuming the stink at Drooling, young foreign male gang-probing space alien “Rush Limbaugh Agrees With Mika Brzezinski: She Should ‘Feel Like An Alien’” (by Matt Schneider;, 6/20/11). And, “Boehner: Talking to Obama Like Talking to Someone From Another Planet” (By Erick ‘hysteric porker’ Hamme; another tentacle of the Media Research Center perfuming the stink through legal international and domestic terrorism through environmental racism and other healthcare abuse;, 9/15/11).

  7. Anne van der Bom says:

    Absolutely right. Read this post by Tamino on the subject. Really says it all

  8. Ken G says:

    I have followed these tobacco/big energy shills for years. Glad to see them finally get their due.

  9. Chris Winter says:

    “Boehner: Talking to Obama Like Talking to Someone From Another Planet”

    Which I take to mean, “He speaks coherently and his understanding of things is far ahead of mine.”

    What? You say the Speaker didn’t mean it that way? <G>

  10. IANVS says:

    Careful what you say over there about Microsoft, though; you might get absolutely clipped.

  11. IANVS says:

    Make that,

    … fervently clipped.

  12. IANVS says:

    Microsoft’s generosity to worthy charities is indeed laudable; it’s generosity to Heartland is absolutely not.

    We would applaud Microsoft taking a stand against the Heartland Institute & its Unabomber mission to destroy climate scientists by terminating its generosity to Heartland while continuing its generosity to worthy charities.

    And we suspect that many employees & users & donees of Microsoft feel the same way.