Deniergate: Grijalva Calls For Investigation Of Department Of Interior Scientist On Heartland Payroll

Congress has begun investigating the Heartland Institute after details of its strategy of climate denial were revealed in leaked documents. In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has called for an investigation into the “conduct of Indur Goklany, the Assistant Director of Programs, Science and Technology Policy at the Department of the Interior.” As a budget document leaked by the Heartland Institute appears to reveal, the group intended to pay Goklany $1,000 a month to write for a Heartland-funded publication on climate science. Grijalva cites a letter from Greenpeace to DOI that notes potential conflicts with Department of Interior ethical guidelines, which warn employees not to take payment from outside organizations that seek to influence the federal government.

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