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Protest Outside Heartland Institute Conference in Chicago


Billboards Naming Heartland's Corporate Sponsors to Mock Unabomber ads. Rally on Tuesday at 11am Outside Chicago Hilton. The national campaign calling on corporations to end their support of the climate change-denying Heartland Institute has galvanized more than 150,000 people and led eleven companies to cut their ties to the radical group, including General Motors and State Farm. Now the organizations leading that campaign, including Forecast the Facts, are mobilizing around Heartland’s signature climate-denial conference to make sure the remaining corporate supporters continue to get the message.

“Given that the Heartland Institute’s conference is the preeminent gathering to promote conspiracy theories aboutclimate science, it’s amazing that major corporations, many of which profess to care about climate change, continue to support their efforts,” said Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Forecast the Facts. “We are going to make sure those corporations are aware that huge numbers of people — including their customers and shareholders — find that unacceptable.”
Forecast the Facts, SumOfUs.org and 350.org have organized their members to “crowd-fund” bicycle-driven billboards that parody the Heartland Institute’s Unabomber ads. These people-powered ads, which feature Heartland supporters Pfizer, Comcast, and Microsoft, will circle downtown Chicago during Heartland’s climate change denial conference at the Hilton Chicago beginning Monday morning.
The ads include the logos of the aforementioned corporations, the amount of their recent contributions to the Heartland Institute, and the message, “We still support climate deniers. Do you?”
"The Heartland conference is one of the most brazen examples of how the fossil fuel industry funds climate change denialism for its own profit, at the expense of the millions of people around the world already suffering from massive climate disruptions -- floods, droughts, and more. Do Pfizer, Microsoft, and Comcast really want to be complicit in this human tragedy by continuing to fund Heartland?"
The bicycle ads will feature content that was rejected by Clear Channel Chicago. Clear Channel ran a Heartland Institute ad featuring the Unambomber on its digital billboard network in Chicago, but rejected the Forecast the Facts parody because it criticized a corporation.Clear Channel also rejected proposed alternative billboards from Forecast the Facts. Then Clear Channel executives falsely informed the press that they rejected the ads for legal concerns.
In addition to the ads, Forecast the Facts will be joining local activists as well as members of SumOfUs.org, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and Greenpeace in a grassroots rally on Tuesday morning outside the Hilton Chicago.
Tuesday, May 22 schedule and photo opportunities:
10am— Activists gather at the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park’s AT&T Plaza, and begin march to Hilton Chicago
11:00am— Arrive at the Hilton Chicago Hotel and the Heartland Institute’s Conference on Climate Change Denial at 720 S Michigan Ave.
11:15am— Speakers discuss climate science and Heartland's denialism in Grant Park, across from the Hilton Chicago

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Carbonicus Carbonicus

Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 02:07 PM EDT
Dear Mel & Brad Johnson - I've already written the Heartland sponsors to thank them for sponsoring and supporting the scientific method. That method welcomes skepticism and in fact does not proceed without it. Check history. Here's a start.

I would suggest you both familiarize yourselves with the little 17th century dustup between the Catholic Church and Copernicus and Galileo. You guys are the Catholic Church, doing your best to silence dissidents who believe they've discovered the truth. Only one problem, as the Catholich Church found out: the overwhelmingly minority opinions of Copernicus and Galileo were right and the overwhelming majority opinion - of the church and its followers - were wrong, scientifically speaking. I.e. the sun is the center of our universe, not the earth.

You try and paint the evil fossil fuel industry as the means by which Heartland spreads their campaign of confusion. You fail to mention that Heartland's total budget is between $6-7 million annually, and that the specific corporations you mentioned do NOT contribute for "climate policy" but for other purposes (healthcare, others). In fact, these corporations have expressly earmarked their sponsorship dollars for these other purposes, but you folks in NJ would NEVER report that, as it doesn't fit your agenda.

I know what your agenda is, and I am here to tell you that it will fail, and I will see to it. And I'm not alone. My ranks are growing. Yours are shrinking.

Meanwhile, you also don't report that Greenpeace and Sierra Club have between them annual budgets of almost half a BILLION dollars, and a significant amount - in some cases, the majority - of their budgets are, in fact, currently spent on climate change campaigning.

Which begs the question: is the real issue here that even with their gargantuan budgets, the eco-socialist non-profits are losing the battle vs. little old, lightly funded and not-by-very-many/much in/from the oil industry Heartland, not based on dollars spent but on the basis of empirical evidence, data, facts? Is it possible that the Thermaggedon rhetoric simply doesn't stand up to scientific scrutiny, and that no amount of eco-socialist non-profit campaigning - and the converse: even absent a single dollar spent by the fossil fuel industry on any campaign of confusion - can hide the facts?

Would Lefty eco-socialists even consider this possibility? Wake up, folks in NJ, because that's exactly what's going on here.

You've been duped on this issue, for the simple and straightforward reason that NONE of you in the liberal NE have ever bothered to research any of this for a single moment. If you did, you'd realize that you'd been sold a bill of goods.....politics masqerading as science. The science is clear - this is no major threat to humanity, species, or the planet.

History will record that those of you who supported draconian greenhouse gas policies (cap and trade, carbon tax, etc.) for fear of Thermaggedon put your efforts behind something that was environmentally inconsequential for a goal that we would never have achieved anyway (i.e. controlling climate by reducing GHG emissions) and that many/most of you did so using this as your unfalsifiable pretext for eco-socialism and the dismantling of capitalism and free markets.

Maybe in NJ that flies, but not outside the blue states, where people still think for themselves.

You are fighting me and you have no idea what you're up against.

Thanks for the challenge, Sheeple.
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