denial-a-palooza

Holger Thuss

Holger J. Thuss

 Credentials

  • PhD, modern history, University of Jena, Germany (2005).
  • MA, modern history, public law and political science, University of Jena, Germany (2000).

Source:  [1]

Michael Limburg

Michael Limburg

 Credentials

  • Dipl. Ing. (Engineering degree). [1]

 Background

Michael Limburg is the Vice President and Deputy Press-speaker for the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE). In his position he regularly attends EIKE's International Conferences on Climate and Energy, and regularly speaks with the media.

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis

 Credentials

  • Graduated in 1994 in “Modern Languages and History.” [1]

 Background

Denial-a-Palooza: Does German Media Really Believe There is No Link Between Cigarettes and Lung Cancer?

A US group called the Heartland Institute will be in Munich, Germany this week holding a conference that has become known as “Denial-a-palooza” where a small group of unqualified “experts” gets together to talk about their conspiracy theory that climate change is a “hoax.” This year, Heartland Institute is partnering with the Germany-based European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) to host the “Eighth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC8)” November 30 - December 1.

Usually Heartland holds Denial-a-palooza in the United States, but I suspect the group is taking their event overseas where the media is less likely to know the long and sordid details of Heartland's other efforts to attack conventionally accepted scientific conclusions. Not to mention Heartland's offensive Unabomber billboard campaign and a long list of other outrageous stunts. 

Perhaps the Heartland Institute is banking on the German media's failure to Google search for evidence of the group's long history of attacks on science and efforts to confuse the public about climate change and an array or other threats to public health and the planet.

Horst-Joachim Lüdecke

Horst-Joachim Lüdecke

 Credentials

  • Dr. Dipl.-Physiker (Physics). [1]

 Background

Gertrud Höhler

Gertrud Höhler

 Credentials

  •  Dr. phil., University of Mannheim (1967). [1], [2]

 Background

Josef Reichholf

Josef H. Reichholf

 Credentials

  • Dr. rer.nat. (Doctorate of Science), Ludwig-Maximilians University (1969). [1]

 Background

Friedrich-Karl Ewert

Friedrich-Karl Ewert

 Credentials

  • Dr.rer.nat. (Doctor of Science), Geology. [1]

 Background

Friedrich-Karl Ewert is an emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Paderborn. He is also member of the Advisory Board of the German climate change skeptic organization European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE).

A Closer Look at Heartland's ICCC7 Denial-a-Palooza Speakers and Sponsors

This afternoon, Joseph Bast delivered the closing remarks to the Heartland Institute's Seventh and final “International Conference on Climate Change.” 

The final Denial-a-Palooza was co-sponsored by dozens of organizations that have received over $67 Million from ExxonMobil, Koch, and Scaife family foundations

There was tension in the air at this year's gathering in Chicago. In the past several weeks, Heartland's “Experts” have been jumping ship in the wake of Heartland's disastrous Unabomber billboard campaign, and some of Heartland's conference speakers even threatened not to show up.

More worrying to Heartland has been the sudden exodus of their corporate donors. Some suggested that this was cause for Heartland to cancel the conference, but it looks like they had one last hoorah left in them. (Barely, as Joe Bast admitted today.)

The sponsors and speakers who remained part of Heartland's Denial-a-Palooza network for this final conference are those who would choose to go down with a sinking ship rather than accept the scientific evidence of climate change driven by industrial pollution and other man-made impacts.

Below are links to DeSmogBlog's in-depth research on both the Sponsors and Speakers of ICCC7. This list of sponsor organizations is just a taste of the additions coming soon to the DeSmogBlog Disinformation Database.

Here is our comprehensive entry for The Heartland Institute.

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.

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