NY Times: Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science
Leaked documents suggest that an organization known for attacking climate science is planning a new push to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools, the latest indication that climate change is becoming a part of the nation’s culture wars.
The documents, from a nonprofit organization in Chicago called the Heartland Institute, outline plans to promote a curriculum that would cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet. “Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective,” one document said.This is the part of the story I really focused in on.
The documents raise questions about whether the group has undertaken partisan political activities, a potential violation of federal tax law governing nonprofit groups. For instance, the documents outline “Operation Angry Badger,” a plan to spend $612,000 to influence the outcome of recall elections and related fights this year in Wisconsin over the role of public-sector unions.
Tax lawyers said Wednesday that tax-exempt groups were allowed to undertake some types of lobbying and political education, but that because they are subsidized by taxpayers, they are prohibited from direct involvement in political campaigns.
Now this is pretty funny. Last night I sent an e-mail to Heartland asking them about this very issue. Why in the hell should taxpayers subsidize their political lobbying? A response from Heartland's Diane Bast was waiting for me in my in-box this morning. She took a half-assed shot at my cognitive skills because the word "teacher" is in my e-mail address. Classy. (actually I am an engineer..)
A wise man once said, You know you are over the target when you start receiving flak.
Good luck in the upcoming legal battle over your tax-exempt status, sweetheart. ha.