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Peter Gleick, the scientist who was responsible for acquiring and releasing information on the Heartland Institude's plan to discredit climate change science has requested a short leave of absence from his duties as President of Pacific Institute while the Institute investigates his part as a whistle blower.

Gleick makes his exit after days of ferocious debate about his tactics in exposing Heartland, a rightwing thinktank with a core mission of spreading disinformation about climate change.

There is parallel pressure being put on Heartland to come clean about its mission and its funding – specifically the influence exerted by the single anonymous donor who has given it $14m.

USA Today
More than $14 million of the money used by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute would come from one anonymous man, according to the leaked documents prepared for a meeting of the group's board.

Heartland is one of the loudest voices denying man-made global warming, hosting the largest international scientific conference of skeptics on climate change.

Articles state that at least 50% of Heartland's funding is coming from one individual

Desmogblog broke the story with a copy of the Heartland documents and is not backing down from Heartland's request that it delete the documents.  From the documents.....

   We will also pursue additional support from the Charles G. Koch Foundation. They returned as a Heartland donor in 2011 with a contribution of $200,000. We expect to push up their level of support in 2012 and gain access to their network of philanthropists, if our focus continues to align with their interests. Other contributions will be pursued for this work, especially from corporations whose interests are threatened by climate policies.”
The focus must be kept on Heartland and their deception in trying to discredit the science of climate change.  Gleick is a hero who deserves our eternal gratitude for revealing the scope of this deception.

Kossack shenderson wrote about anonymous donor here

Update from Bluefin in comments here are actual documents

Originally posted to DK GreenRoots on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 07:50 AM PST.

Also republished by Climate Hawks and Earthship Koch.

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