March 30, 2012

GM Officially Pulls Its Support From The Heartland Institute

San Francisco, CA – General Motors has announced that they will discontinue funding from the climate change-denying Heartland Institute. The decision came in response to a national campaign coordinated by Forecast the Facts, through which more than 20,000 people, including 10,000 GM owners, called on GM to pull their support. GM’s funding of Heartland came to light in February via leaked documents that also revealed Heartland’s plan to insert climate change denial into public education.

GM announced their decision to Greg Dalton, the director of Climate One, a discussion series at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, who posted the information on his blog. Three weeks earlier, GM CEO Dan Akerson spoke at a Climate One event, and in response to a question from Mr. Dalton announced that he would personally review the Heartland funding.

Forecast the Facts Campaign Director Daniel Souweine issued the following statement in response:

"We applaud GM’s decision and the message it sends: that it is no longer acceptable for corporations to promote the denial of climate change, and that support for an organization like Heartland is not in line with GM’s values. This victory belongs to the 20,000 Americans, including 10,000 GM owners, who demanded that GM put its money where its mouth is on climate change and sustainability."

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