May 09, 2012

Forecast the Facts Applauds USAA for Pulling Their Support from Heartland Institute

San Francisco, CA - Forecast the Facts, an organization dedicated to ensuring that Americans are accurately informed about climate change, applauds the United Services Automobile Association’s (USAA) decision to immediately pull its support for the Heartland Institute. “Since the U.S. military has recognized climate change as a key national security threat, it's fitting that USAA has pulled their support for an organization that uses Osama bin Laden as the poster child for belief in global warming,” said Forecast the Facts Campaign Manager Brad Johnson.

USAA is the Fortune-500 financial services company that serves 8.8 million U.S. military members and their families.

Forecast the Facts will now shift its campaign to the remaining corporations still funding Heartland, including Microsoft, Pfizer, and Comcast.

A USAA spokesperson announced their decision on Facebook, saying, “In light of recent personnel departures at Heartland, we decided to end our support for the organization.”

The staff of Heartland's financial and insurance program left the organization after Heartland launched a billboard that compared people who believe in global warming to Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber. Similar billboards featuring Charles Manson and Osama Bin Laden were planned, but Heartland suspended the ad campaign after widespread condemnation, including from its supporters.

USAA joins several other insurance companies that have already pulled their funding, including State Farm Insurance, Renaissance Re, the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, XL Group, and Allied World Assurance.

During the past two months, Forecast the Facts has led the campaign calling on corporations to pull their support from Heartland, mobilizing more than 20,000 people in the process. Automobile giant General Motors was the first to respond, ending their twenty-year relationship with Heartland on March 28. GM was followed by the insurance companies mentioned above and beverage maker Diageo, bringing the total to eight companies that have pulled out.

Read the USAA announcement here.

See the Forecast the Facts petition here.

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