When General Motors CEO Dan Akerson was questioned as to why General Motors — or rather, The GM Foundation — funded $15,000 in 2009 and again in 2010 to the Heartland Institute, a controversial group that holds an extreme opposing view on climate change, he simply stated the following:
“This [donation to the Heartland Institute] is $15,000 that was committed to before I came in. I also think the Heartland Institute, I’m told, does other things and I find this interesting. I won’t go any further but I’m gonna take another look at it when I get back to Detroit and I’ll leave it at that.”
He did. And at the same time, Forecast the Facts, an advocacy group focused on spreading the accepted belief of climate change, collected more than 20,000 signatures — 10,000 of them from GM car owners — insisting that the automaker to discontinue its funding to Heartland. Lo and behold, Heartland most likely won’t receive another dime from The General.
To clear the air on some shoddy reporting, it’s not that Heartland dismisses global climate change, it’s just that the organization is not parallel with Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth.
Heartland is not stating that mankind’s use of fossil fuels and emission of greenhouse gases doesn’t produce global warming or have not in the past, but rather they claim to say it’s a multitude of things beyond or perhaps greater than CO2 emissions. The organization points to alternative beliefs in that the earth’s rise in temperature through the past century has more to do with natural and cosmic factors over the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are primarily throwing everything out of whack.