So when "Climategate" occurred the media was all over a bunch of emails taken out of context. Who can hold their hands up and say they've even heard of "denialgate"? The TLDR version is that The Heartland Institute, a registered charity, has been shown to bribe certain scientists to deny climate science, spends literally millions having people produce documents attacking climate science and is implementing a US based, nationwide strategy that aims to distort the teaching of basic climate science in schools. They are funded by several large oil companies. They spend no money on actual research into climate science. When they were caught they straight up lied about the veracity of some of the documents. They also take money from large tobacco companies to try to "manage" information about smoking harm These people's sole purpose in life is to misinform the world and undermine others legitimate work and reserch so that large companies can carry on getting richer. Scumbags. The long version is: The story is that The Heartland Institute, a particularly vile group funded by several large companies, pays certain scientists to make themselves available as rent-a-quotes and actually appeared to have a specific agenda around distorting the teaching of climate science in schools: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/15/leak-exposes-heartland-institute-climate But then it turned out that some of the documents leaked were fake and the Heartland Institute have come forward to damn this disgusting leak of their data because we all know that such leaks are unethical and it turns out the hysterical climate scientists are getting worked up over nothing* Suffice to say, this was not their position during the Climategate debacle http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/15/heartland-institute-fraud-leak-climate Now the guy who leaked the documents has come forward to reveal that 1) the documents are authentic and 2) that he conned the Heartland institute into sending him the documents. Credit to him as he may get into legal trouble for this but a least he's exposed the fact that the heartland Group unquestionably authored those documents. http://www.desmogblog.com/whistleblower-authenticates-heartland-documents * where nothing = 7/8 of the documents leaked being genuine and demonstrating that the Heartland Institute pays people to act as talking heads and deny climate science.