Heartland: Letters of demand sent to Greg Laden and DeSmogBlog

Legal action possible?

Gotta love Greg Laden’s comment on this:

“I just got this email. I have no way of telling if it is authentic.

Greg hasn’t spotted the irony there clearly! I guess he’ll realise it’s authentic when the FedEx copy arrives…

Notice also that Greg’s post URL uses the term “anti-science” – one of the regular smears used by warmists against “deniers”. So again, what realist, in their right mind, would use the term “anti-climate” about themselves?

Anyway, here’s the text of the email to Greg Laden (a similar one sent to DeSmogBlog according to Jo Nova):

February 18, 2012

By e-mail to:[email redacted]
By Federal Express to:

Mr. Greg T. Laden
Greg Laden’s Blog
[address redacted]

Re: Stolen and Faked Heartland Documents

Dear Mr. Laden:

On or about February 14, 2012, your web site posted a document entitled “Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy” (the “Fake Memo”), which is fabricated and false.

On or about the same date, your web site posted certain other documents purporting to be those of The Heartland Institute (“Heartland”). Heartland has not authenticated these documents (the “Alleged Heartland Documents”).

Your site thereafter has reported repeatedly on all of these documents.

Heartland almost immediately issued a statement disclosing the foregoing information, to which your web site has posted links.

It has come to our attention that all of these documents nevertheless remain on your site and you continue to report on their contents. Please be advised as follows:

1. The Fake Memo document is just that: fake. It was not written by anyone associated with Heartland. It does not express Heartland’s goals, plans, or tactics. It contains several obvious and gross misstatements of fact. Publication of this falsified document is improper and unlawful.

2. As to the Alleged Heartland Documents your web site posted, we are investigating how they came to be in your possession and whether they are authentic or have been altered or fabricated. Though third parties purport to have authenticated them, no one – other than Heartland – has the ability to do so. Several of the documents say on their face that they are confidential documents and all of them were taken from Heartland by improper and fraudulent means. Publication of any and all confidential or altered documents is improper and unlawful.

3. Furthermore, Heartland views the malicious and fraudulent manner in which the documents were obtained and/or thereafter disseminated, as well as the repeated blogs about them, as providing the basis for civil actions against those who obtained and/or disseminated them and blogged about them. Heartland fully intends to pursue all possible actionable civil remedies to the fullest extent of the law.

Therefore, we respectfully demand: (1) that you remove both the Fake Memo and the Alleged Heartland Documents from your web site; (2) that you remove from your web site all posts that refer or relate in any manner to the Fake Memo and the Alleged Heartland Documents; (3) that you remove from your web site any and all quotations from the Fake Memo and the Alleged Heartland Documents; (4) that you publish retractions on your web site of prior postings; and (5) that you remove all such documents from your server.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Very truly yours,

Maureen Martin
General Counsel (source)


  1. Greg won’t be capable of deciding what action is good for him, although if he contacts his lawyer, ironically that probably is the best action; it might prevent him from doing something more incredibly stupid.

  2. Lojac Corry via Facebook says:
    • pojoel, Sweden says:

      All my chins hit the desk in front of me when I read this one:

      Let me get this straight. The Heartless institute gets caught once again killing people with lies for money, and their response is to send YOU threatening e-mail.
      How do they think this is going to look when the Nuremberg climate-denial trials start? Do they really image that hundreds of millions of deaths will be ignored. Have they forgotten how we hanged all those Nazi’s for a paltry 10 Million?

      They probably have until the first ice free day in the arctic sea to find themselves a new planet, cause the people on this one will be looking for justice.
      Posted by: elspi | February 19, 2012 6:29 PM”

  3. This email surely must be a fake.

  4. How very odd, they (Laden, deSmog, et. al.) apparently had no trouble determining “the memo” was authentic. At least in their opinions…

  5. This from Heartland’s website:
    PDF file – legal notice.
    So it’s definitely not a fake … it’s very real.

  6. Hilarious!

  7. Lojac Corry via Facebook says:

    yes they are…lol

  8. Confusious says:

    Is he related in any way to [snip]?

  9. [name removed – we must be a little careful here – Ed]


    You sir and your fellow Climate wranglers have had 99% the funding 90%+ government backing. Most of the media support and attention. all of so called scientific review journals are under your heels. The data manipulation and grant seeking climate scientist lined up in suppression and outright fraud as evidenced by Climategate 1 + 2 and soon to be Climategate 3 (the final nail in the CAGW coffin) in spite of all this lopsided power you and your fellow rent seekers are losing the battle. Mother nature is not cooperating. Sceptics are a growing army of smart well educated, financed by there’re own money and wages. You are losing the hearts and minds of the public. You have bullied and suppressed the public and governments with fear mongering and end of time doom and gloom climate scares. You shut out dissent or dialogue with reasoned and sound scepticism of the closed door The warmist agenda. You have the affront to suggest you are under class and the underdogs what a crock. Who travels endlessly 1st class to luxury resorts for so called climate conferences. Perhaps you should compare the poxy $6.5 million of the heartland group compared to the $3.9 BILLION that we know off, that freely distributed to groups like yours, who push the CO2 climate agenda and have succeeded in creating greater poverty in the world with the use of agricultural land for bio fuels. The $ billions spent on useless solar and wind projects, have more than helped nudge many western nations closer to financial collapse. You have created a new class of people in the western world having to choose between keeping warm or starving (energy poverty) and made people in the 3rd would poorer. Well done.
    Go and see the real finances (massive funding) of the global warmist as apposed to the poorly funded sceptics and we are still winning truth is a hard to keep suppressed even by the power brokers and elitist who push the Global warming/CO2/ Carbon tax /UN/ IPPC agenda.

    Climate Spending by warmist = $3.9 Billion – Heartland $6.5 Million


  10. DaveG, remind me not to piss you off. That was very well said and, no doubt, will be plagiarised by my good self at some point.



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