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September 26, 2002
To the Editors,
Wednesday's Washington Post ran an item on page A7 about a pronouncement on the (in)adequacy of available environmental data by the "independent" "Heinz Center for Science, Economic and Environment, a think tank not affiliated with industry or environmental advocacy groups".
This is incredibly misleading, given, in part, previous reporting by The Post, including its page A1, December 25, 2001 story by Dan Morgan exposing that "rent seeking" large corporations promoted the global warming alarmists' agenda. As Mr. Morgan reported, certain internal Heinz, Enron, Alcoa and other communications have made their way into circulation. These include personal correspondence of Ken Lay, Paul O'Neill and Timothy Wirth exposing a particular Heinz Center campaign with the apparent objective of ensuring a global climate change regulatory regime. This according to one letter by Heinz ally and former Clinton Administration official Wirth who, the documents also indicate, assisted in ensuring funding for the project.
Writing to O'Neill specifically of this program, for example, Wirth expresses his frustration that "reasonable people" should already determine to "take action once [they] look at what is known now", copying a senior official for the environmental pressure group Environmental Defense, Michael Oppenheimer. Further documenting the relationship and agenda is a February 16, 2001 e-mail from senior Heinz Center official Mary Hope Katsouros to Enron's Ken Lay -- industry's most vocal cheerleader for "global warming" regulations -- in which she pleads, "Ken, we want you to chair the [Heinz Center's 'Leadership Forum on Global Climate Change']. You are by far the best candidate. Simply stated, your background, expertise and experience make you uniquely qualified." Indeed. That is a far more accurate assessment than the Post's depiction of Heinz as a disinterested party.