The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that promotes denial of climate change, lost funding from General Motors last week. The Los Angeles Times reports that a leak of confidential funding documents showed that the General Motors Foundation provided funds to the institute during the last two years.
"GM operates its business as if climate change is real," said GM spokesman Greg Martin.
The move received immediate praise from environmental groups.
"We applaud GM's decision and the message it sends—that it is no longer acceptable for corporations to promote the denial of climate change," said Daniel Souweine, campaign director for Forecast the Facts, a group that urges meteorologists to talk more openly about climate change. "Support for an organization like Heartland is not in line with GM's values."
Ford and Chrysler told the Huffington Post last week that they had stopped funding Heartland over the past decade.