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Glenn Gruenhagen not a party ‘clone’?

To the Editor:
Glenn Gruenhagen is a spokesman for right-wing politics, yet he stated in an Oct. 29 letter to the editor (Hutchinson Leader) that he is “not a clone for party politics or special interest groups.”
He based his statements in a Feb. 6, 2013, letter to the editor (The McLeod County Chronicle) that fracking is good for Minnesota, the United States and two ultra organizations, the Heritage Foundation and Rand Corporation. Then referring to our climate he used Heartland Institute, the International Climate Science Foundation and CPACT. These five organizations are all supported by “big money” such as the oil companies, coal, chemical, Koch Brothers, ALEC, wealthy corporations and big donor family foundations.
All of these sponsors are either out to gain wealth or to protect wealth already gotten. They certainly don’t have the general population in mind.
The International Climate Science Foundation spokesperson, Tom Harris, led a public relations campaign with the purpose of discrediting any science that suggested tobacco increased cancer and heart problems.
Another reference, Heartland Institute, which includes the “Tea Party Tool Box,” also supported the tobacco companies and claims to be the world’s most prominent “think tank,” promoting skepticism about man-made climate change. The non-government international panel on climate change originates from Heartland and is supported by ALEC (American Legislation Exchange Council) and has attacked our science education by outlining a strategy to get climate-change denial taught in U.S. K-12 classrooms.
The third reference he used was CPACT, which provides a film on hard-to-find facts about climate issues it claims will “tear the cover off global warming hype,” and show what is behind this “billion dollar scam.” CPACT’s big promoter, Marc Morano, is an ex-reporter for Rush Limbaugh and managed the communications operations of the GOP’s side of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works.
So, Mr. Gruenhagen, you’re not a “clone?” These organizations you are using is like using the editorial pages of a newspaper instead of the dictionary and encyclopedia.
Readers, check these organizations out on Google for yourselves.
Gary Ballard
Glencoe