News bites: Leaked docs shed light on climate-denier group, US backs new emissions program, and more

The New York Times looks at the furor over leaked internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a group that seeks to sow doubt about climate science in the classroom and elsewhere.

“The documents ... outline plans to promote a curriculum that would cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet,” the Times reports on documents leaked from the group, whose backers include Charles Koch.

The documents “suggest that Heartland has spent several million dollars in the past five years in its efforts to undermine climate science,” the story notes.

The United States is rolling out a program with several nations to cut emissions of pollutants that quickly contribute to climate change, The Washington Post reports.

The State Department is announcing the initiative later Thursday with officials from Canada, Sweden, Mexico, Ghana and Bangladesh. It will be run through the United Nations Environment Program.

The program is aimed at cutting emissions of methane, soot and hydrofluorocarbons that add to global warming and harm public health. From the Post:

The new program, called the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, will not set targets for reductions in pollutants. Rather, it will fund education projects and joint public-private efforts to reduce emissions, said three people briefed on the announcement. They said the new program is likely to encourage nations to reduce diesel exhaust, stem the burning of agricultural waste and capture methane from landfills, coal mines and natural gas wells, among other policies.

The Wall Street Journal reports that rising oil prices are threatening the U.S. economic recovery.

Bloomberg reports that Exxon “failed to persuade a federal judge to bar the U.S. and Alaskan governments from pursuing further damage claims related to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.”