Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Heartland Institute, "Fakegate" and Peter Gleick

Big news in the climate science realm but not of a good kind.   The environmentalists and CAGW proponents can't seem to stop shooting themselves in the foot.

A very brief summary:  Heartland Institute is a non-profit thinktank type organization that receives private donations and in turn, funds various conferences and studies.   One of it's activities is promoting skeptical AGW views and conferences.   About a week ago, several internal documents were leaked/sent (by unknown person(s)) to pro-CAWG/alarmist blogs journalists such as "Desmogblog" which had no issue publishing them before checking their veracity.   Unfortunately for them, one of the key "damning" documents was shown to be a fake, produced by unknown person(s) to spice up the leak.    Speculation was rampant that it was Peter Gleick, a prominent and vocal climate scientist and activist was the prime suspect for the fake document and leak.  But Mr. Gleick was silent (unusually so as he is an active tweeter) on the leak issue...until yesterday.   Yesterday, Peter Gleick admitted to impersonating a Heartland Institute staff member to get access to internal documents and admitted leaking them.  But he does not admit to faking the document, the very reason people suspected him in the first place.  What an own goal!

As you might imagine there are a many many blog postings about this everywhere.   I will try to highlight a few.

Initial reaction to the leak itself:

Subsequently there have been many many postings.  

One of the best analysis is from Judith Curry here:
http://judithcurry.com/2012/02/21/gleicks-integrity/   which points to the complete hypocrisy shown by these actions done for "the cause".

Also some interesting comments here in Steve M.'s Climate Audit post here:

A good climate news aggregator is http://tomnelson.blogspot.com/  . 

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