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AGW Climate Researcher Lied to Get Documents, Triggering Ethics Debate, Loses Positions

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posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 09:04 PM
A top AGW fearmonger, Peter Gleick, has revealed the desperation that a growing realization that his grant-grubbing days are numbered by creating a fake "strategy memo" which he included among materials he took from the Libertarian Heartland Institute.

He then distributed the faked and pilfered materials to 15 other AGW "friends" in an effort to discredit Heartland's work showing that man-made global warming is not the certainty they have insisted upon and profited from.

A top climate researcher—Peter Gleick, head of the Pacific Institute—admitted he lied to obtain documents from the Heartland Institute, which he then leaked to media and revealed the organization’s plans to challenge the scientific consensus on climate change.

Gleick resigned from the board of the National Center on Science Education, and stepped down as chairman of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) taskforce on scientific ethics.

His admission has triggered an ethics debate in the climate community, with ethics expert Dale Jamieson calling Gleick’s actions “unethical” but adding, “relative to what has been going on on the climate denial side, this is a fairly small breach of ethics.”

Ironically, Gleick held (and was stripped of) an "ethics" position among the AGW crowd!

The president of the AGU said the organization was disappointed with Gleick, whose actions were “inconsistent with our organization’s values.” NASA climate researcher Gavin Schmidt said “Gleick’s actions were completely irresponsible.” Bryan Walsh of Time argued Gleick’s actions “have hurt … the cause of climate science.”

To obtain Heartland's internal documents, Gleick impersonated a Board member, then created a faked "Heartland Strategy Memo" that he and his 15 AGW brethren were to use to discredit Heartland's funding sources, projects and work.

On February 20, Peter Gleick confessed to stealing documents from The Heartland Institute with the intent of exposing its funding sources and damaging its reputation. He also disseminated a fake “climate strategy memo” that he and other environmental activists on the left claim describes Heartland’s “secret strategy” to mislead the public about the true nature of climate change.

As a result of his actions, Heartland is considering charges of wire fraud, identity theft and more.

– The Heartland Institute today released all the emails Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick sent to The Heartland Institute for the purpose of fraudulently obtaining internal Heartland documents. The emails can be found at
The emails reveal how Gleick “phished” the documents by stealing the identity of a Heartland board member, an act to which he publicly admitted in his February 20 Huffington Post confession. Minor redactions have been made to the emails to protect the individual privacy of those involved.
Gleick originally portrayed all of the documents he circulated, including the fake climate change strategy memo, as originating from Heartland. Now he claims he received that memo from an “anonymous source” before his theft. But the emails Heartland released today reveal Gleick never asked for either of the two documents that are specifically cited and summarized in the memo, suggesting the memo was written after, not before, he received the phished documents.
The newly released emails also reveal the first email from Gleick to Heartland was sent on January 27, 2012 – the same day he rejected a cordial invitation to debate climate science at The Heartland Institute’s 2012 anniversary benefit dinner in August. Email correspondence between Gleick and Heartland Institute Director of Communications Jim Lakely can be found here. That correspondence makes it evident Gleick was aware of Heartland’s policies concerning the confidentiality of its donors.
We repeat our request that the fake climate change strategy memo be removed from Web sites and blogs such as DeSmog Blog, Think Progress, and the Huffington Post, along with documents that were stolen from Heartland. It is the ethical thing to do.

When the 15 co-conspirators have been identified, could this be the beginning of the end of the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the World?

posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 09:27 PM

Originally posted by jdub297
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When the 15 co-conspirators have been identified, could this be the beginning of the end of the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the World?

Given how many people have already been taken in by this fraud, I kinda doubt it. They either don't hear about or are blind to this kind of duplicity--or they wholeheartedly support it in the deluded belief that the end justifies the means. No, I think the "climate change" scam has taken on a life of its own, and this won't even amount to a ripple....

posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 09:52 PM
reply to post by jdub297

Who's making all of this "fake climate science" money? I really want to get into the biz, but the only positions I can find are in the global warming deniers listing on Craigslist.

Someone should write to my uncle. He's only making $29,000 a year teaching kids real science, you know, the kind that indicates vast amounts of carbon dioxide contribute to our unstable global climate.

posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 10:47 PM
reply to post by NuminousCosmos

Those poor kids.

Does he have them sing the Obama songs, too?
As gor the money, several funders have already wirhdrawn hundreds of thousands of $$ pledged to Gleick's Institute.

Read the stories.
edit on 24-2-2012 by jdub297 because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 11:01 PM
reply to post by NuminousCosmos

where is all this money you ask? it's everywhere. climategate and climategate 2.0 emails have both demonstrated how unscientific AGW researchers are.

lets, money money...

Universities researching here-and-now solutions to global warming stand the best chance of snagging part of the $100 million in grant money

While there are big research grants available to climate scientists who peddle the politically correct theory of man-made global warming, researchers who dare to question the sacred dogma are dismissed as "deniers' and virtually cut off from funding. Continue reading on Peddling global warming fears puts big money in pockets of climate researchers

"The House intends to spend $1.3 billion on NASA's climate efforts, $400 million on NOAA's, and another $300 million for the National Science Foundation. The states also have a piece of the action, with California - apparently not feeling bankrupt enough - devoting $600 million to their own climate initiative.

the Wall Street Journal reported that the European Commission appropriated nearly $3 billion for climate research, an amount that doesn't include grants from EU member governments. 1nNVvlcWE

billions have been offered up to those who perpetuate the AGW lie to the masses.

posted on Feb, 25 2012 @ 01:24 AM
reply to post by jdub297

I think you'd find this uncle is a devout born-again Christian with a very conservative mindset. His quote: "Science is God's gift to understand his world." He hates the fact that conservatives have turned science into a litmus test on where people stand on 'issues'.

posted on Feb, 25 2012 @ 03:47 AM
reply to post by NuminousCosmos

Your father must know, then, that true science invites skepticism. It is part of the scientific method to put forward a theory that can be falsifiable. AGW advocates have done nothing even close; and out of the "consensus," you can't get uniform agreement on a one or set of theories.

There is no such thing as "conservative science," or "liberal science."

When the best that AGW advocates have going for them is Phil Jones' "we don't know what is causing it, so it must be us," that is not science at all. The IPCC Report is a po;itical document, not a scientific journal. Most of their "findings" could not get published in a peer-reviewed journal. They alternately exaggerated,minimized and ignored to suit a political agenda.

Blind faith in a "consensus" has been proven to be misplaced for thousands of years.

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