Despite being caught falsifying evidence with ClimateGate and now with one of these global warming hoaxers facing criminal charges, the climate scammers just can’t let go of the enormous fraud they’ve perpetrated on the public.
The latest national uproar over climate change science has damaged, if not ruined, the reputation of one of the Bay Area’s most prominent scholars and raised serious questions about ethics during what has become a roiling political and ideological debate.
Peter Gleick, a MacArthur Foundation fellow and co-founder and president of Oakland’s Pacific Institute, admitted Monday that he had posed as someone else and obtained confidential internal papers from the Heartland Institute, a libertarian group that has questioned the reality of human-caused global warming.
Heartland officials claim at least one of the memos that Gleick fed to bloggers and Internet sites is phony and they are accusing him of theft.
The papers, which Gleick insists are legitimate, show a coordinated national effort – including programs designed for school children – to discredit climate change science. That campaign appears in the documents to be funded by industries that might be hurt by efforts to control greenhouse gases.
The trickery has nevertheless taken a devastating toll on Gleick’s scientific standing. He resigned as chairman of the American Geophysical Union’s task force on scientific ethics. On Tuesday, the Chronicle website, SFGate.com, dropped him from its City Brights blog page, a place where local luminaries express themselves.
Gleick insists he did not alter any of the documents he got from the Chicago institute, but he could nevertheless be in legal jeopardy, according to Rory Little, professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law and a former federal prosecutor.
“Most states have offenses for deceit if you can show there was intent to defraud,” Little said. “At the very least, it’s civil unlawfulness, and in many states it could be a criminal offense, depending on the elements of their common law.”
Heartland released a statement saying it is “consulting with legal counsel to determine our next steps.”
“Gleick’s crime was a serious one,” Bast said in a statement. “The documents he admits stealing contained personal information about Heartland staff members, donors and allies, the release of which has violated their privacy and endangered their personal safety.”
Endangered their personal safety, huh? You mean these “peace-loving” climate Nazis would actually harm someone who doesn’t agree with them?
Colleagues said Gleick was acting on the growing frustration that many other scientists are also feeling.
“Scientists are up against a political machine trying to create controversy and uncertainty where none exists,” said Healy Hamilton, a biodiversity scientist and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. “How do you deal with an enemy that actually refuses to believe science?”