Heartland Deniergate: Gleick Did It For The Planet (updated)

Russ Steele

Note: You might want to keep up todate with this breaking story at Watts Up With That.

I have had several run-ins with the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick when he was truncating sea level data that did not fit his rising sea levels agenda in reports for the California Energy Commission. It was deception.  Now he is admitting he used deception to obtain the Heartland Institute documents involved in “Deniergate.” Below is Gleick’s confession, as posted on Huffington Post.

The Origin of the Heartland Documents
By Peter Gleick,
February 20, 2012, Huffington Post

Since the release in mid-February of a series of documents related to the internal strategy of the Heartland Institute to cast doubt on climate science, there has been extensive speculation about the origin of the documents and intense discussion about what they reveal. Given the need for reliance on facts in the public climate debate, I am issuing the following statement.

At the beginning of 2012, I received an anonymous document in the mail describing what appeared to be details of the Heartland Institute’s climate program strategy. It contained information about their funders and the Institute’s apparent efforts to muddy public understanding about climate science and policy. I do not know the source of that original document but assumed it was sent to me because of my past exchanges with Heartland and because I was named in it.

Given the potential impact however, I attempted to confirm the accuracy of the information in this document. In an effort to do so, and in a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else’s name. The materials the Heartland Institute sent to me confirmed many of the facts in the original document, including especially their 2012 fundraising strategy and budget. I forwarded, anonymously, the documents I had received to a set of journalists and experts working on climate issues. I can explicitly confirm, as can the Heartland Institute, that the documents they emailed to me are identical to the documents that have been made public. I made no changes or alterations of any kind to any of the Heartland Institute documents or to the original anonymous communication.

I will not comment on the substance or implications of the materials; others have and are doing so. I only note that the scientific understanding of the reality and risks of climate change is strong, compelling, and increasingly disturbing, and a rational public debate is desperately needed. My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved. Nevertheless I deeply regret my own actions in this case. I offer my personal apologies to all those affected.

Peter Gleick

This confession is under some additional evaluation at Climate Audit, read the comments. Glick appears to be confessing to the wire fraud, as well as being stupid.  However, he is NOT admitting to drafting of the fake document.  Stay tuned,  it won’t be long until the author, or authors, of the fake document are also identified.

Now, let’s see how our local lefties respond. They were breathless when the Heartland documents were first announced. My guess the silence will be deafening!

Update (02-21-12, 07:45) Silence so far!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

5 Responses to Heartland Deniergate: Gleick Did It For The Planet (updated)

  1. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    It was him and everybody knows it already – they will pass it off as nothing.

    as far your run in’s with him – que the Mary Nichols vs Russ email – inside joke guys

  2. Russ says:

    Heartland Responds to Peter Gleick’s Admission of Guilt:

    FEBRUARY 20, 2012: Earlier this evening, Peter Gleick, a prominent figure in the global warming movement, confessed to stealing electronic documents from The Heartland Institute in an attempt to discredit and embarrass a group that disagrees with his views.

    Gleick’s crime was a serious one. 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.

    An additional document Gleick represented as coming from The Heartland Institute, a forged memo purporting to set out our strategies on global warming, has been extensively cited by newspapers and in news releases and articles posted on Web sites and blogs around the world. It has caused major and permanent damage to the reputations of The Heartland Institute and many of the scientists,  policy experts, and organizations we work with.

    A mere apology is not enough to undo the damage.

    In his statement, Gleick claims he committed this crime because he believed The Heartland Institute was preventing a “rational debate” from taking place over global warming. This is unbelievable. Heartland has repeatedly asked for real debate on this important topic. Gleick himself was specifically invited to attend a Heartland event to debate global warming just days before he stole the documents. He turned down the invitation.

    Gleick also claims he did not write the forged memo, but only stole the documents to confirm the content of the memo he received from an anonymous source. This too is unbelievable. Many independent commentators already have concluded the memo was most likely written by Gleick.

    We hope Gleick will make a more complete confession in the next few days.

    We are consulting with legal counsel to determine our next steps and plan to release a  more complete statement about the situation tomorrow. In the meantime, we ask again that publishers, bloggers, and Web site hosts take the stolen and fraudulent documents off their sites, remove defamatory commentary based on them, and issue retractions.

  3. D. King says:

    Pacific Institute

    Peter Gleick

    What a shame. I wonder how many other things they faked.

    This is getting stupid…er.

  4. From all the glee the lefty press has shown in the distribution of the fake documents you would think they were in the tank on global warming.

  5. Greg Goodknight says:

    You just can’t make this stuff up…
    “AGU’s new task force on scientific ethics and integrity begins work”

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