ICECAP: Heartland Institute vs Peter Gleick Summary
02/25/2012 Leave a comment
Steven F. Hayward writing at ICECAPS’s Political Science page has a nice summary of the whole misdeeds episode HERE. He concludes:
The Gleick episode exposes again a movement that disdains arguing with its critics, choosing demonization over persuasion and debate. A confident movement would face and crush its critics if its case were unassailable, as it claims. The climate change fight doesn’t even rise to the level of David and Goliath. Heartland is more like a David fighting a hundred Goliaths. Yet the serial ineptitude of the climate campaign shows that a tiny David doesn’t need to throw a rock against a Goliath who swings his mighty club and only hits himself square in the forehead.
If the warmers scientific argument was a strong one, they would want to debate. However, their weak argument forces them to attack skeptic in a very personal way.
I think that Dr. Nicola Scafetta writing at Watt Up With That nailed the reason for Gleick’s illegal attack, he was seeking revenge for being taken down in an article written by James Taylor at the Heartland Institute. He was was looking for a list of donors that he could forward to “environmental activists and other extremist groups could use the information to launch a campaign of personal harassment against those persons and damage the finance of the Heartland Institute.”
Gleicks course of action was indicative of a weak person with an even weaker scientific argument.