Top climate scientist admits he lied to obtain and leak Heartland documents
Pacific Institute President Peter H. Gleick apologized and called his actions “a serious lapse of my own professional ethics and judgment.” But he also said his decision to fraudulently acquire and then leak a set of explosive documents from the conservative, climate skeptic think tank was prompted by sustained attacks from climate deniers.
“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 debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved,” he wrote.
The leak of the Heartland memos — including a disputed one purporting to outline a strategy to pay a Department of Energy contractor to prepare school curriculum teaching children that the science behind man-made global warming is unsettled — rocked the climate world last week when they were released to bloggers.
Heartland officials early on acknowledged that it accidentally released several of the memos to someone claiming to be a member of its board of directors. It maintains the “climate strategy” memo is a fraud, calling it “totally fake and intended to defame and discredit the Heartland Institute.”
Gleick yesterday denied authorship of that memo. He said he received it in the mail in 2012. “I do not know the source of that original document, but I assume it was sent to me because of my past exchanges with Heartland and because I was named in it,” said the scientist who has sparred often with Heartland and others who do not believe in the scientific underpinnings of man-made global warming.
He maintained the quest to verify it led him to trick the Heartland Institute into giving out more information.
“well-funded and coordinated to attack climate science and scientists and prevent debate”
Is he talking about the IPCC? It sure sounds like it.