Category Archives: Fakegate

Follow the money – why Heartland is a big threat

I’ve had a change of heart. I’ve been sent some new data, after seeing it, I’ve decided that The Heartland Institute is actually a terrible threat to science in the USA. As “Deep Throat” famously said (in the movie), “follow … Continue reading

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Koch takes the NYT and Revkin to task

As WUWT readers know, Andrew Revkin of the New York Times was the first to “authenticate” the stolen Heartland documents. Only one problem, one of the documents, the one that “gave the story legs” (in journo parlance) was a fake. … Continue reading

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Heartland publishes an “Open Letter to Directors of the Pacific Institute”

Fakegate: Open Letter to Directors of the Pacific Institute FEBRUARY 29, 2012 – Today, The Heartland Institute sent the letter below to the following members of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Institute: Peter Boyer, Trustee, The Ayrshire Foundation … Continue reading

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“Plato’s Noble Lie resuscitated in a pas de deux of flimflammery”

Fakegate Apologism — It’s How They Roll Guest post by Chris Horner This morning I read a terrific recounting of the “the fact that a whole section of the scientific establishment is defending Gleick on the grounds that it’s OK … Continue reading

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The Gleick Tragedy

The original Gleick Confesses thread was getting unwieldy with almost 1000 comments, so this one will serve in its place and will continue to be updated. New content on other topics will appear below. Satirical logo by our own charles … Continue reading

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The Fakegate Timeline – from soup to nuts

UPDATED: NEW TIMELINE FILES POSTED 2/29 3PM PST There have been a number of different people working on timelines recently. Reader A. Scott has contributed a complete and highly detailed timeline of the Gleick Keystonian Caper aka Fakegate. It is … Continue reading

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Laugh of the day – where’s that DDT when you really need it?

Over at DeSmog blog, the hilarity from the Daily Bayonet Story earlier today continues. Gotta love this comment from the DeSmog thread:

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AGU President on Gleick’s “shocking fall from grace”: “His transgression cannot be condoned, regardless of his motives.”

AGU President’s message We must remain committed to scientific integrity 27 February 2012 During the third week of February our global community of Earth and space scientists witnessed the shocking fall from grace of an accomplished AGU member who betrayed … Continue reading

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Quote of the week – bonus edition

I said in my earlier QOTW that: I’ve seen lots of quotes this week, many surrounding the Gleick Fakegate affair. I was basically saying that there were so many to choose from in this target rich week, it was a … Continue reading

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Gleick declares in Mann’s book review (after phishing Heartland) – “there IS a war on”

From Amazon’s list of Gleick book reviews here Must read — for the real history of the climate debate and the war by deniers, February 8, 2012 This review is from: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from … Continue reading

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What triggered Dr. Peter Gleick to commit identity fraud on January 27th?

Guest post by Dr. Nicola Scafetta I am following this story about Gleick vs. Heartland Institute. I believe I found something that might be useful and/or interesting. To understand what happened in the mind of Gleick you need to carefully … Continue reading

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Relevant quotes on skepticism – and a motto for our times

About the same time I had opened my browser window a week ago for this post on Bertrand Russell’s Liberal Decalogue from 1951, I had opened a page at The Inconvenient Truth by Guy McCardle on quotes that represent the … Continue reading

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Peter Gleick requests leave of absence from Pacific Institute

From the San Jose Mercury News, Dana Hull reports: Peter Gleick, a nationally known expert on water and climate issues, on Friday asked for a short-term leave of absence from the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, where he is co-founder and president. … Continue reading

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Quote of the week

I’ve seen lots of quotes this week, many surrounding the Gleick Fakegate affair. This one stands out. From John Horgan at Scientific American who asks: Should Global-Warming Activists Lie to Defend Their Cause? He writes:

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Rep Edward Markey sticks his nose into private business

Bishop Hill writes (and I’ve reposted in entirety with apologies in advance): Politicians notice Fakegate Rep Edward Markey of Massachusetts has written to Heartland asking for them to document the inaccuracies in the Fakegate documents and asking for originals. In a … Continue reading

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Heartland Institute Releases Peter Gleick Emails Detailing Fraud, Identity Theft

Correspondence Began Same Day He Rejected Invitation to Debate FEBRUARY 24, 2012 – 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. … Continue reading

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Gleick on camera before he exploded his world

From YouTube’s description: A wide-ranging interview with Pacific Institute president and hydroclimatologist Peter Gleick. Gleick talks about global warming, the challenges climate change poses, the nature of climate change denial, why climate change education is important, and NCSE’s new role … Continue reading

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Dr. Peter Gleick may have run afoul of a new cyber-impersonation law in California

WUWT commenter “The Duke” writes: I just sent the following letter to Senator Joe Simitian (D- Palo Alto) regarding Dr. Gleick’s apparent violation of SB 1411 which went into effect January 1st, 2011. Dear Senator Simitian: I am writing to … Continue reading

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Peter Gleick Debate Invitation email thread

This email from Heartland communications director Jim Lakely is published unedited except for some email address and some telephone number redactions to prevent unwanted spam and calls –Anthony UPDATE: I’ve run the email through this tool (Thanks Tom Nelson) to … Continue reading

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An example of a different ethos when you have access to private documents

While many websites are deriding me for my mentions in the Fakegate emails distributed by Dr. Peter Gleick, and many now (including Dr. Gavin Schmidt) are coming down on Dr. Gleick for his lack of ethics, I thought it might … Continue reading

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An online and open exercise in stylometry/textometry: Crowdsourcing the Gleick “Climate Strategy Memo” authorship

Tonight, a prescient prediction made on WUWT shortly after Gleick posted his confession has come true in the form of DeSmog blog making yet another outrageous and unsupported claim in an effort to save their reputation and that of Dr. … Continue reading

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Megan McArdle gives Mosher and the blogosphere props for pointing to Gleick

Some excerpts from her most recent article in The Atlantic, which you can read in full here. It is important to note that Ms. McArdle is not a climate skeptic, quite the contrary. But, she was and remains very skeptical … Continue reading

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FakeGate: It’s What They Do

Guest Post by Chris Horner I don’t know if you recall this, but, following FakeGate’s trajectory and the pretense in certain quarters that Gleick was operating somehow in a zone of exclusion for his movement — farcically absurd upon even … Continue reading

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Climate Churnalism’s New Clothes

Josh is finding the FakeGate to be a target rich environment. The UK press is quite culpable in lapsed journalistic standards it seems, especially The Guardian.

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NCSE accepts Gleick’s resignation

This essay is from the National Center for Science Education at: ========================================================== Source of Heartland leak steps forward Peter Gleick The source of the documents revealing the strategy of the Heartland Institute’s campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of … Continue reading

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Gleick removed from AGU Task Force on Scientific Ethics page

Commenter FP writes: Hmm, they’ve removed Peter Gleick’s name from this page: It was there four days ago, according to google’s cache. Has he resigned/been fired already? It had read as the page screencap shows:

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Josh on GleickGate

Climate cartoonist Josh of weighs in with this satirical cartoon which represents the ideal model climate scientist image.

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Statement by The Heartland Institute on Gleick Confession

(Received via email direct from Heartland president Bast in advance of their website posting, see Gleick’s statement/confession here – Anthony) FEBRUARY 20, 2012: Earlier this evening, Peter Gleick, a prominent figure in the global warming movement, confessed to stealing electronic … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Gleick Confesses

Since I have started updates here, I’ll keep this post as a “sticky” – new content will follow below it and linked within updates. – Anthony UPDATE 71: 3:27PM In his latest post 18 U.S.C. 1343 Steve McIntyre demonstrates how Andrew … Continue reading

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LA Times invokes Godwins Law, cites ‘Mein Kampf’ to attack Heartland Institute

From LATimes cites ‘Mein Kampf’ to attack Heartland The Los Angeles Times invokes der Führer to attack Heartland. The Los Angeles Times editorializes: Leaked documents from the Heartland Institute in Chicago, one of many nonprofits that spread disinformation about climate … Continue reading

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The Heartland Institute Sends Legal Notices to Publishers of Faked and Stolen Documents

From a Heartland media release: FEBRUARY 19 — The Heartland Institute has sent legal notices  to numerous Web sites, blogs, and publications asking them to take down the stolen and forged documents and what it views as malicious and … Continue reading

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Josh’s Open letter to Heartland -vs- the original, now with extra karma

UPDATE2 10:45PM 2/18/12: This started as a humorous reply to the “Open Letter to Heartland” purportedly signed by several prominent climate scientists. That may be true, but it is now in doubt, as none of the signers wrote it. A … Continue reading

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Top Ten Things Heartland Institute Will Do With $6.4 Million in Funding

I couldn’t think of a way to easily excerpt this excellent piece of satire, so I’ll just repost it with apologies in advance and ask WUWT readers to go to and give her props. -Anthony ============================================================== My hat is … Continue reading

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The DeSmoggers are crashing and burning

Well, the DeSmog Blog “coup” is going down, oh the humanity. There’s a scathing second writeup at The Atlantic by Megan McArdle (as if the first wasn’t enough) that takes the DeSmoggers to task. Note to Hoggan and crew – … Continue reading

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Quote of the week – Andrew Bolt nails “Fakegate”

This short post by Bolt really says it all:

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