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 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.

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For more information, contact Jim Lakely, communications director of The Heartland Institute, at 312/377-4000 or jlakely@heartland.org.

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Ron McDonald

The hysterical-warmist crowd would do well to remember the words of Seneca: “Revenge is a confession of pain”.

Another nail in fanatical AGW coffin.

I have been reading WUWT for a while, but have not commented. Until now. HI needs to drag every piece of filth who had a role in stealing these documents, or transmitting them on the web, into court, if nothing else but to force depositions from those creeps.
Great work, Mr. Watts. Keep fighting the good fight.
And to those who played a role in this crime: karma is a beast. Remember that.

kim2ooo

The preacher of ethics …with his pants down.
Why he’s the guy who preaches science ethics
A brief lesson in the integrity of science
Climate Change and the Integrity of Science, Again
AGU’s new task force on scientific integrity and ethics begins
Threats to the integrity of science: congressional testimony
http://judithcurry.com/2012/02/20/breaking-news/

Paul Westhaver

I bet Gleik, has got some sticky ick, running down his criminal legs all over his green liar sandals.
I hope the Heartland Institute sues the sticky ick out of the LA times and every single person and organization who repeated the lie.

Now where’d I put my popcorn maker?
This isn’t just going to break, I think ‘shatter’ is a more apposite term.

dalyplanet

A bit surprising, perhaps, is that Peter Gleick is the just announced American Geophysical Union expert to lead the AGU task force on scientific ethics and integrity.
http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2011/2011EO470009.shtml
NOV 2011

Jenn Oates

It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.

Bill Jamison

California Penal Code Section 528.5 make it a crime to create an email account in someone else’s name with intent to defraud. Seems like that applies here. Maybe Federal charges too. This is serious stuff.
It seems like the goal was to create a skeptic climategate and instead we have something that makes alarmists look bad and that rational people should be ashamed of.

dean burgher

Oh the humanity!

Jeff

Repeatedly asking that the documents be taken down is a waste of breathe. The internet has them. They aren’t going away.

dp

It looks like Gleick has earned some time on the Group W bench. While the request to remove the alleged stolen documents from the Internet is at first glance heavy handed, if they are used as evidence against this self-confessed boob they will become part of the public record. I’m ok with the request.
I trust he’s written his last missive as a representative of the Brotherhood of Climate Alarmists.

Why do I keep hearing the opening theme music to Jaws playing in my head when I read this?
Somebody is in deep — hope they have a big legal liability policy.
Larry

Didn’t see Revkin’sapology…nor Romms. We will wait. What is the temperature in Hell right now?

bk

The CAGW narrative is unravelling everywhere.
On another front – good letter in WSJ
http://junkscience.com/2012/02/20/wsj-concerned-scientists-reply-on-global-warming/

Bill H

i hope that they rake them over the coals…
very publicly i might add…

Willis Eschenbach

From Eos … seems like the noble scientists forgot the ancient Roman question—Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

AGU’s new task force on scientific ethics and integrity begins work
Peter Gleick
Pacific Institute, Oakland, Calif., USA
Randy Townsend
American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C., USA
In support of the new strategic plan, AGU has established a new task force to review, evaluate, and update the Union’s policies on scientific misconduct and the process for investigating and responding to allegations of possible misconduct by AGU members. As noted by AGU president Michael McPhaden, “AGU can only realize its vision of ‘collaboratively advancing and communicating science and its power to ensure a sustainable future’ if we have the trust of the public and policy makers. That trust is earned by maintaining the highest standards of scientific integrity in all that we do. The work of the Task Force on Scientific Ethics is essential for defining norms of professional conduct that all our members can aspire to and that demonstrate AGU’s unwavering commitment to excellence in Earth and space science.”

And they wonder why we don’t trust them, even when they set up special task forces to encourage us to trust them …
w.

Copner

@ dalyplanet
> A bit surprising, perhaps, is that Peter Gleick is the just announced American Geophysical Union expert to lead the AGU task force on scientific ethics and integrity.
Not just expert, Chair!
http://www.agu.org/about/governance/committees_boards/scientific_ethics.shtml

kbray in california

“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.”
I can understand the desire to limit dissemination of the offending documents at “unfriendly locations”, however open discussion of the documents at selective locations i.e. WUWT is useful and productive. After all, Mosh figured it out by reading them, eh?

The well funded CAGW scientist has been driven to confessing about lying, stealing, and forgery because there is a single small non profit funding a private professional weather company to build an independent analysts of public government released weather results.
I hope the letter of the law is thrown at the guilty party.

DirkH

Edward von Bear (@Edward_von_Bear) says:
February 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm
“And to those who played a role in this crime: karma is a beast. Remember that.”
Karma is an angry beast and we are poking at it with sticks.
http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/cas_angry_beast.jpg
or (h/t Zefal)
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii317/zefalafez/al_gore_fire_angry_beast.jpg

J. Knight

Hopefully this douchebag will be convicted of criminal fraud and sent to jail. It’s way past time these “people” pay for there criminal actions. I also hope there are civil penalties in the millions of dollars as well. HI, please…please…don’t have any mercy on Gleick. Stick it to the creep.

JJ

Add another name to the list of prominent crimate scientists.

G. Karst

Seems to me – that should be the end of Peter Gleick, professionally and ethically. Good riddance to bad rubbish. And the best thing is… he did it to himself. GK

Russ R.

Predictions:
1. Desmog and other alarmist outfits will rush to support Gleick, accepting his story uncritically, and offering up plausible defenses, contorting the evidence and timeline to explain how things could have transpired. They will also continue to act as if the strategy document were authentic. They will portray him simultaneously as a hero (David standing up to Goliath), and a victim (an innocent whistleblower being harassed by evil deniers and their lawyers).
2. It will become apparent that Gleick was in contact with Desmog prior to sending them the document cache. They knew he was the source, and they probably knew that he falsified the strategy document. They also likely received the documents ahead of the other 14 recipients, which is the only way they could have had a blog post up with all the documents AND a summary hyping up their talking points within hours of receiving them.
3. This will take months, or possibly years to fully resolve.

Alex

Not just retractions: Money. Seriously, every MSM outlet has gleefully lept to stab their little knives into Heartland’s back, and they need to pay for that rash, rushed overtly political decision. NPR, WashPo, NYTimes, etc. Hang em all. Spend every nickel won from Gleek to sue the real bastards.

TomRude

Sad and pathetic state of affairs.

AndyG55

Everyone should email AGU and ask if Gleick REALLY is the Chair of their ethics department. 🙂

And how short was the release time when this stuff went from his hands to Desmogblog & ThinkProgress? We probably have larger problems to look into besides one guy falling on his sword….

TG McCoy (Douglas DC)

[snip over the top -Anthony]

edbarbar

In a discerning world, a fraudulent email would put the nail in the coffin. I wonder, though, how much effort is underway to say this is like “Climategate.” They stole our emails, and they warped them to make us look bad. Then it seems like the same thing.

Alvin

I’m wondering if I believe him now. Is this a red herring?

Paul Westhaver

Sung to the tune of
Una Paloma Blanca
When Global Warming
starts to cave in,
and solar power fails to work,
The warmist liars, try a new way,
Dr Peter Gleick’s a jerk.
He stole some papers,
From the Heartland
and caused a ruckus
in the news….
In a panic,
he’s admitting
The greens are
liars too.
Chorus:
Documents were Stolen,
Peter Gleick is a thief,
Documents were faked,
The LA Times is a rag,
Gleick tried to make,
His Crime seem okay.

G. Karst

Copner says:
February 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm
@ dalyplanet
> A bit surprising, perhaps, is that Peter Gleick is the just announced American Geophysical Union expert to lead the AGU task force on scientific ethics and integrity.
Not just expert, Chair!
http://www.agu.org/about/governance/committees_boards/scientific_ethics.shtml

At the bottom of the above linked page one will find:

If you would like to offer comments, suggestions or feedback for the task force, please contact us at Ethics@agu.org.

This would be a good moment to offer comments, suggestions or feedback for the task force! GK

Markus Fitzhenry.

‘wheresmyak47 says:
February 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm
Wheres the apology and admission from the email hacker!
The moron Watts and his disciples display more hypocrasy than I care to swallow.’
But you do care to swallow a hell of a lot of AGW cool aid. You’re not a vet, not a cop, not a hunter. Probably disqualified from holding a shooters license. Only girls would use that handle mate.

DirkH

edbarbar says:
February 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm
“In a discerning world, a fraudulent email would put the nail in the coffin. I wonder, though, how much effort is underway to say this is like “Climategate.” They stole our emails, and they warped them to make us look bad. Then it seems like the same thing.”
Does anyone still believe Dan Rather?

What has to be emphasized is that at a) Heartland is transparent about their ( our as you have many with yout ) mission to disprove this AGW through debate and fact. There is nothing sinister or hidden about the intention. We are right, we know it and the day of their reckoning is upon them as the global temp responds to natural cycles. b) THIS IS PRIVATELY FUNDED, It is not a government funded gravy train. Its resources are limited and goes to show how fact is on our side as it stands so strongly with so little, against what is mountain of public funds trying to shove an agenda down our throats. As the globe cools, make sure these facts stay hot.
Its my hope that this will draw attention to the fact that there are Good men who are doing something..standing for truth in this matter. As gas prices rise because of the handcuffs these people have put on our nation over a scam, as more jobs get shipped overseas, as more regulations are enacted that kill hopes and dreams of people seeking to better themselves in what is supposed to be a free society, let us hope that this is a key that will unlock the chains the AGW crowd has enslaved us with.
If that is the case, then there is good that will come out of this

TG McCoy (Douglas DC)

Sorry Anthony,too much old west in my background..

John W

“I can understand the desire to limit dissemination of the offending documents at “unfriendly locations”, however open discussion of the documents at selective locations i.e. WUWT is useful and productive. After all, Mosh figured it out by reading them, eh?”
I do not know US law but this would be what one might expect preparatory to suing for defamation as Heartland is probably under a duty to try to limit (mitigate) the damage and sue for the remaining damage done.

handjive

Apologies Mr Watts, ‘wheresmyak47’ is an escaped troll from Andrew Bolt’s blog in Oz.
Letting it near a computer unsupervised is like giving machine gun to a monkey.
You are safe. It just spews vile green invective.

kbray in california

Confessing on Washington’s Birthday…
“Yes, I did it, but it wasn’t my axe.”

Greg Cavanagh

to Jeff
Re: “Repeatedly asking that the documents be taken down is a waste of breathe”
They aren’t expecting them to disappear. This is a test of integrity for news outlets and blogs. Nothing more.

Paul Westhaver

Paraphrasing:
I am now telling the truth….I WAS a thief
But now I am not a liar any more, or a forger…
And it was the journalists who spread the lie, not me,
Stay tuned future statements proclaiming superior ethics…

GeneDoc

Peter Gleick chairs a committee at AGU:
http://www.agu.org/about/governance/committees_boards/scientific_ethics.shtml
Wonder what his recommendation for this committee charge will be?
“Propose sanctions for those who violate AGU’s ethical principles, and..”
Might want to make some suggestions to the Executive Director, Christine W. McEntee:
Agu_execdirector@agu.org
How about no longer chairing the committee on scientific ethics?
Fox guarding the hen house…

Goldie

Don’t think for one second this is over – back to the barricades!
Just a little perspective here – gloating is ugly no matter who does it. Peter will undoubtedly get his day in court, where justice (or at least the law) will be served one way or another.

bk

Joe Bastardi says:
…..
Well said Joe – I also hope this is the tipping point!

Louis Hissink

I sense an impeding need for the discovery of another couple of lead mines judging by the increased amount of lead being sprayed around from people accidentally shooting their feet rather than their usual sceptical targets.

jeef

If any warmist were in doubt as to the difference between failgate and climategate this should help clear it up.

ChE

Does anyone still believe Dan Rather?

Chuck Johnson.

Skiphil

Lots of silliness in the Guardian account, but one very interesting piece of news. If it is true that Gleick has retained Chris Lehane (a notorious political mudslinger and combatant) then it is indeed going “nuclear” in terms of the ways in which Gleick et al will fight in the PR and media space:
“In a sign of combat to come, Gleick has taken on a top Democratic operative and crisis manager, Chris Lehane. Lehane, who worked in the Clinton White House is credited for exposing the rightwing forces arrayed against the Democratic president. He was Al Gore’s press secretary during his 2000 run for the White House.”
“As one environmental campaigner said: “Now it’s gone nuclear.””
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/21/peter-gleick-admits-leaked-heartland-institute-documents?INTCMP=SRCH