NCSE accepts Gleick's resignation

This essay is from the National Center for Science Education at:  http://ncse.com/news/2012/02/source-heartland-leak-steps-forward-007220

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Source of Heartland leak steps forward

Peter Gleick

Peter Gleick

The source of the documents revealing the strategy of the Heartland Institute’s campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of climate science — including by producing and distributing K-12 curriculum materials propounding climate change denial — revealed himself to be Dr. Peter Gleick, the hydroclimatologist who heads the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.

In a February 20, 2012, statement posted at the Huffington Post, Gleick explained that at the beginning of the year, he received a document “describing what appeared to be details of the Heartland Institute’s climate program strategy.” Attempting to confirm the accuracy of the information, he continued, “I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else’s name.”

Gleick expressed regret for his actions, writing, “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.”

As part of NCSE’s expansion to defend the teaching of climate science, Gleick had agreed to join NCSE’s board of directors. On the same day as he posted his statement, however, he apologized to NCSE for his behavior with regard to the Heartland Institute documents and offered to withdraw from the board, on which he was scheduled to begin serving as of February 25, 2012. His offer was accepted.

“Gleick obtained and disseminated these documents without the knowledge of anyone here,” NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott commented, “and we do not condone his doing so.” But, she added, “they show that NCSE was right to broaden its scope to include the teaching of climate science. There really are coordinated attempts to undermine the teaching of climate science, and NCSE is needed to help to thwart them.”

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TheOldCrusader

I used to have some respect for NCSE for its work in rebutting some of the creationist blather. However, I was appalled when they took up climate change. IMO it “undermines” their positions on evolution by making it possible for reasonable people to conclude that they are simply another advocacy group. Actually, I suppose I should rephrase that to read: it makes them into another advocacy group.

Latitude

…a campaign to undermine
LOL……oh well, so much for open debate and discussion “the science is settled”

onlyme

“There really are coordinated attempts to promote the teaching of science based, not politically driven climate science, and NCSE is needed to help to thwart them.”
fixed.

NCSE should now start teaching some really ethical stuff. And give Gleick as an example…

Anachronda

But, she added, “they show that NCSE was right to broaden its scope to include the teaching of climate science. There really are coordinated attempts to undermine the teaching of climate science, and NCSE is needed to help to thwart them.”
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So… fake, but accurate?

“it was wrong, but it was right”. This is the brazen exercise of the whitewash mentality in full view. These people are desperate and just this side of…..Sorry, self snip. I’m betting that Gleicking will carry no penalty.

DaveG

Sadly most of the warmist I have met are are inflexible/intolerant and mean spirited, here we have more evidence of this in Gleick.
Good riddance to Gleick a hypocrite, what we have seen here is the tip of the ice berg, we will never know the full extent of his malfeasance and connivance, but be assured they are long and deep, as evidenced in his activism and good old Climategate emails. A leopard never changes his spots.

Having read it again, it would not surprise me that NCSE is involved in this, even if indirectly…

But remember, everything else is completely above board. Would a Mensch with a name like Gleick lie to you?

onlyme

Anachronda:
No, faked {the strategy memo}, and inaccurate. Not only does the Heartland Institute state unequivocally that the memo is faked, the Heartland Institute seeks to have climate “science” taught in a manner which includes data, studies, peer reviewed articles from both a sceptical and a proponent’s side of the issue.
The issue of anthropogenic global warming is very much a matter of unsettled science, regardless of the spin put on it by most of the MSM outlets and the very vocal and often very well financially compensated AGW proponents who preach from a pulpit built on hundreds of millions of dollars, euros and pounds of grants and funding, not to mention the 300 million Al Gore has put into this effort.

M.A.DeLuca II

So … Gleick received the Strategy document … created the day before DeSmogBlog published the whole Heartland Institute affair … AND THEN he perpetrated fraud to get his hands on supporting documentation? Something about his version just doesn’t add up. Even if he received a paper copy of the document and then scanned it in why would he create the PDF version with Joe Bast’s name on it? Why didn’t he just come forward from the beginning when questions were being raised about the Strategy document and address the reason the real Heartland Institute docs had differing metadata from the Strategy document? Oh … that’s right, because he knowingly committed fraud to get them!

BarryW

Given that there is precedent (Rathergate) I propose that the new tern for this be “Glieckgate”. He deserves to go down in history for his actions.

Joe

So Gleick, in his hubris, attempted to prime the pump for a battle against Heartland that he intended to wage as a board member at NCSE by releasing a fake document that portrayed Heartland as an anti-science organization. This plan had the ultimate effect of undoing Gleick just when he should have been reaching the zenith of his career and casting him in the nadir of his career instead.
It’s a Gleick Tragedy.

Joachim Seifert

Joe, I strongly assume that Gleick is some sort of immigrant from the Mediterranean….where
“Outsmarting” is regarded as normal attitude….there they select a Mayor of town, who outsmarts
the most of all……
But in the US, sneakyness and outsmarting has a very bad name, too many politicians
stumble and fall there, after doing this . really bad….Honesty is honored there in the US….
and the Chicago boys were immigrants….see above….

Joachim Seifert

(1) Peter Gleick: “” My judgments are blinded by my frustrations…….”” ,
………and lets continue with:
(2) NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott: “ that NCSE was right to broaden its scope to include teachers of climate science…..” which we do without previous medical examinations of Warmist applicants…..and we do not check Warmist frustrations about “The End of Global Warming” and the “Onset of Global Cooling of the 21 Century ,,,,,,and once again made obvious the WARMIST’s BLINDING of JUDGEMENTS…..
…….To Mrs: Scott: My advice: Get medical check-up of Warmists or better still: Select a good sturdy Skeptic for all real and unblinded Climate Science advice…..
JS

richard M

“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” I’m not sure he thought he was describing here, but I think it applies more so to academia and other entities who espouse that CO2 is causing this massive warming – and no the other way around. He got off too light here – does wrong AND continues to proselytize.

SandyInDerby

He did it for our own good, well in his head anyway.
Preserve us from people who know they know what is bst for us.

Too bad they didn’t fire him.

It’s pretty funny how the NCSE is still claiming, without caveat, that the fraudulent memo is real. Fake but accurate!

“the Heartland Institute’s campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of climate science”
It appears to be some sort of announcement that individual citizens interested in science, unbeknownst to themselves, undergo a mental fusion process conjoining it with the “public understanding,” which is to be shaped, defined, and kept from being “undermined” by something called “climate scientists.”
The announcement continues that “climate scientists” have exclusive rights to all matters and minutia in the public classroom curricula regarding earth’s poorly understood weather systems.

Eustace Cranch

Unless the crucial email is proved a forgery, what we have at this point is:
1. “Damning” documents actually from HI, confession or no
2. A martyr.
This may actually be the warmist plan. They still think they’re on top. So far.

hawkwood

Sadly most of the warmist I have met are are inflexible/intolerant and mean spirited, here we have more evidence of this in Gleick.
‘Tis true. As I posted elsewhere- Gleick’s actions were foolish and pathetic. Try as one may to put a positive spin on this under the ruse of noble intentions, fact is the good doctor succumbed to his emotions. He will pay the price.
He must pay the price. If we are have a healthy debate those of his ilk and dare i say it those on the skeptic side who step over the line should be held accountable.

Joachim Seifert

Hawkwood: You are right….sneakiness and outsmarting does not sit well with the people
in the US….. they do not like this sort of behaviour…. and if Warmists are not able to
suppress the media….. then Gleick and his Warmist crowd [was he a “lone soul in planning the coup???”] will take another deserved beating…..
The only problem: This happened in many countries before: “What, if Gleicks “frustrations” and
“blinded judgments” augment and he will join the armed Black Warmist Tigers….?
Is this completely unthinkable?
…..Now with the media on his back, he might turn militant….. why should he only get mellow
and weep in depression and self-criticism?….
Everything is possible after his present mental suffering…- ask a medic….- and after the suffering of all Warmists, who try put themselves in his shoes…..
, JS

JJ

““But, she added, “they show that NCSE was right to broaden its scope to include the teaching of climate science. There really are coordinated attempts to undermine the teaching of climate science, and NCSE is needed to help to thwart them.””
Excuse me. Seems the “scientists” have got their causality reversed here.
NCSE developed their coordinated attempts to undermine the teaching of climate science long ago, and have already released them for use by K-12 political indoctrinators. HI’s program, which is still a just proposed budget titem, is needed to thwart them.

Jay Curtis

>>>There really are coordinated attempts to undermine the teaching of climate science, and NCSE is needed to help to thwart them.”
Oh my. So the teaching of climate science automatically translates into the teaching the dogma of Anthropogenic Global Warming? Scott understands nothing about science.

I note with interest that they are not saying that he needed to be fired, but they are saying they were right to hire him in the first place. “[. . .] show that NCSE was right to broaden its scope to include the teaching of climate science.” That is a reference to Gleick’s hiring.
This combination of facts constitutes a dog-whistle call to greens and other socialists. Essentially they seem to be saying to their supporters not to think for one minute that they don’t support what Peter Gleick did.
So many on the left seem to be doubling down. This has got to be because of the present executive branch of the U.S. government. Those doubling down apparently believe that it is now open season and there will be no consequences.
Fixed voting machines definitely come to my mind at the moment. Also the Soviet Union.
AGW skeptics need to wake up to what is going on here and start accepting that it is as serious as I am portraying. They are almost all raising the stakes; they must have some reason to believe they are immune from serious consequences. Whether or not it is a good reason is another question. But they must have some reason.
RTF

Charlie A

I am amused at how the term “leaked” is being used regarding the Heartland documents, while “stolen”was the most commonly used term to describe the CRU emails.

Joe

DeSmogBlog has so completely shut down discussion on their Gleick=Hero post that they have managed a whole 6 posts in shared support for Gleick… and it’s the same “Heartland has to PROVE that that document is faked!”
Likewise, you can no longer register with DeSmogBlog without manual approval from the site because of “trolls” according to their email to me on my registration request.
And, for the record, Scientific American still has their article up that was based on the false information in the fake document: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=leaked-conservative-group
I guess SA decided that they didn’t really need working capital anymore…

Owen in GA

Wow! She quotes the FRAUDULENT DOCUMENT as reason to show they were right to begin defending CAGW in the schools. I bet she doesn’t even realize that is what she has done since she is eye-ball deep group-think that is CAGW.

Manfred

Isn’t the use of the word “undermine” from the falsified document againsts Heartland’s notification which reads:
“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.”

@Jay Curtis…
“Oh my. So the teaching of climate science automatically translates into the teaching the dogma of Anthropogenic Global Warming?”
Yes. When 100% of the people who say they’re practicing Discipline ABC agree on Doctrine XYZ, then you have to say that Discipline ABC automatically translates into Doctrine XYZ.
No point in saying that Climate Science ought to be based on truth; all Climate Scientists have been frauds and criminals from the start. The only solution is to eject the entire discipline from the realm of science, as medicine did with Homeopathy, and psychology did with Orgone Therapy.

[b]Joe said:[/b] [i] “…This plan had the ultimate effect of undoing Gleick just when he should have been reaching the zenith of his career and casting him in the nadir of his career instead…”[/i]
I think Dr. Gleick will become a well compensated Folk Hero of his community as a “Defender of Science!” To me he is as much a fraud as Rachel Carson, but she was also a well compensated Folk Hero…

Spence

Please make it a little more clear who is writing this article, it can be read like WUWT are saying the Heartland are undermining climate science, which is not true.

‘HI must be thwarted from subverting our subversion of science education! Thwart! Exterminate! Thwart! Exterminate!’
Riiiiggghht.

artwest

Joachim Seifert:
Do you really think that unpleasant stereotyping is helping?

Joachim Seifert

Artwest:
….[stereo]typing is [typing] and this ALWAYS helps…. any bad guy, who was spotted and
caught in flagranti ADMITs: “My judgement was blinded….” I was in rage about …the
social unequality…..” ” logically, I could not help it, the URGE overwhelmed me,….
I was driven only by the most honest principles of redistributing the unjust wealth of
some mean rich …..into my pockets..only..”…..
……after all, I did not steal/theft of documents…. they were [official term now]: “leaked” into
my pockets…. sorry folks….I remain the good guy and love you all + down with the
Skeptics…..lets finish them…join the struggle…..
JS

Phil W

“… the strategy of the Heartland Institute’s campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of climate science”
That would be the same way Galileo sought to undermine the Church’s understanding of the Universe, and Columbus, against the overwhelming understanding of the great and good, insisted the Earth was round.

Mark

If Gleick ends up being deposed under oath, I do hope the lawyer doing the questioning produces Gleick’s hatchet job “review” he wrote on Amazon of Donna’s book “Delinquent Teenager” and asks Gleick to testify whether he ever read the book before reviewing it. I think the question would be germane to both background knowledge and the character of the witness. Then he can be asked about his huffy and condescending protestations at Climate Etc claiming he had read the book prior to reviewing it.

Manfred

I was shocked to read the word “undermined” taken from the falsified Heartland document in the press release as well as reasoning of the offender. What is going on at NCSE and in the classrooms ?
1. Heartland notified 3rd parties with the following:
“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.”
2. Heartland has any right to engage in the process of developping K12 material, and, as they state in their real documents, they are well aware and willing to adhere to relevant standards.
3. The IPCC’s own investigation (The Inter Academy Report) reported significant errors in the IPCC reports and processes and beyond that criticized “confirmation bias” and was deeply critical of the way the IPCC, particularly Working Group II, handled and reported on uncertainty,
See pages 45-48 in
http://www.rossmckitrick.com/uploads/4/8/0/8/4808045/rmck_climategate.pdf

Joe at 2/12 10:03 is on to something very important.

So Gleick, in his hubris, attempted to prime the pump for a battle against Heartland that he intended to wage as a board member at NCSE by releasing a fake document that portrayed Heartland as an anti-science organization.

Heartland’s case against Gleick is about defaming and damages to its reputation. It is too great a coincidence that Gleick distribute stolen and faked documents concerning Heartland and its “teaching of climate science” just when he is about to sit as a board member at NCSE.
The pregnant question is, “What did Gleick say to NCSE about Heartland classroom strategies prior to getting the board appointment?” NCSE seems to have swallowed hook-line-and-sinker the concept that

“they [the documents (including the faked one?)] show that NCSE was right to broaden its scope to include the teaching of climate science. There really are coordinated attempts to undermine the teaching of climate science, and NCSE is needed to help to thwart them.”

How does E.C. Scott at NCSE come to that conclusion without the faked document or private potentially defaming discussions (from Gleick)? I think Scott at NCSE just opened itself to Heartland discovery motions.

Eric Anderson

Eugenie Scott: “. . . they show that NCSE was right to broaden its scope to include the teaching of climate science. There really are coordinated attempts to undermine the teaching of climate science, and NCSE is needed to help to thwart them.”
Yep, that’s classical NCSE. All-propaganda-all-the-time. Pretty much every time Scott talks about those bad people out there “undermining” science, you can be sure it is propaganda she is selling, not objective analysis.

Olavi

Gleick is dummy. LOL. Destroyig his own career for nothing. Besides this earth is cooling, so five years from now everybody knows that CO2 is innocent for warming as it is innocent for cooling. It’s the SUN stupid.

Nick Shaw

[snip . . I have left the bit that matters and isn’t silly . . kbmod]
Like all lefties, the ends justify the means.

NCSE accepts Gleick’s resignation, but they also accept a blatant forgery intended to smear Heartland as fact. They want to use the fabrication of a “campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of climate science” to justify themselves. That makes them as intellectually corrupt as Dr. Gleick.
The digital forensics needs to happen already. The preliminaries have already been crowdsourced. It will show that Gleick authored the “Strategy” memo, and planned its release with one or more DeSmogBlog staffers in advance. That is why only 38 minutes elapsed between Gleick’s Epson Scan metadata timestamp and DeSmogBlog’s posting of the files.
The whole story needs to be laid bare so that the accomplices are outed, and none of these apologists for Gleick’s crimes have any excuses. This is also for Dr. Gleick’s benefit, as his personal recovery can not proceed until a full accounting and amends have been made to the best of his ability. The healing begins only after all the pus is drained.

DaveG

Al Gores ex operatives are involved!!!!
From Politco;
” Two sources in California — longtime Democratic operative Chris Lehane and Corey Goodman, a member of the Pacific Institute board of directors — confirmed to POLITICO that Gleick authored the Huffington Post blog confessing to be the source of the leak.
Lehane, Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign press secretary, is helping Gleick pro bono with communications issues. Gleick is represented by John Keker, a prominent San Francisco-based white collar criminal defense attorney.”
Now he has a professional spin-doctor on board and a powerful lawyer. I hope it’s enough; Gleick is in a world of trouble.

Jimbo

I remember when the Heartland story first broke and the zeal of the trolls, Anthony’s enemies came piling in here full of self-righteousness, indignation and insults. Then the truth began to emerge and they seem to have scored an own goal. In the end the truth always wins.
No onto court. ;O)

I am, probably, overly sentimental. When I look at Gleick’s photograph, I feel a bit of remorse. The poor sob must really believe in the quasi-religious stuff he is preaching, if he did such a stupid, self-damaging thing. I have to remind myself of billions of dollars that green swindlers are squeezing out of our pockets, to harden my judgement.
Hansen is a psycho, a religious fanatic. One of those who can be stopped only by force — no argument, fact, or consideration will ever change his mind. The fact that this mentally disturbed individual is a director of NASA’s Goddard Institute is a typical omen of our times: we live in the New Dark Ages.
I never feel any compassion looking at Mike Mann, though. I’ve dealt with his kind. I think he knows that he plays an important role in one of the largest scams in human history, and enjoys it. (Just look at the carefully prearranged avalanche of five-star reviews of his book on Amazon-com — they all appeared almost simultaneously, as soon as the book was announced, even before the book was in print; what a travesty!)
Though Michael Mann is afraid, too. They are all afraid now, green swindlers: somebody with an uncanny sense of irony seems to control the heart of the Sun.

Bill Parsons

Gleick expressed regret for his actions, writing, “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.”

So… let’s see. Poor, “heroic” Innocent, carrying out the duties of his office, mutely afflicted in his quotidian toil by the Great Evil malignantly and furtively denying Mankind his place in the Garden… til he could suffer it no more. Snapped. Struck out in his righteous indignation.
There are serious problems with the Billy Budd defense. Most obviously, Gleick had no impediment to his own speech, and no problems with his pedigree. He comes from an elite school, and is a highly articulate, lavishly-paid, well-groomed spokesman for Climate Change Catastrophism. He could try to make that defense, but I doubt that it’ll stick.
Well, one positive outcome of this sordid affair is Gleick’s resignation from the NCSE and any other educational organization. What he and his hypocritical pals are teaching to youngsters has a lot to do with the failure of secondary and the corruption of higher education today. Kids, your opinions, positions, and your words are for sale – and they can and will be bought, and if you are clever enough, you can surround yourself with an aura of golden beauty and still be home in time for a banquet fit for the Gods.

Sarge

It’s not “outsmarting” when you get nailed to the wall so easily, is it?
@ the photo… A song comes to mind: “Pencil-necked Gleick, grit-eating freak….”

Chris D.

The battle over public school science curricula appears to be the the focus of a concerted effort by both sides. There seems to be a pattern here. Have a listen to this piece I heard a few weeks ago on PRI/NPR. The piece of interest is Act Two, which starts at 24:40. The commentary at 26:40 was what got my attention. Click the little orange play button:
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/424/kid-politics?act=2

Jimbo

From Delingpole quoting Gleick.

“And while all scientists (and all people) make mistakes, good ones acknowledge their mistakes, correct them, and refine our knowledge. Bad ones dig in their heels, defending a faulty paradigm to the bitter end.”

Sounds very much like Warmist climate scientists to me. The 15 years of flat temps is getting them seriously worried and they won’t publicly admit it. Even if global mean temps started trending down they will more or else do what is quoted above in the last sentence. Science moves forward one funeral at a time.

Jimbo

Ahhhhh!
Now onto court. ;O)

Bill Parsons

Stephen Rasey says:
February 21, 2012 at 11:16 am
Joe at 2/12 10:03 is on to something very important.
So Gleick, in his hubris, attempted to prime the pump for a battle against Heartland that he intended to wage as a board member at NCSE by releasing a fake document that portrayed Heartland as an anti-science organization.
Heartland’s case against Gleick is about defaming and damages to its reputation. It is too great a coincidence that Gleick distribute stolen and faked documents concerning Heartland and its “teaching of climate science” just when he is about to sit as a board member at NCSE.

I agree. The most striking (bizarre really) statement in the whole fraudulent memo was the set-up line about how Heartland – and skeptics in general – are trying to destroy science for the kiddos.
Enter Gleick and his Curriculum of Climate Goodness and Pure Thought – and presto, the next generation is saved.