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.

The Heartland Institute released a string of emails Friday that Gleick sent to Heartland earlier this year that show how Gleick pretended to be a Heartland board member to get copies of documents sent to a gmail email address. Heartland has set up a website detailing the e-mails at Fakegate.org.

“Given the events of the past week, I would like, with the permission of the Board, to take a temporary, short-term leave of absence from the Institute,” said Gleick in a letter released Friday. “I believe such a leave would allow the Institute staff to continue to refocus on its work, while permitting the Board to conduct a full and fair review and determine an appropriate course of action.”

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Meanwhile, the story I referenced earlier this week, about the press release on the Pacific Institute website that said:

UPDATE19: 2:12PM 2/21 For now, Dr. Gleick still has an office, though I’m not sure that will true in the future. The Pacific Institute made an announcement on their web page that Dr. Gleick has been and continues to be an integral part of our team.

That statement is now gone. This remains in Google cache, but only as a thumbnail:

Now it says this:

 

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92 thoughts on “Peter Gleick requests leave of absence from Pacific Institute

  1. The beginning of the end or the start of another whitewash? I suppose that will be determined by any successful prosecution that may or may not arise.
    I find it odd that he needs to request a leave of absence as when I took a cursory glance of the tax forms for the pacific institute it appeared that despite the lengthy list of board members it appeared that Gleick was the only one taking a wage ( some $130+ K for a couple of hours a week work if I recall correctly? if that position comes up I think i can do it ;)) and it always seemed to me to be just a pet project all of his own that obviously kept him in in dolphin-friendly cous-cous and in my opinion, based upon his behaviour of late, not a few bottles of chardonnay.
    ( there is satire there, just to be on the safe side as the lawyers are circling )

  2. So the birds of a feather that flock together will regroup while their founder is put through one of their wind shreaders. Change in management but business as usual, carry on. It’s like lord of the flies until an adult interviens and then they scurray.

  3. Peter Gleick… asked for a short-term leave of absence…
    With pay, i’ll bet, so he does’t come up short.

  4. Why don’t we close this Institute….?.
    The guys in it are Gleick hand picked and have the same
    “HIGH MORAL STANDARDS as Gleick, unless they tell us otherwise that they would not
    have followed their Chief….
    …..Now he tries to submarine under and nobody would know his whereabouts……
    …..Now we will have the missing heat since 2000 and the missing Gleick since 2012…
    The CAGW end is nearing…. when lying and sneaking into children’s education is standard
    public behaviour…..
    JS

  5. There are a lot of things that are disappearing. I posted a comment at Junkscience and that disappeared too! Anyway, there was a small issue I found with the grants by the government to Pacific institute is that using the DUNS number of Pac Inst. 860029271 and using the advanced search at http://www.USAspending.gov. The site lists all 13 contracts and 7 grants since about the year 2000 is still completely searchable. What was interesting is how the web site totals the amount of grants. It appears there are some double listings for the same grants. Presumably statement of work changes or something similar? Anyway, totals don’t match up.

  6. My guess is that it is just cover for his next operation. He is penetrating the Iranian nuclear weapons program to sabotage it and save the world.
    On his way back he will stop by North Korea and bamboozle the communists in their program for world domination and thereby save the world.
    After lunch he will bring down the Syrian regime and save the world.
    Before nightfall my guess is that he will have infiltrated alqaeda, spilled all its secrets and saved the world.
    But will we ever thank him for his efforts?…

  7. I AM curious regarding changes to Gleick’s current cash flow, which is the bottom line in episodes like this (or any, really). That will be key to his future decisions. As I’m sure people like Georage Soros etc are keenly aware of.
    Heartland has an annual budget of less than $7M?
    Conservatives, you’re already dead — appears nobody has informed you.

  8. That is the one, perhaps the only, aspect of progressive liberalism that works for them — in a big way. The collective — within it, the rich actively support the collective ideology.
    Conservatives? Not so much.
    Which is actively conservative, but less than helpful in the current situation.

  9. I heard that officially Peter Gleick has requested time off from his busy schedule as a high-profile climate scientist in order to relax and catch up on some reading.
    Apparently, months ago, he reviewed several books on Amazon, and being the renown elite ethical scientists that he is; he now intends to actually read them.

  10. Ric Werme says:
    February 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm
    And the odds of Dr Gleick returning from his leave of absence are how low?
    —————————————————
    I’ve seen several leaves of absence where short term included infinity.
    Kaboom says:
    February 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm
    Climate Cluedo:
    I accuse Dr Gleick, in the Study, with the Epson.
    ————————————————————————
    Is this post-normal Cluedo, where they do suicides as well as murder ??
    (…. metaphorically speaking mods)

  11. Presumably the Pacific Institute will now want to cooperate with the investigation of the faked document. And turn over relevant email archives and server logs as well as Dr Gleick’s hard drive to the FBI?

  12. It looks like there is a new position open at Pacific Institute.
    Did you notice that the EPA grants to PI that were dropped from the EPA directory pertained to diesel emissions etc. mostly in Oakland. Not much connection to CAGW. Could the federal response to the FBI inquiry be a reason to clean the decks? Just a question.

  13. or rather, why aren’t you dead yet? MONEY certainly isn’t propping you up……..nor distantly-proportional representation in the media, academia, governmental bureaucracy………………………….
    so why, HOW do you continue to exist??
    I know that you’re dead already– you just don’t smell quite that way….y’know…..
    ???

  14. “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!”
    Sir Walter Scott

    Fall from grace.

  15. I tried to find the actual letter online but no such luck. Poking around the Pac. Inst. web site I found the following. Before I give the link, let me be the first to congratulate myself and a whole slew of WUWT writers and commentators on their 2010 Climate Award from the Pacific Institute:
    http://www.pacinst.org/press_center/press_releases/climate_bs_award.html
    Scroll to the bottom of the screed and see first place description complete with Gleick commas for additional clarity.
    This is soooo going on my resume!!

  16. Like Heartland, the Pacific Institute also has tax-exempt status and their political leanings are also very clear.
    According to their website, one of their programs is a science integrity initiative: “The Science Integrity Initiative responds to and counters the assault on science and scientific integrity in the public policy arena”. And their president is Peter Gleick. Says it all.

  17. What are the odds Muir Russell will be hired by the Pacific Institute to conduct the investigation of the Gleick “events?”

  18. Oh no. The missing Gleick. Its a travesty.
    Actually, I’m much more worried about the state of ethics at the AGU now that he’s gone from there. Who will maintain their impeccable standards?

  19. I’m assuming the next press release from the PI will be informing us that Dr Gleick will be resigning from his current position in order to “spend more time with his family”. That’s the usual euthanism isn’t it??

  20. Conservatives are like Poland.
    Poland has had the historical misfortune of existing between two of the Eurasian powerhouses: Germany and Russia. This centrifugal force has plenty strained, and broken, Poland over ages. But the key to Polish impotence has been its historical inability to unify political strength into an entity that could withstand its two overbearing neighbors.
    American conservatism likewise is defined by its decentralism. Will it die by it?

  21. If Gleick’s computer or (Epson) printer are “property” of PI, their best course of action would be to immediately suspend/fire Gleick for using PI property to conduct personal business. They need to distance themselves, and their assets, from the liability that Gleick has become.

  22. Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you Dr. Peter (the “Backfire Bomber”) Glock. I mean Gleick…….

  23. If push comes to shove, I wonder how much legal liability the Pacific Institute, as an entity in its own right, will share with Gleick if only because it gave him shelter and, perhaps, material aid in conducting his fraudulent activities? Could potential shared legal liability be one reason why the EPA is burying as much public evidence of its contributions to the Pacific Institute?

  24. L. says:
    February 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    That’s the usual euthanism isn’t it??

    I believe you meant ‘euphemism’ which is considered a less offensive means of expressing yourself. ‘Euthanasia’ is to cause a painless death to end suffering.

  25. jtom says:
    February 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    If Gleick’s computer or (Epson) printer are “property” of PI, ….. etc etc.
    ——————————————-
    I’m guessing that Gleick’s highly publicized Epson printer is now in printer heaven (or hell in this case) which, is probably very problematic. There was just too much time, before a real lawyer got involved.
    The judicial system, whatever you may think of it, does not take kindly to destroyed evidence.
    Allegedly, of course ……

  26. Kaboom says:
    February 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm
    Climate Cluedo:
    I accuse Dr Gleick, in the Study, with the Epson.
    ————————————————————————
    Funny bastage!

  27. Hmmmm. Why doesn’t Gleik merely accept the punishment that he wished for the Climategate whistle blower. that was death, BTW.

  28. I don’t know why you’re all piling on poor Dr. Gleick like this.
    I mean, the worst he’s facing is 20 years Federal time for the wire fraud, perhaps more than one count, which would mean 20 years for EACH count. Probably more criminal time (state AND federal) for the identity theft. So, what, worst case he’s facing the rest of his useful life in prison. That’s not such a high price to pay in service to “the cause”, is it?
    Then whatever civil charges are brought by the Heartland Institute and the real individual who’s identity he stole. That should suck whatever personal profit he’s twisted from the corrupt global warming scheme. I hope his family wasn’t depending on those ill-gotten funds.
    Actually, spelling it out like that — anybody out there who is still a friend of his may wish to gather up his belts and shoe laces. He’s misbehaved badly, but nobody is beyond redemption. Perhaps he’ll realize his wrongs and feel obliged to point fingers at co-conspirators? One can hope.
    Well, at least we can all be thankful that “disastrous anthropomorphic global warming” (DAGW) is such an open and shut case that none of its leading proponents would seek to resort to illegal measures to “make their case”. The science, of course, is beyond dispute, right? 99999.99999% of scientists say so, yes?
    Right? Right?
    Yeah, that’s what we figured.
    Speaking of questionably ethical conduct, how’s the cab driver doing these days? You out there Willie? Just a joke, of course you’re still “out there” 😉 Sleep tight, I’m sure the next decade will serve up another human-societal threat for you to lord over the rest of us country bumpkins. There’s rarely been a decade where you lot haven’t had a “cause”. Many decades ago it was pseudo-religious, a handful of decades ago it as the next “ice age” (remember that one from the 1970s?), today it’s more pseudo-science, but in the end it’s always the same–people of limited morals and democratic authority attempting to leverage their short set of skills to wield authority over the rest of us.
    Sometimes it works for short spells. Usually to ends up in humiliation for the provocateur. At least in America. Can’t speak for the rest of the world. They seem oddly amenable to such folks. Perhaps you’ll have better luck there?
    I’d say “good luck,” except that your “winning” mean energy poverty for generations to come. So, sorry, I hope you lose, quickly enough to save society catastrophic costs and with enough misery to deter the next group of fakers for at least a generation or so.

  29. And still the Climate Response Team does nothing! (apologies to Dave Barry). Who are the members of that organisation that valiantly explain science to dumb reporters? Anyone care to guess?

  30. I don’t think I want to waste any money on him, but it could be really funny to get 1,000 or more people to send a printed copy of a special book to the Pacific Institute, for his leisure time reading:
    The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert [Paperback]
    Donna Laframboise (Author)
    It would be nice if he could finally read the book since it is around 4 months since he published his Amazon review which showed zero familiarity with the actual book he was supposedly “reviewing”….

  31. Anthony, thank you for your diligence in this matter.
    I’m continually impressed with the strength of IT knowledge & skills for us heretics (errr…skeptics) vs. these ham-handed climate scientists! Your previous post went into great detail regarding the intricacies of the computer email server network for the UEA CRU’s email system:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/12/06/who-gets-the-most-access-to-network-data-like-emails-at-uea/
    Gleick set up a simple fraudulent gmail account & went fishing, got lucky, did his leak, and left such a broad trail of electronic clues that he had no choice but to confess. And these boobs swear by their computer skills & climate models??
    I hope some prosecutor throws the book at him (whichever book applies).

  32. neill says:
    February 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm
    or rather, why aren’t you dead yet?
    ============================
    The TRUTH never dies.

  33. @ Kaboom says:
    >Climate Cluedo:
    >
    >I accuse Dr Gleick, in the Study, with the Epson.
    Have to disagree, Dr Gleick, in the library, with a Lexmark. That is why it looks a cheap fake….

  34. As a corporate officer of The Pacific Institute, Gleick may well have created liability for the institute itself. They may not be able to distance themselves from this.

  35. Re: zootcadillac’s comment on salary:
    Gleick’s 2010 salary (according to the PI’s 990) is just over $152,000 – or about $5K more than Bast’s salary at Heartland. So much for big money from big oil: EPA grants pay better.

  36. @Rob Z,
    Oh thank you for pointing to the USASpending.gov web site where we find Federal Award ID# AID497A1100004 for $1.3 MILLION for:
    “IMPROVING WATER SERVICES IN INDONESIA THROUGH CORWD [sic] SOURCED MAP DATA”
    I’m sorry Anthony, but apparently you are in the wrong business of corwd (sic) sourcing.

  37. @L. says:
    February 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    Euthanism… Euthanasia, what the hell, all the same difference for the good doKtor Gleick.
    Read PI’s roster, their BoD & Advisory Board… it reads like the starting line-up for tie-die contest, followed by a hootenanny… But, they left off Arlo & ol’ gleaming white’s Pete!
    ‘Who’s land is this anyway…’

  38. Well, let’s not jump to any conclusions yet. Wasn’t it Jones who temporarily stepped down after Climategate 1 (most people thought that, just perhaps, it might be he would have to resign permanently)? Yet he returned some weeks later, fully whitewashed and exonerated of any wrongdoing by his buddies.

  39. So pathetic how the Guardian framed this:
    ‘Peter Gleick, the scientist behind the sting on the Heartland Institute…
    ‘ “To all those sending kind words and thoughts, I deeply appreciate them,” he tweeted.
    ‘Gleick makes his exit after days of ferocious debate about his tactics in exposing Heartland, a rightwing think tank with a core mission of spreading disinformation about climate change.
    There is parallel pressure being put on Heartland to come clean about its mission and its funding…
    ‘Some embraced Gleick as a democratic hero, others worried that he had lost the moral high ground …

  40. You want to have a laugh? Skeptical Science (apologies for swearing) have made 3 updates to their original “Denialgate” post. They haven’t even mentioned that the leaker, Gleick, has confessed.
    This still remains:
    “-Forbes and other business press are favored outlets for Heartland’s dissemination of climate denial messages, and the group is worried about maintaining that exclusive space. They note in particular the work of Dr. Peter Gleick:” [quote follows]
    If you don’t talk about it, it didn’t happen.

  41. Gleick requesting a “short term” leave of absence speaks volumes. Gleick apparently thinks that this will eventually die down, and he can resume his position at the institute he co-founded.
    If Gleick has any shred of the ethics he so loudly proclaimed, he would resign. Not the mealy-mouthed type of resignation from the AGU where his resignation was stated for “personal reasons”, but a resignation that boldly states he is taking responsibility for his own actions, and does not wish to drag the Pacific Institute into this.
    Short term leave of absence though does not bode well for this leader-of-all-things-ethical actually taking responsibility for his own failings. It does speak volumes about the kind of ethics he actually lives by.

  42. GogogoStopSTOP says:
    February 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm
    Read PI’s roster, their BoD & Advisory Board… it reads like the starting line-up for tie-die contest, followed by a hootenanny… But, they left off Arlo & ol’ gleaming white’s Pete!

    Now, now, leave Arlo and Pete out of this. Dragging them into this means we will have to cross swords.
    After all, Arlo took full responsibility for placing that envelope underneath that pile of trash!

  43. I hear that the UEA’s Climate Research Unit can always use an honest, high-powered “climate scientist” like Peter Gleick.
    In fact, they should endow a special professorial chair for him there.

  44. “Neither the Board nor staff knew of, played any role in, or condones these events”
    Hang on, wasn’t Gleick staff? Are they now saying Gleick did all this without knowing or condoning? Does he have multiple personality dissociative disorder?

    • @Ron Dean says:
      February 25, 2012 at 12:20 am
      GogogoStopSTOP says:
      February 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm
      “After all, Arlo took full responsibility for placing that envelope underneath that pile of trash!”
      And Michael Savage said it best: “Liberalism is a mental disorder.” But when Officer Obie asked me the same question, I replied: “I paid some guy to take my garbage away. He said he had a ‘dump permit!'” A deee-furrrrrr-ment!

  45. pokerguy says:
    February 24, 2012 at 4:56 am
    Jeff, agreed. Even the MSM is beginning to catch on that there’s something (they’re not quite sure what yet) going on. Gleick did us a huge favor. As Judith Curry recently put it, it’s like taking a huge gun (Gleick’s theft and probable forgery) to kill a bug (“expose” HI) and ending up shooting yourself.

    Gleick didn’t, IMO, want to kill a bug. He was, IMO, hoping to obtain a document showing that McIntyre was being funded by Heartland. That would have been a bombshell. In a widely publicized Climategate 2e-mail, Michael Mann voiced that suspicion–and he added that he wished some investigative journalist would dig into the matter. I suspect that this is what inspired Gleick’s snooping.
    If that was the case, his great error was in “carrying on” once the documents he obtained failed to reveal such machinations. If he’d been caught later by his electronic trail, but had not circulated the documents, nothing would have happened to him. But he recklessly decided to go “all in” on a pair of deuces.

  46. Roger Knights says:
    February 25, 2012 at 1:15 am
    “Gleick didn’t, IMO, want to kill a bug. He was, IMO, hoping to obtain a document showing that McIntyre was being funded by Heartland. That would have been a bombshell. In a widely publicized Climategate 2e-mail, Michael Mann voiced that suspicion–and he added that he wished some investigative journalist would dig into the matter. I suspect that this is what inspired Gleick’s snooping.
    If that was the case, his great error was in “carrying on” once the documents he obtained failed to reveal such machinations. ”
    The fact that he carried on shows that he wasn’t looking for something specific as that. I would say he just wanted to have some material for starting his crusade at NSCE, no matter what. He targeted Heartland because he got that invitation by them – he felt provoked, and he could have started the crusade with an attack on any of the known climate-sceptic outlets.

  47. – Tallblokes computers were seized in a police raid, with no evidence & a much lower “public interest”. So In a just world Gleick’s would have already been seized. But this is a topsy turvy world where the Activist-science community (acti-science) have 1000 times the, cash & PR resources & so own the debate. Managing to get words published again and again so they become true. Manage to get the English language changed (“denier” etc.) & then use them to frame the debate with standard tricks of creating false dichotmies (with us or against us) i.e if you don’t support dogma you are a “denier” cos we own science. While at the same time as name calling & deleting polite but inconvenient comments on their blogs etc. They’ll dig up some dirt on someone & get the debate closed down they always do.
    – “Neither the Board nor staff knew of, played any role in, or condones these events”
    well if this turned out not to be true then PI as well NCSE will end up paying compensation to Heartland

  48. Has Gleick been on any trips to Indonesia lately?
    http://www.usaspending.gov
    Federal Award ID: AID497A1100004 (Grants)
    Date Signed: November 25 , 2010
    Obligation Amount: $1,300,000
    Starting Date 11/26/2010
    Ending Date 11/25/2013
    Recipient DUNS Number 860029271
    Recipient: PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENT
    654 13TH ST STE A , OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
    Reason for Modification:
    Program Source: 72-1021:Development Assistance Program
    Agency: United States Agency for International Development : U.S. Agency for International Development
    CFDA Program : 98.001 : USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas
    Description: DGP WATSAN: WATER SMS: IMPROVING WATER SERVICES IN INDONESIA THROUGH …
    Executive Compensation for Prime-recipient as Reported in FSRS (Award)
    The Prime awardee has declared that, for this DUNS, no reporting of executive compensation is required under Section 6202 of P.L. 110-252, amending the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (P.L. 109-282).

  49. The Oakland-based Pacific Institute is insulating the organization, and their liability insurance policy, from the coming legal battle between the Heartland Institute and Dr. Gleick. The honorable Dr. Gleick is now on his own when it comes to representation in the courts.
    In the event Dr. Gleick announces his intention to go on a ’round the world quest to find the “missing heat”, should the FBI request that he turn in his passport?

  50. It sounds grand, but what really is the Pacific Institute, and how many people actually do work there? It seems Gleick is its only paid “employee” (and paid a ton, not counting trips, expenses, etc.), and that over the years, millions of dollars have been poured into it by the U.S. government using taxpayers’ money. PI, which is tax-exempt, turns around and uses this grant money for political purposes, including propaganda, and pushing or opposing specific political candidates: all in violation of federal laws.
    It seems to me that a large percentage of alleged non-profits are just scams created by crooks to get free government money and sucker contributions, and to provide employment and cushy benefits for themselves. If our government weren’t so politicized, maybe the FBI, Justice Department, etc. would put an end to this trillion-dollar rip-off, but without fake charities, the unemployment numbers would be twice as high, and politicians would have to raise money from real individuals, instead of giving tax money to the fake charities so they can funnel some of it back in the form of contributions.

  51. Pacific Institute are completely right not to remove him, they obviously need Gleicks skills to get business done. Heartland Institute was the one organization he got found out committing fraud on, how many more organizations has he infiltrated or impersonated.

  52. Ian says:
    February 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm
    Re: zootcadillac’s comment on salary:
    Gleick’s 2010 salary (according to the PI’s 990) is just over $152,000 – or about $5K more than Bast’s salary at Heartland. So much for big money from big oil: EPA grants pay better.

    I’m sure $152K is just the beginning of his taxable income – he certainly earns much more than that.
    You know, I never want to deny anyone the opportunity to make buck, but what has struck me about the CAGW scientists is that they want to make you believe they’re not in it for the money – B.S.! OF COURSE, they’re in it for the money! Let me know when they start doing their “science” for free. And as we all know, there are a lot of opportunities these days to make big money in the climate industry versus, say, being in the service of “big oil” or “big energy” or “big whatever”.
    BTW, I am guessing that we will be hearing about Peter Gleick taking a leave of absence at a rehab ranch somewhere in the California mountains, where he can eat organic yogurt, take yoga classes, and meditate with Buddhist camp councilors.

  53. Why the assumption that AGU wants an impartial arbiter of scientific ethics?
    Were they previously unaware of Gleick’s rabidly partisan,unethical behaviours?
    More likely that they’re setting up a “Ministry of Truth” to persecute apostates.

  54. Lisa Jackson is still head of Obama’s EPA. The money will continue to flow. If not from there then redevelopment funds or stimulus funds. Gleick just forgot who he was, a well paid hatchet man.

  55. jtom says:
    February 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    If Gleick’s computer or (Epson) printer are “property” of PI, their best course of action would be to immediately suspend/fire Gleick for using PI property to conduct personal business. They need to distance themselves, and their assets, from the liability that Gleick has become.

    My employer has a written policy that permits limited personal use of the computer system, a not-so-written expectation that the work gets done, and makes it easy to to work at home (on clearly personal equipment), but basically expects the job to get done.
    OTOH, using company resources to help commit wire fraud would be grounds for immediate dismissal, at least at my level.

  56. He asked to be placed on leave? How odd is that?
    He’s founder and president, all he needs to do announce, he doesn’t need to ask permission.

  57. The Three Stooges are re-uniting with Anthony Wiener, Eliot Spitzer and Peter Gleick. Oh, I almost forgot Charlie Sheen as Shemp!

  58. “he felt provoked, and he could have started the crusade with an attack on any of the known climate-sceptic outlets.”
    Perhaps these other outfits should check their records to see if there have been any attempted phishing expeditions lately?

  59. The “absence” is simply a smart tactical move by both sides. The Institute gets to wait and see how bad the damage is before making a decision. (And there will be the normal rally ’round the Chief mindset in the meantime.) The absence sends a signal that the Institute is taking ‘some’ action, albeit small in this case.
    And Gleick likewise keeps his options open to see how bad is the pressure over time or whether the American short memory works to his favor. There is actually a high probability of his returning via the “absence” route. If the Institute was truly upset they would have canned him versus leaving the door open. (Also keeps them from a possible termination lawsuit and large payment to Gleick. Even if he is wrong, that would be cheaper than court.)

  60. @hawkwood says:
    February 25, 2012 at 6:28 am
    The Three Stooges are re-uniting with Anthony Wiener, Eliot Spitzer and Peter Gleick. Oh, I almost forgot Charlie Sheen as Shemp!
    Hawk-ster… very apt association, indeed. But, the problem is that the Wiener’s, Spitzer’s, Gleick’s eventually, given time, money & power turn into Adolf, Josef & Idi… & that’s no laughing matter.
    BTW, have you noticed that hirsute adornment of doKtor Gleick looks like a negative of a blackface actor!? (It’s a legit phraseology, really, don’t censor it, please!)

  61. I believe the expression would be ‘smoke and mirrors’.
    The Potemkin Institute is the public face of Peter Gleick’s laptop.

  62. The American Geophysical Union has responed quickly to the ethical challenge of the EPA funded advocate, turned cyber high jinkster. The NEW Director of the AGU Task Force on Scientific Ethics is to be fellow Gleick TFSE committee member Dr Linda Gundersen. Dr Gundersen is the Director of the Office of Science Quality and Intergity with the US Geological Survey. Therefore the seamless ‘Continuity of Government’ oversight on the philosophical direction of science will be maintained….lest you think that big brother might be forced to recuse itself over ‘ethics’.

  63. This place is so much more entertaining than any MSM, I can’t imagine ever being subjected to that distorted world again. Thanks to all for the thought provoking, insightful. and clever posts.

  64. jtom says:
    February 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    They need to distance themselves, and their assets, from the liability that Gleick has become.”
    Nothing on the PI website this morning; so they’re not distancing themselves fast enough. The problem is, he’s the president of the board, and their highest paid staff member. What astonishes me, given the other names on that board, is that they have been so slow – they have to know that their Directors and Officers policy is at risk, here, to say nothing of all their contracts.
    What they’re thinking defeats me.

  65. JEM says:
    February 25, 2012 at 7:27 am
    I believe the expression would be ‘smoke and mirrors’.
    The Potemkin Institute is the public face of Peter Gleick’s laptop.
    —————
    That’s what I’m saying. All this theater about asking for a leave is hilarious. Who is he asking? Gleick IS the Pacific Institute, a fantasy “non-profit organization” sucking up millions of dollars from government and stooge contributors to do what? Apparently, Pacific Institute spends most of HIS time penning rants about skeptics and Republicans, or trying to find dirt on them, for which he pays himself $152,000 a year (not counting free trips, expenses, etc.) out of taxpayer and donor funds (and a good number of those taxpayers are skeptics and/or Republicans), in violation of federal and state laws. I wonder how much he paid himself for his fraudulent review of Donna Laframboise’s book on Amazon. I wonder how much he would have paid himself if he had bothered to actually read the book before setting out to defame it and its author, and to do her financial harm. I guess he missed the part about Laframboise being a liberal and former vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Union. And this man–a cruel, egotistical, vicious, lying, grant-writing, rent-seeking tax-parasite–is what some segments of our society (the segments he is involved with) call a scientific ethicist?
    His fishing expedition to get dirt on Heartland, which he failed to find, inspiring the fabrication of “incriminating” documents, which his vile followers are still pretending are revealing about Heartland, should now be turned around on him, them, and PI, and any other fake non-profit he and his little band of friends are involved with. Of course they’ve falsified everything concerning climate change, because this is the ruse around which they’ve built their grant requests. Without other peoples’ money, they would all be broke. Who would hire them? The Mob?
    Time for the skeptics to be demanding criminal investigations into the hundreds or thousands of fake grant-seeking, often political, “non-profits” behind the global warming scaremongering. And this includes all the universities bleeding tax payers dry for money the universities most certainly do not need.

  66. Is it legal to start a fund that would ask for Whistleblowers to come forward with knowledge of fraudulent NOAA, NASA, or Pacific Institute grant wrongdoings? Personally, I could not do this, but I could & would contribute & donate my time to the effort. What say yee all!

  67. I expect Gleick will be sneaking back to his ancestral home in Lake Wobegon, to seek solace in the welcoming arms of his relatives, who it seems make up most of this small towns population. It was here that he first developed his interest in water during the years spent ice fishing and swimming in, what turned out to be, the radioactive lake!
    Here’s hoping he enjoys eating several nice big dishes of lutefisk while contemplating his misdeeds… 🙂

  68. And this year’s 2012 Climate B.S.* ” award (even though its only February) goes to: PETER GLEICK. Here’s a quote about him from the 2011 Climate B.S. award:
    “In this case, “B.S.” stands for bad science, according to hydroclimatologist Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.”
    He gives out these awards every year….Ha ha ha ha!

  69. “Heartland no doubt will seek to exploit Dr. Gleick’s admitted lapse in judgement…”
    ==========================================
    ROTFL…they make it sound like he forgot to buy milk……………
    There’s no disclosure involved with wire fraud, identity theft, etc
    He’s facing criminal charges…….the civil part will come after the criminal charges

  70. Yaas indeed, the PI is going to invite Mr. Boat Anchor back and firmly chain him around its neck. Then jump right back in the swim!
    I hope its budget allows for a big enough life jacket. Not.

  71. Anton says:
    February 25, 2012 at 8:52 am
    JEM says:
    February 25, 2012 at 7:27 am
    I believe the expression would be ‘smoke and mirrors’.
    The Potemkin Institute is the public face of Peter Gleick’s laptop.
    —————
    That’s what I’m saying. All this theater about asking for a leave is hilarious. Who is he asking? Gleick IS the Pacific Institute, a fantasy “non-profit organization” sucking up millions of dollars from government and stooge contributors to do what?

    Someone suggested it was one of the myriad Tides Foundation cat’s paws/shell foundations. That would explain its funding and focus.

  72. Tides isn’t listed on the Pacific Institute’s 2011 funding organizations list.The 2010 audit doesn’t show Tides – be sure to read the notes, the statements qua statements won’t tell you what you want to know. The Open Society Institute gave a $78,272 grant or contract in 2009, which had not completely paid out at the end of 2010 (see page 12 of the audit).
    I’m not seeing much that surprises me on PI’s financials at all. It’s pretty standard fare for the kind of organization it is. I have no way of assessing the quality of the work they do under contracts, so I’ll leave that to people with the expertise.
    The staff list is pretty much what you’d expect. There’s a few people with Ph.D.’s, and a bunch of support staff. Most of the payroll (page 5 of the audit) goes to program, not that much to General/Administrative, and none to fundraising – that’s contracted out.
    Audits. I love them!

  73. TA: Hello , International Travel Agency, how may I help you?
    Anon: Uh, do you have a one way ticket to Paraguay?
    TA: We have several tours of the South American Andies.
    Anon: No thanks, just Paraguay please.
    TA: Yes we can arrange that for you. Do you speak Spanish?
    Anon: I’ll book leasons once I get there.
    TA: So you are planning a lengthy stay?
    Anon: Probably permanent.

  74. I hope he gathers a support group around him that will also watch out for signs of exhaustion. That he may have done what he is being accused of does not negate the fact that he is human and may be at risk of having severe emotional and physical pain. I am sorry that he may be feeling those things while still being disapponted in his actions.

  75. @Pamela Gray says:
    February 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    “I hope he gathers a support group around him that will also watch out for signs of exhaustion.”
    Yeah, I hope he’s ok too. Don’t want him to get off criminal charges just because he’e tired, forlorn, sad, depressed, delusional… I mean any more delusional than his arguments seem to portray him. I mean, I hope he botches his defense, given that the probability is that he’ll have a raving mad liberal judge & lawyer working for him, I mean, on his side,
    Yeah… so I’m thinkn… gee, I hope he’s more chipper today, like he would be if he were bashing a Denier, like he does when he feels good and all that. Hope he doesn’t take any of this out on his kids, wife, etc, etc Maybe he could pretend he’s in a happy moment, like with the USofA hating UN IPCC… you know, just sitting around hating on the CO2 wasting, burning American Conservatives, ExxonMobile types.
    Gosh, I hope doKtor Gleick get’s through this OK. Poor guy.

  76. Justice requires that thinking skeptics rise above, not sink to the level of anger and hatred that infests some of the extreme AGW scientists.

  77. Yeah, right, I just want to rise above them too. Defeat there ideas, defeat the hatred they show for me, I just want to be left alone & not be taxed because I exhaled, because my run-off, ran-off… because any energy process gives off a by-product that they conniveingly say is destroying the earth. “Beware of those who want to save the world… they really only want to control us!” And, I don’t care if they are tired, or they think I’m angry. They want to bring us down. My path to victory over these forces doesn’t need to have it’s motivation questioned.
    I’m with you, I just want to rise above them, defeat there crazy ideas that will enslave me, that will enslave the world to deprivation… and when they are defeated, I don’t care how tired, unhappy they are… they & their children will eventually see the Light. Or…

  78. Arguing with Dr. G is about as fruitful as arguing with a rock. Maybe he can see that now. Though I doubt it. U can’t argue with a mind filled with emotion and such a person does not make a good addition to a debate that should be based on facts, observation, and unbiased hypothesis. Sometimes a great mirror is in the face of the opposition.

  79. “a leave of absence”?
    Why haven’t they terminated his a$$? Does Pacific Institute really expect him back in some capacity involving ethics? Perhap as a pemanent display labeled “Don’t do this”?

  80. “The Board of Directors of the Pacific Institute is deeply concerned regarding recent events involving its president, Dr. Peter Gleick, and has hired an independent firm to review the allegations.”
    If that’s not the QOTW then Sir Alastair Muir Russell isn’t an inquisitor of sparingly few questions.

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