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Matt Patterson - Heartland Institute Under Attack

Matt Patterson - Heartland Institute Under Attack

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Summary: It was Valentine’s Day, but it
was no love letter. On February 14, 2012,
renowned environmental scientist Peter
Gleick transmitted to a group of liberal
bloggers and journalists documents that
he obtained from the Heartland Institute,
a Chicago-based think-tank specializing in
environmental policy. Gleick’s goal: destroy
Heartland, a group that has mobilized scientists
who are skeptical about global warming.
Gleick faked his identity and pretended
to be a Heartland board member to obtain
some of the documents. One of the documents
that Gleick sent was a fake, created
by Gleick or parties unknown to prove what
wasn’t true. Gleick’s reckless, unethical and,
most likely, criminal action shows just how
desperate green activists are to prop up their
overblown claims about global warming.
Summary: It was Valentine’s Day, but it
was no love letter. On February 14, 2012,
renowned environmental scientist Peter
Gleick transmitted to a group of liberal
bloggers and journalists documents that
he obtained from the Heartland Institute,
a Chicago-based think-tank specializing in
environmental policy. Gleick’s goal: destroy
Heartland, a group that has mobilized scientists
who are skeptical about global warming.
Gleick faked his identity and pretended
to be a Heartland board member to obtain
some of the documents. One of the documents
that Gleick sent was a fake, created
by Gleick or parties unknown to prove what
wasn’t true. Gleick’s reckless, unethical and,
most likely, criminal action shows just how
desperate green activists are to prop up their
overblown claims about global warming.

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May 2012
The Heartland Institute Under Attack
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The Heartland Institute Under Attack 
Global Warming Fever Drives Scientists to Desperation
 Summary:
It was Valentine’s Day, but it was no love letter. On February 14, 2012,renowned environmental scientist Peter Gleick transmitted to a group of liberal bloggers and journalists documents that he obtained from the Heartland Institute,a Chicago-based think-tank specializing inenvironmental policy. Gleick’s goal: destroy Heartland, a group that has mobilized scien-tists who are skeptical about global warm-ing. Gleick faked his identity and pretended to be a Heartland board member to obtain some of the documents. One of the docu-ments that Gleick sent was a fake, created by Gleick or parties unknown to prove what wasn’t true. Gleick’s reckless, unethical and,most likely, criminal action shows just howdesperate green activists are to prop up their overblown claims about global warming.
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r. Peter Gleick was a trustedand respected scientist, with acareer studded with honors andawards. And then he threw it all away.Gleick, who was born in 1956, studiedengineering and applied science atYale and received his Ph.D. in Energyand Resources from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. He iscurrently president of the Pacific Institutefor Studies in Development, Environment,and Security, which he co-founded in1987.The Oakland, California-based researchgroup has a staff of twenty-five scientistsand program officers who seek “to producesolutions that advance environmental protection, economic development,
By Matt Patterson
and social equity.” In 2010 the PacificInstitute received more than $2.2 millionin grants and contributions from a mix of foundations (e.g. Hewlett, Packard, RobertWood Johnson, Rockefeller Brothers,Rockefeller) and government agencies(e.g. Sacramento County and the Florida
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Dr. Peter Gleick - Thief 
 
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Editor:
Matt Patterson
Publisher:
Terrence Scanlon
Address:
1513 16th Street, NWWashington, DC 20036-1480
Phone:
(202) 483-6900
Email:
mpatterson@capitalresearch.org
Website:
www.capitalresearch.org
Green Watch
is published by CapitalResearch Center, a non-partisan educationand research organization classified by theIRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Reprintsare available for $2.50 prepaid to CapitalResearch Center.
Department of Environmental Protection,EPA, USAID and the U.N. EnvironmentProgramme).Gleick’s research focuses on water as itrelates to “human health, the hydrologicimpacts of climate change, sustainablewater use, privatization and globalization,and international conflicts over water resources.” The Pacic Institute’s websitelists his many scientic and popular workson water management and consumption,including
 Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water 
 (Island Press, 2010).Peter Gleick has been widely honoredfor his work on water resources. He waselected an Academician of the InternationalWater Academy in Oslo, Norway and wasnamed a “visionary on the environment” by the BBC. He received a $500,000MacArthur Foundation “genius” awardin 2003 and was elected to the NationalAcademy of Sciences in 2006.In 2011 Dr. Gleick was named chairman of a new task force on “scientic ethics andintegrity” at the American GeophysicalUnion (AGU). Established in 1919, theAGU is an international association of 61,000 academics and policymakers“dedicated to furthering the sciences of geophysics” by sponsoring meetings and publishing scientic journals.But on February 16, 2012 Gleick resignedfrom the AGU task force citing “personal, private reasons.” We now know that twodays earlier he had passed along to mediaoutlets and online blogs documents thathe claimed came from the HeartlandInstitute, a Chicago-based nonprotresearch and advocacy organization.Gleick considered Heartland’s viewson climate change unacceptable, and he believed the document disclosure woulddiscredit the organization. Then four daysafter his resignation, Gleick astounded hiscolleagues and supporters by confessingthat he had stolen the documents.And that was just the start of “Fakegate.”
Fakegate
Gleick’s action was intended to discreditHeartland, whose conferences and publications sharply challenge what wasonce the conventional wisdom on so-calledglobal warming. Gleick attached the stolendocuments to an email that read:
“Dear Friends (15 of you): In the interest of transparency, I think you should see these files from the Heartland  Institute. Look especially at the 2012 fundraising and budget documents, theinformation about donors, and compareto the 2010 990 tax form. But other thingsmight also interest or intrigue you. This isall I have. And this email account will beremoved after I send.”
Three things got in the way of Gleick’sattempt to discredit Heartland:1) Most of the documents were thoroughlyuninteresting, revealing nothingcontroversial or even surprising aboutHeartland’s internal organization;2) the single document that appeareddamaging—called “January 2012Condential Memo: 2012 HeartlandClimate Strategy”— didn’t come fromHeartland at all (as Gleick would later admit) and was an obvious and clumsyforgery;3) the other documents were obtainedunder false pretenses: Gleick used a stolenidentity and fraud to gain access to thegenuine Heartland documents.A mere 24 hours after Gleick’s documentdump, Heartland conrmed that someone(not known to be Gleick at that point) hadimpersonated a member of the Heartland
 
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 board of directors. Pretending to be the board member, Gleick convinced a member of Heartland’s support staff to send thedocuments to his “new email.”The Heartland Institute is a prominentfree-market think tank founded in 1984 by Joseph Bast, its current president, to“discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.” While it promotes taxand budgetary reform, school choice,and market-based healthcare reforms,Heartland is perhaps best-known for itsinvolvement in the climate wars.Heartland’s initiatives have earned it therespect and admiration of many climatescientists. They despair that the mainstreammedia mindlessly promotes global warmingscare stories and they shake their heads asgovernment agencies and foundations steer grant money to those who make the mostextreme claims about changes in the earth’sclimate.Heartland challenges the theory that modernsociety’s industrial capacity is producinggas emissions that are warming theearth’s climate to such an extent that all of humanity is threatened by natural disaster.Heartland dissents from the arguments for global warming and it publishes alternativeinterpretations of climate change.Heartland’s tenacity has put it on Al Gore’senemies list and made it the bete noire of theUnited Nations Intergovernmental Panelon Climate Change (IPCC). Heartland’s publication Climate Change Reconsideredis the only comprehensive review of thescientific literature on global warming besides the IPCC’s, which is all the morereason why environmental activists likeGleick want to destroy its reputation.As Gleick intended, the stolen Heartlanddocuments caused a sensation whenthey were posted online by the liberal blogs and as the
 New York Times
, the
Guardian
in Great Britain and other mediaoutlets rushed to disclose their contents.However, it quickly became apparentthat the documents revealed no illegal or inappropriate behavior by Heartland’sstaff. But they did disclose confidentialinformation about Heartland’s operationsand budget.One memo revealed that Heartland issupported by about 1,800 donors and expectsto raise over $7 million in 2012. Other documents revealed the identities of somedonors as well as the home addresses andother contact information for Heartland’s board of directors. Perhaps most troubling,Gleick disclosed to extremist blogs likeDeSmogBlog the identity of the scientistsworking with Heartland on its research and publications, potentially exposing them tocareer retribution and physical danger.The phony “Heartland Climate Strategy”memo was a different beast altogether.It falsely claimed that the Charles G.Koch Foundation, a favorite bogeymanof the Left, had funded Heartland’sclimate change work in 2011 to the tuneof $200,000. (In fact, Koch contributed$25,000 to Heartland for work onhealthcare reform.) The memo also castdoubt on the integrity of Heartland’sefforts at climate education. Accordingto the memo, Heartland had developeda K-12 global warming curriculum thatwas “effective at dissuading teachers fromteaching science.”Heartland denounced the memo as anobvious fake and created a website,fakegate.org, which described the forgery:* “The memo contains numerous errorsof fact and interpretation that no one atHeartland would have made. Significantly,every error in the fake memo has the effectof casting Heartland’s fundraising andeducation efforts in a negative light. “* “A thorough forensic analysis of Heartland’s computers (and those owned by Heartland’s president and his spouse) byProtek International concludes ‘the Memowas not created on Heartland’s computer systems and never existed there, or withinHeartland’s email systems, prior to its posting online on February 14, 2012.’”Journalists like
The Atlantic’s
MeganMcArdle pointed out other glaringinaccuracies in the memo and speculated

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