by Nancy J Thorner

Why  would Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a MacArthur  Foundation Fellow, and chairman of an American Geophysical Union task force on  “scientific ethics and integrity,” break the  law to engage in a smear campaign against a small think-tank called The  Heartland Institute that resulted in “Fakegate”?

As  Alan Caruba related  in the opening paragraph of his article published on Tuesday, April 3rd,  titled “Fatetgate: The War on Science,” “[g]enerations of Americans have been  raised to venerate science and those who have enhanced and extended our lives  through its application.  The rise of environmentalism, however, has  generated a war on science, first by distorting it, and then by propagandizing  the ‘findings’, studies’ and resulting claims based on  them.”

The  Heartland Institute, as a leading voice, led  the effort to debunk the hoax through its sponsorship of six  international conferences featuring scientists and others who presented papers  demonstrating “that 0.038 percent of CO2 in the atmosphere had little  or no “greenhouse” effect on the Earth’s climate or weather  events.”

Heartland’s  six International Conferences on Climate Change (ICCC) attracted scientists  worldwide, who employed science rather than pseudo-science in their  presentations.  Among these scientists were such notables as Lord  Monckton, special adviser to former Margaret Thatcher, and former Czech  President Vaclav Klaus.  Monckton and Klaus were featured guests at  Heartland’s Fourth International Conference on Climate Change in May of  2010.

An  economist by training, Klaus made the  following statement in 2011:

I’m convinced  that after years of studying the phenomenon, global warming is not the real  issue of temperature.  That is the issue of a new ideology or a new  religion.  A religion or climate change or a religion of global  warming.  This is a religion which tell us that the people are  responsible for the current, very small increase in temperatures.  And they  should be punished.

In  light of Heartland’s worldwide recognition as a global warming/climate  change skeptic of merit, it was only a matter of time before rage would ensue  among climate alarmists to single out Heartland for discrediting and  destruction.

So  it was, on January 27 of this year, that Peter Gleick stole the identity of a  member of Heartland’s board of directors and then used that identity to steal  corporate documents describing Heartland’s budget, fundraising plans, and  more.  When those documents failed to produce a “smoking gun” — for  example, they showed that Heartland received only small amounts of funding from  the Koch brothers and from fossil fuel companies — Gleick or an ally forged  a memo alleging to describe Heartland’s “Global Warning  Strategy.”

On  February 14, Gleick sent the stolen and forged documents to fifteen allies in  the environmental movement and mainstream media, resulting in a wave of  criticism of Heartland’s supposed plans to “infiltrate schools” and “undermine”  climate science.  Gleick confessed to stealing the documents on February  20, but media coverage of the event focused overwhelmingly on the false claims  in the fake memo rather than on Gleick’s criminal actions.

Gleick’s  allies immediately used the forged memo and stolen documents to target  Heartland’s donors and the scientists who have helped write its  publications.

A  group calling itself “Forecast the  Factschallenged  the chairman and CEO of General Motors to  defend the company’s foundation’s support of an organization that opposes the  teaching of science in public schools.

On  Friday, March 30, General Motors spokesman David Barthmuss succumbed to what  amounted to bullying, confirming that the company’s foundation will no  longer donate to The Heartland Institute.

Regarding  the loss of General Motors as a source of funding, Heartland CEO Joseph Bast had  this to say: “The General Motors Foundation has been a supporter of the  Heartland Institute for some 20 years.  We regret the loss of their  support, particularly since it was prompted by false claims contained in a fake  memo circulated by disgraced climate scientist Peter Gleick.”

Bast  subsequently told me: “The Left has attacked our donors before, but never had a  list, and never had a fake memo to use that made it sound like we were truly  evil and deliberately misleading people about our program.  That’s what  Fakegate provided…and the wacky Left let loose the hounds at “Forecast the  Facts.”

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