Melanie Phillips

22 February 2012

'Fakegate' -- the new nadir of the climate change swindle

Published in: Daily Mail

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You thought ‘Climategate’, the data manipulation/shady practices scandal at the high temple of anthropogenic global warming theory, East Anglia’s Climatic Research Centre, marked the nadir of the whole AGW swindle? Think again. A new scandal has erupted involving an apparent sting directed at the Heartland Institute, the centre for AGW sceptics, which has exploded in the warmists’ faces – and it is by no means over yet.

This convoluted whodunnit – dubbed ‘Fakegate’ and charted in detail on the invaluable Watts Up With That? site -- started when warmist stooges in the media started smearing AGW sceptics based on an apparent leak of incriminating documents from Heartland. It quickly became apparent that someone had used false pretences to obtain confidential Heartland electronic records, which were posted onto the web along with a purported strategic plan by Heartland to ‘muddy public understanding about climate science and policy’. But this strategic plan was in fact a fabricated document, the suspicion of which arose almost immediately.

The usual suspects in the media nevertheless swallowed all this uncritically – indeed leapt with slavering joy upon this apparent proof of sceptic perfidy.

It then turned out that Peter Gleick, head of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security and an aggressive foe of AGW sceptics, confessed to using someone else’s name to obtain these electronic documents from Heartland -- containing personal information about Heartland staff members, donors, and allies -- in order to discredit it. As a result of this disgrace, Gleick has now resigned from the board of the warmist propaganda outfit, the National Center for Science Education in California.

Yet Heartland has said the 'muddying public understanding' memo was itself a forgery. So who forged it? This mystery has not yet been solved – but suspicions are rife. Gleick has maintained he was not the forger. He claims he merely solicited the Heartland documents through false pretences in order to confirm the content of the ‘muddying' memo he had received from an anonymous source. His confession statement further claimed the documents had indeed achieved this aim:

‘The materials the Heartland Institute sent to me confirmed many of the facts in the original document, including especially their 2012 fundraising strategy and budget.’

Yet how could the purloined Heartland documents confirm ‘many of the facts’ in something that was itself faked? Only according to the scientific doctrine at the very core of AGW theory: ‘Make up the evidence to fit the dogma’ and its closely associated moral principle, ‘There is only one truth and that is AGW; all who say otherwise are liars, whose destruction by any means is thus the highest moral act, amen’. Indeed, warmist propaganda sites are even now spinning Gleick’s confession into his canonisation as a whistleblower hero and martyr in the climate wars.

In May 2010 Gleick was a signatory to the lead letter in Science magazine on ‘integrity in climate science’ which stated, inter alia:

‘Many recent assaults on climate science and, more disturbingly, on climate scientists by climate change deniers, are typically driven by special interests or dogma, not by an honest effort to provide an alternative theory that credibly satisfies the evidence... We also call for an end to McCarthy- like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues based on innuendo and guilt by association, the harassment of scientists by politicians seeking distractions to avoid taking action, and the outright lies being spread about them.’

You’d have to have a non-melting ice-cap for a heart not to laugh.

About Melanie

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents.

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  • The Ascent of Woman
  • America's Social Revolution

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