NYTimes: Activist Says He Lied to Obtain Climate Papers

So is Gleick still a MacArthur “genius”?

The New York Times reports:

A prominent environmental researcher, activist and blogger from California admitted Monday night that he had deceitfully obtained and distributed confidential internal materials from the Heartland Institute, a libertarian group based in Chicago devoted in part to questioning the reality of global warming.

Peter H. Gleick, founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security, wrote in a statement published on The Huffington Post that he had posed as someone else to get the materials, which include fund-raising and strategy documents intended only for the board and top executives of the group…

Brendan DeMelle, the managing editor of the Web site DeSmogBlog, which has received a letter from Heartland threatening legal action if the documents were not removed from DeSmogBlog, said in an e-mailed response: “Heartland has not identified any legal basis for a civil action to force removal of the documents. We see none at this time.” But that was before Dr. Gleick’s published admission.

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2 thoughts on “NYTimes: Activist Says He Lied to Obtain Climate Papers”

  1. Two words: “Climategate” and “hypocrisy.” When hackers illegally broke into a server and stole emails, that was great. When Gleick does what any investigative journalist does, it’s the end of the freakin’ world.

    As always, it’s only OK when a conservative does it.

  2. I find it difficult to trust the opinions of anyone who admits to being deceitful, even if for a cause I believe in

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