We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Let me be perfectly clear: I think it is obvious that Peter Gleick fabricated this document–the only one he posted that makes the Heartland Institute look bad–because the real ones he stole from Heartland didn’t serve his partisan purpose. Or, if he didn’t make it up himself, he got it from an ally who fabricated it. No knowledgeable person could mistake Gleick’s hoax for a legitimate top-secret Heartland memo.
So, Peter Gleick: if I am wrong, sue me. If I am right, apologize for fabricating a document and attempting to perpetrate a hoax, and retire from public life.
Of contemporary mass movements, the green movement has been consistently the most alarmist, the least constructive, the most emotional, the least rational, the most intolerant and the most self righteous.
As someone who has done complex modeling and computer coding myself, I deny that, even if we had such an understanding, the people who have been doing the modeling have either the competence or the computer power, in terms of both memory and processing speed, necessary to accurately model it with any confidence at all, let alone sufficient confidence to make radical and costly policy changes that will devastate the wealth of our unborn descendants. Similarly, I deny that the people doing such shoddy modeling have even studied, let along understand, economics and the future course of technology sufficiently to justify their demands that we implement such changes (which conveniently just happen to coincide with things that the Left has been wanting to do for…ever). To paraphrase Carl Sagan, extraordinary policy prescriptions require extraordinary evidence.
Here's Gleik's own personal justification for perpetrating a fraud. (His excuse is that the alarmists are losing the debate, so he got upset. What debate?)
I find the ongoing saga of fraud after fraud, deception after deception, to be depressing. As we have said here many times, some good old global warming would be great for the earth and great for people. It certainly has been, in the past. However, I predict that we will not be so lucky.
The problem with ignoring the fabrications is to allow them into the common discourse. The mere fact that they (the lies) are allowed to be uttered gives them credence, somewhat like a lawyer lecturing the jury. Hammer the coffin nail, stop them with the first word.......
There's no reason for them to stop. They are well funded too, by taxpayers gullible enough to pay for their deceptions. Ooops. I meant governments gullible enough to spend taxpayer money.
He felt it was his "duty" to "protect" us by fabricating information. Well, now. That's a happy coincidence, isn't it? I mean, it's coincidental that lots of these people feel it's their duty to lie to protect us, right? It's not an aggressive program of disinformation, because only the AGW deniers do that, right?
HAHAHAHA! As someone who does FEA and complex engineering analysis (MathCAD, the functional ENGINEER's method!) all day long, I've know these "climate scientists" are a bunch of neandrethal RUBES who couldn't calculate their way out of a paper bag.
The fact that P.G. was so STUPID as to think that the "electronic trail" would not POINT TO HIM...shows that he is a TOTAL RUBE.
Hey, SOROS, keep throwing your money at the IDIOTS! I love it (SOROS = EVEN BIGGER RUBE.)
The poker "tells" were pretty evident 12 years ago when I first looked into this that this movement was a fraud.
Just the fact that they wanted to cut carbon emission but NOT build nuclear made it obvious they were not serious. Add the disagreement between the political report summaries and the underlying technical reports and the facts screamed "Liars!"
The MSM is supporting these guys too. Yesterday's San Jose Mercury-News had a front page story on Peter Gleick but the stuff was all about the controversy on the LEAK and not on the FRAUD. Makes the guy look like a hero and not the zero he really is.
"which conveniently just happen to coincide with things that the Left has been wanting to do for…ever"
Amazing parallel with the words of Naomi Klein, who well before the Gleick affair, said said last November:
"Heartland’s Bast puts it even more bluntly: For the left, “Climate change is the perfect thing…. It’s the reason why we should do everything [the left] wanted to do anyway.” Here’s my inconvenient truth: they aren’t wrong."
No wonder there is so much 'sound and fury signifying nothing' from certain political directions.