The article from The Guardian is back up in a fuller form, seems they had a place holder article go up only for it to be replaced by a more detailed piece:
A review has cleared the scientist Peter Gleick of forging any documents in his expose of the right-wing Heartland Institute’s strategy and finances, the Guardian has learned.
Gleick’s sting on Heartland brought unwelcome scrutiny to the organisation’s efforts to block action on climate change, and prompted a walk-out of corporate donors that has created uncertainty about its financial future.
Gleick, founder of the Pacific Institute and a well-regarded water expert, admitted and apologised for using deception to obtain internal Heartland documents last February.
So let’s review:
- When the documents exposed their cynical tactics, Heartland lied about the authenticity of the strategy document
- When exposed they threatened to get medieval on anyone even commentating on the documents
- They lied to the world’s media.
Yeah, Heartland sound’s like a wonderful bunch of folks!
I wonder if Ian Plimer, Bob Carter and Senator Cory Bernardi are going to continue associating themselves with the likes of Heartland?
Let’s remind ourselves what kind of organisation Heartland is. To quote the strategy document:
Heartland is part of a growing network of groups working the climate issues, some of which we support financially. We will seek additional partnerships in 2012. At present we sponsor the NIPCC to undermine the official United Nation’s IPCC reports and paid a team of writers $388,000 in 2011 to work on a series of editions of Climate Change Reconsidered. Expenses will be about the same in 2012. NIPCC is currently funded by two gifts a year from two foundations, both of them requesting anonymity.
Heartland is part of a network that seeks to undermine the IPCC reports, an effort underwritten by anonymous donors.
Does that sound like “science” or a “debate” to you?