FAKEGATE: THE WAR ON SCIENCE
By Alan Caruba
Science hoaxes have been around a long time, most famously, the “Piltdown Man,” a paleontological fraud that began in 1912, claiming to be the “missing link” between man and ape when a fake skull was discovered in a gravel pit in England. In 1869, a fake “giant petrified human body” of a ten foot tall man. Carved out of gypsum, it was quickly debunked, but the public loved the story.
In more recent times, in the 1970s, there was the claim of a discovery of a Stone Age tribe in the Philippines. This was followed by “crop circles” and, in 1999, the Archaeorapter, an archaeological fake claimed to be the link between birds and dinosaurs, debunked by 2002.
The rise of the environmentalist movement began in the 1970s, but really took off in the 1980s, with the greatest hoax of the modern era, the claim based entirely on corrupt computer models and astonishingly stupid “science,” that the Earth was within a decade, then twenty years, then fifty years, of being destroyed by the rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
So many billions were lavished on this claim, initiated by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that it became a gravy train of government and foundation funding that included international treaties like the 1997 Kyoto Accords, by terms of which nations agreed to reduce CO2 emissions, even if that meant — as is the present case of a new Environmental Protection Agency rule — that would shut down coal-fired plants that produce more than half of the nation’s electricity.
One think tank, the Heartland Institute, led the effort to debunk the hoax, sponsoring six international conferences featuring scientists and others who presented papers that demonstrated that 0.038 percent of CO2 in the atmosphere had little or no “greenhouse” effect on the Earth’s climate or weather events. It will hold its seventh conference, May 21-23, in Chicago.
Along the way, it acquired a lot of enemies, not the least of which were the mainstream media that have thrived on the endless scare campaigns generated by environmentalist groups. Countless articles assured us that the seas were rising and would swamp major coastal cities, that all the polar bears were drowning, and that every natural climate event from hurricanes to tornadoes was caused by global warming.
One leading voice among the global warming advocates was Dr. Peter H. Gleick, whose work in the field of hydroclimatology catapulted him into the top ranks of the scientific community. In 2003, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and, in 2006, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he led a new task force on “scientific ethics and integrity” for the American Geophysical Union.
On February 16, 2012, he resigned from the task force citing “personal, private reasons,” but the reasons would become very public. On February 20, 2012, Dr. Gleick admitted to having fraudulently obtained documents of a board meeting of the Heartland Institute “under someone else’s name” for the purpose of making known its donors.
Dr. Gleick had also allegedly forged a two-page “strategy memo” purporting that the Institute was engaged in a variety of efforts to fraudulently undermine the claims of global warming scientists. The Institute did not have to, nor ever did engage, in any such efforts. The truth about the global warming claims was sufficient to undermine them.
This writer recently inquired of the National Academy of Science whether they had issued or intended to issue a statement regarding Dr. Gleick. Its Executive Director of News and Public Information replied, “No, NAS has issued no statement regarding this.” Otherwise known in the trade as "No comment."
In November, 2009, in a massive data leak that was instantly dubbed “Climategate,” the world learned that IPCC scientists responsible for its reports claiming massive climate change, due to global warming, had been producing some widely disputed science to support the claim. By 1998, their emails revealed their growing panic over a perfectly natural new climate cycle of cooling.
Dr. Gleick’s scheme became known as “Fakegate” after his confession appeared in the Huffington Post. Legal action is being pursued against him because of the deception involved and because of the impact it has had on Heartland’s reputation. In the wake of Fakegate, General Motors, a donor for some twenty years, announced it would no longer support Heartland.
General Motors was no doubt influenced by the vigorous defense of Dr. Gleick waged via posts about Heartland on blogs like DeSmogBlog, on ThinkProgress.com, and Greg Laden’s blog -- and by publications that include the Huffington Post and Politico. The defamation of Heartland included the Pacific Institute, co-founded by Dr. Gleick in 1987, along with the National Center for Science Education, and by Greenpeace.
Despite Dr. Gleick’s apology, his apologists are doing their best to spin what he did when he impersonated a member of Heartland’s board and created the alleged false "strategy" memo.
Dr. Gleick and his apologists are a classic example of the lengths to which the global warming — now called climate change — conspirators have been willing to go to maintain the hoax. Since the 1980s, they have influenced governments to spend billions in public funds and subsidies to advance its corrupt science, along with subsidizing a massive building program of solar panels and wind turbines providing so little electricity it actually has endangered lives in Europe and threatens the integrity of the U.S. electrical grid.
A documentary by the same company that produced Al Gore’s insipid stew of global warming lies, An Inconvenient Truth is now releasing a new documentary, Last Call at the Oasis, in which Dr. Gleick is featured. It has already been shown at the Smithsonian Institute! It is doubtful that his participation will be edited from the film, given the revelations of Fakegate.
Fakegate was just one part of a full-scale war on those scientists — called deniers and climate skeptics — who had the courage to oppose the global warming hoax, and the war continues to this day. Dr. Gleick apparently decided that the Heartland Institute’s reputation had to be severely damaged for its courage. He will have his day in court.
A generation of Americans and others around the world have been brainwashed and continue to be brainwashed by a cabal of elites, often with very deep pockets, who have sought to advance the hoax to enrich themselves or to impose an unconscionable level of control over the world’s population through various UN programs and treaties, entrapping whole nations in their efforts. They have infiltrated the nation’s schools, its colleges, the news media, and run rampant in Hollywood.
In the meantime, the mainstream media has swept Fakegate under the rug, says little of the vast implications of Climategate, and continues to pander to the EPA and other elements of the Obama administration, despite the obvious fraud, waste, and failure of its “Green” programs.
The Heartland Institute has already paid a big price for its efforts and needs donors to replace General Motors’ support. It needs your support.
And science continues to be debased by men with PhDs and lofty academic connections and financial support. It has been said that truth is the first casualty of war, and the war on science continues.
Editor’s Note: To forestall the likely global warmist response to this commentary, Mr. Caruba is neither in the employ of, nor receiving any funding from, the Heartland Institute.
© Alan Caruba
Alan Caruba's commentaries are posted daily at Warning Signs, his popular blog -- and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. His monthly report on new books is posted at Bookviews.
A business and science writer, Caruba is the Founder of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information
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