Pacific Institute Reinstates Gleick

by Jim Lakely on June 27, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Pacific Institute announced yesterday it was “pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Gleick back to his position as president” of the organization. The announcement comes three months after Gleick, a prominent climate scientist, confessed to stealing confidential board documents from The Heartland Institute.

Gleick also circulated a memo, purportedly describing Heartland’s “climate strategy,” that he originally claimed to have received from Heartland, and later claimed to have received “in the mail” from an anonymous source. Heartland and others identified the memo as a fake and continue to believe it was most likely written by Gleick himself to damage Heartland’s reputation.

Since the “Fakegate” scandal broke in February, environmental groups including Greenpeace and have used the fake memo to launch disinformation campaigns against Heartland’s donors and the scientists who participate in its climate change research programs.

The following statement from Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, may be used for attribution. For more information, contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at or 312/377-4000.

“Fakegate – which began when a fake memo was circulated to defame the world’s most prominent source of skepticism on man-made global warming – has now generated a fake investigation claiming to exonerate the person at the center of the scandal.

“Whereas The Heartland Institute has been open and honest with the public and the press, sharing emails and the results of its own internal investigations, the Pacific Institute has refused to identify who conducted its investigation, to release its report, or even to respond to our inquiries about what questions were asked of Gleick.

“As near as we can tell, this was not an investigation. It was a whitewash.

“The Pacific Institute’s board of directors has failed to perform its duty and should be deeply ashamed. We have asked the federal government to prosecute Gleick for what we believe were serious crimes he committed, and we await its decision.”

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1 Yukari July 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Politically, the Justice Dept. is in a no-win position. The Repubs are adlaery screaming about unequal protection under the law under them the Black Pather voter intimidation, Fast and Furious, suing states that don’t kow-tow to the Administrations lack of immigration enforcement, trying to block voter ID laws, and so on.Not pursuing this would just give more cannon fodder to the Republicans. If you don’t believe and do exactly what this Administration wants you to believe and do, they will give you none of the protections guaranteed under the law. It may not affect you now, but it may next week. If you don’t force them to stop now, who will be there to help you when the come for you? That would be quite a soundbite, and while some subjects may be difficult for the average voter, not prosecuting someone after confessing to something clearly criminal is very easy to grasp.Of course, if they do pursue Gleick, they will irritate one part of their voter base.It would be interesting to see what they would do if someone stole the list of contributors of a major Dem PAC.

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