published Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Another anti-global-warming activist found using deceptive tactics

Environmental activists who think man's use of fossil fuels is catastrophically heating the Earth typically present themselves as dispassionate promoters of facts and truth. Yet it is astonishing how often they use deceptive tactics to advance their cause.

Recently, a prominent environmentalist in California admitted using deception to get confidential documents from The Heartland Institute, a free-market organization that challenges dubious claims about "global warming."

"[I]n a serious lapse of my own professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received ... materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else's name," Peter Gleick wrote of the materials that he received and spread.

Gleick said he wants "rational public debate" on climate change. But as Heartland noted after he admitted getting the documents unethically: "Gleick himself was specifically invited to attend a Heartland event to debate global warming just days before [he obtained the documents.] He turned down the invitation."

This isn't the only case that brings global warming activism into question. Repeatedly, a "respected" research facility at Britain's University of East Anglia stonewalled freedom-of-information requests about climate data and sought to silence skeptical scientists.

The Washington Post reported on emails from the university: "An official from the British Met Office, a scientific organization that analyzes the climate, writes to the Climate Research Unit's then-director, Phil Jones: 'Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the uncertainty and be honest.'"

The official continued, "I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run."

The Associated Press reported that part of the material suggested the scientists' emails "could be deleted to dodge freedom of information requests."

Meanwhile, a huge 2007 U.N. climate report was riddled with errors:

• It declared that massive glaciers in the Himalayas may melt away by 2035. It should have said the melt-off is predicted for 300 years from now -- if it happens at all.

• It included claims by advocacy groups, not just impartial scientists.

• It said a certain glacier shrank more than 135 meters per year from 1845 to 1965. The real figure turned out to be less than one-fifth of that.

• The Himalayas have 33,000 square kilometers of glaciers, but the report said the glaciers would shrink 400,000 square kilometers.

There should be "rational debate" on global warming. But we don't always get that from certain activists.

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EaTn said...

First of all, our thoughts and best wishes for those who have injuries and damaged property from yesterday storm. The question is not whether we have a weather change, but why?

March 3, 2012 at 7:21 a.m.
conservative said...

Iwant to thank the writer for using the original term "global warming." The "global warming" proponents saw how little headway they were making with their "the sky is falling, the sky is falling" term that they decided to bamboozle sheep with "climate change" instead. It's only working with the usual suspects.

March 3, 2012 at 8:59 a.m.
lightkeeper said...

You would have to be crazy not to believe there's not global warming. People are being killed, homes and businesses being destroyed by the worst tornado outbreaks in history, even the animals are confused by the unusual temperaturs..yes the sky is falling!

March 3, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
hambone said...

conservative, are you like Rand Paul?

He thinks all the burning of fossil fuels is curing asthma!

March 3, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.
acerigger said...

Using "deceptive tactics" to uncover "deceptive tactics"???!!!

Oh my!

March 3, 2012 at 3:25 p.m.
gjuster said...

History is funny thing - gw alarmists tend to think climate started only 30 years ago - we never had flooding, drought, tornado's, warm weather, cold weather. Nothing new is happening right now that hasn't happened in the history of man. Not one prediction made about global warming has come true. Real science is the discovery of facts - not the consensus. Today the arctic is growing, average temperatures have not risen over the last ten years. Look at all the alarmist headlines - they have been a fake perpetrated upon us. Ice free Himalayas - that was written by a magazine writer - and adopted by the IPCC.

March 3, 2012 at 7:41 p.m.
hambone said...

So if there's no global warming we don't have to clean up the air we breath??

March 3, 2012 at 7:54 p.m.
conservative said...

EaTn,hambone, lightkeeper, acerigger :

Over the years how many deaths do you people feel responsible for due to your electricity use?

March 3, 2012 at 8:51 p.m.
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