On the Gleick FakeGate farce, Judith Curry has the post, Why target Heartland? in which she asks:
<blockquote>Who would you target?
…In the U.S. anyways, who (individual organization) has been most effective at challenging the IPCC consensus science in the public debate on climate change?
Peter Gleick seems to think it is Heartland Institute. Even among the libertarian think tank/advocacy groups, Heartland would not be at the top of my list…
…What about bloggers such as Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre?
What about skeptical scientists such as Richard Lindzen and Roy Spencer?
And what of the people in the (relative) middle, e.g. Revkin, Curry, Pielkes, Randy Olson?
Now THIS is an “I told ya so” for me.
From the moment I heard of the fraud, before anyone knew it was Gleick, I am on record as saying that all this doesn’t mean a damned thing, because Heartland wasn’t in the top 20 of effective skeptical forces of nature. I asked “What the heck was anyone going after Heartland for? If they were going to go after someone, the most effective were Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre.”
I find it very enlightening that the one person involved who would ask the same question is the President at Heartland. HE could see that Heartland’s piffling dollars were not a factor, and that Heartland’s efforts simply weren’t doing anything measurable to injure the warmist cause.
But I know exactly why Gleick did it: The warmists in feeding off each other, long ago came to the conclusion that “big industry and its think tanks” were funding skeptics right and left. That meme has been around for a decade or more – without one shred of evidence. The warmist idiots never got around to producing any evidence, but they nevertheless never let go of the idea.
VAMINOS, SANCHO PANZA!
So, here came Gleick, all frustrated at the demise of the warmist’s monopoly on the climate soap box, carrying the absolute wrong concept, and out to destroy the “windmills” – his (and the common) delusions of what they imagined was the funnel of skeptical activity: Heartland.
It simply has not occur to any of them that they are up against two bloggers who are doing it gratis. And their own emails.
THE DEVIL IS IN THE EMAILS
Even Watts and McIntyre take a back seat to Climategate and the Hockey Team with their ultimate foot-in-mouth “Mike’s Nature trick to hide the decline”. Till Climategate, all Watts and McIntyre were doing was slingshots from the barrricades; none of it made inroads. Not directly. It was ony by being PESTS that their efforts paid off. Even while 100% ruling the roost in the world of the IPCC, climatology, and funding, The Hockey Team began to freak out.
But Gleick can’t undo Climategate. He can’t go back in time and tell Phil Jones to not write that email. But Glieck doesn’t know that, even to this day. To him it is the industrial bottomless money that killed the warmist mojo. And THAT he could do something about.
Except: The money from industry was all a warmist delusion, and he bought into it, hook line and Sing Sing.
I imagine more persons than just Gleick thought about doing just what he did. He was just the only one stupid enough to do it.