Fakegate claims its first scalp.
The prominent climate alarmist Peter Gleick, has just admitted obtaining by identity theft the Heartland material and emailing it anonymously to journalists sympathetic to “the cause”. There are some things to be noted when reading his confession. It was obviously drafted with legal help and a very careful eye to not compromising his defence or compounding his problems by committing perjury.
He denies faking any material but whether or not you believe that from a person, who is now a self-confessed criminal, I’ll leave up to you. In my personal view, anyone who’s got no qualms in committing identity theft, would be unlikely to have any problem with faking material.
I would remind you though, that it’s common for criminals to admit to acts which they know can be proved but deny everything else they think can’t be proved. As any cop can tell you, it’s like peeling an onion.
As always, when trying to make sense of the actions of other people, the vital question to ask is why.
Why did he do it? It’s become obvious to even the most rabid believer in global warming, that the war has been going increasingly badly for the last two years. In their secret nightmares, I think they actually know it’s already lost. Despite a lot of massaging, the numbers are still nose diving. They’ve been cut loose by the politicians and the mainstream media (MSM) – apart from the more rabid organs of the latter.
Their reaction to this decline has been to spur them on to make progressively more extreme gestures and statements, in an attempt to win back the mob. It simply isn’t having any effect on broader public opinion and you can see their frustration over the lack of impact building. The numbers are still inexorably going south.
They needed something desperately and a big propaganda splash might just do the trick. He took it on himself to provide one and in doing so, has probably delivered a mortal blow to the credibility of those remaining elements in the MSM, who were the last committed allies of the movement.
The other part of answering the why question is that in my assessment, Peter Gleick is quite simply a fanatic. In a previous article on fanatics and how to fight them, I said “A fanatic’s real strength is that they’ll never give up, never rethink their position, are not proportionate and above all; don’t know when to stop.” It’s the “don’t know when to stop” bit that always delivers the self-inflicted mortal wound in the end. As their belief system crumbles, increasingly, any sense of proportion is lost. They’re no longer even thinking rationally.
When you actually think it through, as he should have done, it was inevitable that Fakegate would be exposed as bogus but that was bound to happen some time after the whole of the alarmist propaganda machine had committed itself to supporting what was going to be an easily exposed fiction. The big damage was always going to be to their credibility, if not their wallets.
What effect does this confession have on the wider Fakegate proceedings? None, I’d suspect, although it should simplify Heartland’s legal suits. The elements of the MSM already in the libel zone are still there and still piling up their liability too. I’m afraid the “don’t know when to stop” bit applies to them too. It’ll take a savage amount of financial bloodletting before they see sense, but that will happen in the end.
If there’s one thing the global warming movement has never done, it’s to tie off a liability. Predictably, they’ll defend him heroically all the way to the gates of the penitentiary and damn the reputation damage. It springs from that essential self-righteous arrogance that has always plagued them. Their whole movement is by now crippled by assorted Albatrosses like Gleick, Pachauri, Hansen and Jones hanging around its neck.
What ultimately makes Gleick a truly pathetic figure is that what he did, even if it had been successful, would have had no discernible effect on the final outcome of the war, except possibly hastening it. There’s simply no way that a vitriolic squabble between a cabal of activists and an institute the ordinary person had never heard of, was going to reverse the declining belief in the threat of global warming. The Heartland Institute extracting huge sums of money in punitive damages from prominent media outlets will however, have a huge propaganda impact.
He’s lost his integrity, his career and will ultimately lose his personal freedom because of a criminal act that was doomed to be futile, whatever happened.
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