Another Rather moment

Looks like another one bit the dust. Steve McIntyre reports that Peter Gleick Confesses. To what?

It seems that Gleick falsely pretended to be a Board Member of the Heartland Institute in order to obtain reports intended for Board members. Since those reports didn’t tell the story desired, a strategy and tactics document was created to help sell the idea that those not in line with climate alarmism are well organized, well funded, and out to no good.

As with Dan Rather and his misplaced belief about George Bush, Peter Gleick allowed his ideologies to overcome his integrity.

“One way or the other, Gleick’s use of deception in pursuit of his cause after years of calling out climate deception has destroyed his credibility and harmed others. (Some of the released documents contain information about Heartland employees that has no bearing on the climate fight.) That is his personal tragedy and shame (and I’m sure devastating for his colleagues, friends and family).” [Revlin, Dot Earth NYT Opinion]

This is particularly interesting as Gleick was very big on intellectual integrity. Perhaps that conflicting ideology prompted his confession. See Judith Curry Breaking News: Gleick Confesses — “The irony of it all, this coming from a scientist that has made a particular point about integrity and written many essays and even testified to congress on the subject.”

In science education, observer bias is a big deal. The lesson is that integrity in science starts with being aware of any possible way the scientist can influence his observations in even very subtle ways and to seek outside review and criticism to help in the effort. It is a lesson that even some distinguished scientists seem to have forgotten.

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